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How Ultrasound Became the Newest Weapon Against Stroke

Even the best methods doctors have today for treating the most common strokes won't help most patients. In the race to find a better way, some scientists are using ultrasound to find and track strokes before they happen and treat them afterward.<p><b>Ischemic strokes, caused by blood clots</b> that can …

Why some birds are babysitters instead of parents - Futurity

Rather than reproducing themselves, some birds choose to make sure the family genes are passed on by protecting the nests of their close relatives.

Genes

This gene helps some of us never forget a face - Futurity

New research may help explain why a few people remember almost everyone they have met while others have difficulty recognizing members of their own …

The Science Behind Reindeer's Color-Changing Eyes

It's not the magic of Christmas that turns their eyes from gold to blue.<p>Winter in the Arctic is grim—day and night blur together for 24 hour stints without sunlight. Reindeer manage to survive these gloomy weeks thanks to a peculiar adaptation. As the days grow darker, reindeer's eyes turn from …

For people with autism, neurons 'see' faces abnormally - Futurity

The way neurons in the brain's amygdala process faces offers clues to why some people with autism struggle with social interactions.

Autism

Can Organisms Evolve The Ability To Evolve?

A new study finds that natural selection selected for flexibility in one bacteria species.<p>Can things evolve to evolve? Okay, so that sounds like a cheesy line from a self-help book, but what I'm talking about here is actual biological evolution. Depending on the situation, evolution is obviously …

Biology

Dogs Watch Human Interactions To Assess Quality Of Treats

Evidence that pet dogs gather intel by watching people talking with each other<p>Ever get that feeling you're being watched? Well, if you're a dog-owner, you may have a point. Dogs are able to watch people's interactions with one another to determine who holds yummier treats, according to a new …

Pets

To Roam Again The Pyrenees: Scientists Plan To Clone Extinct Mountain Goat

The last bucardo died in 2000, killed by a falling tree.<p>Spanish scientists are checking in on a batch of cells, frozen in liquid nitrogen 14 years ago. The cells belonged to the last bucardo, a Pyrenean sub-species of mountain goat that went extinct in 2000, and researchers have received funding to …

Paleontology

The 6 Right Snacks to Eat at 11 a.m.

Oh no, another hour or more to go before lunch? Relax, there's an easy food fix for every midmorning mood.<p>When You Need the Most Bang Per Calorie...

Photographs capture incredible bond between conservationists and lioness

For the first eight months of lioness Sirga’s life, German-born animal conservationist Valentin Gruener slept beside her in an enclosure under the stars. Now approaching 2 years old, Sirga no longer needs a sleeping companion, but occasionally Gruener will break out his sleeping bag and rest beside …

71 Reasons We Need To SAVE CORGIS FROM EXTINCTION

MASSIVE, MASSIVE ALERT: CORGIS ARE POISED TO GO ON THE ENDANGERED DOG BREEDS LIST. THIS. IS. NOT. A. DRILL. L;KASDFKL;ASDF;KLASD;KLFK;LASDF;LASEF;KLASDFK;A;KDFLS.<p><b>HERE'S THE DEAL:</b> The AFP is reporting that corgis are headed to the endangered dog breed list, or more specifically the "vulnerable …

Cute Animals

21 Intense Portraits Of Zoo Animals Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

Ademeit sought to capture "the beauty and grace of captive animals" through more than 500 animal portraits taken at local zoos from 2007 to 2011.<p>"I believe every animal has its own kind of beauty. I try to discover it and work it out," Ademeit told Business Insider. "If I succeed, I can show the …

The cheerleader effect: how you can look good in a group

A study published last week by scientists at the University of California, San Diego suggests that people look more attractive when seen in the presence of others than when viewed as individuals, a phenomenon known as the "cheerleader effect". But why does it happen? And what can we do with …

3 ‘Modern’ Inventions That Existed Millions of Years Ago: Nuclear Reactor, Telescope, Clothes

Evidence exists pointing to prehistoric civilizations as advanced as our modern civilization—or perhaps more advanced.<p>Such evidence could turn our …

Carnivorous giant platypus with sharp teeth once roamed Australia

Extinct species identified in north-west Queensland reveals an entirely unknown branch of the monotreme's evolution<p>A giant, carnivorous platypus with fearsome teeth once roamed the waterways of Australia, researchers have discovered.<br>The newly identified species, dubbed <i>Obdurodon tharalkooschild</i>, …

Why Do Humans Have a Fear of Insects?

