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Study of Holocaust survivors finds trauma passed on to children's genes

New finding is clear example in humans of the theory of epigenetic inheritance: the idea that environmental factors can affect the genes of your children<p>Ewan Birney: Why I’m sceptical about the idea of genetically inherited trauma<p>Genetic changes stemming from the trauma suffered by Holocaust …

Genetics

'Corinthian 15' Student Debt Strike Picks Up Congressional Endorsement

Former for-profit college students who publicly announced a "debt strike" have gained a prominent endorsement from an influential member of Congress.<p>Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said Tuesday she supports the 15 former students who declared last week they won't make payments on their federal …

College & University

Were dinosaurs tripping on hallucinogens?

Scientists discover fungus from which LSD is derived on ancient grass<p>Researchers have claimed that dinosaurs may have been tripping on hallucinogens.<p>They have discovered a perfectly preserved amber fossil that contains the oldest grass specimen ever found, on top of which was a 100 million-year-old …

Terrifying Black Seadevil makes its video debut 1,900 feet underwater

Scientists record the same anglerfish that terrorized Nemo<p>Researchers in California have recorded rare images and video of a Black Seadevil — a mysterious and rather hideous female anglerfish that lives in some of the deepest corners of the ocean. The fish was observed on November 17th by scientist …

Real Women Lingerie Models

In case you missed it, Lingerie Fashion Week just concluded in New York City. While the runways were chockablock with pretty, sexy underpinnings, I was thrilled to see the array of body types of the models: women of all shapes and sizes paraded the runway. And you know what? They looked beautiful …

Shrimp's shell-smashing punch hands researchers a lead on tougher materials

Design of crustacean's club-like weapon could inspire new durable composites for use in cars, aircraft and body armour<p>The title of fastest punch in the animal kingdom firmly belongs to the peacock mantis shrimp, whose club-like appendages reach the speed of a .22-calibre slug, shatter clam shells …

"Pinocchio Rex" Found; Dinosaur Sported Long Snout

Qianzhousaurus sinensis lived alongside its cousin T. rex.<p>It's no lie—a new tyrannosaur nicknamed "Pinocchio rex" has been unearthed in China, a new study says.<p><b>The discovery confirms that long-snouted tyrannosaurs once roamed the Earth, laying to rest a long-running debate.</b><p>Formally described as</i> …

Here be dragons: the science of the flying fiery reptiles

With prominent examples including Game of Thrones and the Hobbit films, it's clear dragons are as popular as ever. But why is there this widespread affection for a fictional species that couldn’t possibly exist … or could they?<p>• Philip Hoare: from Smaug to the Clangers – a brief history of …

Bus crash: Report of fire in FedEx truck, no skid marks add to mystery

ORLAND, Calif. -- Investigators probing the collision of a FedEx freight truck and a charter bus that killed 10 were dealing with disparate clues, including reports that the truck was on fire before the crash as well as evidence that its driver appeared not to brake.<p>A woman who said the truck …

Science Explains Why This Image Disgusts Some People

Up to 16% of people (18% of females and 11% of males) become viscerally upset after looking at images of clustered holes, according to the first ever study on the condition known as trypophobia. These clusters of holes are common in nature, also including honeycombs and clusters of soap bubbles.<p>One …

Zoology

Fotopedia – Fotopedia is Coming Soon

Ancient "Giant Virus" Revived From Siberian Permafrost

Climate change could release more ancient viruses. Is there a risk to humans?<p>Buried deep in the Siberian permafrost and untouched for over 30,000 years, researchers have discovered what is thought to be the newest representative of what are loosely known as "giant viruses."<p>A team led by Jean-Michel …

Born To Swim?

Try this to trigger one of the cutest reflexes around. Just blow into a baby’s face and watch him or her gulp air, close eyes, and stop whatever they’re doing. Parents have used this as a way to get their little ones to stop crying – but it’s also the path to swimming.<p>The response is what’s known …

Scuba Diving

The Woman Who Can Will Herself Out Of Her Body

The case of the voluntary out-of-body experience.<p>After a class on out-of-body experiences, a psychology graduate student at the University of Ottawa came forward to researchers to say that she could have these voluntarily, usually before sleep. "She appeared surprised that not everyone could …

Sleep

Here's One More Reason To Play Video Games: Beating Dyslexia

Most parents prefer that their children pick up a book rather than a game controller. But for kids with dyslexia, action video games may be just what the doctor ordered.<p>Dyslexia is one of the most common learning disabilities, affecting an estimated 5 to 10 percent of the world's population. Many …

