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Technique measures how the proteins in your body vibrate

Scientists have long suspected that, like the strings on a violin or the pipes of an organ, the proteins in the human body vibrate in different …

How Life Began: New Clues From New Worlds

The odds that the universe is bursting with life seem to be getting better all the time. Astronomers recently announced that there could be an …

Do You See What I See? Kids' Visual Memory Works In Mysterious Ways

When kids look around, how much are they taking in about the objects that surround them? Scientists have recently devised new ways to peer inside little kid brains and figure out how their visual working memory works. They found that although young kids use the same parts of the brain to record …

University of Iowa

The best science and technology pictures of the week

The most stunning images from science and technology this week, from slingshot drones to lab-grown bones.<p><b>More stunning image galleries:</b><p>US Air Force’s 2013 best pics and lobster spring cleaning<p>A limb transplant and the end of the line for classic van<p>Coldest place on Earth and ancient lakes on …

Why brighter stars at this time of year?

No matter where you are on Earth on December, January and February evenings, you’re looking toward bright stars in our local spiral arm.<p>As seen …

Astronomy

Inadequate Pap Tests More Likely With Transgender Men

Testosterone use is one of the factors contributing to unsatisfactory Pap tests.<p>A new study published in the <i>Journal of General Internal Medicine</i> found that female-to-male (FTM) transgender patients were 10 times more likely to have an inadequate Pap test than female patients.<p>FTM transgender people, …

Transgender

Scientists Sniff Out Nearly 6,000 Gas Leaks In Washington, D.C.

A dozen of the leaks were found to be potentially explosive.<p>This is not exactly comforting for residents of Washington, D.C.: a new study found 5,893 natural gas leaks under the city's streets. In a dozen cases, methane concentrations were found to be as high as 500,000 parts per million, which is …

Natural Gas

Jury is out on health effects of e-cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes are either a potent weapon in the war against tobacco, or they are an insidious menace that threatens to get kids hooked on nicotine and make smoking socially acceptable again.<p>There are health experts who back each point of view. But they do agree that the empirical evidence …

Public Health

How Did Insects Evolve To Feast On Your Blood?

For the past several weeks, I’ve been wrapping up revisions on my bed bug book, which is due to my publisher at the end of this month. Going through the manuscript got me thinking not only about the origin of the bed bug, but of bloodsucking insects in general. When did that happen? And how exactly …

Cannabis and memory loss: dude, where's my CBD? | Dana Smith

Legalisation presents an opportunity to promote cannabis rich in a chemical that protects against its negative effects<p>It isn't often that science and pop culture overlap, but the two fields are in agreement when it comes to the familiar trope of the forgetful stoner.<p>A recent study published in …

A Smartwatch That Tells Time With Scent

An idea that doesn't stink<p>Most smartwatches constantly pester their wearers about appointments, e-mails, or even calories they have left to burn. Aisen Caro Chacin, who teaches physical computing at the Parsons New School for Design in New York, has built one that doesn’t blast stressful reminders. …

The last place on Earth without human noise

Is there anywhere left utterly free of man-made sound? In the first of a series for BBC Future called Last Place on Earth, Rachel Nuwer sets out to find havens where silence still rules – but discovers that avoiding civilisation’s clatter is harder than it seems. In fact, there’s one human noise …

Absurd Creature of the Week: A Strange Saga of Bribery, Skinny-Dipping, and a 12-Ton Sea Cow

Author: Matt Simon. Matt Simon Science<p>Date of Publication: 01.17.14.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>On July 12, 1742, German naturalist Georg …

Experimental Gene Therapy For Blindness Sees Some Promising Results

Study volunteer Jonathan Wyatt, for example, can now read three more lines on an optometrist's chart.<p>Jonathan Wyatt is less of a nuisance these days, his wife Diana told the BBC. Wyatt was the first volunteer to receive an experimental new gene therapy for a condition he has, choroideremia, that …

Wall Street

How electricity helps spider webs snatch prey

Spider webs actively spring towards prey, thanks to electrically conductive glue spread across their surface, Oxford University scientists have …

Biology

Basenji, dingo genomes shake up dog evolution

Dogs and wolves evolved from a common ancestor between 9,000 and 34,000 years ago, before humans transitioned to agricultural societies, according to …

Did lying teens trick sex researchers?

In the mid-1990s, teens pranked the widely cited National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health by faking nonheterosexuality, report …

What is radiocarbon dating?

At a very steady rate, unstable carbon-14 gradually decays to carbon-12. The ratio of these carbon isotopes reveals the ages of some of Earth’s …

Why do we get car sick?

Ever felt queasy, nauseous or ill while riding in a car? Greg Foot explains why you feel that way, and offers a solution.<p>Car sickness is essentially the same as sea sickness or air sickness - it all comes under the banner of motion sickness.<p>Basically your brain is receiving conflicting signals from …

Mystery rock suddenly appears near Mars rover, puzzling scientists

A "jelly doughnut-sized" rock has appeared in front of the Opportunity rover on Mars, and scientists can't figure out where it came from, <i>Discovery News</i> reports. The discovery was revealed by Mars Exploration Rover lead scientist Steve Squyres in a "10 years of roving Mars" keynote at NASA's Jet …

After heart attack, minority women less likely to stay on meds

Black and Hispanic women are the least likely of any group to still be taking their prescribed medications a year after having a heart attack.<p>After a …

Brain cells turn male flies into fighters

When you encounter a group of fruit flies invading the kitchen, it probably appears as if the whole group is vying for a sweet treat. But a closer …

This is the biggest fossil spider ever found

Jurassic spider fossils used to be extremely rare finds. The first was discovered in Russia and described in 1984—another was found three years …

Scientists Make a Sponge Sneeze

Danielle Ludeman and Sally Leys at the University of Alberta have made a sponge sneeze. The researchers say this suggests sponges have a sensory …

Great white sharks live almost as long as people

Radiocarbon dating revealed one shark was 73 years old. Sharks that live long and mature late are more sensitive to fishing pressure than previously …

White Shark

College drinking amps up PTSD, and vice versa

The estimated nine percent of college students who have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are likely to drink more alcohol than peers …

Military life may put teens at risk for fights at school

Transitioning into new schools and coping with a parent’s military deployment can increase the risks that teens will be victimized by other students …

How birds fly in V formation

A new study says birds precisely time when they flap their wings, and position themselves to capture upwash (“good air”) and avoid downwash or (“bad …

Birds

Does Evolution Evolve Under Pressure?

In 1996, Susan Rosenberg, then a young professor at the University of Alberta, undertook a risky and laborious experiment. Her team painstakingly …