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The Talking Germs: Deciphering Microbial Linguistics and Cognition

Language is a hallmark of higher ordered creatures. Humans have developed a highly complex process involving the organization of thousands of words, each of which comprises a meaning. Yet, we are not alone in the ability to talk to one another. Over the last few decades, researchers have shown …

Human skin grown in lab 'can replace animal testing'

<b>Skin grown in the laboratory can replace animals in drug and cosmetics testing, UK scientists say.</b><p>A team led by King's College London has grown a layer of human skin from stem cells - the master cells of the body.<p>Stem cells have been turned into skin before, but the researchers say this is more …

Ask Anything: Can Insects Get Fat?

Yes, but they never lose that slender figure.<p>Some initial work on chubby bugs occurred in the early 1960s, when a Florida entomologist started publishing research on obese mosquitoes. When he fed the wild-caught flies by hand (“by easing the proboscis into a micropipette”), he found that he could …

Music That Burns, Literally

Those speakers in your living room, sitting there, like dull hunks of furniture? What if instead of just playing music, they became a pair of fire-spewing dragons? You'd play a tune, and the pulsing sound waves, usually invisible, would become bursts (or absences) of flame. Walk around the …

Scientists discover the protein interaction that triggers conception

Scientists may have discovered the key to mammalian fertilization: the interaction between two proteins, Izumo and Juno, located on the surface of sperm and eggs, respectively. The finding, published in a mouse study today in the journal <i>Nature</i>, closes a gap in our understanding of how mammals …

Genetics

Ebola: Looking Beyond the Pucker Factor

The best way to describe the reaction to an outbreak of Ebola virus was penned by Dr. C.J. Peters in his book, Virus Hunter. Known as "the pucker factor," it consists of “…an uncomfortable and unpleasant tightening of certain sphincter musculature.” His reasoning for the response is valid; of the …

You Yawn. She Doesn't Yawn Back. Uh-Oh

You are at a table for two, sitting with your girlfriend or boyfriend, when, for no good reason (you can't help it, you didn't mean to do it), you yawn. It's a big, gaping, jaw-extending, embarrassing yawn and because you didn't cover your face, oh, God, she/he sees it. A second or two goes by, and …

This Is Your Brain On No Sleep

If you’ve been skipping sleep, thinking you’ll make up for it on weekends, here’s some bad news. Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and Peking University have found that chronic sleep loss may actually lead to irreversible damage to and loss of brain cells.<p>“We live in a society where each …

Neuroscience

Scientists tell us their favourite jokes: 'An electron and a positron walked into a bar…'

Science is a very serious business, so what tickles a rational mind? In a not very scientific experiment, we asked a sample of great minds for their favourite jokes<p>Physics<p>■ Two theoretical physicists are lost at the top of a mountain. Theoretical physicist No 1 pulls out a map and peruses it for a …

Fresh Photons

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Cute Animals

Found: Possible Antidote For Death Cap Mushroom Poisoning

Poisonings from death cap mushrooms (which look similar to other fungi) are often difficult to diagnose and treat.<p>The flesh of the death cap mushroom is said to be quite tasty, and many who have eaten it claim it is the most delicious they've ever tasted. But it is also deadly, as the name …

The Art of Science: the stunning interiors of fish - in pictures

Prof Adam Summers uses marine specimens as the medium in a project which not only captures the beauty of the sea creatures but also reveals the anatomical structure for research and learning

The 10 Best Things from February 2014

Watch This Magnet Fall Slowly Through Air

It's witchcraft science.<p>This video from 2012 is making the rounds right now--with good reason. Drop whatever you're doing, leave your desk, quit your job, and find a magnet and copper tube, because, wow. Look at this! It's a _Matrix _time-freeze in your hands.<p>The video is showing a demonstration of …

New Crocodile Species Found In West Africa

It diverged from its most closely related kin about 7 million years ago.<p>Meet the west African slender-snouted crocodile. It looks quite similar to slender-snouted crocs in central Africa. But a recent investigation found that it is in fact a different species, and separated from its central African …

Easybreath Snorkeling Mask

Snorkeling is a great way to take in the sights and sounds under the sea without the need for bulky scuba equipment or certification. But it does …

Extraordinary Planetarium Watch Elegantly Orbits Planets Around the Sun

This spectacularly innovative watch design, known as <i>Midnight Plantarium</i>, allows you to wear a little piece of the Solar System on your wrist. Developed by Van Cleef & Arpels in partnership with Dutch watchmaker Christiaan van der Klaauw, the intricate concept replaces hands of a watch with six tiny …

Astronomy

How A Simple New Invention Seals A Gunshot Wound In 15 Seconds

An Oregon startup has developed a pocket-size device that uses tiny sponges to stop bleeding fast.<p>When a soldier is shot on the battlefield, the emergency treatment can seem as brutal as the injury itself. A medic must pack gauze directly into the wound cavity, sometimes as deep as 5 inches into …

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6 Famous Thought Experiments Explained in 1 Minute Each

Einstein once said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”<p>The Open University, an online educational institute, took …

Quantum Mechanics

Don't Just Shiver, Here Are 3 Cold-Weather Experiments To Try

In case you haven't heard, it's (really, <i>really</i>) cold outside for most of us living in the lower 48.<p>Chicago, which is already known for its biting cold, hit 16 below zero this morning, setting a new record low for a Jan. 6. (The coldest day in recorded history for the city is 27 below zero set on …

Gorgeous glass sculptures let you see into the world's most deadly viruses

Viruses are usually depicted as ugly, scary, almost weapon-like blobs just waiting to meddle inside of your body, but Luke Jerram sees them as something different. There isn't really a color to viruses after all — they're smaller than the wavelength of visible light — and as mere smears when viewed …

20 Amazing Chemical Reaction GIFs

Blood meets hydrogen peroxide<p>Source: Iitmne<p>Sodium acetate crystallization<p>Source: Imgur<p>Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction<p>Source: GIF Trunk<p>Water bridge …

Chemistry