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Altered Microbial Enzyme Eats Up Cocaine, Could Treat Addiction

By tinkering with the enzyme's structure, researchers have improved its stability and ability to break down cocaine.<p>Bacteria that live in the soil near coca plants make an enzyme called cocaine esterase, which rapidly breaks down the drug. The enzyme could theoretically be useful to destroy cocaine …

Why Is Everything Spherical?

Have you ever noticed that everything in space is a sphere? The Sun, the Earth, the Moon and the other planets and their moons… all spheres. Except …

How It Works: Putting Humans In Suspended Animation

A new human trial will chill gunshot victims to keep them alive<p>"Suspended animation" -- literally putting life on hold -- has long been a medical dream. (The preferred scientific term for the procedure is emergency preservation and resuscitation [ EPR ].) Dr. Sam Tisherman and a team of surgeons at …

Medicine

Japan's prime minister wants to host the first 'robot Olympics' in 2020

Tokyo is already the host of the 2020 Summer Olympics, so why not add nonhuman machines to the mix?<p>For as long as there have been robots, humans have wanted to thrust them into battle. Now Japan's prime minister wants to take that idea to the largest stage possible. Speaking to reporters last …

China seals off 30,000 people after bubonic plague death

And 151 residents have been placed under quarantine<p>Parts of Yumen, a city in northwestern China, have been sealed off after a local died of bubonic plague last week, reports Reuters. The 38-year-old man is said to have contracted the bacterial disease, also known as "the black death," after coming …

This is Darius, the biggest Continental Giant rabbit in the world, with Annette Edwards, his owner. Darius weighs 22.2kg and munches through 4,000 carrots every year.

Rafflesia Arnoldii, or the "corpse flower", is the largest flower on Earth. It is a leafless, stemless, rootless and non-photosynthetic parasite of vines and smells like rotting flesh.

Skeletons of war dead from 11,000 BC go on show at the British Museum

Lying on their left sides, curled together, the two skeletons on display for the first time at the British Museum look peacefully laid to rest. But the razor-sharp stone flakes scattered around and among the bones are the remains of ancient weapons, with a myriad breaks and slash marks on the …

Smart seatbelts monitor heart rate to stop drivers nodding off

Spanish engineers are developing a seatbelt which monitors the heart rate of drivers and issues an alert, warning them to pull over, if they are in danger of falling asleep behind the wheel<p>Seatbelts which monitor heart rate and wake drivers up if they sense they are falling asleep behind the wheel, …

Longest lunar month of 2014 starts on August 25

The longest lunar month of 2014 starts with the August 25 new moon and ends September 24. All you need to know about the varying lengths of the lunar …

Astronomy

As Sea Ice Shrinks, Can Polar Bears Survive on Land?

The predators can stay alive on goose eggs and caribou, scientist argues.<p>Here's one possible summer menu for polar bears being forced to stay on land due to a lack of reliable sea ice: 60 snow goose egg clutches, 53 goslings, 63 adult geese, 3 caribou calves, and 3 adult caribou. Garnish with …

Scientists Probe Depths of Mysterious Hole in Siberia

That mysterious crater deep in Siberia will soon be a bit less mysterious; a team of scientists just completed their first survey of the giant hole in northern Yamal — Siberian for "the end of the world." Conspiracy theorists who thought bombs or UFOs might be involved will be disappointed to hear …

World's Largest Aquatic Insect Reportedly Found In China

Aw cute, can we keep 'em?<p>Gadzooks! The world's largest aquatic insect has reportedly been found in China. This cute/terrifying little creature, which is definitely worth writing home about, was found in the the mountains of Chengdu in Sichuan province, Scientific American reports. It boasts a …

South America

Climate change: Could we engineer greener humans?

