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New to nature No 120: Akawaio penak

An electric eel-like fish that can swim backwards as well as forwards<p>South American or gymnotiform knifefishes include about 150 species occurring throughout the humid Neotropics, from Panama south to northern Argentina. With the exception of Chile, gymnotiforms are found in every country on the …

Parvati, c. 975

India: Tamil Nadu, 950-1000<br>Bronze<br>30 in. (76.2 cm)<br>The Norton Simon Foundation

Gonorrhea is about to become impossible to treat

Antibiotic resistance means the STD might soon spread more aggressively than ever<p>Gonorrhea has taken many forms over the last few decades. The strain that people acquire today isn't the same one that previous generations had to deal with. In fact, it might not be the same strain that infected …


Dark Skin May Have Evolved to Protect Against Skin Cancer

Darwin and others said skin cancer couldn't influence the evolution of skin color. A new study makes the case that it did.<p>When it comes to skin color, the idea that we're really all the same isn't just a utopian dream. A look at skin cancer from an evolutionary perspective suggests that maybe once …

Skin Cancer

How I faced up to epilepsy

Helen Stephens talks about the epilepsy that has dominated her adult life – and how she and her photographer boyfriend Matt Thompson came to make the powerful photo-journal that documents its emotional toll<p>See the complete series of portraits here<p>It was two years ago that Matt Thompson met Helen …

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 …

Twenty destinations for 2014: in pictures

Alex Salmond

Can Babies Be "Cured" of HIV?

We ask AIDS expert Anthony Fauci about reports that an HIV-infected baby has tested negative for the virus after aggressive treatments.<p>Researchers announced this week that a baby infected with HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is currently testing negative for the virus after aggressive drug …

Public Health

Oil slick spotted in sea in search for missing Malaysian plane

Vietnam air force planes spot two oil slicks suspected to be from missing Malaysian Boeing 777 jet, as it emerges at least two passengers were travelling on stolen passports<p>The fate of flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing remains unclear more than 12 hours after air traffic controllers lost …


How a River Otter Can Bag an Alligator for Lunch

Photos capture an amazing take-down.<p>We've barely recovered from the snake-eats-croc photos, and now this: Photos reveal a river otter in Florida attacking a young alligator, which it then ripped into for lunch.<p>The photos, shot in 2011 in Florida's Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge by a visitor …

Cognitive Science