Coby Koz Wright

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7 Beliefs of Emotionally Healthy People

We all know the basics of being healthy: eat well, exercise, and get some rest (especially when you’ve got your country’s 500th anniversary to plan, …

Shoring

A ‘Grueling and Grotesque’ Biohacking Experiment

In 2016, Josiah Zayner, a former synthetic biology research scientist at NASA, checked himself into a hotel room. Over the course of four days, he performed an extremely risky experiment on himself. The goal: “To completely replace all of the bacteria that are contained within my body.”

50 years ago, early organ transplants brought triumph and tragedy

<b></b> Kidneys lead the fieldWhile the drama of human heart transplants has grasped the public interest, kidney transplants are ahead in the field…. …

Talking with--Not Just to--Kids Powers How They Learn Language

Children from the poorer strata of society begin life not only with material disadvantages but cognitive ones. Decades of research have confirmed …

Is vaping safe?

They say there's no smoke without fire, but the jury is still out on the long-term effects of e-cigarettes.<p>The most recent research shows that vaping …

How to make a monster: what's the science behind Shelley's Frankenstein?

A look at the problems Victor Frankenstein would have faced, from preservation of tissue to developing new surgical techniques<p>The bicentenary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: or the Modern Prometheus has meant a lot of people are re-examining this brilliant work of science …

Mary Shelley

For Vampire Bats to Live on Blood, It Takes Guts

Collecting a vampire bat’s feces is not an easy task.<p>You must go into the jungle, to the cave where the bats live, then lurk at the entrance at dawn or dusk. As the bats come winging in or out, you catch them in nets spread across the cave mouth and transfer them to a cloth bag. Then, you …

Biology

There's No One Way to Explain How Flying Works

Let's be clear—airplanes are complicated. Sure, it's entirely possible to get a piece of paper and fold it in a particular way so that it flies. But …

Low-carb diets 'no better' than traditional focus on fat

Increasingly trendy low-carbohydrate diets are no more effective than traditional low-fat diets, scientists have said.<p>A new study involving more than 600 overweight adults found both worked similarly well if adhered to strictly for a year.<p>Dieting strategies which focus on carbohydrates have come …

Low Fat

Can We Change The Past?

Who has no regrets about things done in the past? Wouldn't it be nice if, somehow, we could go back to tweak a couple of bad decisions?<p>This sounds (and as we will see, <i>is,</i> to a certain extent) like science fiction.<p>The laws of physics prohibit traveling backwards in time for many reasons. If we did …

Quantum Physics

The new specimen forcing a radical rethink of Archaeopteryx

A new specimen has redefined who’s in and who’s out of the Archaeopteryx genus – and poses questions about other theropod dinosaurs<p>Have you heard? There is a new <i>Archaeopteryx</i> in town. Number 12, to be exact. Technically, this specimen has been around since 2010, but was only formally described …

Paleontology

How Six Americans Changed Their Minds About Global Warming

More Americans than ever say that climate change is mainly caused by human activity. We talked to six people about what changed their minds.

Global Warming

How to get children to eat greens: Use more stick and less carrot, study finds

Parents should not reward their children for eating greens, researchers said after discovering that youngsters who are not praised for trying vegetables are more likely to eat them eventually.<p>The best way to get children to eat food they do not like is simply to give them repeated exposure to it, …

BBC - KS3 Bitesize Science - Compounds and mixtures : Activity

Why not have a look at some chemical reactions? Try you hand at fusing or separating some elements.<p>In order to see this content you need to have both Javascript enabled and Flash installed.

Chemistry

Solve Genomics with the Blockchain? Why the Hell Not

Scientists lust after genomes like the wolf from a Tex Avery cartoon, heart pounding in throat, tongue lolling, fist pounding on the table, …

A Case for Wild Flamingos Calling Florida Their Home

In 2015, Conchy the flamingo showed up at Florida’s Naval Air Station Key West, and he wouldn’t leave. Normally managers on the grounds lethally remove feathered troublemakers — it can be very dangerous with birds flying around million-dollar fighter jets — but Conchy was a charmer. Instead, they …

Birds

Programming a DNA Clock

Nature is a master at constructing biological machines and circuits, including the ones that maintain the body's internal clock, copy genes or help …

Wreckage of UFO ‘with secret message from aliens’ is found hidden in box after 60 years

Mysterious wreckage which UFO fans claim is a crashed flying saucer covered in alien hieroglyphics has been unearthed in a British museum after 60 …