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Scientists shine a light on irregular heart beats

Irregular and sometimes life-threatening heart rhythms -- called arrhythmias -- are able to be treated thanks to electric jolts in defibrillators and pacemakers, but those jolts aren't completely without risk. Not only can they be painful, but in some instances they can even damage tissue.<p>And while …

Painless microneedle patch could test for TB

Today, one of the standard tests for tuberculosis involves inserting a hypodermic needle into a person's arm using a very precise angle and depth -- thereby requiring a certain level of skill on the part of the tester and chutzpah on the part of the patient.<p>Researchers at the University of …

Just How Dangerous Are the Fukushima Leaks?

Radiation safety expert Andrew Karam analyzes reports that radioactive water is leaking from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, getting into the groundwater and the Pacific Ocean.<p><b>The headlines are dire:</b> Two and a half years after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Dai-ichi, contaminated water is …

Which Organs Can I Live Without, And How Much Cash Can I Get For Them?

First, a disclaimer: Selling your organs is illegal in the United States. It's also very dangerous. Handing off an organ is risky enough when done in a top hospital, even more so if you're doing it for cash in a back alley. No, really: Don't do this. OK? OK.<p>There are many organs one can …

Meet The Chimp Who Paints Masterpieces With His Tongue

Who's the finest chimpanzee artist in all the land? This guy.<p>This is Brent. Brent is a 37-year-old chimpanzee who lives at Chimp Haven, a sanctuary in Keithville, La. According to popular opinion, he's also the greatest chimpanzee artist America has to offer.<p>Brent's painting won first place in the …

A Campaign To Save The World's Ugliest Endangered Animals

The pig-nosed frog deserves your love (and cash for conservation), too.<p>It's well-known that the more adorable and charismatic of the endangered animals get most of the funding. That doesn't mean the cute animals, like the iconic panda, aren't worth saving, but it leaves a lot of the less photogenic …

Get Rich Quick by Tearing Up Your Lawn

Los Angeles' new water-conserving scheme is paying homeowners to take our thirsty turfgrass.<p><i>moonlightbulb/Flickr</i><p>If you live in Los Angeles, you might be able to earn a few extra bucks and leave behind the dreaded job of mowing the lawn in one fell swoop. The Los Angeles Department of Water and …

You Should Be Watching Astronaut Chris Hadfield's YouTube Videos

Laughing, crying, cooking, and singing—all in zero gravity.<p>Chris Hadfield, the exuberant Canadian astronaut and International Space Station commander, is turning out to be quite the YouTuber. If you're not subscribed to the Canadian Space Agency's channel, you need to get on that. Need convincing? …