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Why do we have blood types?

More than a century after their discovery, we still don’t know what blood groups like O, A and B are for. Do they really matter? Carl Zimmer investigates.<p>When my parents informed me that my blood type was A+, I felt a strange sense of pride. If A+ was the top grade in school, then surely A+ was …

FDA authorizes Ebola test; vaccine will probably take until 2015

The<p>FDAhas authorized use of an unapprovedEbola virustest under a special emergency-use provision, although efforts to develop a vaccine for the deadly illness are unlikely to bear fruit until 2015, officials say.<p>The test-tube diagnostic test was developed by the<p>U.S. militaryand is used to detect …

Aspirin a day could dramatically cut cancer risk, says biggest study yet

An aspirin a day could dramatically cut people's chances of getting and dying from common cancers, according to the most detailed review yet of the cheap drug's ability to stem disease.<p>More than 130,000 deaths would be avoided over a 20-year period if Britain's 50- to 64-year-olds took a daily …

Do Atoms Ever Touch?

The "first man-made biological leaf" could enable humans to colonise space

<b>Dezeen and MINI Frontiers:</b> RCA graduate Julian Melchiorri says the synthetic biological leaf he developed, which absorbs water and carbon dioxide to …

Quantum Paths Of Desire And Other Amazing Images Of The Week

Your face matters for first impressions

Making a good first impression might have more to do with your facial features than choosing the right outfit, a new study reveals.<p>Researchers at the University of York in England analyzed people's first impressions of 16 social traits in 1,000 facial images. The traits were then organized into …

2 New Holes Mysteriously Appear in Siberia

Two new mysterious holes have appeared in the Siberian permafrost, the Siberian <i>Times</i> reports—just two weeks after the first crater appeared in the …

Study finds 5 servings of produce is enough, but we're not eating it

How many times will we have to be told? Apparently we haven't reached the point when we'll change our habits, but here goes again: Eating five servings of fruits and vegetables every day can help us live longer.<p>That comes from researchers' analysis of 16 studies covering 833,234 people, published …

Q&A: Scientist Studied His Poop for a Year to Learn About Gut Bugs

Gut microbes may be key to human health, but tracking them proves a tough task.<p>Where would we be without our gut bugs? These bacteria help us do everything from digesting food to recovering from disease, but scientists are still learning exactly what gut bugs do, and even how to study them.<p>In the …

Plantwatch: All in good time

There was news in the media earlier this month that the long run of warm weather this year had brought on the seasons so early that there were now signs of autumn emerging.<p>Apparently, red berries had ripened on hawthorn trees and holly bushes, sycamore seeds had turned brown and beech nuts had …