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Hacking our senses to boost learning power

Some schools are pumping music, noises and fragrances into the classroom to see if it improves exam results – could it work?<p>What did your school smell like? Was it noisy or peaceful?<p>It might not seem important, but a growing body of research suggests that smells and sounds can have an impact on …

Antibiotics Can't Keep Up With 'Nightmare' Superbugs

We're used to relying on antibiotics to cure bacterial infections. But there are now strains of bacteria that are resistant to even the strongest antibiotics, and are causing deadly infections. According to the CDC, "more than 2 million people in the United States every year get infected with a …

Women's Breasts Age Way Faster Than The Rest Of Their Bodies

A new technique for identifying the precise biological age of human tissue reveals that not all tissues grow old at the same rate.<p>A new technique for identifying the precise biological age of human tissue reveals that not all tissues grow old at the same rate. Not all parts of the body age alike, …

Even sex-crazed students can't catch this many STIs in a year

Last week we were confronted with the revelation that a shockingly high percentage of our educational elite are less than intelligent where safe sex is concerned. According to a headline in The Independent "A quarter of students will catch an STI in their first year":<p>University is certainly a time …

How Feng Zhang Modified A Cell's Genome On The Fly

His techniques could be used to study the genetics of autism and schizophrenia.<p><i>Each year,</i> Popular Science_ seeks out the brightest young scientists and engineers and names them the Brilliant Ten. Like the 110 honorees before them, the members of this year's class are dramatically reshaping their …

When Edible Plants Turn Their Defenses On Us

Fruits and vegetables are unquestionably essential to a healthful diet.<p>But there's another side to some of these plants that, thankfully, most people never see: the tiny amounts of toxins within them. The minute amounts of poison found in many seeds, leaves and roots are the result of the …

Brain waves differ in teens with ADHD - Futurity

EEG tests show that the brain waves of teenagers with subtypes of ADHD differ from each other and from teens who do not have ADHD, a UC Davis study …

How sweat glands could help fix wounds - Futurity

New stem cell research with sweat glands shows promise for treating burns and sweating disorders, say University of Southern California scientists.

Turn Your Smartphone Into A Digital Microscope

More like cell-fies! Ha ha, right? Right?<p>Do you have $10 and a few minutes and a burning need for a microscope? You do.<p><i>But why would I need a microscope?</i> you say.<p>You do! Examine plant cells, check out the sharpness of your knives, or just take some awesome photos. It's easy to make and looks rad …

Dog cloning to arrive in Britain

British dog owners are to be given the chance to clone their pet by a company which claims to have already recreated dozens of prized canines in the US.<p>One British owner will be offered a genetic replica of their dog for free as part of the UK launch of the service, which usually costs £63,000.<p>But …

First child 'functionally cured' of HIV remains in remission, scientists announce

In March, a team of medical researchers revealed that a two-year-old patient had been "functionally cured" of HIV after undergoing unusually early treatment with antiretroviral drugs. The instance marked the second documented case of HIV remission, and was the first such case involving a …

Science Confirms The Obvious: Dudes Slow Down When Walking With Their Girlfriends

But they don't alter their gaits for other ladies.<p>A person's optimal walking speed—which minimizes the amount of energy required to travel—usually correlates with body mass and leg length. People with longer legs and bigger bodies are more likely to have a faster walk. Because of the way men and …

Gold Particles Discovered in Leaves of Eucalyptus Trees

Scientists from The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have discovered gold particles in the leaves of Eucalyptus …

PubMed Debuts A Commenting System For All Its Papers

The ultimate way to comment on science<p>So, about comments. PubMed, America's federally maintained database of scientific papers, is piloting a system that will allow scientists to leave online comments on papers. PubMed is huge—it includes 22 million citations in health, biology and chemistry—so its …