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12 Totally Bizarre, Gross Remedies From Old Medical Texts

Most of us have fantasized about living in the past -- seventeenth-century France, Rome of the emperors, sailing with Viking explorers. But there is an aspect of the past that can be guaranteed to send us scurrying back to the reassuring present -- health and medicine. No matter how fascinating …

Woman Has Her Skull Replaced With A 3-D-Printed Plastic One

The most significant skull prosthetic to date<p>A woman with a rare bone disorder has had much of the top of her skull replaced with a 3-D printed plastic piece, <i>Wired U.K.</i> reports. Three months later, she's symptom-free and back to work.<p>The woman's condition made her skull increase in thickness, …

12 Stunning Examples of Digital Monochrome Photography

Black and white as a description may be considered a misnomer in that the images are not ordinarily starkly contrasted black and white but combine …

The Squalid Grace of Flappy Bird

Why playing stupid games staves off existential despair<p>Games are grotesque.<p>I’m not talking about games like <i>Grand Theft Auto</i> or <i>Manhunt</i>, games whose subjects are moral turpitude, games that that ask players to murder, maim, or destroy. I mean games in general, the form we call “games.” Games are …

50 Amazing Finds on Google Earth

Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program. It maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite …

Letters From Charles Darwin

From the Popular Science archives. Happy Darwin Day!<p><i>These letters originally appeared in the March 1903 issue of</i> Popular Science. <i>The "Hitherto Unpublished Letters of Charles Darwin" were compiled and edited by Darwin's son, Francis Darwin, and the British botanist Albert Charles Seward. Today would</i> …

The Scent Of Your Earwax May Yield Valuable Information

Warning: It doesn't get any less gross from here.<p>As an Asian lady, I can't get over that people of African and European descent have moist earwax. I learned this years ago. I still can't get over it! I assumed everyone had earwax like me, so it was just too weird to learn otherwise.<p>Don't know what …

Male sexual orientation influenced by genes, study shows

A study of gay men in the US has found fresh evidence that male sexual orientation is influenced by genes. Scientists tested the DNA of 400 gay men and found that genes on at least two chromosomes affected whether a man was gay or straight.<p>A region of the X chromosome called Xq28 had some impact on …

How Google Glass could transform doctor's visits

Google Glass may be coming to your surgery soon. Could wearable tech help medical professionals give patients more attention and ultimately better medical care?<p>Imagine you’re at your doctor’s surgery. Your doctor listens to your concerns about an ache or complaint, then summons up your last five …

Dissecting relationships for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is set for its annual poisoning of the airwaves and media streams this Friday. Many of us would rather lick broken glass out of footballers’ armpits than dive into the rivers of twee and sentimental nonsense encouraged by the avalanche of Hallmark passion.<p>So let’s shake things up a …

Human Brains Now Understand Smiley Emoticon Like A Real Face

Just don't turn that :-) upside down.<p>The brain is great at recognizing faces. When you see a face, specific areas of the occipitotemporal cortex are activated. But what about emoticons, such as the smiley face--how does the brain react? Is it possible that they might be seen similarly to faces, …

Photographing the Sochi Winter Olympics with Getty

<b>As thousands of Olympic hopefuls try their luck at scoring a medal for their home country, a team of photographers look on to capture these moments</b> …

'Life' Photographer Showed Africa Through A New Lens

Before World War II, many Americans got exaggerated ideas about Africa from movies like <i>Tarzan the Ape Man —</i> movies that were filmed on Hollywood sound stages<i>.</i><p>It took time to change that view. But after the war, <i>Life</i> magazine photographer Eliot Elisofon sought to shed a new light on the vast and …