Author Dr. Jeffrey Lockwood tries to answer that question<p>Why do so many people have a fear of insects? Is it ingrained, or a byproduct of modern culture? Jeffrey Lockwood, an insect ecologist and philosopher at the University of Wyoming, tries to answer such questions in his new book: <i>The Infested</i> …

Insects

The 9 Coolest Student Biology Projects At The 2013 iGEM Competition

We're thinking of our visit to this year's International Genetically Engineered Machines competition as our gold ticket to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. You know, "Come with me, and you'll be in a world of pure imagination." Or something.<p>Synthetic biology's equivalent to the student robotics …

5 of the Craziest Scientific Facts Out There

<b>1.</b> The human body contains enough DNA to stretch from the sun to Pluto and back again. 17 times.<p><b>2.</b> Microbes colonize human bodies, outnumbering human …

Astronomy

Why humans and animals rely on social touch

From monkeys to humans, grooming is an important way to win favours and earn social standing. For babies, it can also be the difference between life and death.<p>When you run your hands through your lover’s hair, you’re probably not thinking about your place in the social hierarchy. Give your …

Psychology

Google Science Fair Winners Are Some Amazing Kids

Google's worldwide science fair has just declared its winners.<p>These are the geniuses of tomorrow, the kids who will grow up to invent amazing things and cure diseases.<p>Every year, Google holds one of the most impressive science fairs in the world (along with Intel's). This year, teenagers from 120 …

Does non-belief in free will make us better or worse?

Studies have shown that people who believe things happen randomly and not through our own choice often behave much worse than those who believe the opposite.<p>Are you reading this because you chose to? Or are you doing so as a result of forces beyond your control?<p>After thousands of years of …

Consciousness

FYI: Do Insects Have Personalities?

Yes, and some love to travel.<p>For the entomophiles who keep insects as pets, this question will seem a little silly. Some bugs appear aggressive, and others, shy; some venture into the open, others hide by the wall. But beyond casual observation, researchers are still learning the dimensions of an …

These Are Some of the Most Otherworldly Creatures You’ll Find on Earth | WIRED

It’s said that we know more about the surface of the moon than our own oceans, and the same may be true of the lifeforms that inhabit them. Cold …

Sea turtles nesting in record numbers

Large increases in endangered sea turtle nests were found at three southeastern U.S. National Wildlife Refuges during the summer of 2013.<p>Large …

Zoology

Cell close-ups reveal how plants get bigger - Futurity

A new, super-sensitive instrument lets scientists see where a protein binds to plant cell walls, …

French horn players are most at risk of hearing loss in an orchestra

Aspiring musicians beware – playing the French horn can be bad for your hearing.<p>It is one of the most rousing instruments in the orchestra, used to create soaring fanfares and powerful harmonics.<p>However, it seems the beauty of the French horn may be lost on the very musicians who play it because it …

Piano

Ancient Fish With Strong Jawline Could Rewrite History Of Faces

As faces go, <i>Entelognathus primordialis</i>isn't much to look at, even for a fish.<p>But consider that the 419 million-year-old, armor-plated fish is the earliest known creature to have what humans might recognize as a face, according to research published Wednesday in <i>Nature</i>. That's mostly due to its bony, …

Mean, Sexist Gorilla Gets Kicked Out Of Dallas Zoo

Patrick, a male gorilla with a history of not playing nice with others, is being moved to make room for the zoo's newest gorilla bachelors.<p>Patrick, a 23-year-old, 430-pound gorilla, has some struggles with the ladies. The western lowland gorilla, a resident of the Dallas Zoo for 18 years, has …

X doesn't mark the spot: real shape of chromosomes revealed

Time to revise the high school biology textbooks: contrary to their typical portrayal as being precisely X-shaped, chromosomes are in fact much more complex — and much messier looking. That's the finding of a new project that relied on DNA sequencing to produce accurate 3D images of chromosomes.<p>A …