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A liquid lake on Saturn’s moon

A false-color mosaic of Ligeia Mare – the second-largest known body of liquid on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. It’s larger than Lake Superior on …

Astronomers Want To Fire Giant Bullets At Jupiter's Moon Europa

Hey aliens, you have about 10 years to reveal yourselves before we launch a science missile.<p>Scientists at University College London have designed a 44-pound bullet that could gather scientific information on Jupiter's moon Europa. Last week, a prototype of the bullet slammed through a 10-tonne …

Artificial cells show why crowding is key

<b>CARNEGIE MELLON (US) —</b> Gene expression goes better in tight quarters, especially when other conditions are less than ideal, say researchers.<p>As the …

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8 Popular Tooth Myths Debunked

Nothing but the tooth.<p>You've probably heard that Coke can dissolve a tooth or that bleaching your teeth weakens them. But what's the truth behind these tooth myths?

DNA enzyme’s speed confirms physics law

<b>UC DAVIS (US) —</b> Scientists have used a protein that unwinds DNA to show that the ergodic theorem can be demonstrated by a collection of individual …

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Sabre rocket engine could open up access to space as never before | Stuart Clark

Imagine taking off from a runway as you would in a normal aeroplane but flying so high and so fast that when you unclip your seatbelt, you float …

FYI: Why Do Humans Like Fizzy Drinks?

Apparently we like them with the part of our sensorium that evolved to detect spoilage.<p>Drinking carbonated water has been in vogue since at least 1767, and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. So what gives us our taste for the sparkling stuff?<p>It's still not completely clear what characterizes the …

How Much Can A Human Body Sweat Before It Runs Out?

Drip, drip, drip<p>It all depends on the size, physical fitness and hydration of the person in question, but it's possible to sweat buckets before heatstroke sets in and we pass out. After all, there are about three million sweat glands on the human body (the highest concentration is on our palms), …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

'Intelligent' surgical knife can sniff out cancer tissue

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have created an “intelligent” surgical knife that can detect in seconds whether tissue being cut is cancerous, promising more effective and accurate surgery in future.<p>Julia Balog of Imperial College London demonstrates the Intelligent Knife on a piece of meat at St …

Ingenious Tourniquet Invention Saves Lives

An inflatable abdominal tourniquet recently revived two men who were moments away from bleeding to death. The device could have saved three soldiers per month between 2001 and 2010, the U.S. Army says.<p>On June 7 in Birmingham, Ala., a blood-soaked, unconscious 41-year-old man arrived at a hospital …

A Brief History Of Architectural Blunders [Infographic]

Maybe make sure your building is wind-proof?<p>This infographic, published by the NewSchool of Architecture and Design, ticks off some of history's most famous architectural failures, reaching back to Ancient Rome's Fidenae Ampitheatre (collapsed in 27 A.D.) all the way to the Lotus Riverside …

Decapitated Worms Regrow Heads, Keep Old Memories

<b>In French Revolution-style, researchers decapitated flatworms—then did something that would give even Madam Defarge the creeps.</b><p>The scientists let the worms’ heads grow back and found that their memories returned along with the new noggins, according to a new study in the <i>Journal of Experimental</i> …

How To Argue With The Anti-Vaccine Crazies: A Guide

In honor of Jenny McCarthy's new seat at "The View"<p>Jenny McCarthy—savvy, telegenic, and pulchritudinous—is joining the popular daytime talk show "The View."<p>McCarthy is a strident proponent of not vaccinating kids, as she believes vaccinations made her son autistic. Now, many scientists and science …

Faster Forward, Together

Why Startup Loans To Address The Access To Capital Gap Are A Terrible Idea <i>bookmark_border</i> Cate Costa<p>You likely already know where I am going when I …

Help! My Egg Yolks Are Freakishly White

Dear Salt,<p>I recently joined President Obama on his trip through Africa, and I brought a mystery home with me. I wonder if you can help me solve it.<p>I was supposed to take my anti-malaria pills in the morning, with heavy or fatty food. That meant a lot of eggs for breakfast, all across Africa. In …

Scientists report newly discovered horned dinosaur unearthed in Utah

(Reuters) - A big-nosed dinosaur that may have used its impressive horns as a mate magnet and to ward off competitors has been unearthed in a fossil-rich deposit in southern Utah, scientists said on Wednesday.<p>The novel species, Nasutoceratops or “big-nose horned face,” is the only known member of a …

Down's syndrome cells 'fixed' in first step towards chromosome therapy

Scientists have corrected the genetic fault that causes Down's syndrome – albeit in isolated cells – raising the prospect of a radical therapy for …

John Brocklehurst obituary

John Brocklehurst, who has died of cancer aged 89, was the leading geriatrician of his generation. He made key contributions to the clinical care of …

How Computer Analysis Uncovered J. K. Rowling's Secret Novel

Or, how your four-grams may be undermining your anonymous erotica-writing career<p><i>The Cuckoo's Calling</i>, a detective novel by first-time author Robert Gailbraith, just got solved in a big way. This weekend, the U.K.'s The Times reported <i>The Cuckoo's Calling</i> was actually written by J. K. Rowling, the …