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Doctors Baffled by Indonesian Woman Who Claims to Have Given Birth to Gecko Lizard

Debi Nubatonis, a woman from Oenunto village, Indonesia, has baffled doctors and scientists with her claim – she says that she went through a …

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Inside the diaries of polygamous wives: Life as an early Mormon woman

Research has uncovered a stunning collection of writings that reveal the complexities of a polygamous life<p>By 1860, Angelina Farley, a farmer’s wife, and Henrietta Williams, a doc­tor’s wife, had plenty of opportunities to cross paths. Both had been born in the Northeast—Angelina in 1830 in New York …

The Science of Smell: How the Most Direct of Our Senses Works

<i>“Get a life in which you notice the smell of salt water pushing itself on a breeze over the dunes,”</i> Anna Quindlen advised in her indispensable <i>Short Guide to a Happy Life</i>. Susan Sontag listed “linen” and “the smell of newly mown grass” among her favorite things. <i>“A man may have lived all of his life</i> …

Beyond Death: The Science of the Afterlife

This question is more than a mind-bender. For thousands of years, certain people have claimed to have actually visited the place that, Saint Paul …

Neurocomic: A Graphic Novel About How the Brain Works

Scientists are only just beginning to understand how the brain works — from what transpires in it while we sleep to how to optimize its memory to what love does to it to how music affects it — and the rest of us fall somewhere on the spectrum between fascinated and confused when it comes to the …

Reading the minds of the ‘dead’

Thousands of patients remain trapped in a vegetative state between life and death. Three scientists are working to free them, as Roger Highfield reports.<p>“Imagine you wake up, locked inside a box,” says Adrian Owen. "It's a perfect fit, down to every last one of your fingers and toes. It's a strange …

The Brain

The True Story of Phineas Gage Is Much More Fascinating Than the Mythical Textbook Accounts

On Sept. 13, 1848, at around 4:30 p.m., the time of day when the mind might start wandering, a railroad foreman named Phineas Gage filled a drill …

His brain injury made him a math genius: Science explains why

Scientists explain Jason Padgett’s rare syndrome, and examine the possibility that we all have dormant abilities<p>In his memoir, "Struck By Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel", excerpted by Salon, Jason Padgett explains how a brain injury radically altered how he sees the world …

A Syrian Woman’s Kitchen in Shatila

I met Oum Ali as she stood cooking. There were about ten large pots and multiple food containers around her, and though the food quantities were large enough to be served in an open buffet at a banquet, the kitchen she was working in had one gas burner, the water was cut, and her kids ran around …

Kenyan girls fight back against genital mutilation - video

Nancy is a Kenyan girl about to face a brutal passage to womanhood. Narrated by Angela Griffin<p>* This video won a 2012 Webby and the People's Voice award for individual documentary<p>* Madeleine Bunting: Kenyan girls fight back against genital mutilation

BBC Three - Escape from the World's most Dangerous Place

This programme is not currently available on BBC iPlayer<p>Escape from the World's most Dangerous Place<p>After 18 years away Samira is going back to her birthplace, Somalia.<p>1 hour<p>Last on<p>Thu 3 May 2012 03:25<p>BBC Three<p>ClipsSee all clips from Escape from the World's most Dangerous Place<p>Credits<p>Role<p>Contributor<p>…

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Oppressed Majority: the film about a world run by women that went viral

Eléonore Pourriat's short film imagines how a man might experience a sexual assault in a matriarchal society. 'I wanted it to be not so realistic but frightening,' she says<p>Have you seen the film Oppressed Majority (Majorité Opprimée)? In less than a week since its director Eléonore Pourriat …

Afghan residents sit outside a hut on the outskirts of Herat on February 12, 2014

Afghan residents sit outside a hut on the outskirts of Herat on February 12, 2014. Some nine million Afghans or 36 percent of the population are living in “absolute poverty” while another 37 percent live barely above the poverty line, according to a UN report. (Aref Karimi/AFP)

How to turn scar tissue into beating heart cells - Futurity

Scientists have turned scar tissue cells into colonies of beating heart cells, a finding that could lead to regenerating tissue damaged by a heart …

Cell Biology

Tiny Gold Motors You Can Drive Inside Cells

They're a step toward motors doctors could one day use to deliver targeted medicine to cells in the body.<p>Do you think they'll meet Ms. Frizzle in there? A team of scientists has built nano-size motors, partly out of gold, that they then coaxed into cells and drove around. You can see the motors …

Research on an ancient fish hints at how modern faces evolved

A new study by French and Swedish researchers sheds light on the evolution of the face as we know it today, all thanks to a long-gone fish. 410 million years ago, a tiny fish called the Romundina evolved separate left and right nostrils that were behind its lips, a feature that was halfway between …

Video: The science of kissing

Why do we kiss? Well, duh, because it feels good. But why does it feel good?<p>The EarthSky team has a blast bringing you daily updates on your cosmos …

Sexually Transmitted Food Poisoning? A Fish Toxin Could Be To Blame

Twenty-five years ago, two pals went out for a seafood dinner while vacationing in the Bahamas. What could be better than some fresh grouper steaks and a night on the town without the wives?<p>Um, plenty.<p>A few hours after dinner, the men started having stomach pains and diarrhea. Their legs began to …

A Jilted Babylonian Scribe Wrote This Heartbreaking Love Letter 4,000 Years Ago

Happy Valentine's Day from the Popular Science archives.<p>Thousands of years ago, a hurt and confused Babylonian man used a triangular stylus to jab a message to his lover into a small piece of wet clay:<p>To Bibea: May the gods for my sake preserve your health. Tell me how you are. I went to Babylon …

The Scent Of Your Earwax May Yield Valuable Information

Warning: It doesn't get any less gross from here.<p>As an Asian lady, I can't get over that people of African and European descent have moist earwax. I learned this years ago. I still can't get over it! I assumed everyone had earwax like me, so it was just too weird to learn otherwise.<p>Don't know what …

Your Earwax Odor May Reveal Lots of Information About You

Scientists from the Monell Center have discovered that earwax odor may contain lots of information about humans. The medical term for earwax is …

Floods or Family Conflict? Bad Dreams Differ By Gender

Men's nightmares tend toward the catastrophic, while women often have bad dreams about interpersonal relationships, according to a new study. Why the difference? NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Antonio Zadra, a researcher at the University of Montreal.<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>I think it's safe …

Fishing rod reels brain tumour cells to their death

Crawling neutrophil chasing a bacterium

Neutrophils are a type of white blood cell. They defend your body against harmful bacteria, by actually ingesting the bacteria … apparently, after a …

Biology

Syria’s Unspoken Crimes

There have been reports that in war-torn Syria, rape has become an epidemic as both sides seek to de-stabilize, frighten, and ruin the other. But unearthing the stories of these widespread atrocities is difficult, and often impossible. Women in Syria face dire political, personal, and familiar …

Experts: Two Years Heals (Almost) All Wounds

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>When humans hurt, they're often comforted by other non-hurting humans who say "time heals all …