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Are the N.S.A. and G.C.H.Q. Trading Webcam Pictures?

“Unfortunately, there are issues with undesirable images within the data,” a document from Britain’s General Communications Headquarters, a spying agency, says about its interception of citizens’ private webcams. “It would appear that a surprising number of people use webcam conversations to show …

Surveillance

Artist's Meticulously Detailed Paintings Play with Perceptions of Size

Using canvases of all different dimensions, artist Michael Zavros is able to paint incredibly meticulous works of art. From paintings that can be held in the palm of your hand to those that are larger than the average human being, Zavros has tackled it all. But no matter what the artwork's size is, …

Modern Art

Jeff Koons Is the Kanye West of the Contemporary Art World

Meeting the man whose work can sell for more than any other living artist.<p><i>Jeff Koons in front of one of his sculptures (Photo by Art Comments via)</i><p>Sometimes, when I'm at the cashpoint, withdrawing the last £10 of my overdraft, I think about Jeff Koons. I think about the man whose orange sculpture of …

Art

The mind bending surreal photography of Achraf Baznani - Resource

Marky Ramone GoSeptember 24, 2014<p>The world of surreal photography, in which Moroccan photographer and filmmaker Achraf Baznani has created through …

4 Things You Didn’t Know About M.C. Escher

A new exhibition sheds light on an artist who, despite producing some of the most popular images in modern art, remains an enigma.<p>Even if you don’t know much about the man, you know M.C. Escher’s work. References to his mind-bending imagery can be spotted in films like <i>Interstellar</i> and <i>Harry Potter</i> …

Map Of The Developing Human Brain Shows Where Problems Begin

A high-resolution map of the human brain in utero is providing hints about the origins of brain disorders including schizophrenia and autism.<p>The map shows where genes are turned on and off throughout the entire brain at about the midpoint of pregnancy, a time when critical structures are taking …

Run When You're 25 For A Sharper Brain When You're 45

If you're in your 20s, you might work out because it's fun, or because it makes you look better. But here's another reason to hit the gym or go for a jog — exercising now may help preserve your memory and cognition later in life.<p>Researchers figured this out by following 2,700 men and women for 25 …

Why Anthropologists Join An Ebola Outbreak Team

When disease strikes in the developing world, like the current Ebola outbreak in Guinea, doctors, nurses and epidemiologists from international organizations fly in to help.<p>So do anthropologists.<p>Understanding local customs — and fears — can go a long way in getting communities to cooperate with …

Time To Relax The Sodium Guidelines? Some Docs Say Not So Fast

We've all heard the advice to go easy on the salt shaker. Or, perhaps, more importantly, to cut back on eating packaged, processed foods that often contain a lot of salt.<p>And why? There's a lot of evidence linking excessive sodium intake to high blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart …

Vitamin C and E supplements hampers endurance training

Vitamin C and E supplements may blunt the improvement of muscular endurance – by disrupting cellular adaptions in exercised muscles – suggests a new …

New Genetic Clue to Lupus Is Found

It was a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup moment in genetic evolution: The end of one gene fused to the beginning of another and, voilà, a new, composite …

Immunotherapy

What Is Iceland without Ice?

SOLHEIMAJOKULL, Iceland – A fierce wind shrieks down the glacier slope, flinging ice and grit like a weather-witch from an old Icelandic saga.<p>The …

Global Warming

Test Prep Doesn't Help Raise Intelligence Scores

Scores on standardized tests may go up but a student's ability for abstract and logical thinking may not improve. Christie Nicholson reports

Education

25 Things You Didn’t Know About San Francisco

You know your bays and bridges, but here are 25 unreal facts you might not have known about the Golden City.<p><b>1.</b> The Chinese fortune cookie was …

This Stanford Ph.D. Became A Fruit Picker To Feed California's Hungry

By some estimates, we Americans throw away about 40 percent of our food, from the cabbage that's wilting in our refrigerators, to the fruit that's falling off the orange tree in our neighbor's backyard.<p>In California's Central Valley, one woman has started a grass-roots effort to feed hungry people …

