Jeni Moeltner

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Woman Drinks Coke Instead Of Water For 16 Years

A real-life Super Size Me, only for 16 years instead of a month. Want to take a guess what happens to your body?<p>A 31-year-old Monaco woman was recently admitted to the hospital after suffering arrhythmia and fainting spells. Her potassium levels were found to be absurdly, dangerously low. These are …

Chips and white bread trigger cravings in the brain

Foods like white bread and potatoes trigger the parts of the brain that are linked to addiction, a new study has found.<p>It may explain why it can be so hard to stop nibbling on breadsticks and chips.<p>Researchers used scanning technology to watch brain activity in volunteers during the four hour …

10 Awesome Accidental Discoveries

Oops.<p>As Plato said, "science is nothing but perception," and these 10 accidental acts of discovery embody the sentiment. Of course, it helps to be a leading scientist in the field—devoting your life to the pursuit of one cure, invention, or innovation—but a little luck goes a long way, too.

University of California

The electrified brain: the power and promise of neural implants

In 2007, in the middle of a 12-hour nursing shift at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, Rebecca Serdans noticed something was wrong. "It always starts with pain," she says — a hot, radiating pain growing from the base of her skull. Serdans suffers from a neurological disorder called …

First Unlooted Royal Tomb of Its Kind Unearthed in Peru

Three queens were buried with golden treasures, human sacrifices.<p><b>It was a stunning discovery: the first unlooted imperial tomb of the Wari, the ancient civilization that built South America's earliest empire between 700 and 1000 A.D. Yet it wasn't happiness that Milosz Giersz felt when he first</b> …

A Look At The Nastiest And Cleanest U.S. Beaches

America's Cleanest Swimming Spots<p>The Natural Resources Defense Council has collected data from beaches across the country. Here's a look at the some of the winners.<p>From California to the Great Lakes, persistent water pollution shows that no beach is an island when it comes to public health threats …

Unbelievably Detailed Maps Track AIDS In The U.S.

Researchers created a series of interactive maps that allow users to see AIDS data down to the county level--and see how that compares to race, health, and wealth.<p>You can look at AIDS and HIV statistics as numbers in a table, but that doesn't quite tell the story of how one of the deadliest …

Why grammar really is child’s play

Babies "babble" grammatically, according to new research. It just shows that young children can be excellent grammarians, says Sara Wernham.<p>For the uninitiated, the word ‘grammarian’ conjures up a picture of an elitist scholar or geeky pedant who is overly involved with the minutiae of language. …

Dad Sequences Daughter's Genome To Pinpoint Her Rare Syndrome

The extreme possibilities of personalized medicine<p>Dads all have their talents. Mine was a whiz at fixing mechanical toys, such as my orange, flower-printed, wind-up owl. Bea Reinhoff's dad trained as a geneticist in the 1980s, although he ultimately chose to leave medicine in order to fund biotech …

Will we ever… discover what happened to Amelia Earhart?

Clues suggest the pioneering aviator met a slow death as a castaway. Investigators are still searching for definitive evidence to solve this disappearance mystery, but think they may be closing in on the truth.<p>Things were not going well for Amelia Earhart on the morning of 2 July 1937. Around 19 …

Artist Plays Detective: Can I Reconstruct A Face From A Piece Of Hair?

Her techniques aren't super-sophisticated. She's not a leader in the field. She's more or less an amateur. This is what you can do with ordinary genetic engineering tools right now. Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg can find a cigarette lying on the sidewalk on Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn, and working …

Dead as a dodo? There's life in this old bird yet

Malgosia Novak-Kemp lifts the lid and there in the shoe-box-like container, nestled on a bed of tissue paper, are the grizzled remains of a …

Tiny Sea Otter Siblings Fight the Odds

Author: Nadia Drake. Nadia Drake Science<p>Date of Publication: 06.28.13.<p>Time of Publication: 9:30 am. 9:30 am<p><i>Twin sea otters are exceptionally rare,</i> …

