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A Healthy Poke: Demystifying the Science Behind Acupuncture

<i>Many of us have started to embrace the use of alternative medicine, but acupuncture, with its qi, yin, and meridians, still raises eyebrows</i><p>While many practices in alternative medicine are slowly but surely making their way into the mainstream, acupuncture is one that still produces skeptical …

Homeopathic drug company caught putting actual drugs in its remedies

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) knocked the stuffing out of homeopathic drug company Terra-Medica last week, when the regulatory agency announced that a number of its "natural" remedies contained actual drugs.<p>According to<i>Wired UK</i>, the FDA found that 56 lots of the company's drugs …

Why parents should 'baby' a crying infant - Futurity

Children under the age of three who do not form strong bonds with their parents are more likely to be aggressive, defiant, and hyperactive as adults.

Scientists find potential target for treating mitochondrial disorders

Mitochondria, long known as "cellular power plants" for their generation of the key energy source adenosine triphosphate (ATP), are essential for …

Making Better Mesenchymal Stem Cells

WIKIMEDIA, ROBERT M. HUNTStem cell therapy is often hailed as the treatment of the future for several diseases. And mesenchymal stem cells …

Why do cats purr?

These comforting sounds are good for them and for us, too.<p>It's easy to assume that cats purr because they're happy. After all, when your kitty …

A Photographic Exploration Of The Oldest Living Things In The World

For nearly a decade, photographer Rachel Sussman has been traveling the globe in search of the world's oldest living things. From the Mojave Desert to the Australian Outback to Greenland's icy expanses, she captures portraits of life forms so relentless they've managed to survive eons of planetary …

Nanofiber bandages could safely seal your next wound

Over-the-counter liquid bandages are great for sealing up minor cuts and scrapes, but sutures are still required to close most surgical incisions and deeper wounds. A group of scientists at the University of Maryland, however, have devised a way to apply a layer of 370 nanometer-wide biodegradable …

Neurosurgeons successfully implant 3D printed skull

A 22-year-old woman from the Netherlands who suffers from a chronic bone disorder -- which has increased the thickness of her skull from 1.5cm to …

Researchers Discover How to Design Non-Living, Living Material

There's an entirely new direction for materials coming to life—specifically, a hybrid that combines the best of non-living matter with living matter. …

Seeing Cells As They’re Meant To Be Seen: In 3-D

Here's the big picture<p>Cells live in a three-dimensional world, but until recently, scientists using fluorescence microscopes could see them well in only two dimensions. With advances in confocal microscopes, which use pinhole apertures to focus light on several planes, scientists can now view …

Dolphin-Squeak-To-English Translator Works In Real Time

You had me at "seaweed."<p>For the first time ever, a device has enabled people to translate a dolphin whistle in real time. The dolphin's first word was "sargassum," a type of seaweed.<p>"I was like whoa! We have a match. I was stunned," researcher Denise Herzing told New Scientist. At the time, in …

Human Brains Now Understand Smiley Emoticon Like A Real Face

Just don't turn that :-) upside down.<p>The brain is great at recognizing faces. When you see a face, specific areas of the occipitotemporal cortex are activated. But what about emoticons, such as the smiley face--how does the brain react? Is it possible that they might be seen similarly to faces, …

Measles cases spiked in 2013, US health experts warn

It's been fifty years since the United States approved a vaccine to prevent measles — and more than a decade since the disease was declared eliminated in the country. But now, the rate of measles is once again on the rise: a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) …

Probiotics treat autism-like symptoms in mice - Futurity

A new study with mice offers the first evidence that changes in gut bacteria can influence autism-like behaviors.

Does your voice sound tall or short? - Futurity

People can often tell how tall or short you are just by the sound of your voice, research shows.

What's the point of sleep?

Almost as much as eating food or tormenting the local wildlife, my cats love to sleep. Which is probably why I get on so well with them, because I'm also quite partial to a good nap. The trouble with sleep is that no one's quite sure why we actually do it. But a new paper published in the Journal …

Test for celiac risk may mean fewer biopsies - Futurity

A new way of detecting celiac disease reveals that the immune disorder is far more …

Tuberculosis Hitched A Ride When Early Humans Left Africa

Dogs often get credit for being humans' constant companions. But dogs have nothing on tuberculosis bacteria.<p>TB and people have been trapped in a relationship that's been going on for thousands of years — perhaps even tens of thousands of years, scientists said earlier this week.<p>"The old, …

Drug Cures Mice Of Down Syndrome With A Single Dose

But it's not a cure for humans yet.<p>Cure Down syndrome with a single injection? Well, maybe--if you're a mouse. A team of scientists from John Hopkins University and the National Institutes of Health have cured newborn mice of Down syndrome by injecting them with a drug that stimulates what's called …

Parasitic worms keep other infections away - Futurity

Hookworm infections may help the body ward off other infections—as well as autoimmune diseases. Studying …

The World's Tallest Skyscrapers Have A Dirty Little Secret

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the Bank of America tower in New York count among the worst offenders<p>Supertall skyscrapers aren't necessarily built to fit as many people inside as possible--sometimes they're just aiming to be, well, really tall. Large portions of these buildings are designed to …

Your brain is wired to quiet voices in your head

Nerve circuits let the brain turn down sounds that come from our own actions, and turn up other sounds we need to pay attention to, say …

What Blood Shows Scientists About Suicide Risk

A new study of bipolar patients brings researchers closer to creating a blood test for suicidal thoughts.<p>Suicide was responsible for more deaths than motor vehicle crashes were in 2009, but it's not always easy for doctors to tell when someone is at risk. A new study from the Indiana University …

Kapture will hold people accountable or replay a minute of your life

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>Much like Google(s goog) can settle a bar argument with the tap of a finger, a device launching on Kickstarter might stop …

Is making stories touchable the next big thing for journalism?

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>It seems like a simple enough concept: We experience storytelling through our senses. So the more senses you add to an …

The Form 1 3D Printer Gets An OS X Update

The software package that comes with the Form 1 3D printer, which I reviewed a few months ago, has gotten a much-needed update. First, the new software, called PreForm is now compatible with OS X, which means more users can use the system natively on their machines.<p>The new software also supports …

Buddhists Attack Sri Lankan Mosque, 12 Injured

* Attacks on Sri Lankan mosques on the rise<p>* Tensions remain, elite police deployed<p>* U.S. calls for prosecution of perpetrators<p>* Bodu Bala Sena denies involvement in latest attack (Adds curfew, para 5; Muslim ministers' statement, para 12)<p>By Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez<p>COLOMBO, Aug 11 (Reuters) - …