The Scientific Case for Banning Trans Fats

<i>SA Forum is an invited essay from experts on topical issues in science and technology.</i><p>Last month the U.S. Food and Drug Administration made the …

Nutrition

Unraveling the Mystery of How Antidepression Drugs Work

Depression strikes some 35 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, contributing to lowered quality of life as well as …

A Pen That 3-D Prints Bone Right Onto Patients

The device could eventually let surgeons apply stem cells more directly<p>One of the greatest promises of 3-D printing is that we'll one day be able to print organs on-demand. Need a new liver? There it is, at the push of a button.<p>Anticipating that future, scientists from the University of Wollongong …

Second DNA Code Discovered Hiding Within DNA: Scientists

A second DNA code has been discovered by a group of scientists, hiding within DNA, or the genetic code.<p>Information within the newly discovered second …

Genetics

Mexico's Patron Saint Is Also Its Hello Kitty

In Mexico, Dec. 12 is the day to celebrate the country's most revered religious icon: the Virgin of Guadalupe.<p>As many as 6 million pilgrims have made their way to the Mexican capital to pay homage to the country's patron saint on Thursday, and one woman has taken her devotion of the Virgin and …

10 Breathtaking South American Museums

We’ve seen some absolutely stunning museums in Europe and North America; now it’s time to head south to see what kinds of gorgeous gems are located …

Mar del Plata

Reinventing The Condom With Easy-On Tabs And Beef Tendon

When you hear the term "next-generation condom," beef tendon probably isn't the first thing that pops into your mind.<p>But a condom made from the cow part is one of 11 ideas to win $100,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in its reinvent-the-condom competition.<p>Another winning proposal uses a …

This Is What America's School Lunches Really Look Like

School lunch has never been the stuff of foodie dreams. I'm still haunted by the memory of my elementary school cafeteria's "brain pizza" – a lumpy oval thing topped with fleshy white strips of barely melted mozzarella that clumped together like neurons.<p>And it looks like America's school cafeterias …

In Pregnancy, What's Worse? Cigarettes Or The Nicotine Patch?

Lots of studies have shown that cigarette smoke isn't good for a fetus. So many pregnant women use nicotine gum or skin patches or inhalers to help them stay away from cigarettes.<p>A few years ago, Megan Stern became one of those women. "I smoked heavily for the first seven weeks of my pregnancy …

Born Wet, Human Babies Are 75 Percent Water. Then Comes The Drying

Look at this baby.<p>Lovely, no? Now think of this baby abstractly — as a sack of hundreds of millions of atoms. Here's the atomic formula for a new human being, arranged by elements, according to scientist Neil Shubin.<p>Notice that the two most plentiful atoms are H (hydrogen) and O (oxygen) which …

2009 Flu Pandemic Was 10 Times More Deadly Than Previously Thought

Estimates of death rates from swine flu in 2009-10. The value is the upper limit for the rate in each country. Data from <i>PLOS Medicine</i>; map by Michaeleen Doucleff/NPR<p>By the World Health Organization's official tally, the flu pandemic of 2009-10 killed 18,449 people around the world. Those are deaths …

8 Surprising Ways Music Affects and Benefits Our Brains

I'm a big fan of music, and use it a lot when working, but I had no idea about how it really affects our brains and bodies. Since music is such a big part of our lives, I thought it would be interesting and useful to have a look at some of the ways we react to it without even realizing.<p>"Without …

Male and female brains wired differently, scans reveal

Maps of neural circuitry show women's brains are suited to social skills and memory, men's perception and co-ordination<p>Scientists have drawn on nearly 1,000 brain scans to confirm what many had surely concluded long ago: that stark differences exist in the wiring of male and female brains.<p>Maps of …

'Cuddle hormone' oxytocin can stimulate brain activity in autistic children

Could there be an inhaler for autism? That's a legitimate question. For years, researchers have studied the possibility that a hormone called oxytocin could help autistic people better understand social interactions. Often known as the "love hormone" or "cuddle hormone" for its ability to bring out …