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This guy invented a genius solution for pooping in space — here's how it works

Astronauts have a problem: a bathroom problem.<p>Bulky spacesuits force them to either hold their urine and feces, possibly for up to 12 hours, or use a diaper. Aside from fasting, there really is no other option.<p>But the future of going potty in space suddenly looks pretty practical thanks to the …

Solving the puzzle of Alzheimer's disease

UAlberta scientist seeks to neutralize 'rogue' protein believed to be a key player in the development of Alzheimer's<p>(Edmonton, AB) Every day tens of …

Can't we all just get along -- like India's cats and dogs?

New study says despite direct competition, tigers, leopards, and dholes are living side by side in protected areas<p>New study says despite direct …

By Investing in Science, Trump Can Strengthen the Economy

Science and technology have powered America’s economic engine for more than 70 years. But federal support has been getting leaner. The nation is spending about 60 percent of what it did 30 years ago on federal research and development as measured against the total economy. In other words, this …

The ocean is full of plastic. Now UM oceanographers have a better way to find it

Imagine what’s known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and what comes to mind are floating bottles, flip flops and coolers blown about by wind and …

Looking beyond cancer cells to understand what makes breast cancer spread

Protein in microenvironment plays a role in fueling cancer's spread, a function that could potentially be blocked<p>ANN ARBOR, Michigan -- To understand …

The Best Way to Get Ketchup Out of the Bottle, According to Science

Here’s how to avoid the dreaded ketchup splatter.<p>We’ve all been there: You’ve just spent the past hour working the grill, flipping perfect patties, …

Underwater grasslands can cut concentrations of harmful bacteria in half

Here’s some advice to make your swimming sessions safer: Stick to seagrass meadows. That’s because these underwater grasslands, widespread in coastal …

How Snakes, Spiders, and Other Predators Fool Their Prey

When animals in the wild get duped, it could be deadly.<p>These days, misinformation is a term that’s wildly thrown around. But in the actual wild, misleading communication techniques are means to meals for many species.<p>“It’s a form of deception that we call aggressive mimicry,” says Fiona Cross, a …

Zoology

Pizza, burgers and the like: A single high-fat meal can damage the metabolism

The global proliferation of overweight and obese people and people with type 2 diabetes is often associated with the consumption of saturated fats. …

Ötzi the Iceman: Researchers validate the stability of genetic markers

They have found the molecules in the well-known glacier mummy "Ötzi". A number of facts have been scientifically proven about the glacier mummy, …

A 60-mile Fault Underneath California Could Be a Source for New Earthquakes and Tsunamis

California is no stranger to earthquakes, but a fault in Santa Barbara could be more serious than previously thought.<p>Scientists are paying more …

Earth - The strange link between the human mind and quantum physics

"I cannot define the real problem, therefore I suspect there's no real problem, but I'm not sure there's no real problem."<p>The American physicist Richard Feynman said this about the notorious puzzles and paradoxes of quantum mechanics, the theory physicists use to describe the tiniest objects in the …

Quantum Physics

Otzi the Iceman: Researchers validate the stability of genetic markers

Biomarkers are biological attributes that can give doctors or researchers clues about the health status or illnesses of a patient. Scientists are …

Running ants: Why scientists built an insect treadmill

Scientists from the University of Freiburg have designed a treadmill specifically for ants - with the aim of revealing their navigation secrets.<p>Desert ants are able to locate and travel to their nest very quickly; with their brains keeping track of the number of steps they have taken and their …

These Crazy 'Living' Gloves Glow When You Touch Certain Chemicals

Imagine a near future when detectives looking for evidence in a murder investigation could slap on a pair of rubber gloves that would light up when …

Stop body odour by rubbing someone else's sweat on your armpits, says science

(We just threw up a bit in our mouths writing that.)<p>If you're worried about body odour, then step away from the deodorant because scientists have …

This is what the sonic boom of an earthquake looks & sounds like (Video)

Ever wonder what an earthquake sounds like? It's an interesting question that isn't easy to answer, since the waves of energy behind an earthquake …

ANTibiotic: Bacteria from African ant used to create MRSA-killing drug

African fungus-growing plant-ant used to produce new antibiotic that is potent against superbugs.<p>An antibiotic derived from bacteria produced by a …

Crystal growth, earth science and tech demo research launching to orbiting laboratory

<b>Raven seeks to save resources with versatile autonomous technologies</b><p>Future robotic spacecraft will need advanced autopilot systems to help them …

Space Exploration

Is Space Real, or Just Something We Misunderstand?

Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road …

Elon Musk congratulates ISRO and makes every Indian's day

Elon Musk paid tribute to ISRO on Twitter, much to the delight of Indians across the world.<p>ISRO made history by successfully inserting 104 satellites …

Columbia space shuttle accident was human error of judgment: G Madhavan Nair

<b>New Delhi:</b> The fatal accident involving space shuttle Columbia, carrying seven crew members, including India-born Nasa astronaut Kalpana Chawla, was …

Lip Sexiness Is Now a Science

Scientists are tired of thinking about dilemmas like “Are Angelina Jolie’s abnormally large mouth-pillows the sexiest?” or “Is Scarlett Johannson’s …

Lips

Honey bee genetics sheds light on bee origins

Previously, researchers had assumed an origin for honey bees in north-east Africa or the Middle East. But the situation turns out to be more …

'Seagrasses' vital to coastal health

<b>The importance of seagrasses to the health of coastal ecosystems is underlined in new research conducted around Indonesian atolls.</b><p>These underwater flowering plants, which have been with us since the age of the dinosaurs, have long been known to have anti-microbial properties.<p>But the latest study …

Roads are driving rapid evolutionary change in our environment

Roads are causing rapid evolutionary change in wild populations of plants and animals according to a Concepts and Questions paper published in</i> …

Disappearing Seagrass Protects Against Pathogens, Even Climate Change, Scientists Find

Every continent save Antarctica is ringed by vast stretches of seagrass, underwater prairies that together cover an area roughly equal to California.<p>Seagrass meadows, among the most endangered ecosystems on Earth, play an outsize role in the health of the oceans. They shelter important fish …

Antibiotic Resistance is a Growing Problem. Have We Just Figured Out How to Stop It?

When penicillin was discovered growing on a Petri mold by Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming in 1928, he mostly neglected it for a decade. The few …