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47 Pie Recipes for Every Season

From classic apple to blueberry—we've got a pie for every season.<p>No matter what the season, pie is one of our favorite desserts. There's not much you can't put into a flaky, buttery crust. From fruity fillings piled high (high pie!) with meringue to rich, velvety chocolate delights, here are our …

A new beautiful translucent snail from the deepest cave in Croatia

Scientists discovered a new species of a peculiar cave-dwelling snail in one of the 20 deepest cave systems in the world, Lukina Jama–Trojama in …

Medical Journals

Does Earth have a second moon?

Mars has two moons, Jupiter has 67, Saturn 62, Uranus 27, Neptune 14. But our planet Earth has just one moon. Doesn’t it?<p>Many planets in our solar …

Astronomy

What's the point of sleep?

Almost as much as eating food or tormenting the local wildlife, my cats love to sleep. Which is probably why I get on so well with them, because I'm also quite partial to a good nap. The trouble with sleep is that no one's quite sure why we actually do it. But a new paper published in the Journal …

Parents' Harsh Words Might Make Teen Behaviors Worse

Most parents yell at their kids at some point. It often feels like the last option for getting children to pay attention and shape up.<p>But harsh verbal discipline may backfire. Teenagers act worse if they're yelled at, a study finds.<p>No matter how much you shout, your teenagers don't listen. - …

Deep-sea squid lures prey with tentacle fishing line

A tiny club at the end of a long fishing line-type appendage resembles the movements of small marine organisms. The squid attracts its prey, then …

Tool ‘sees’ invisible tumors in brain tissue

A new laser-based tool could dramatically improve the accuracy of brain tumor surgery, researchers say.<p>The technology would allow surgeons to tell …

Send DNA ‘cages’ filled with drugs to sick cells

Tiny structures made of DNA strands may one day offer a way to deliver drugs to diseased cells in patients.<p>Researchers at McGill University first …

What's Mittens Thinking? Make 'Sense' Of Your Cat's Behavior

Cats have come a long way from being animals charged with catching mice to treasured, adorable creatures that snuggle with us in our beds. But this relatively new arrangement is creating issues for cats and the people who live with them.<p>John Bradshaw has studied the history of domesticated cats and …

New model of Earth’s interior reveals clues to hotspot volcanoes

Unlike volcanoes that emerge from collision zones between tectonic plates, hotspot volcanoes form in the middle of the plates.<p>Scientists at the …

Geology

Your brain is wired to quiet voices in your head

Nerve circuits let the brain turn down sounds that come from our own actions, and turn up other sounds we need to pay attention to, say …

Neuroscience

Was Your Chicken Nugget Made In China? It'll Soon Be Hard To Know

Here's a bit of news that might make you drop that chicken nugget midbite.<p>Just before the start of the long holiday weekend last Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture quietly announced that it was ending a ban on processed chicken imports from China. The kicker: These products can now be sold …

Certain bacteria may help ward off obesity

Bacteria in the human gut may play a key role in who is obese or lean and could lead to treatments for obesity, a study finds.<p>September 05, 2013|By Melissa Healy<p>For people whose gut organisms are not equipped to fight obesity, it may… (Sean Gallup, Getty Images )<p>The microorganisms in the human gut …

Microbiology

Numerotopy: How quantities are mapped onto the brain

Earlier this week I posted my book chapter about topographic mapping, or how sights, sounds and touch are mapped onto different parts of the brain's surface in an orderly manner. This organization is found in all of the brain's sensory systems – for example, adjacent regions of your visual field …

A monster star in the making, a Martian volcano, Earth's 'selfie' and Curiosity's successor – in pictures

Our pick of the best space-related imagery includes the birth of a star that will one day be 100 times the mass of the sun, lava flows from the largest volcano in the solar system, a picture of Earth from 1.44bn kilometres away and plans for the next Mars rover Continue reading...

Snoozing lemurs hint at why we sleep

When fat-tailed dwarf lemurs hibernate, they stop regulating their body heat and live in a “dream state.”<p>Observations of the little-known primate in …

Therapy curbs social anxiety without meds

Brain imaging shows that the symptoms of social anxiety disorders can be managed by using cognitive behavioral therapy, researchers say.<p>Social …

Scientists reveal new breakthrough in uncrackable quantum cryptography

After yesterday's NSA codebreaking revelations, there's some good news for cryptography. A Toshiba research lab has announced a crucial breakthrough in quantum cryptography, the last truly unbreakable form of encryption, which could pave the way for a new generation of private communications …

New connection between stacked solar cells can handle energy of 70,000 suns

North Carolina State University researchers have come up with a new technique for improving the connections between stacked solar cells, which should …

What We Can Never, Ever Know: Does Science Have Limits?

I got two books in the mail that, if they could have, would've poked, scratched and ripped each others' pages out. I don't know if Martin Gardner and Patricia Churchland ever met, but their books show that there are radically, even ferociously, different ways to think about science. Gardner died …

Alzheimer's Potential Missing Link

Reporting in Neuron, researchers write that a protein called mGlu5 may play a role in nerve cell death in Alzheimer's disease. They found that blocking the protein with an existing drug restored memory in mice. Lead author Stephen Strittmatter discusses what this means for future Alzheimer's …

Gut microbes from slim people could prevent obesity, study finds

Altering the bacteria in your gut could lead to major changes in your weight. A study from Washington University in St. Louis is among the latest looking into the increasingly popular subject of how gut microbes can affect the body at large, and it found that weight gain may be preventable by …

Turns Out Your Kids Really Did Love That Music You Played

Way back in the 1980s, were you the one playing "When Doves Cry" over and over? Well, don't be surprised if your kids wind up doing the same thing.<p>Young adults have strong positive memories of the music their parents loved when they were the same age, a study finds. That flies in the face of the …

Clear Cranial Implant Lets Doctors See Into The Brain

Some skulls really just need a window view.<p>Researchers from the University of California, Riverside have debuted a new transparent cranial implant that could let doctors peek inside the brain without having to drill a new hole in the skull every time--a technique that could allow for easier …

How to live longer – the experts' guide to ageing

<b>JERRALD RECTOR, 26: Lift weights for better immunity</b><p><b>By the time we reach 80, most of us will be infected with a type of herpes virus which erodes the immune system and takes years off your life without you even knowing it. PhD student Jerrald Rector, at the University of Birmingham, knows he has</b> …

How to spot if people are lying in texts

"Had a few drinks, went straight home."<p>"Working late."<p>"Let's elope."<p>If you get any of these texts -- and if they're a little longer in coming than usual -- it's very possible that your Chosen One is lying.<p>No, I don't want to break up your relationship. Well, not unless you need my help. But I've …

NASA fixes moon probe glitch

Engineers have fixed a technical glitch on NASA's newest robotic moon explorer, bringing the spacecraft back up to full health one day after a spectacular nighttime launch Friday that wowed spectators up and down the U.S. East Coast.<p>NASA's LADEE moon probe launch into space Friday night in a …

Solar System

Early Samsung Smartwatch Reviewers Are Not Impressed

The early reviews are in, and few seem thrilled with the Galaxy Gear, the so-called smartwatch that the South Korean electronics giant Samsung announced this week.<p>The Galaxy Gear syncs with your Samsung Galaxy smartphone -- only one model for now, which we'll get to later -- and allows you to make …