In the far future, might we consider changing human biology to avoid the worst effects of climate change? Frank Swain explores an intriguing thought experiment.<p>Climate change is one of the biggest threats facing humankind, and as the stakes are raised, many are proposing ambitious solutions – from …

Li Ao

Supermoon - in pictures

Over the weekend the moon appeared larger than usual around the world. The phenomenon, which scientists call a 'perigee moon', occurs when the orb is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.

Iraq jihadists blow up 'Jonah's tomb' in Mosul

Islamic State insurgents destroy reputed burial site of a prophet known in the Bible as Jonah after storming Iraqi city<p>The new jihadist rulers of Iraq's northern city of Mosul on Thursday completely levelled one its most well-known shrines.<p>The Nabi Yunus shrine was built on the reputed burial site …

16 Endangered Species Who Need Our Help Immediately

Use the SLIDEY THING to investigate the effects of poaching and climate change.

An Animated Avatar Could Screen Humans For National Security

A new study from the U.S.'s lie detection agency recommends robots over people to conduct clearance interviews.<p>When the paperwork at your doctor's office asks you how much alcohol you drink, do you write down the truth? Would you be more likely to tell the truth if an animated head interviewed you …

The States People Want To Get The Hell Out Of [Infographic]

Survey says: people want to leave Illinois.<p>Gallup is out with a new poll and accompanying map measuring responses to this question: "Regardless of whether you <i>will</i> move, if you had the opportunity, would you <i>like</i> to move to another state, or would you rather remain in your current state?"<p>Big insights …

Rare Amazon Jungle Dog Caught on Video

Lucky camera trap captures a glimpse of rarely seen short-eared dog.<p><div class="caption">Video footage of the rare short-eared dog, seen inside Peru's Tambopata National Reserve.</caption><p>One of the Amazon rain forest's most elusive inhabitants, the short-eared dog, has been caught on video.<p>About …

How Becoming a Father Changes Your Brain

Author: Christian Jarrett. Christian Jarrett Science<p>Date of Publication: 07.17.14.<p>Time of Publication: 11:09 am. 11:09 am<p>As the father of 12-week-old …

The Brain

How Evolution Gave Some Fish Their Electric Powers

Author: Nick Stockton. Nick Stockton Science<p>Date of Publication: 06.26.14.<p>Time of Publication: 2:02 pm. 2:02 pm<p>The electric eel is one of the many …

Wolves Might Use Their Eyes to Talk to Each Other

It's no secret that wolves, foxes, and dogs are highly social animals. But beyond all the wagging, pawing and yipping we like to try to interpret, …

Watch an Octopus Walking on Land

This video is from 2011, but it's still so awesome. An octopus walks out of the water at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, drops a crab shell at the feet of …

Octopuses

Dogs Feel Jealousy

Jealousy may not be an emotion unique to humans, a new study has found. Published in the journal <i>PLOS ONE</i>, researchers describe the first experimental …

Religious Children Struggle To Separate Fact From Fiction

The ability of young children to distinguish fact from fiction varies considerably with exposure to religion, two new studies have found. Children …

The Sun Is Eerily Quiet, And Scientists Aren't Sure Why

Just a few weeks back the Sun was peppered with sunspots- dark areas stretching thousands of kilometers across that come and go. This was hardly …

HIV-Killing Condom Approved in Australia

VivaGel contains an antiviral compound that, when used as a coating for condoms, can reduce the risk of exposure to viruses that cause sexually …

Farmer Lloyd Olsen chopped off Mike’s head one evening in 1945 but missed the jugular vein, leaving one ear and most of the brain stem intact. Mr. Olsen decided to continue to care permanently for Mike, and would feed him a mixture of milk and water via an eyedropper; occasionally he was fed small grains of corn. Mike became famous, touring sideshows and also featuring in Time and Life magazines. Mike only died when he asphyxiated on some corn lodged in his exposed oesophagus 18 months after losing his head. A post-mortem revealed that the axe had missed the carotid artery and a clot had prevented Mike from bleeding to death. Because his brain stem was left, which controls basic functions, Mike remained quite healthy.