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National Geographic Photo Contest 2013

National Geographic has once again opened its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on Saturday, November 30. One first-place winner will be chosen from each of the three categories, and the winning photographs will be published in National Geographic magazine. The …

Bourbon Bacon Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Brown Butter and Crispy Sage

Whipped Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potatoes.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> November 13, 2013 141<p>I present to you… the trashiest of the sweet potatoes.<p>It’s like every single …

Against Medical Recommendations, FDA Approves Potent New Painkiller

The FDA's medical advisory board voted against approving Zohydro, an opioid painkiller drug with up to 10 times more hydrocodone than Vicodin.<p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers prescription painkiller overdoses a public health epidemic, calling prescription drug abuse the …

Medicine

The Cyborg Foundation: we urge you to become part-machine

Moon Ribas and Neil Harbisson from The Cyborg Foundation urged the audience at Pioneers Festival to consider experimenting with cyborgism.<p>Both Ribas …

Newly Found Exoplanet Is Earth-Like In Size And Composition

A recently discovered exoplanet is similar in density and size to Earth. Too bad the planet is also 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit on its surface.<p>Who's this little guy hanging out so close to its sun? It's an exoplanet, discovered just this past July, and before I call it "little" again—its radius is …

Universe

Drug Reduces Gambling Behavior In Slot Machine-Loving Rats

Rats couldn't resist a slot machine that offered up sugar—until researchers gave them a dopamine blocker.<p>Scientists have found a way to reduce gambling-type behaviors in rats by blocking a specific dopamine receptor, signaling a potential treatment for pathological gambling.<p>In a study led by Paul …

Neuroscience

Can a giant plug save New York's subways from the next Sandy?

October 31, 2013 | 5:45 AM<p>Embed Code<iframe src="https://www.marketplace.org/2013/10/31/tech/can-giant-plug-save-new-yorks-subways-next-sandy/popout" frameborder="0" width="100%" height="240px"></iframe><p>Copy<br>• Close<p>Embed Code<iframe …

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

Will we ever bring the dead back to life?

Understanding the processes governing death is helping experts try to halt and reverse it. It’s also challenging our ideas about the nature of death itself.<p>Zach Conrad died on a lovely Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. It was 3 June 2012, and the 36-year-old financial analyst had decided to take a …

Medicine

Crazy Bio-Hacks: A Mouse Cloned From Elvis’s DNA And A Human-Born Dolphin

Grow Your Own, a new exhibition about synthetic biology, features mindblowing bio-hacked creations.<p>This just in from science: One far-off day, a human woman might be able to incubate and give birth to a dolphin. This isn’t a sea-world sequel to <i>Stuart Little</i>, but one of the subjects explored in …

Biotechnology

DNA sequencing: how much do you want to know about your health future?

Join us for a live chat with with Dr Robert Darnell, president of the New York Genome Center, where we'll examine both sides of the debate surrounding gene sequencing<p>This past July, the New York Genome Center opened its shiny new doors in downtown Manhattan. The massive, sparkling multi-million …

Double The Fun: Monkeys Control Two Virtual Arms With Just Their Thoughts

It's yet another step toward creating lifelike, mind-controlled prosthetics for those who have lost use of their limbs.<p>Those old Doublemint chewing gum ads got it right: Two is better than one. That's the idea behind a new study, published today, that showed off a system that hooked up monkeys' …

The Brain