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Scientists May Have Reactivated The Gene That Causes Neurons To Stop Growing

A Reactivation<p>It’s commonly believed that brain cells stop multiplying when our bodies become fully grown. Researchers from the German Centre for …

The 2016 Wildlife Comedy Photography Finalists Are All You Need

Take a break from the election and check these out.<p>We are only three weeks away from the election, and Hillary Clinton has already pointed out that the way to get through this is by watching funny cat gifs, so why not take a break from the political insanity with a bit of wildlife?<p>The Comedy …

A delicate balance between positive and negative emotion | Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Neuroscientists identify two neuron populations that encode happy or fearful memories.<p>Our emotional state is governed partly by a tiny brain …

Service Dog Gets A Caricature At Disneyland, Internet Can’t Handle It

A future service dog named Yahoo was taken to Disneyland as part of his training. While he was there he got his caricature drawn, which was a perfect …

8 inexpensive earth homes almost anyone can afford

Many people dream of building their own home, but the financial cost and environmental toll of starting from scratch can often seem overwhelming. It …

6 Things You Need to Know About Your Immune System

You probably don’t think much about your immune system until you’re willing it to banish a nasty bug. But your immune system does a great job …

Joel Sartore's Photo Ark documents animal diversity, one face at a time

Climate change threatens acceleration of species extinction. The Photo Ark is National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore's multi-year labor of …

Fracking is a form of climate-change denial | Josh Fox

Local communities are showing the courage to fight fossil fuel madness. We can all help them prevail<p>Here’s one thing we don’t often want to admit: it is too late to stop many of the harshest and most destructive aspects of climate change from materialising. We’re out of time. Superstorms, droughts, …

Hilarious Comedy Photos of Wildlife Animals

29 Shares<p>Comments<p>The wild is filled with majestic beasts and stunning animals, but sometimes those beautiful and powerful creatures can also be …

Wildlife

Facebook’s DNA Detectives Are Helping Adoptees Find Their Birth Parents

The group has over 24,000 members. Many are looking for answers.<p>When Gayle Helps was a teenager and looked at herself in the mirror, she saw a stranger.<p>"I wanted to see my [biological] family, my ancestors," the 57-year-old Montrealer said in an interview. When she was still in kindergarten, Helps …

Genealogy

Have a Laugh with These Hilarious Images from the Annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

The annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards is a lighthearted competition designed to not only showcase fine imagery, but to bring the importance …

This Photographer Turns Flowers And Leaves Into Art

Serbian photographer Ivan Zamurovic creates beautiful images using simple objects like flowers, leaves, fruits and coffee beans.<p>Ivan plays with …

Why you love cheese – the scientific explanation

Gorging on a ripe Camembert or demolishing the after-dinner cheeseboard is usually blamed on greed - now you can blame your genes instead.<p>We’re often …

To Help Dying Bees, MIT Built A Fake World Where It’s Always Spring

Inside this artificial environment, it’s eternally May.<p>It looks like the interior of any new, still-empty condo development. The ceiling is white. The walls are a neutral gray. It has yet to be staged, save for a lone Dyson fan that whirs in the middle of the room.<p>You’re looking at a home designed …

Bees

2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year: Animals in pictures

Approaching Wildlife

I'm a firm believer that the most interesting and moving wildlife photos depict animals going about their daily business, undisturbed by the …

Nature, The First Creator Of GMOs

<i>GMO Answers launched</i> <i>its third</i> <i>annual ‘</i><i>Get to Know GMOs</i><i>’ month this October to answer consumers’ most pressing questions about GMOs. Throughout the month, GMO Answers will post a series of</i> <i>five articles designated to ‘Get To Know GMOs’ month. This post is our first installment.</i><p>One of the biggest …

7 Things You Should Never Say To A Senior Dog Owner

My pug is now 11 years old, he's had two discs removed, survived a cancerous tumor, and gone almost completely blind in one eye. I adopted him when he was three months old, and, since I work from home, we don't spend much time away from either other. He's snuggling in his bed next to me as I write …

Americans Are More Torn Over Climate Change Than Ever, Pew Poll Reveals

Amid election, conservative Republicans think scientists are just looking to profit off of climate change woes.<p>In several hours, vice presidential candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence will address Americans from the debate stage in Farmville, Virginia. And the issue of climate change, which garnered …

Targeting the Biological Process of Aging

Scientists have determined that fighting the biological process of aging at the cellular level will pay off big, with revolutionary new treatments. …

Glaciers on These 25 Mountains Will Completely Melt in 25 Years

By Alex Kirby<p>Girdling the Earth are 25 mountains whose peaks stand out a brilliant white against the dark rock. But in 25 years from now, an …

Software maps immune system in 17 days (not 106 years)

A team of scientists has created a genetic map of all possible receptors the human immune system might generate—also known as the immunome.<p>The …

Whoops, We Haven’t Been Counting A Huge Source Of Carbon Emissions: Dams

As the world tries to figure out how to drastically cut emissions, it turns out we haven’t been counting dams as a major source of those emissions. …

Carbon Emissions

"Alarming" -- For the First Time Ever, Bees Added to the Endangered Species List

“If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live.” — Albert Einstein (allegedly)<p>On September 22 …

Endangered Species

Startups are driving the cost of genetic testing so low that anyone can afford it

For some of us, our DNA is a time bomb. Small inherited genetic mutations heighten our risk for diseases from cystic fibrosis to breast cancer that explode in our adult years, usually without warning. That’s because only a fraction of those at risk will ever have their DNA tested. Most genetic …

Breast Cancer

A respected scientist is resorting to desperate measures to try to force the government to fight climate change

As human emissions slow-cook the world, a researcher known for his groundbreaking work on climate change is making a frankly desperate move to force the government to deal with it.<p>James Hansen, along with 11 co-authors, published a paper Tuesday outlining a stark picture of the situation we've …

Climate

Here's Why Birds Don't Fly Into One Another

Ever have that problem where you walk down the sidewalk and don't know which way to go to avoid somebody? Birds don't.<p>Researchers have discovered the natural collision-avoidance systems that allow birds to avoid constantly crashing into people, other birds, and things they encounter in the sky. …

Energy Pet Power Bank Inspired by Cute Animals

Forget those hidebound brick-like portable chargers. The Energy Pet power bank delivers a cute way to charge your mobile devices on the move. Like …

Powerbank

Scientists May Have Underestimated Global Sea Level Rise

That may not be as bad as it sounds, though.<p>The rise in global sea levels has been one of the most tangible results of climate change, and it might …

'Extinct' species of tree found growing in Queen's garden

Botanical experts have identified several trees at the Queen’s Scottish residence which were believed to have gone extinct during the 20th …