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An ultra tiny sensor could help doctors clean out your arteries

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, and according to the CDC, clogged arteries from coronary heart disease kill more than 385,000 people annually. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a tiny device they hope will …

The Scientifically Best Times To Drink Coffee During The Day

Why you should treat caffeine the way you treat painkillers or antibiotics<p>When's the optimal time to get your coffee kick? Sometime between 9:30 and 11:30 in the morning should work well, neuroscience doctoral student Steven Miller explains in a supremely helpful blog post.<p>Careful timing of when …

Painkillers

Can We Eat Our Way To A Healthier Microbiome? It's Complicated

When our colleague Rob Stein got his microbiome analyzed recently in the name of science journalism, we were totally fascinated.<p>As Stein noted, it may be possible to cultivate a healthier community of bacteria on and inside us by modifying our diets.<p>Stein was advised to eat more garlic and leeks …

Drug-Resistant Germs Bred In Humans Show Up In Wild Animals

A new study finds a hospital superbug in crows.<p>Crows don't often hang out in hospitals, where the overuse of antibiotics has created drug-resistant germs. Yet crows in some areas of the U.S. carry drug-resistant bacteria in their bodies, according to a new study. Poop from about 2.5 percent of the …

Microbiology

Aboriginal hunting practice increases animal populations

Burning approach mixing practical philosophy and knowledge leads to near doubling of lizards and improves habitat.<p>In Australia’s Western Desert, …

Tax on shopping bags 'will lead to more food poisoning'

Shoppers who switch to reusable bags may be at risk of food poisoning because of a rise in the amount of contamination, experts have warned.<p>An increase in the use of “bags for life” could lead to a spike in illness rates as shoppers place new items in bags already used to store fresh meat and raw …

The Energy Fix: How To Clean Up Fracking's Bad Rep

If fossil fuels are to remain a large part of the nation’s energy mix, engineers need to reduce their environmental impacts.<p>Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have opened up huge reservoirs of oil and gas across the U.S. The Energy Information Administration predicts that production of …

Crazy Ants Have Spread From Texas to Florida, and 3 Other States

Crazy ants started out in Texas in 2002 but are now in at least five states–including Florida, Louisiana, and Georgia–, and are “within four miles of …

Insects

Ohio turns to untried execution drug mix due to shortage of pentobarbital

Ohio will use an untried dose of two drugs to put to death a man who raped and killed his girlfriend's three-year-old daughter, the state prisons agency said on Monday.<p>A warden determined that the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility doesn't have enough pentobarbital, the drug Ohio used until its …

Unlikely Multiple Sclerosis Pill On Track To Become Blockbuster

There aren't very many drugs that are also, essentially, industrial chemicals available in railroad-car volumes, pharmaceutical chemist Derek Lowe noted on his blog, In The Pipeline, this spring.<p>But there are a few. One is lithium carbonate, a staple of glassmaking and ceramic glazes and also the …

Why Scientists Are Trying Viruses To Beat Back Bacteria

Not all viruses are bad for us. Some of them might even help up us fight off bacterial infections someday.<p>Naturally occurring viruses called bacteriophages attack specific types of bacteria. So researchers at the University of Leicester decided to try and take advantage of phages' …

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 …

Alzheimer's treatment: landmark study gives hope for simple pill

Expert predicts future generations would see findings as historic turning point in fight against degenerative brain diseases<p>A landmark British study has raised the prospect of a pill that could treat brain diseases such as Alzheimer's by halting the death of neurons.<p>The research, performed on sick …

Nobel Prize in chemistry honors 3 for computer modeling research

Arieh Warshel of USC, Michael Levitt of Stanford and Martin Karplus of Harvard are recognized for their pioneering use of computer modeling programs in studying chemical reactions.<p>October 09, 2013|By Monte Morin<p>USC chemistry professor Arieh Warshel gets a congratulatory kiss from… (Nick Ut / …

Chemistry

View from space: Greeley, Colorado before and after the flood

On September 20, Colorado’s Office of Emergency Management reported the floods had impacted 17 counties, leaving 7 dead with 104 missing and more …

Weather

Parasitic worms keep other infections away - Futurity

Hookworm infections may help the body ward off other infections—as well as autoimmune diseases. Studying …

Worms

Drug Cures Mice Of Down Syndrome With A Single Dose

But it's not a cure for humans yet.<p>Cure Down syndrome with a single injection? Well, maybe--if you're a mouse. A team of scientists from John Hopkins University and the National Institutes of Health have cured newborn mice of Down syndrome by injecting them with a drug that stimulates what's called …

Back to School: Skin Care Basics

The stress of new beginnings and putting your best foot (and face) forward can cause breakouts. School is in session and today our lesson plan is what you can do to lower your chances of that first day breakout.<p><i>Photo credit: istockphoto.com</i><p>The unpleasant fact is that there are many reasons that …

I Heart HGTV Blog

June 30<p>Who doesn't love a party that revolves around melted butter?<p>June 30<p>Mom, can you send us off to camp, please?<p>June 29<p>This is for the …

Incredibly Expressive Owl Photography

Is that little owl yawning or singing? Belgian-based photographer Yves Adams has the answer as he's the one behind the adorable shot. “Little owls are CUTE!,” he states. “They make you laugh with whatever they do! But when they start to yawn, my heart melts! This picture has been taken in Spain, …

Birds

America’s Top 10 Lakes to Visit This Fall (Photos)

Lake trips offer the perfect mix of relaxation and water action, plus the chance for some moonlit skinny-dipping.

World first as woman gets pregnant seven years after ovaries removed

Twin girls expected after Australian scientists graft tissue frozen before cancer treatment on to mother's abdominal wall<p>Australian doctors and scientists have achieved a world first, helping a woman to become pregnant seven years after her ovaries were removed during cancer treatment, by grafting …

FYI: What Would Happen If Every Element On The Periodic Table Came Into Contact Simultaneously?

There are two ways to go about testing this, neither of which are practical. One requires the energy of dozens of Large Hadron Colliders. The other could yield a cauldron-full of flaming plutonium. Both, however, would probably create carbon monoxide and a pile of rust and salts rather than a cool …