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Scientists convert spinach leaves into human heart tissue — that beats

If an overhyped vegetable existed before marketers coined the term superfood — and long before Oprah Winfrey chatted up acai berries with Dr. Oz — look no further than spinach. (Here’s to Popeye, eating the stuff by the can to inflate his biceps.) Spinach alone, of course, won’t pump anyone up. But …

Oprah Winfrey

A genetic link between red hair, freckles and skin cancer

Whether you call them gingers, the devil's spawn or just-plain sexy, be sure to call redheads out of the sun because along with their fiery tresses comes a powerful propensity to develop melanoma, a particularly deadly form of skin cancer.<p>And now, scientists are beginning to uncover why redheads — …

This New Technology Could Help Batteries Last Longer Than They Ever Have Before

It involves incredible, super-tiny nanowires.<p>Imagine a battery that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times without ever corroding. A team of researchers at the University of California, Irvine, recently has invented just that using a nanowire-based battery material.<p>This doesn't mean that …

New state of water molecule discovered

Neutron scattering and computational modeling have revealed unique and unexpected behavior of water molecules under extreme confinement that is …

Scientists Have More Bad News for People Who Like Bacon and Alcohol

According to a new report from the World Cancer Research Fund, eating 50 grams of processed meat or drinking three alcoholic drinks day could lead to stomach cancer.<p>Does anyone dare eat meat nowadays? After the World Health Organisation (WHO) compared ham sandwiches to cigarettes and researchers at …

Science just found another good reason to drink six cups of coffee a day

Swilling down six steaming cups of espresso a day doesn’t just bring you incredible good times – it’s good for your health, too.<p>Researchers found …

Coffee

Why Neanderthals Likely Fathered Few Kids with Modern Humans

Humans today often carry around a small chunk of DNA from Neanderthals, suggesting we interbred with our closest known extinct relatives at some …

'Living' Strandbeest Sculptures Tour U.S. Museums

Accompanied by even stranger hackbeests<p>Twenty-five years ago, artist Theo Jansen built a new life-form. Made of PVC pipes and zip ties, his strandbeest (Dutch for “beach beast”) walked along a beach under wind propulsion. Since then, Jansen has created many more beests and inspired a small army of …

6 Student Loan Debt Forgiveness Options

Most of us are not fortunate enough to be able to pay for our education outright. If we are lucky, we can obtain a few scholarships to help offset …

The lightest metal ever has been developed by Boeing - it's lighter than Styrofoam

Microlattice is the lightest metal ever to be invented - the structure is 99.99% air<p>Aerospace Boeing has invented the lightest metal ever, called microlattice. The product is 99.99 per cent air and will be used as a primary component in aerospace engineering - it'll be used to make space rockets.<p>By …

Here’s What We Learned From The Ig Nobel Awards

Silly lessons from some silly science<p>Eggs can be un-boiled, at least partially. Mammals all pee for the same length of time. Every language has a word for “huh?” CEOs of risk-taking firms tend to have lived through—but didn’t suffer from—natural disasters. Police in Bangkok can get extra pay for …

Science

No More Hidden Sugar: FDA Proposes New Label Rule

Sixty-five grams of added sugar. That's how much you'll find in a 20-ounce bottle of Coca-Cola.<p>But can you picture 65 grams? It's about 16 teaspoons worth of the sweet stuff.<p>The Food and Drug Administration wants to make it easier for Americans to track how much added sugars we're getting in the …

New research provides direct evidence for an influential model of pain first proposed in 1965.<p>During the 1960s, neuroscientists Ronald Melzack and Patrick Wall proposed an influential new theory of pain. At the time, researchers were struggling to explain the phenomenon. Some believed that specific …

Neurophilosophy

Of mice and old men: is the elixir of youth finally coming of age?

It is generally accepted as one of life’s unfortunate, but inevitable facts: we might be able to disguise the wrinkles for a time, but ageing will get us all in the end. Except scientists are now questioning whether it has to be thus, or whether age is simply another disease that might one day be …

Mayo Clinic

Wall Street's reaction to the Apple Watch? It will sell millions – but meh …

The internet might have lost it over Apple’s £13,500 [$17,000] smartwatch on Monday. Wall Street’s reaction so far? Meh.<p>The world’s most valuable company released details of its long-awaited Apple Watch at an event in Cupertino, California. The new smartwatch “can be an incredibly rich and integral …

Smartwatches

NASA Eyes Mission to Jupiter's Ice Ocean Moon

The king of planets swings into view, as destination mission starts.<p>Jupiter's mysterious moon Europa, famed for its role in <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>, may soon host an intense search for life.<p>The White House this week presented a 2016 U.S. budget that includes $30 million in funding for the development …

Astronomy

HoloLens: The hands on experience

Let’s get this out of the way: Microsoft HoloLens is not exactly a holographic system, but don’t hold that against it. The reality of Microsoft’s …

Augmented Reality

This Challenge Will Determine the Fate of the World's Market Economies

PRINCETON, N.J. -- A specter is haunting the world economy -- the specter of job-killing technology. How this challenge is met will determine the fate of the world's market economies and democratic polities, in much the same way that Europe's response to the rise of the socialist movement during …

NASA is About To Blast Some Rockets Through Alaska’s Northern Lights

Unraveling the mysterious electrical currents of the aurora borealis<p>The lights of the aurora borealis are often described as “dancing,” since they fluctuate in shape and brightness. Inside, the charged particles that generate the aurora dance too, and scientists are still trying to figure out …

'Gatchaman Complete Collection' BluRay Review

Back at the end of 2013 a rather momentous anime release likely slipped under the collective radar of many people. It was a complete collection of arguably one of the greatest and most influential anime series of all time, that of the original Science Ninja Team Gatchaman.<p>Released at the start of …

Anime

H1Z1 offers refunds over microtransactions [Correction]

<i>H1Z1</i>, Sony's hardcore zombie survival MMO, will be offering refunds "no questions asked," for the repeated connection problems plaguing the game's Early Access launch.<p><b>Correction:</b> The original version of this story completely missed the reason refunds are being offered. They are not being offered on …

Microtransactions