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How to live with the toxic side effects of HIV drugs - Futurity

New drugs are essential to increasing the life expectancy of young people with HIV, but lowering the drugs' toxicity may have even greater health …

Oldest Animal-Built Reef Discovered in Namibia

An ancient reef that once teemed with primitive sea life has been unearthed in Africa.<p>The reef, which dates to 548 million years ago, is the oldest …

Dinosaurs

Is medical marijuana really as effective as advocates claim?

The New York Times points out a lack of research, but fails to emphasize the policies blocking it<p>Legalized medical marijuana has gained tremendous ground throughout the United States in the past decade, especially in recent years. Although it is still classified by the federal government as an …

When Heat Stroke Strikes, Cool First, Transport Later

The first-ever World Cup water break (taken during the game between Portugal and the United States this week) is a reminder that we all need to take extra precautions when playing in the heat.<p>Sports-related heat injuries and deaths continue to rise nationally, according to estimates by the National …

FDA approves new insulin inhaler for diabetics

The US Food and Drug Administration today approved a new insulin inhaler for use in treating diabetes, its first in years. The product, which is made by California-based MannKind Corporation, uses a dry powder that people can breathe in to control insulin levels. It's been designed not as a …

Why can't you remember being a baby? Science explains.

Why don't you remember being a baby? How come you barely remember being a young child? How come a three-year-old can remember things that happened — but will then have no memories of that day a few years later?<p>THE NEW BRAIN CELLS OF YOUNG ANIMALS MAY BE MESSING UP THEIR MEMORIES<p>These questions have …

Full siblings are more violent to each other than half or step siblings, study finds

Full blood related brothers and sisters inflict more violence upon one another than half or step siblings, researchers find<p>Full blood-related siblings are more likely to physically assault and use weapons against one another than half or step siblings, a study has found.<p>Researchers, who were …

The shocking truth about electric fish: Sequencing electric eel genome

Writing June 27, 2014 in the journal <i>Science</i>, a team of researchers led by Michael Sussman of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Harold Zakon of the …

Ask Anything: Would Cannibalism Make You Fat?

Short answer: It all comes down to portion control.<p>Taken as a whole, a cooked cadaver would yield about 81,500 calories’ worth of food, says James Cole, a lecturer on human origins at the University of Brighton in England. But that’s only if you wolfed down every part that could be consumed. To …

Nutrition

Kids with autism often have parents with similar traits - Futurity

When there is a child with autism in the family, both parents are more likely to have autistic traits than parents who don't have a child with autism.

Autism

The Week In Numbers: The Cost Of A DIY Spacesuit, The Calories In A Human Body, And More

<b>113:</b> the number of hand-held weapons used World War I and catalogued by this crowd-sourced project. The project is incomplete, so you can add arms if you know of them.<p><b>60 percent:</b> reduction in levels of the air pollutant nitrogen dioxide in the U.S. since 1980. The U.S. Environmental Protection …

Stanford University

World's oldest human poop may have been found in Spain

Maybe archaeologists should watch where they step. Researchers have stumbled across what may be the world's oldest human poop, deposited by Neanderthals about 50,000 years ago atop an ancient campfire in Spain.<p>If the discovery is truly a prehistoric latrine – a claim that has provoked skepticism …

Astronomers discover Earth-sized 'diamond' 900 light years away

The world's largest diamond, the Cullinan, is a tad over 3,100 carats uncut. Its estimated value is some $2 billion, and it only weighs about 1.37 pounds. That stone, while enormous relative to others like it, is but an invisible speck when up against the Earth-sized diamond discovered 900 light …

Ancient Skulls Reveal 'Mixed' Neanderthal-Like Lineage

A key first step in Neanderthal evolution may have been the development of front teeth that could act like a "third hand," researchers now say.<p>These …

Anthropology

Scientist Offers $10,000 to Climate Change Deniers With Hard Evidence

Image: Shutterstock<p>A physics professor is offering $10,000 to the first person to present scientific evidence that proves man-made climate change …

Newfound Alien Planet 'Gliese 832c' May Be Able To Support Life

A newfound alien world might be able to support life — and it's just a stone's throw from Earth in the cosmic scheme of things.<p>An international team of astronomers has discovered an exoplanet in the star Gliese 832's "habitable zone" — the just-right range of distances that could allow liquid water …

Why Mosquitoes Bite Some People and Not Others -- And the Surprising, Natural Way to Avoid Bites

Why are some people so much more attractive to mosquitoes than others? And what can you do about the pesky little bloodsuckers, especially if you …

Why older adults should aim for 8 hours of sleep - Futurity

A new study shows that there is an association between both quality and duration of sleep and brain function which changes with age.

Would you take a pregnancy test at a bar? Alaska hopes so

Ladies, how likely would you be to take a pregnancy test in the bathroom of a bar?<p>Bars and restaurants in Alaska are set later this year to have home pregnancy test dispensers installed in their bathrooms.<p>Forget all of the awkwardly comedic images of the logistics of testing for something so …

Starwatch: The July night sky

The Summer Triangle formed by Deneb in Cygnus, Vega in Lyra and Altair in Aquila occupies its rightful place high in Britain's S sky at our map times this month. Arcturus in Bootes is conspicuous as it sinks in the W and Capella in Auriga twinkles low down in the N. Sagittarius straddles our S …

Freaky Higgs Physics Suggests The Universe Shouldn't Exist

The universe shouldn't exist — at least according to a new theory.<p>Modeling of conditions soon after the Big Bang suggests the universe should have collapsed just microseconds after its explosive birth, the new study suggests.<p>"During the early universe, we expected cosmic inflation — this is a rapid …

How pickpockets trick your mind

Pickpockets use much more than sleight of hand, says Caroline Williams, they hack your brain’s weaknesses.<p>My mother has eyes in the back of her head. She also taught me from an early age to be suspicious of strange men, especially when they give you presents. Which makes it all the more surprising …

working knowledge

Leap second to be added December 31

Delay those New Year’s plans. World timekeepers will add a leap second just before midnight on December 31, 2016.<p>The U.S. Naval Observatory announced …

Astronomy

NASA makes second attempt to launch CO2-measuring satellite

Five years after a launch malfunction destroyed its twin,<p>NASA'sOrbiting Carbon Observatory-2 is slated to blast off from the California coast Tuesday, becoming the nation's first satellite to exclusively monitor the greenhouse gas.<p>The mission of the $465-million spacecraft is to measure and map …

An upside down rainbow?

Circumzenithal arcs have been described as an “upside down rainbow” or “a grin in the sky.” They’re wonderful! See photos here.<p>People who look up a …

Astronomy

Happy 10th Anniversary, Cassini!

It's been 10 years since Cassini reached Saturn's orbit. Popular Science celebrates with some of our favorite Cassini images.<p>Today is the 10th anniversary of the spacecraft Cassini's arrival in Saturn's system of rings and moons. But to make that 2.2-billion-mile journey from Earth, Cassini had to …

Astronomy

NASA to test Mars 'flying saucer' vehicle on Earth

Ghost peppers: So hot it’s spooky

In 2007, the ghost pepper was determined to be the hottest naturally-occurring pepper on Earth.<p>In 2007, North India’s Bhut Jolokia – or ghost pepper …

World Records

Ancient asteroid destroyer finally found, and it's a new kind of meteorite

For 50 years, scientists have wondered what annihilated the ancestor of L-chondrites, the roof-smashing, head-bonking meteorites that frequently pummel Earth.<p>Now, a new kind of meteorite discovered in a southern Sweden limestone quarry may finally solve the mystery, scientists report. The strange …