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Enough to make you cry: the inner beauty of tears as they appear under a microscope

They look like snowflakes, but these beautiful images by Dutch scientist and photographer Maurice Mikkers are from a source much closer to home<p>They look like beautiful frozen ice-crystals, but in fact, these are what tears look like under a microscope.<p>Dutch scientist and photographer Maurice …

Onions

Crock Pot Recipes Adapted From Slow Cooker Recipes

Time to break out that crock pot that has been sitting around, collecting dust in storage for years on end. You know, the one you got for your wedding or housewarming or were handed down from your mom or bought on a whim at a yard sale but never used. We all have one. If you are thinking crock pots …

Guide to Build a Solar Panel

Solar panels are great. They are rechargeable and they help you cut electricity cost by using energy from sunlight, which is certainly a free energy …

Arduino

5 Easiest Places For The Novice International Traveler

Travel is awesome. See cool things, meet new people, eat amazing foods. I’ve spoken to a lot of people who want to travel, but were worried since they’ve never left the country. To them (and you, if you’re still reading), have no fear. People are friendly everywhere.<p>To make it a little easier, I’ve …

European Travel

The 25 most expensive elite boarding schools in America

Business Insider recently published our list of the most elite boarding schools in the country using endowment, acceptance rate, and average SAT score provided by BoardingSchoolReview.com, a website that collects information on boarding schools directly from the institutions.<p>Though we didn't factor …

College & University

SXSW 2015: I Reprogrammed A Lifeform In Someone’s Kitchen While Drinking A Beer

Biohacking kits help you modify genes in the comfort of home<p>A group holding red cups full of beer converged around a kitchen table littered with petri dishes, pipettes, and other basic laboratory equipment. Our host/lab director, Justin Pahara, explained how we were all going to take a custom …

This Adorable Portuguese Town Looks Straight Out Of The Flintstones

Living under a rock isn't necessarily a good thing, but living <i>within</i> a rock? That's totally normal, if you live in an ancient town in Portugal.<p>Welcome to Piodão, a tiny Portuguese town made almost entirely out of schist, a rock found in the region. Perched on the side of a lush mountain within the …

Three Things You Should Know Before Your Endoscopy

<b>I recently commented on the tragedy that had befallen patients at UCLA. Much attention was given to CRE infection, but the real culprit, contaminated scopes, was not well described. While the below scope is not the same type or for the same procedure as the one used at UCLA, it does illustrate that</b> …

Medical Technology

Engineers have created a smartphone HIV test that costs $35 to make

Image copyright Samiksha Nayak for Columbia Engineering.Let’s be honest: Smartphones aren’t necessarily thought of as devices that help to slow the …

Pew Research Center

Why You Should Consider Booking a Trip Through BJ's, Costco or Sam's Club

<i>Roderick Eime / Flickr</i><p>If you've ever shopped in a wholesale retail store like Costco, Sam's Club or BJ's Wholesale, you're probably more familiar with their barrels of cheese balls and 2-liter bottles of olive oil than you are with their vacation packages. While these membership-only warehouse …

Researchers assemble comprehensive map of human epigenome

Virtually every cell in the body carries an identical genome. But how is it possible that each of the body's 200 different types of specialized cells …

DNA

New map of human genetics contains clues for Alzheimer's and cancer

Getting a handle on the epigenome<p>Alzheimer's disease may involve the immune system, and researchers might have figured out how to pinpoint the origin of a cancer that has spread prior to diagnosis. These are just some of the findings reported today in a series of studies published in the <i>Nature</i> …

Love is like cocaine: The remarkable, terrifying neuroscience of romance

Yes, you really are addicted to love<p>On popular websites, we read headlines such as “Scientists are finding that love really is a chemical addiction between people.” Love, of course, is not literally a chemical addiction. It’s a drive perhaps, or a feeling or an emotion, but not a chemical addiction …

Why Edinburgh should be stripped of its Unesco world heritage status

It’s easy to see why Edinburgh, one of Britain’s most beautiful cities, is a magnet to visitors from across the world. It is also a place that instils pride and affection in those, like myself, who are native to it. Yet, this is a city that consistently undervalues its best asset: its historic …

