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Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2014 Longlist announced

Yay! Here's this year's long list of amazing popular science books, just in time for summer, thanks to the Royal Society's Winton Prize for science books!<p>My favourite time of the year has finally arrived! Today, the Royal Society has announced their Long List for their prestigious Winton Prize for …

Modern Genes Reveal 100 Major Population Shifts In Human History

Wherever conquerors go, they leave a little bit of their genetics. Gene analyses of modern people are able to reveal those influences.<p><i>Spread of Mongol Empire. Astrokey44 on Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0</i><p>Violence and love, conquest and assimilation, they're all in your DNA. Literally. As human …

Toe bone DNA reveals Neanderthal interbreeding - Futurity

The Neanderthal woman was inbred, report researchers who also found evidence for interbreeding among four types of early humans.

'Super-clone' E. coli could be worse than hospital superbug - Futurity

Virulent, drug-resistant forms of E. coli emerged from a single strain of the bacteria, and may have a far greater impact that the so-called MRSA …

Super Bug

This Is Bo, Who's Putting New Beats In New Places. You Should Meet Him

Every so often — and it isn't often, because while I'm always looking, always hoping, it's so rare to find — but this week it happened. A friend sent me an email that said, "You've got to check out this video."<p>I did. And what I saw was somebody doing something new in the world, something deeply …

Water's speed in cells may hold clues to Alzheimer's - Futurity

Water in a cell slows down in the tightest confines between proteins and develops the ability to affect other proteins much farther away, say …

What do compassionate doctors say? - Futurity

Researchers recorded and analyzed doctor-patient conversations to determine what compassion sounds like. The findings may lead to better medical …

A Scientific Miracle: Theories of Mary's Virgin Birth

<i>Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. - Matthew 1:18</i><p>Merry Christmas, scientists! It's that time of year again when all rational human beings shake our …

Are Antibacterial Soaps Really Better?

The Food and Drug Administration wants soap companies to prove that products labeled "antibacterial" prevent infection better than ordinary soap and water.<p><b>Citing new data about the potential health</b> risks associated with the active ingredients in most antibacterial soaps, the Food and Drug …

Microbiology

Biomarkers help predict progress of Lou Gehrig's disease - Futurity

Measuring changes in multiple biomarkers in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) may be a better way to predict progression of the disease.

Coffee Blood Vessels: Drinking Coffee Boosts Blood Flow, Study Says

Drinking coffee can boost blood vessels, a new study found.<p>Drinking a cup of caffeinated coffee significantly improved blood flow in a finger, found …

16 Seriously Creepy Things Kids Have Said

Kids say the darndest things, and sometimes those things are darn creepy.<p>A Reddit user asked people on the social media website to share stories of …

AIDS Scientists Encouraged By Antibodies That Hit Monkey Virus

Scientists have a new idea for beating HIV: Target the virus with guided missiles called monoclonal antibodies.<p>At least in monkeys infected with an experimental virus similar to the human AIDS virus, the approach produced what researchers call "profound therapeutic efficacy."<p>The results appear …

10 Amazing Things Kids Have Said About Past Lives

Many children seem wise beyond their years or like “old souls,” but some have said things that truly seem to hearken back to previous lives.<p>Parents …

7 Reasons Why Coffee Is Good For You

Coffee isn't just warm and energizing, it may also be extremely good for you.<p>In recent years and decades, scientists have studied the effects of coffee on various aspects of health and their results have been nothing short of amazing.<p>Here are 7 reasons why coffee may actually be one of the …

Six stubborn myths about cancer

There are few illnesses as terrifying in the public consciousness as cancer. With up to a third of us getting cancer at some stage in our lives, it is almost impossible to remain untouched by the disease. As an ominous reminder of our mortality, cancer scares us to the point that discussions about …

Age-related memory loss and the protein that may reverse it

Memories are just about the most precious piece of intangible property that we have — they contain a person's history, personality, and most deeply held beliefs — but there's an inevitable decline in our ability to retain them as we age. That's the problem being addressed by scientists at the …

Skin germs tweak immune system and vice-versa - Futurity

A branch of the immune system plays a part in governing the microbes that live …

Immune System

Scientists grow mini human brains from stem cells | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have grown the first mini human brains in a laboratory and say their success could lead to new levels of understanding about the way brains develop and what goes wrong in disorders like schizophrenia and autism.<p>A cross-section of an entire organoid showing development …

When I think, you move: researchers achieve brain-to-brain interface

It might sound rather frightening to have your arm move involuntarily, controlled by some unseen puppet master — but for researchers at the University of Washington, it represented a major breakthrough in human-to-human brain interfaces. Using a non-invasive brain-to-brain setup, a researcher in …

For lung transplants, bigger is better - Futurity

JOHNS HOPKINS (US) — Oversized donor lungs may be a better, safer fit for lung …

What Elle Magazine Got Wrong In Its Shoddy Takedown Of Genetically Modified Corn

A Slate investigation finds no merit in one writer's claim that she's allergic to genetically modified corn.<p>Genetically modified food has all the ingredients to scare the pants off us: Chemicals! Technology! Big ag! The uncertainty of modern development! Like it or not, most of what we eat in the …