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The Size Of Space As Illustrated Here Is Really Mind-Blowing

Here are some pictures that demonstrate how tiny our world is as compared to the hugeness of cosmos. Thanks to equipment nowadays, images like the …

US scientists may have resolved 'Darwin's dilemma'

Charles Darwin worried about a possible hole in his theory of evolution, but some American scientists may just have plugged it. For about a billion years after the dawn of life on Earth, organisms didn't evolve all that much.<p>Then about 600 million years ago came the "Cambrian explosion." Everything …

Google's Lollipop Wants To Change The Way We Use Our Phones

If you're an Android user, there's a chance that earlier this week your phone or tablet alerted you about a new update to its operating system. Yearly system updates are a part of the modern smartphone experience, and, like clockwork, Apple and Google typically issue them every fall.<p>The newest …

Yes, The Weather Is Polar. No, It's Not The Vortex

Much of the country had to bundle up this week owing to some unusually cold weather. Even in the Deep South, residents struggled with temperatures in the low 20s.<p>With the big chill comes the revival of an ominous phrase: "the polar vortex."<p>The sinister-sounding label has been hard to escape on TV …

How DNA Is Reshaping How We See Ourselves—and Our History

Many of our traits and decisions are shaped by our ancestors, author says.<p>In her early 20s, Christine Kenneally discovered something about her Australian forebears that upended her sense of identity and family history. In her new book, <i>The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History</i> …

Q&A: An Ecologist's Passion for Preserving the Ocean's Pristine Places

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala leads a project that aims to identify and protect the world’s most unspoiled marine environments.<p>Enric Sala, leader of National Geographic's Pristine Seas project, took time out from packing for a voyage to the Galápagos Islands to answer a few …

Competition for ecological niches limits evolution of new species

A recently published study finds that competition for ecological niches limits the evolution of new species. Further, this study finds that speciation rate slows or even stops as available ecological niches fill up.<p>Why are there so many more species in some regions than in others? According to a …

Sanofi Pasteur: The New England Journal of Medicine published positive results for Fluzone® High-Dose Vaccine

<b>Study Demonstrates Fluzone High-Dose Vaccine 24.2 Percent More Effective Than Standard-Dose Fluzone Vaccine in Preventing Influenza in Adults 65</b> …

Baby 'cured' of HIV: New details offer hope for other patients

New details about the first person to be cured of HIV through drug therapy alone offer hope that others who are born with the virus may be able to beat it back and avoid a lifetime of treatment, researchers reported Wednesday.<p>The formerly HIV-positive Mississippi girl drew widespread interest in …

New Noninvasive Colorectal Cancer Screening Test Is Effective In Large Trial

A new, noninvasive test for colorectal cancer seems to detect more cancers and precancerous polyps than the currently available noninvasive test, the fecal immunochemical test for occult blood (FIT), according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.<p>The Cologuard test, which …

Death By Salt? New Study Finds Too Much Sodium Is A Global Killer

Americans are accustomed to being nagged about salt. We're told we consume too much — particularly from processed foods. And that all this salt can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.<p>Turns out it's the same story most places around the globe. Worldwide, people …