Scottish Government

EROI -- A Tool To Predict The Best Energy Mix

Modern society was born a hundred and fifty years ago when coal began providing sufficient energy to make lots and lots of steel and steam, lifting ordinary citizens out of poverty and into the newly-developing middle class. Soon after, we added oil. The energy obtained from these sources was …

Energy

6 Important Things To Know About How Your Brain Learns

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>Whether you want to learn a new language, learn to cook, take up a musical instrument, or just get more out of the books you read, it helps to know how your brain learns.<p>While everyone learns slightly differently, we do have similarities in the way our …

Discovering your inner GPS

Has our sense of direction been found? Or is it a matter of correlation not being causation?<p>The ability of birds to navigate their way back to their nests, often more than thousands of miles each year, is fascinating. Arctic terns, which have the longest migration distance known, travel from their …

Magnetism

Study: Popular Over-The-Counter Drugs May Increase Dementia Risk

Popular non-prescription and prescription medications, including the active ingredient in Benadryl, have been linked to increased risk of developing dementia by a study published in a top-tier medical journal.<p>According to researchers publishing in <i>JAMA Internal Medicine</i>, the risk is most associated …

Dementia

What to Do About Crotch Sweat

That said, it can still be hugely awkward—and the need to swear off all workout pants that aren’t black isn’t necessarily the worst part of a sweaty nether region.<p>“There are two major types of sweat glands: apocrine and eccrine glands,” explains Jeremy Fenton, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist …

Reflections of research: more art in science

The art of science and the science of art: winners of the British Heart Foundation’s annual Reflections of Research competition<p>The British Heart Foundation (BHF) runs a competition encouraging researchers to share their most arresting images – pictures of research that not only are very pretty, but …

Imperial College London

Why One-Size-Fits-All Health Initiatives Don’t Work

Employers want healthy employees, but investing in initiatives is expensive, while health care keeps going up. Enter personalized care.<p>When workplace health initiatives first became popularized in the 1970s, they typically involved company-wide meetings that provided healthy lifestyle advice.<p>As …

Slow Cooker Recipes That Will Feed A Crowd

Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching. Have you planned your Super Bowl party menu yet? If you haven't figured out what you're going to cook for the big game, don't panic. We've got Super Bowl recipe collections that run the gamut from wings and nachos to sliders. We've also rounded up some stellar …

Frozen Fingers, Inspiration and Lentil Soup

Seeing the shades of white and blue dissipate around the majestic crown of St Paul's, the lights of all those striking buildings across the river glitter through the depths of evening hues, I realized I just don't come to this part of London often enough. It felt like a treat to be there, to walk …

8 Chicken Dinners That Are Anything but Boring

<b>1. Thai Minced Chicken Lettuce Cups</b><p>If you like Thai food, you'll love these minced chicken lettuce cups boldly flavored with fresh ginger, lime, chili pepper, fish sauce and brown sugar. The recipe is easy to make with ingredients found at your regular supermarket. <b>GET THE RECIPE</b><p><b>2. Middle Eastern</b> …

Now Is The Best Time To Visit Europe. Here's Where To Go.

If continents were dogs, Europe would win Best in Show. The landmass is a seemingly perfect combination of pristine beaches, charming villages, historic cities and stunning nature. There's so much to see that planning a trip can be overwhelming... mostly because it's overwhelmingly expensive.<p>But …

Kettlebell Cardio Workout

The Strength-Training Workout that Doubles as Cardio<p>Combine the two—and get out of the gym faster!<p>Shutterstock<p>Swinging kettlebells doesn't just pump up your biceps. Kettlebell workouts can raise your heart rate enough to count as cardio, according to a small new study in the <i>Journal of Strength and</i> …

What Every Consumer Should Know Before Watching the State of the Union

A sneak peek at what Obama’s State of the Union ideas could mean for your wallet.<p>This year, President Obama broke with tradition and started …

The Exercise Move That Works Your Belly, Butt and Hips

<b>Alteration: Hands-Up Bridge</b><br>Get in the basic bridge position, but this time do the move with your hands directly in the air; it forces you to engage your abs and glutes more.<p><b>Alteration: Unilateral Bridge</b><br>Go back to the basic bridge position, but this time raise one knee to your chest or extend it all …

Researchers gain new insight into fragile X syndrome

Scientists have gained new insight into fragile X syndrome -- the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability -- by studying the case of a …

Developmental Disabilities