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Scientists Have Discovered a New Organ in the Human Body. What is the Interstitium?

It’s not a second stomach or a mini-brain. But scientists have discovered an important new organ that may play a critical role in how many tissues …

Stem Cells

7 Gluten-Free Muffin Recipes That Don't Taste Like Cardboard

There are some pretty scary facts about bakery muffins (some have more sugar than a fat slice of cake!), so we prefer to bake them ourselves. But to …

Breakfast

5 superfoods you’re probably not eating

One in three Americans will be suffering from type 2 diabetes by 2050. The solution? More moringa and mung beans<p>By some estimates, the state of American health looks pretty grim. And much of it is directly tied to poor diets.<br>Based on current trends, one in three American adults—about 146 million …

Do This the Next Time You Forget to Soften Butter for a Recipe

No, you don't need to pause your baking and wait for it to catch up.<p>So you're halfway through whipping up a dozen cupcakes for your kid's bake sale at school tomorrow when you realize you forgot a very important step: Taking the stick of butter out of the fridge to let it soften. Perfect. It's …

Top 10 guardian angels in children’s books

From PG Wodehouse and CS Lewis to Anne Fine and Ali Sparkes, authors have always had a soft spot for characters that offer a helping hand to their heroes. Andrew Norriss picks his favourites<p>I’ve always been a fan of stories with guardian angels in them. I don’t mean angels with wings, like Clarence …

Top 10

‘I see colours you cannot perceive or imagine’

Some women are born with hyper-sensitive eyes that can see the world in ways most of us cannot even imagine. What’s it like to live with this gift?<p>A few years ago, the artist Concetta Antico discovered that she was carrying a genetic mutation that gave her astonishingly sensitive perception of …

A very clever human has uncovered the Big Mac special sauce recipe.

There are few things we will never know.<p>The eleven secret herbs and spices, for example. What actually goes into a bottle of Coca-Cola. What infinity …

Great Tahini Is the Star of This Roasted Eggplant and Lentil Dinner

More<p>The Vegan Experience<p>It's not just great vegan food, it's great food, period.<p>This dish of eggplant roasted until caramelized and tender, served over stewed lentils with an extraordinarily light and creamy tahini sauce and crunchy pine nuts, was dinner and lunch for more meals than I care to …

Vegan

Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World review – disbelief has been around for 2,500 years

Doubt about religious faith is as old as religion itself – Tim Whitmarsh’s brilliant book carefully explores literary and philosophical sources to make the case for a questioning of the gods in Greek and Roman times<p>It seems likely that there will be a female president of the US well before there is …

Greek Philosophy

Spelling uses multiple parts of the brain, research shows

A study by Johns Hopkins University has found that producing written words relies on different subregions of the cortex<p>The intricate polyphony of the writing brain has been revealed in research showing how separate regions of the cortex cooperate to allow accurate spelling.<p>A team at Johns Hopkins …

Neuroscience

How can I be a brilliant storyteller?

From Michael Morpurgo’s Beowulf to discovering the true wonder of Homer, the Book Doctor shares book recommendations and tip tips to bring life and lustre to storytelling week<p>I want to be a brilliant storyteller, especially as it’s story telling week. How can I do it?<p>National Storytelling Week is …

Storytelling

Then and now: how things have changed for teenage girls since the 1950s

Clare Furniss explores difficult decisions in the lives of two teenage girls, divided by over 60 years and brought together in the present day, in her new book How Not To Disappear

Alzheimer's Disease

Is bacon dangerous? The science behind food trends

Nutrition,Nutrition,Food science,Diets and dieting,Health & wellbeing,Food & drink,Life and style,Science<p>Is fat really bad for you? Should we consume less salt? And what’s wrong with gluten, anyway? A science writer and a consultant cardiologist separate fact from fiction<p>Have you ever wondered why …

Nutrition

13 of the best best science books of 2015

To help sort through 2015's books, the <i>Science News</i> staff offers its must-read picks, many of which have been previously reviewed in the magazine.<p>Read those reviews at the links below or in our Editor's Pick: Favorite books of 2015.

