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Paper-strip test detects parasite that causes diarrhea

A simple test can quickly detect if a person is infected with a parasite that causes the diarrheal disease cryptosporidiosis.<p>Lines on paper strips …

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, …

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Mars Rover Opportunity Commemorates 10 Years on Mars by Sending Home a Selfie

When the Mars Rover Opportunity landed on our planetary neighbor on January 25th, 2004 it was undertaking a three-month mission. Well, it’s a full …

Self-Portraits Explore Fragmented Distortions of Reality

Created by photographer Cornelia Hediger, <i>Doppelgnger</i> (which means “double walker” in German) and <i>Doppelgnger II</i> are a beautiful exploration of the self in relation to the world around us. Inspired by the many fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, the Switzerland-based artist pieces together multiple …

The Big Fat List of Documentaries About Photography

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Sewage reveals the popular drugs of the world's cities

An anecdote from a student over drug use at the University of Puget Sound led one professor to test sewage in an effort to gauge the use of illegal drugs. "The amphetamine levels go through the roof during finals," says chemistry professor Dan Burgard in an interview with <i>Gizmodo</i>. Sewage tests in …

Swarthy, blue-eyed caveman revealed using DNA from ancient tooth

DNA taken from the wisdom tooth of a European hunter-gatherer has given scientists an unprecedented glimpse of modern humans before the rise of farming. The Mesolithic man, who lived in Spain around 7,000 years ago, had an unusual mix of blue eyes, black or brown hair, and dark skin, according to …

VLT Survey Telescope Captures 16,000 Pixel Wide Image of Lagoon Nebula

The VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile has captured a detailed new image of the Lagoon Nebula. The nebula, also known …

A Reading Teacher Who Lost The Ability To Read

Here's a medical mystery that begins with a kindergarten teacher. We're not using her full name to protect her medical privacy, so we'll call her M.<p>M. taught reading to 4 and 5-year-olds at a school outside Chicago, but two years ago something happened to her that changed her life: she lost the …

The Recipe for Apollo 13's Disaster

Aside from Apollo 11, Apollo 13 is probably the most recognized mission of NASA’s lunar landing program. Called the successful failure, this third lunar landing mission was aborted when an oxygen tank exploded and crippled the spacecraft. Most retellings of Apollo 13’s mission focus on what …