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Curry cure

They don't call him the "Iceman" for nothing. 59-year-old Dutchman Wim Hof has a remarkable ability to withstand extremely cold temperatures for long periods of time, with which he has garnered no less than 20 world records. In 2009, Hof reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in two days, wearing …

Discovery may lead to vaccine for all 4 types of dengue

Researchers have discovered a new target for human antibodies that may lead to a vaccine for all four types of dengue virus—and may also have …

The future of safe sex?

Once mocked as having the erotic appeal of a jellyfish, the female condom is being reinvented as the next big thing in protective sex. Emily Anthes takes an in-depth investigation to see what chance it has of catching on this time around.<p>In 1987, an American pharmaceutical executive called Mary Ann …

A Cheap, Promising Way to Filter Water: Through A Twig

Plant's xylem tissue could be an efficient, low-cost way to filter water.<p>One way to avoid getting sick while traveling is to only eat fruit that you peel yourself, since plants can filter out bacteria and prevent it from traveling throughout their tissues. Well, why not apply this principle to …

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The Garbage Man

Mike Biddle could free the world from having to make new plastic. Forever.<p>In December 2001, American environmental activist Jim Puckett traveled to the town of Guiyu in southeast China to look for old computers. He’d learned that electronic waste from the West was finding its way to Guiyu, and the …

Nikola Tesla's ashes spark row between Serbian scientists and Orthodox church

A furious dispute has erupted between Serbian scientists and the Orthodox church after it was announced that the remains of the inventor Nikola Tesla will be reburied in a church.<p>A pioneer in fields such as electricity, radio and x-rays, Tesla had 300 patents under his name by the time he died in …

Virus Locked In Siberian Ice For 30,000 Years Is Revived In Lab

Scientists at a laboratory in France have thawed out and revived an ancient virus found in the Siberian permafrost, making it infectious again for the first time in 30,000 years.<p>The giant virus known as <i>Pithovirus sibericum</i> was discovered about 100 feet deep in coastal tundra. The pathogen infects …

Diets high in meat, eggs and dairy could be as harmful to health as smoking

A diet rich in meat, eggs, milk and cheese could be as harmful to health as smoking, according to a controversial study into the impact of protein consumption on longevity.<p>High levels of dietary animal protein in people under 65 years of age was linked to a fourfold increase in their risk of death …

The Liberation of Steve McQueen

A decade and a half ago, the British filmmaker Steve McQueen took a plane to Grenada, the tiny West Indian island, to visit a beautiful place where …

Scientists revive giant Neanderthal virus entombed in ice

French scientists bring back to life a giant, still-infectuous virus lying dormant from the Siberian tundra for 30,000 years, raising fears that global warming could unleash other ancient viruses deadly to man.<p>French scientists have awakened a giant, Stone Age virus - the world’s biggest - locked …