Books

Breitling's $8,900 B55 is a smartwatch for aviation enthusiasts

Swiss watchmaker Breitling has launched the Exospace B55, a smartwatch that combines a quartz movement with advanced chronograph functions that all you pilots out there will find useful.<p>The B55 combines an analog dial with a digital display so you can see the time at two locations with just a …

Foolproof green thumb: Smart Herb Garden Starter Kit & 3-pack refill now 24% off

If your efforts at home-growing have earned you “brown thumb” status, don’t give up the garden just yet. TNW Deals has carved out a great offer on a foolproof, self-contained hydroponics herb garden – now you can grow herbs in the convenience of your own home, with a complete setup for just …

These 13 Google Chrome hacks will change the way you use the internet

Since it debuted in 2008, Google Chrome has quickly risen to be the most popular web browser in the world, beating out Firefox and Internet Explorer.<p>But that doesn't mean you can't make it better.<p>There are many extensions and programs that innovative developers have built to make using Chrome more …

How to Make the Perfect Omelet

On hungry weekdays, the kind that leave you scanning the spines of your cookbooks for inspiration, I reach for <i>An Omelette and a Glass of Wine</i> by Elizabeth David. David was a renowned figure in the U.K., a contemporary of Julia Child’s who is credited with awakening the British palate following …

MERS, Ebola, bird flu: Science's big missed opportunities

LONDON, (Reuters) - Anyone who goes down with flu in Europe this winter could be asked to enroll in a randomized clinical trial in which they will either be given a drug, which may or may not work, or standard advice to take bed rest and paracetamol.<p>Those who agree could be helping the world …

The History of the Ballet Body: From Anna Pavlova to Misty Copeland

“Ballet is woman,” said George Balanchine, the inimitable Russian choreographer who is credited with bringing ballet into the great American artistic oeuvre. It’s a legacy that tonight the American Ballet Theatre will continue to push forward with the debut of its fall season. Among its talented …

Staff deaths at leading hospital put India's TB battle in spotlight

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Campaigners and a former official overseeing Asia’s largest tuberculosis hospital in Mumbai say staff deaths there are being under-reported, highlighting India’s growing struggle to contain multi-drug resistant forms of the contagious, airborne disease.<p>A security woman stands …

Water Is Flowing on Mars

In a major scientific finding, researchers confirm briny water flows seasonally on the Red Planet.<p>Right now, 140 million miles away, somewhere on the frigid surface of Mars, there is water forming. Scientists announced they have strong evidence that briny water flows on the planet, a critical step …

Earth Science

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Bill Clinton

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

Psychology

NextDrive Plug: A New Way to Expand Your iPhone Storage

It's frustrating when your device reminds you that you don't have enough storage to take a picture, install an upgrade, or download some music. With the new NextDrive Plug, you won't have to worry about that anymore. The NextDrive Plug is a way for iPhone and iPad users to connect their USB devices …

How to Choose More Music You Like in Apple Music on iPhone

When you first sign up for Apple Music, it tries to get an understanding of what music you’re interested in. But if you want to tweak those selections and expand what music Apple Music selects for you, you can go back and choose more music that you like. Of course, there are other factors as to why …

The horrifying sights and sounds from the labour room of an Indian public hospital

Munmun Mukherjee is a good patient. She lies quiet on the white stone delivery table of the government hospital in Kolkata, but for an occasional low moan. Even this is muted, the edge of her voice flattened, as if she knows that she needs to be on her best behaviour. A slim, dusky woman, she looks …

Pregnancy

Blueprint for a Better Human Body

People who wear and design prosthetics are rethinking the form of our species.<p>When Elizabeth Wright smacks her right leg on a table, she says “ow.” That’s only interesting if you know one more thing: that her right leg is made out of carbon fiber and metal. It’s also part of her. “It is my right …

The mind-bending effects of foreign accent syndrome

A little-known condition causes people to adopt a new accent – and lose a part of their identity in the process, finds David Robson.<p>Julie Matthias’s family have a game they sometimes like to play after she comes home, disappointed, from another doctor’s appointment. During dinner, they pick a …

Human Head Transplant Proposed—How Did We Get Here?

Yes, in case you haven’t heard, a doctor in Italy has announced plans to transplant a guy’s head onto a new body two years from now. Sound nuts?<p>Many of the headlines say so. “No, Human Head Transplants Will Not Be Possible by 2017,” said <i>Popular Science</i>. The <i>International Business Times</i> pronounced …