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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 …

Learn How Magnets Work By Watching This Short Animation

The latest video from MinutePhysics, a growing YouTube series by Henry Reich, explains the miracles of magnetism on a particle level.<p>You may remember the Insane Clown Posse’s eternal question, infinitely quoted from their 2009 single “Miracles”: “Fucking magnets, how do they work?”<p>They had the …

Time lapse of epithelial cells undergoing mitosis

Time lapse of epithelial cells undergoing mitosis.

If You Can Smell This, You May Not Have Alzheimer's

A new diagnostic test involves a dollop of peanut butter.<p>You may not have heard of "the peanut butter test," but it could become a fantastically low-cost and non-invasive way to test for Alzheimer's. After all, what's less invasive than asking someone to smell some delicious peanut butter?<p>"The …

Why Scientists Held Back Details On A Unique Botulinum Toxin

Scientists have discovered the first new form of botulinum toxin in over 40 years, but they're taking the unusual step of keeping key details about it secret.<p>That's because botulinum toxin is one of the most poisonous substances known. It causes botulism, and the newly identified form of it can't …

This Is What Happens To Your Brain When You Get A Concussion

For years the NFL claimed that concussions and the resulting neurological conditions of its players were rare. But an investigation into the dark history of concussions in the NFL published by PBS Frontline and new scientific studies show multiple blows to the head cause serious permanent brain …

Zooids: Faces of tiny warriors - in pictures

Fine art macro photographer Aaron Ansarov has been capturing the beauty of hundreds of portuguese man o' war to seek to change our perception of a creature that is normally seen as a threat and a nuisance.

Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.<p>During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a …

Minecraft mod incorporates quantum physics into gameplay

A new <i>Minecraft</i> modpack called <i>qCraft</i> allows users to dabble in quantum physics using the game's world, according to a post from Google Quantum AI Lab Team.<p>The pack, which you can see in action in the video above, adds new blocks with quantum entanglement, superposition and observer dependency …

The Social Life of Genes: Shaping Your Molecular Composition

147<p>SHARES<p>A few years ago, Gene Robinson, of Urbana, Illinois, asked some associates in southern Mexico to help him kidnap some 1,000 newborns. For …

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, …

What Happens When You Stop Eating?

Apple Unveils New iPads

Plus other stuff—but mostly iPads.<p>Today in Cupertino, Calif., Apple CEO Tim Cook and a few other bigwigs took the stage to announce some new stuff. What kind of stuff? New, slightly better iPads; a new, slightly better operating system; and a grab bag of other bite-size announcements. Here's what …