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APOD: NGC 2359: Thor's Helmet (2014 Feb 15) Image Credit & Copyright: Bob and Janice Fera (Fera Photography) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140215.html Explanation: This helmet-shaped cosmic cloud with wing-like appendages is popularly called Thor's Helmet. Heroically sized even for a Norse god, Thor's Helmet is about 30 light-years across. In fact, the helmet is more like an interstellar bubble, blown as a fast wind from the bright, massive star near the bubble's center sweeps through a surrounding molecular cloud. Known as a Wolf-Rayet star, the central star is an extremely hot giant thought to be in a brief, pre-supernova stage of evolution. Cataloged as NGC 2359, the nebula is located about 15,000 light-years away in the constellation Canis Major. The sharp image, made using broadband and narrowband filters, captures striking details of the nebula's filamentary structures. It shows off a blue-green color from strong emission due to oxygen atoms in the glowing gas. http://www.feraphotography.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140215 #APOD

Families hope 'Frankenstein science' lobby will not stop gene cure for mitochondrial disease

Change to IVF rules could make Britain the first country to allow therapy to change DNA in embryos<p>Deniz Safak was five years old when he first displayed symptoms of the disease that would later take his life. "He started being sick and had intense, stroke-like seizures," his mother, Ruth, …

Oregano compound may 'crack' tough norovirus - Futurity

Carvacrol, a component of oregano oil, effectively kills norovirus, a common cause of foodborne illness outbreaks in hospitals and schools.

Centers for Disease Control

Sexually Transmitted Food Poisoning? A Fish Toxin Could Be To Blame

Twenty-five years ago, two pals went out for a seafood dinner while vacationing in the Bahamas. What could be better than some fresh grouper steaks and a night on the town without the wives?<p>Um, plenty.<p>A few hours after dinner, the men started having stomach pains and diarrhea. Their legs began to …

Is praising a child good or bad for them?

We assume that enthusiastic words motivate children to try harder. But when you look at the evidence, it’s not that clear-cut. It all depends on the wording.<p>Your child presents you with their latest artistic creation. It’s a painting of a figure with very long thin legs, no body and big hair. It’s …

Psychology

Coke’s Wild Assertion That Other Languages Exist Stirs Controversy

ATLANTA (The Borowitz Report)—The Coca-Cola Company ignited a firestorm of controversy on Sunday with a Super Bowl ad that appeared to make the inflammatory claim that other languages besides English exist.<p>From coast to coast, viewers reacted with outrage and horror to what many were calling the …

Sochi officials order stray dogs killed ahead of Olympics

Thousands of stray dogs have been living amid the mud and rubble of Olympic construction sites, roaming the streets and snowy mountainsides, and begging for scraps of food.<p>But as the games drew near, authorities have turned to a company to catch and kill the animals so they don't bother Sochi's new …

A birth control pill for men could soon be a reality

Researchers say an oral contraceptive for men could be a reality in the next ten years<p>Scientists in Australia may be closer than ever to developing a birth control pill for men.<p>Researchers at Melbourne's Monash University say they have succeeded in genetically blocking two proteins that control the …

Why Do We Age? A 46-Species Comparison

Why we age is a tricky evolutionary question. A full set of DNA resides in each of our cells, after all, allowing most of them to replicate again and again and again. Why don’t all tissues regenerate forever? Wouldn’t that be evolutionarily advantageous?<p>Since the early 1950s, evolutionary …

Ceramic Cups Melt Into Puddles of Patterned Porcelain

For her sculpture series <i>Nomad Patterns</i>, artist Livia Marin's ceramic cups and kettles melt into puddles of porcelain while surprisingly retaining their original printed designs. The elaborate faux Chinese motifs of willows, birds and pagodas float out into a glossy ceramic pool still in perfect …

Ceramics

Even Dead, Really Nasty Pets Are Still ... Um ... Trouble

The Inmans had a parrot. Grump (that was his name) was horrible, angry, scheming and nasty. But he was their parrot so they couldn't shoot him. Instead he lived in their house, soiled their mail, stole their fried chicken and, every so often, bit. Then, finally, he died.<p>Sort of.<p>This is the story of …

Everyday items cause scalds, burns in kids - Futurity

One-year-olds sustain 10 times as many burns and scalds as older children, according to a review of emergency department and burn unit cases.