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Scientists Target New Painkillers From Spider Venom

Ingredients in venom could lead to new, nonaddictive treatments for chronic pain<p>Scientists in Australia, home to some of the most poisonous creatures on Earth, have made an important discovery about spider venom that eventually could lead to a new class of painkillers.<p>Spiders use their venom to …

Painkillers

For a More Creative Brain, Travel

How international experiences can open the mind to new ways of thinking<p>There are plenty of things to be gained from going abroad: new friends, new experiences, new stories.<p>But living in another country may come with a less noticeable benefit, too: Some scientists say it can also make you more …

Creativity

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

University of California

Secrets From Miami Swim Week's Top Designers

You never know who you'll run into at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami Beach. New York Fashion Week's scantily-clad little sister features four straight days of runway shows, presentations, trade shows and endless industry parties, all focused on one thing -- bikinis.<p>Between the catwalk …

Microsoft's Surface: What's next, what's needed?

With changes possibly set to be announced by Microsoft on Tuesday, it's a good chance to take stock of Microsoft's first full-fledged PC.<p><b>(Update: Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 3 on Tuesday.)</b><p>Does Microsoft need a smaller Windows RT 8.1-based tablet?<p><b>Mini mania passed:</b> One obvious problem is …

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New drugs may transform Down syndrome

Recent breakthroughs could lead to pharmacological treatments for the chromosomal disorder<p>Jenni Laidman<p>February 22, 2014 8:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>People born with Down syndrome have always been considered to be incurably developmentally delayed—until …

Abortions Reportedly Drop To Lowest Rate Since 1970s

Abortions in the U.S. resumed their downward trend between 2008 and 2011, according to a new study. But its authors say the recent surge of state laws intended to restrict the procedure is likely not the reason.<p>Both the abortion rate and the number of abortions (just under 1.1 million) fell 13 …

North Korea agrees talks with South over reunion for families split by war

North Korea agreed on Monday to hold talks with South Korea on organising a rare reunion event for families separated by the 1950s war between the two countries, Seoul's unification ministry said.<p>After days of silence following an initial proposal from Seoul last week, Pyongyang said it would be …

NASA Sued for Failing to Investigate Martian Jelly-Donut Rock

One man is claiming that the intriguing Martian rock photographed recently by NASA's Opportunity rover isn't a rock at all, but a living thing, and …

Middle Earth comes to life in epic Chrome experiment

We're go out on a limb here and say that the Venn diagram of Engadget fans and Tolkien fans looks something like this. So, we figure you'll probably want to hear about a brand new Chrome experiment that brings various parts of Middle Earth to life, including the Trollshaw and Dol Guldur. It starts …

Associated Press News

Wherever you are in the world, share your photographs and videos of the sun and take part in Olafur Eliasson's global project<p>In 2003-4, over two million people experienced artist Olafur Eliasson’s now iconic installation at Tate Modern, The Weather Project – the giant sun that bathed visitors in …

Jellyfish in the North Atlantic - in pictures

Spectacular images of jellyfish captured by marine biologists and photographers Matt Doggett and Richard Shucksmith in the seas off the Orkney Islands

15 Volcanic Eruptions Seen from Space

A volcano is an opening, or rupture, in a planet’s surface or crust, which allows hot magma, volcanic ash and gases to escape from the magma chamber …

25 Places That Look Not Normal, But Are Actually Real

Prepare to have your mind blown. We tip our hats to those who see things differently. MINI. NOT NORMAL.<p>©2012 MINI USA, a division of BMW of North America, LLC.

Miley Cyrus' Celine Bag & More Accessories Of The Week (PHOTOS)

While we are sometimes a little skeptical of Miley Cyrus' risky fashion choices, we have to admit that the metallic gold purse she wore in London on Thursday was amazing. We actually really want it ourselves.<p>Below, see the aforementioned gold bag along with the rest of our favorite accessories …

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week