A Motorized, Super-Detailed Robot Villain Made By A Doctor Who Fan

A DIY version of the sci-fi series' ultimate alien: the Dalek.<p>Despite his devotion to Daleks—those cruel, armor-clad extraterrestrials from the TV show Doctor Who, now in its 50th year—Jim Rossiter has no interest in annihilating other civilizations. The 57-year-old Australian just likes how the …

Exploring dinosaur growth

Using a combination of biomechanical analysis and bone histology, palaeontologists have shown how one of the best-known dinosaurs switched from four …

Nature Communications

‘Twisted’ light could give bandwidth an upgrade

<b>BOSTON U. (US) —</b> A new fiber optic technology has the potential to dramatically boost bandwidth for Internet users and providers.<p>Described in the …

Boston University

Zebrafish muscles expose key issue of CMT disease

<b>U. SHEFFIELD (UK) —</b> Zebrafish—an animal capable of mending its own heart—could hold the key to finding new therapeutic approaches to treat Charcot …

Neuroscience

FYI: Does The Komodo Dragon Really Kill With A Bacteria-Filled Bite?

Surprising facts about the world's largest lizard.<p>Based on a single observational study from the 1970s, published in 1981 by biologist Walter Auffenberg, we've long assumed that Komodo dragons cause fatal infections in their prey by gifting prey with scary bacteria that lives in the mouths of the …

Zapping salt out of seawater

Chemists are hopeful their new energy-efficient method to desalinate water can be scaled up for personal or even municipal uses<p>The method, which …

Rare colors give mimic snakes an edge

<b>U. MICHIGAN / U. VIRGINIA (US) —</b>The harmless ground snake sports four strikingly different color patterns, only one of which closely resembles the …

Zoology

Old Safe Reveals Historical Relics Of Women's Suffrage Group

Started in 1888 by suffragettes like Susan B. Anthony, the National Council of Women of the United States still exists today in a small office near the United Nations.<p>On the organization's 125th anniversary, it teamed up with the University of Rochester to open an old safe painted with the words …

Ancient Roman Road Unearthed In Jerusalem (PHOTOS)

Archeologists working in advance of planned construction have discovered a well-preserved, centuries-old road originally built by the Romans, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority.<p>The road was found throughout the past few weeks in Beit Hanina, an Arab section in northeast Jerusalem, the …

Black Bear Roams In D.C., Days After Red Panda's Jaunt

First there was Rusty, the red panda. Now there are reports that a bear was captured after roaming around in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, prompting (mostly unserious) concerns of a possible siege on the nation's capital.<p>The bear is described as being about a year old, weighing nearly 100 pounds. It …

Bumpy-Headed Reptile Fossils Discovered

<b>New fossils of an ancient reptile called Bunostegos akokanensis indicate that it probably wasn’t winning any prehistoric beauty contests.</b><p>“Imagine a cow-sized, plant-eating reptile with a knobby skull and bony armor down its back,” Linda Tsuji, leader of a new study on the critter, said in a …

Pitchers have mammoth-hunting ancestors to thank for their prowess

Top baseball pitchers owe much of their success to our mammoth-hunting ancestors, a study suggests.<p>Humans evolved unique throwing skills some two …

Fears for Americans and Briton after historic yacht goes missing

Fears are growing for six Americans and a Briton on board a historic yacht, missing for more than three weeks on a voyage from New Zealand to Australia.<p>Rescue authorities in Wellington, who are co-ordinating an extensive search of the Tasman Sea for the 70ft Nina, said they held "grave" concerns …

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Brain-eating amoebas thrive in US lakes as global warming heats waterways

These deadly invaders from the deep are showing up in surprising locations<p>It’s a fatal infection without an effective treatment, and one that strikes in a decidedly gruesome manner: An amoebic organism lurking in water is inadvertently inhaled during a swim on a hot summer’s day. From there, it …

Prehistoric Horse Genome Decoded, Pushing Back Origins Of Equine Lineage By 2 Million Years

The humble horse has provided the oldest full genome sequence of any species — from a specimen more than half a million years old, found frozen in the permafrost of the Canadian Arctic. The finding, published in Nature today, pushes back the known origins of the equine lineage by about 2 million …