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First human deaths from H7N9 bird flu

<i>Posted on behalf of David Cyranoski:</i><p>Two men died after being infected with a type of bird flu never before been seen in humans, China reported on …

Should you wait an hour after eating until swimming?

We are told taking a dip on a full stomach is dangerous because we might get cramp or a stitch, or even drown. But is there any truth to this?<p>I can still remember how slowly time seemed to pass as a child when I was on the beach, and had to wait an hour after I’d finished my sandwiches before I was …

Tiny glass ‘bottles’ protect DNA from damage

Scientists have figured out how to trap DNA in microscopic shells, which could bring the idea of DNA as the ultimate data-storage medium a step closer to reality.<p>In many ways, DNA could be the ultimate data-storage medium. Ever since James Watson and Francis Crick showed almost 60 years ago to the …

Shakespeare: Hoarder, Playwright, Fake? A Physicist Turns To Statistics For Answers

In the absence of solid evidence, statistics can help you decide for yourself.<p>Shakespeare was a grain hoarder and a flagrant tax evader, according to a new study that explores the Bard of Avon's financials. It's kind of surprising, and it means, weirdly, that he may have starred in a real-life …

The True Science of Parallel Universes

Words let software date Medieval writing

<b>U. TORONTO (CAN) —</b> Based on the appearance of popular words or phrases, new software can tell when medieval British documents were …

A black hole was quiet for decades, then suddenly woke up to snack on an object about 14 to 30 times the size of Jupiter. This is what that looks like. http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-04/nearby-black-hole-wakes-grab-light-snack?src=SOC&dom=fb

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris Wheel?<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>EcologyHow Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of …

Video: Black hole eats a super-Jupiter

ES astronomers said on April 2 they seen telltale evidence of a black hole disrupting the outer atmosphere of a super-Jupiter.<p>ESA astronomers say …

Black Holes

Obama Goes Public With Brain-Mapping Plan

President Obama officially announced a new brain research initiative in a press conference at the White House this morning, something he first hinted …

Canada to investigate muzzling of scientists

Canada’s information commissioner has launched an investigation into the ‘muzzling’ of scientists in seven federal agencies, including the …

April 2013

Obama's Plan To Explore The Brain: A 'Most Audacious' Project

President Obama has announced an ambitious plan to explore the mysteries of the human brain.<p>In a speech Tuesday, Obama said he will ask Congress for $100 million in 2014 to "better understand how we think and how we learn and how we remember." Other goals include finding new treatments for …

Scientists have been studying immune cells grown in space to understand how astronauts' immune systems may change. Here's what those cells look like. http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-04/these-are-immune-cells-grown-space?src=SOC&dom=fb

Questions swarm around synthetic biology's impact on Mother Nature

Conservationists say it's high time to consider whether synthetic biology will solve some of the huge problems that beset endangered species, or bring new problems. It just might do both.<p>"Synthetic biology brings with it a powerful attraction, causing biology to veer towards engineering with its …

This date in science: Supernova 1987A

Supernova 1987A first appeared in earthly skies 30 years ago today. It was the closest observed supernova since 1604.<p><b>February 23-24, 1987.</b> When …

Comet PANSTARRS near Andromeda galaxy

Look for Comet PANSTARRS in early April 2013 near the Andromeda Galaxy.<p>Have you been able to see Comet PANSTARRS? It’s still up there, visible in …

Andromeda Galaxy

APOD: Comet PANSTARRS and the Andromeda Galaxy (2013 Apr 03) Image Credit & Copyright: Pavel Smilyk http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130403.html Explanation: Currently, comet PANSTARRS is passing nearly in front of the galaxy Andromeda. Coincidentally, both comet and galaxy appear now to be just about the same angular size. In physical size, even though Comet PANSTARRS is currently the largest object in the Solar System with a tail spanning about 15 times the diameter of the Sun, it is still about 70 billion times smaller than the Andromeda galaxy (M31). The above image was taken a few days ago near Syktyvkar, Russia. As C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) on the lower left recedes from the Sun and dims, it is returning to the northerly direction whence it came. When the comet will return is currently unknown, although humans may have merged with computers by then. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130403 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0403

China's air pollution led to 1.2 million premature deaths in 2010

The pea-soup-like air pollution in China’s cities has received a lot of attention over the past year, but its actual human toll is just now coming to light, and it’s much worse than thought. Some 1.2 million premature deaths in the country can be attributed to the outdoor air quality in 2010, a …

Female octopuses stretch further

Reporter, BBC Nature<p>Female octopuses go to extra lengths when stretching their arms to reach food, a study has found.<p>Scientists in Italy measured octopuses' arm extensions as they reached up a tube towards tasty bait.<p>They found for the first time that octopuses' arm elongation ability differed …

Biology

Hayden Panettiere Tattoo Gaffe Is The Topic Of Conversation In Glamour (PHOTOS)

These days, Hayden Panettiere is getting plenty attention for both her role on "Nashville" and her rumored engagement to boxer Wladimir Klitschko. So it's no wonder she doesn't spend much time dwelling on her regrets -- specifically, that infamous misspelled tattoo.<p>The blonde beauty covers …

Justin Timberlake: Eyeing Fashion in 20/20

As an entertainer, Justin Timberlake has learned from the past.<p>He can cradle a mic stand like Elvis Presley, move like Michael Jackson and swoon like Sinatra. It has been these disparate talents that Timberlake has harnessed for stage presence. It's this showmanship and substance that Tom Ford, one …

The pop tattoo makes its mark

This Easter weekend saw the Scottish Tattoo Convention take place in Edinburgh, and with it came awards for the best tattoos on show. This included a …

Couples Dating Problems: "What Can We Bring?" (VIDEO)

Going From Blonde To Brunette? Avoid These 5 Common Hair Color Mistakes

Over the weekend, Reese Witherspoon debuted her new dark 'do in Nashville (also: will you check out the cheeks on her son Tennessee!). She had previously transformed into a brunette for her role as June Carter Cash in 2005's "Walk the Line, and according to People, has returned to one for an …

Suri Cruise's Haircut Is Cuter Than Ours Was At Her Age (PHOTO)

This past Friday, Suri Cruise debuted a new haircut, and it's definitely more Michelle Obama than Seraphina Affleck. Katie Holmes' daughter showed off bangs, a hairstyle add-on that's a bit more high-maintenance than that of most seven-year-olds. Still, Suri's always proven herself to be a …

Dolce & Gabbana Fined $441 Million For Tax Evasion

<b>MILAN, Italy —</b> Italy's Tax Commission has fined fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana 343.4 million euros ($441 million) for tax …

A Salute To Doris Day's Cheerfully Feminine Style On Her Birthday (PHOTOS)

Katherine Heigl owes Doris Day, big time.<p>After all, it was Day who practically invented the romantic comedy heroine template that we know today (especially if it stars Katherine Heigl): The uptight, harried, over-scheduled professional with a fabulous apartment who just doesn't have time for love. …