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A long — and lean — life for mice missing just one gene

By deleting a single gene, researchers at Yale University were able to dramatically reduce fat mass in mice while expanding their lifespan by 20%. …

Black death skeletons reveal pitiful life of 14th-century Londoners

DNA from emaciated London Black Death skeletons matches modern plague bacteria and supports airborne theory of spread<p>The 25 skeletons unearthed in the Clerkenwell area of London a year ago may hold the key to the truth about the nature of the Black Death that ravaged Britain and Europe in the …

The Oldest Living Things On Earth

<i>The photographer Rachel Sussman has been traveling the world to take pictures of the oldest living organisms on our planet. She described her journey in this TED talk, and now, at last, she’s created a gorgeous new book, The Oldest Living Things in the World, published by the University of Chicago</i> …

Biology

10 surprises about our solar system

Here are 10 unexpected and intriguing facts about our solar system – our sun and its family of planets – you probably did not know!<p>Remember those …

Astronomy

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Letter From The Editor<p>The Virtues Of Curiosity<p>Features<p>The 9th Annual How It Works Issue<p><b>Your world, explained: The new Formula E racecar, e-cigarettes, Wiffle balls, and more.</b><p>The Electric Racecar<br>• The Inner Earth<br>• A Private Moon Lander<br>• A Wiffle Ball Pitch<br>• The Highest-Efficiency Solar Cell<br>• A Surgical …

The Bugs In Your Stomach Define You As Much–If Not More–Than Your Genes

At TED, microbial ecologist Rob Knight discussed the secret ecosystem of microbes within our bodies, and its potential to shape behavior and cause–or cure–disease.<p>Every creature on earth has their own microbial community. This internal ecology determines how we digest food and resist disease and …

Biology

A Life-Size LEGO Car You Can Actually Drive

We call shotgun.<p>The Super Awesome Micro Project, a full-size car made of 500,000 LEGOs, sprung from an unlikely partnership between Romanian tinkerer Raul Oaida and Australian investor Steve Sammartino. The two met over Skype in 2012, and since then, Sammartino has helped Oaida raise money for his …

Never Mind Eyesight, Your Nose Knows Much More

The human eye can distinguish more than 2 million distinct colors. But scientists studying smell now say they have their vision colleagues beat: The human nose, they say, can distinguish more than a trillion different smells.<p>Yes, trillion with a T.<p>That new figure displaces a much more modest …

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Your Body Can Kill Cancer. It Just Needs Better Instructions.

Researchers have been programming peoples' immune systems to recognize and destory cancer.<p>Part of what makes cancers so insidious is that they’re not invaders: They’re our own cells turned against us. That means the body usually doesn’t see them as a threat. But over the last few years, teams at …

Modern Scientists Validate Alan Turing's Theory About Biology

The creator of the Turing test was adept at all kinds of science.<p>Less than two years before he died, famed computer scientist Alan Turing wrote a biochemistry paper. Called "The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis," Turing theorized about how cells change and develop. Now, 60 years later, a team of …

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 …

Your Favourite Alcoholic Drinks Put Under a Microscope

While you may easily think these are abstract works by some modern artist, they are not. What these images are, are in fact farthest from that. These …

Alcohol

Sloth Fur Might Yield New Drugs

Microbes living in the beasts' coats could be deadly to malaria and cancer cells.<p>Sloths are cute. Take this video of baby sloths being washed:<p>Until today, this video might represent sheer joy. But a new study causes a different reaction: NOOOO! DON'T KILL THE FUR FUNGI!!!<p>New research, you see, has …

I Heart My City: Marti’s San Sebastián

<b>Marti Buckley Kilpatrick</b>, an American journalist and cook, has called San Sebastián home for the past three years. This food aficionado with a passion for Basque culinary culture–whether in <i>pintxo</i> form or at a five-hour lunch–points to an ancient local proverb that translates to <i>“Wherever your</i> …

Barcelona

Event-o-Rama: 10 Must-Dos in February

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. <b>Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in February:</b><p>Carnival season is upon us, so why not take part in an event that inspired many other pre-Lenten celebrations around the world? Head to the “City of Masks” for the <b>Venetian</b> …

The Evolution of Man's Best Friend

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