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On the Red Couch with Model and Advocate Christy Turlington Burns

Shortly after the birth of her first child, Christy Turlington got a big scare. She experienced inexplicable complications that made her aware of the …

Puzzling moose deaths hint at climate shock to forests

Moose in the northern US are dying in what could be the start of a huge climate shock to the world’s boreal forests.<p>The die-off is most dire in …

Global Warming

Chris Downey: Design with the blind in mind


Grégoire Courtine: The paralyzed rat that walked

TED Talks

Forget Solar Panels: This Sun-Powered Light Doesn’t Need Electricity

A simple coating to a building’s windows can redirect incoming sunlight to where it’s needed–say, on a ceiling for an ambient glow or to a desk fixture so you can get to work.<p>Picture a dark, windowless office–the sort of depressing scene where telemarketers sit in cubicles or Peggy Olson first …

This Bug-Inspired Rescue Robot Can Bounce Off Walls And Keep Flying

Instead of being weighted down with expensive sensors, this little drone is based on resiliency: It hits an obstacle and moves on, unscathed.<p>Watch an insect fly around a room looking for a way out, and you’ll notice something interesting: No matter how many times it crashes into a wall or window, …


NASA's MAVEN mission blasts off to solve major Martian mystery

A rocket carrying NASA's MAVEN spacecraft blasted off from Cape Canaveral at 1:28 p.m. ET Monday, on a mission to answer a profound mystery about Mars' planetary evolution: What happened to the atmosphere?<p>The agency’s latest robotic explorer will sample gas isotopes, catch solar particles and probe …


The Queen Will See You Now: How Bees’ Sense Of Smell Might Soon Diagnose Disease

Bees have a nose 100 times more powerful than a human’s. Like dogs, it turns out they can be trained and used in diagnostic tests. A London artist now has a contraption to do just that.<p>Even when a honeybee is a couple of miles away, it can still smell a particular flower or toxin. A bee’s olfactory …


Geraldine Hamilton: Body parts on a chip


Day 15 of the 2013 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar - - Abell 2261. The giant elliptical galaxy in the center of this image is the most massive and brightest member of the galaxy cluster Abell 2261. Spanning a little more than one million light-years, the galaxy is about 10 times the diameter of our Milky Way galaxy. The bloated galaxy is a member of an unusual class of galaxies with a diffuse core filled with a fog of starlight. Normally, astronomers would expect to see a concentrated peak of light around a central black hole. (NASA, ESA, M. Postman, STScI, T. Lauer, NOAO, and the CLASH team)

What Our Selfies Say About Us

The selfie.<p>If you have social media accounts, you’ve probably done it. If you spend more than a few hours a day on your social media accounts – …


'Memories' pass between generations

<b>Behaviour can be affected by events in previous generations which have been passed on through a form of genetic memory, animal studies suggest.</b><p>Experiments showed that a traumatic event could affect the DNA in sperm and alter the brains and behaviour of subsequent generations.<p>A Nature Neuroscience …


“My Week Without Sugar”

Thinking of severely cutting back on your sugar intake? First, find out what it was like for one writer to give up all added sugars for seven days<p>I never thought of myself as having a sweet tooth—I take my coffee with just cream, I loathe hard candy, and I cringe at the thought of sprinkling sugar …

The 15-Minute Anytime, Anywhere Workout

You don't need a pricey new fitness class to shake up your routine. Work out any time, in any place, with this total-body plan—which uses nothing but a household hand towel—created by Melissa Paris, a New York City–based personal trainer. "The key to seeing continued results and avoiding plateaus …

4 Ways to Make His Penis Feel Bigger

Size really doesn’t matter—especially if you know these tricks.<p>Recent research shows that, while men can technically make their penises bigger through a process called the “traction method,” it’s not exactly realistic—they’d have to wear a penile extender for four to six hours a day for a total of …

Your Weekly Fitness Checklist: December 1–7

7 ways to be fitter and healthier this week<p>Here is your Fit List of 7 tricks to be healthier and fitter this week. (For the uninitiated, check out What's a Fit List?). How many challenges did you complete last week?<p>Keep us posted on your progress and successes throughout the week. Use the hashtag …

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