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Big-headed babies are likely to earn university degrees, scientists suggest

Babies born with big heads are likely to be more intelligent, a study has suggested.<p>Research has linked the size of a child’s head with their …

Do trees have feelings too? One expert says they do

When I began my career as a forester in western Germany’s Eifel mountains, I knew as much about the hidden life of trees as a butcher knows about the emotional life of animals. The forestry industry produces lumber; it fells trees and then plants new seedlings. If you read the professional …

This Is the Best Exercise to Erase Your Belly Pooch, Says Science | Women's Health

<i>Trying to get flat abs? If you've got a dumbbell on hand, you can do some of these moves:</i><p>Visceral fat is not only a pain in the butt, it’s also extra unhealthy, since it’s located in the abdominal cavity and surrounds several important organs. So, researchers looked into how certain types of …

Infants Understand More Than You Think, Study Shows

By the time she is 20 months old, your baby can use a spoon and a fork. She can throw a ball. She can find your favorite lipstick and feed it to the …

Donald Rumsfeld

Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $72 million for a cancer death linked to one of its popular products

In a verdict announced late Monday night, jurors in the circuit court of St. Louis awarded the family of Jacqueline Fox $10 million of actual damages and $62 million of punitive damages, according to the family's lawyers and court records.<p>The verdict is the first by a U.S. jury to award damages …

Johnson & Johnson

Standards, Grades And Tests Are Wildly Outdated, Argues 'End Of Average'

Todd Rose dropped out of high school with D- grades. At 21, he was trying to support a wife and two sons on welfare and minimum wage jobs.<p>Today he teaches educational neuroscience at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He's also the co-founder of The Center for Individual Opportunity, a new …

Education

How To Clean Up All That Plastic In The Oceans

By 2050, it's estimated the oceans will contain more plastic than fish, by weight. One entrepreneur says he's developing a tool to remove much of that plastic.<p>Transcript<p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>So it's not exactly beach weather on the East Coast but in parts of the country, it is. Think about how many …

Pollution

Astronomers find dozens of runaway stars

As water piles up before a ship, so material stacks up ahead of high-mass stars moving fast through space. These cosmic bows shocks revealed the …

Universe

Four new elements added to periodic table

The new elements – elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 – complete the periodic table’s seventh row and make science textbooks around the world instantly …

No Joke: Canadian Company Bottles Air and Sells It to China

The lack of quality air problems seen in Mel Brooks’ spoof film <i>Spaceballs</i> are a reality in China, but now a company is bottling up air and shipping it to the polluted country. <b>Vitality Air</b> bottles air from Banff and Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada, and sells three liters for $19 Canadian or about …

Mel Brooks

CRISPR named Science 2015 Breakthrough of the Year

Samantha Lee/Business Insider<p>This year was undoubtedly the one in which CRISPR took over the minds and hearts of science lovers everywhere.<p>On Thursday, Science Magazine announced the gene-editing technique won its Breakthrough of the Year Award, beating out other events such as the discovery of …

Genetics

EA's new jobs hint at plans for VR gaming

EA hasn't done much of anything with virtual reality so far, but that may well change soon. DICE has started hiring creatives and engineers to bring VR support to Frostbite, EA's seemingly ubiquitous game engine. Don't expect the developer to go all-in on immersive displays just yet. This is a …

Gene Editing: Group Says OK Do It, But Be Careful

There’s no reason to stop scientists from doing gene editing, experts agreed Thursday, but researchers need to be careful and no one’s ready yet to do “germline” editing that could be passed to future generations.<p>Experts and advocates wrapped up a three-day meeting on the subject with an agreement …

Genetics

Unhealthy lifestyles of men are written into their sperm, study finds

Scientists at the University of Copenhagen at the sperm of obese and thin men and noticed significant differences in parts of the gene associated with appetite.<p>Pregnant women, and those hoping to conceive, have long been warned to curb drinking and smoking and keep their weight down if they want to …

No, Bananas Are Not Going Extinct (But They Are in Trouble)

In the first half of the 20th century, supermarket bananas in the United States bore little resemblance to the bananas sold today—they were more flavorful, slimmer, and tasted almost like banana-flavored candy, strikingly similar to what we recognize today as “artificial banana flavor.” But in the …

'Forgotten' 1st language wires brain for 2nd language - Futurity

Early exposure to a language may change how the brain processes a second language later—even when the first language is forgotten.

Tennessee’s half-mile-long spider web shows how little we know about our surroundings

Spiderlings, growing up<p>Last week, residents of North Memphis, Tennessee, woke up to what most people would consider a pretty creepy surprise: a half-mile-long spider web on the grass near their homes. Local news station <i>WMC Action News 5</i>reported that "millions" of spiders had "infested" one of the …

University of Tennessee

World’s toughest animal has tons of foreign DNA - Futurity

Scientists were shocked to find tons of foreign DNA in the genome of tardigrades, the only animal known to survive the extreme environment of outer …

Leonardo DiCaprio just invested in a startup that claims it can 'grow' real diamonds in weeks — here's the science behind it

Or do they?<p>The Santa Clara-based startup Diamond Foundry claims it can grow diamonds in a lab that are as high-quality as natural gems, minus the exploitation of the mining industry.<p>Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, along with 10 billionaires, have already invested in the company, which says it can make …

Jewelry

Get ready for Li-Fi, a technology 100 times faster than Wi-Fi

The world might eventually have to shift its reliance on Wi-Fi to Li-Fi, an alternative technology that scientists say can reach speeds of 1 Gbps in …

Rare 25-Carat Pink Diamond Discovered in Jewelry Once Owned by Imelda Marcos

The London-based Christie’s auction house announced on Tuesday that a rare 25-carat pink diamond has been discovered in a lavish jewelry collection …

Jewelry