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The Agony of Motion Sickness

Manhattan Inside The Grand Canyon And Other Amazing Images From This Week

The Worlds End -- Official Trailer

FYI: Why Does Some Food Taste Bad To Some People And Good To Others?

People who have a lot of papillae—the bumps on our tongue, most of which house our taste buds—often find flavors overwhelming. They're "supertasters," and as such they add cream to their coffee and order food mild instead of spicy. Subtasters, on the other hand, have low papillae density and prefer …

Zombies roam the animal kingdom — and some of them may be after us

The zombies in "World War Z" are just actors — but in the animal world, zombies are a fact of life. Evolution can come up with some fiendish twists: For example, there are some species that bend other creatures to their will to keep their bizarre life cycles going. Or just to feast on their …

New NYC bill would require 3D printed guns to be registered with police

And California is working on similar 3D printed gun restrictions.<p>On Wednesday, the New York city council introduced a new bill that would make it …

Gallery: Nature's 10 Best Dads

LiveMap: A Helmet-Mounted Display For The Motorcyclist

It’s pretty easy to get directions when you’re driving. You can drag along somebody to help you with the map, you can put a GPS on the dash which …

Super-Weird Facts That You Probably Didn't Know About Superman

This week, we're reconnecting with our love for the Last Son of Krypton, thanks to a brand new big-budget movie. Superman's had a long history, …

Infographic: The Worst Jobs Throughout History

How does making iPhones at Foxconn compare to tasting Hitler’s food? Now you know.<p>It’s all too easy to take a boring desk job for granted. I mean, fluorescent lights, no fresh air, staring at a 15-inch display all day–we weren’t meant to live like this! We were meant to, you know, hunt down …

Moon dust gathered by Neil Armstrong discovered in warehouse after 40 years

Several miscellaneous bits and pieces of the first moon mission have orbited back into view lately.<p>In March, it was pieces of the rocket that propelled Apollo 11 spaceward, kindly dragged from their watery grave by Amazon CEO and space enthusiast Jeff Bezos.<p>And more recently, the auction block …

Scientists identify cell that could hold the secret to limb regeneration

Researchers have identified a cell that aids limb regrowth in Salamanders. Macrophages are a type of repairing cell that devour dead cells and pathogens, and trigger other immune cells to respond to pathogens. In humans, they're also important to muscle repair, which led Dr. James Godwin, of the …

Cloned Human Embryo Study Comes Under Fire

An anonymous commenter has pointed out four different problems in last week's breakthrough paper.<p>A week ago, scientists from Oregon Health and Science University and the Oregon National Primate Research Center announced that they had successfully used human skin cells to clone embryonic stem cells. …

White tiger's coat down to one change in a gene

Records of sightings in the wild on the Indian sub-continent date back to the 1500s<p><b>Chinese scientists have acquired new insights into how white tigers get their colouration.</b><p>The researchers have traced the cause to a single change in a gene known to drive pigmentation in a host of animals, including …

Wildlife

Seeing Double: Errors In Stem-Cell Cloning Paper Raise Doubts

This feels a bit like deja vu.<p>Scientists report a major breakthrough in human stem-cell research. And then just a week later, the findings come under fire.<p>Biologists at Oregon Health & Science University said May 15 that they had cloned human embryos from a person's skin cell.<p>Researchers have been …

Samsung thinks the strangers who take pictures of you could do a better job

Everyone's found themselves in this situation at one time or another: you're in a picture-perfect setting, but a selfie at arm's length won't cut it. You want to be in the picture, so you wait for a friendly looking passerby and ask them to take it. But, now it's out of your control, and chances …

A hidden population of exotic neutron stars

Magnetars – the dense remains of dead stars that erupt sporadically with bursts of high-energy radiation – are some of the most extreme objects known …

Universe

Cicada bugfest closes in on the East Coast's cities: How loud will it get?

Hordes of winged cicadas are coming out and turning up the music for their biggest party in 17 years, stretching from North Carolina through Virginia to New York — but experts aren't yet sure just how big the party will get.<p>Billions of the bugs are climbing out from the ground as the spring weather …