Megan Giacone

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A Map Of The World, Rendered In Spirographs

Artist Rachel Evans uses simple tools to make stunning geometric maps.<p>Artist Rachel Evans uses spirographs, those geometric drawing tools popular with kids, to create colorful world maps like this. After drawing the shapes, she hand-colors them, then cuts them out and pastiches them together until …

In regenerative medicine breakthrough, lab-grown human heart tissue beats on its own

Progress in regenerative medicine has been coming fast and furious in recent months: scientists are now using far-out tissue engineering techniques to restore liver function in mice, regrow human muscle, and even implant bioengineered blood vessels into ailing patients. Now, a team at the …

Crowdfunded cups and straws quickly detect 'invisible' date rape drugs

The odorless and tasteless nature of "date rape drugs" can make them impossible for victims to detect before it's too late. But soon your drinking glass may able to warn you if dangerous chemicals have been slipped into your cocktail. Next month, DrinkSavvy will begin shipping plastic cups and …

Brains Of Dying Rats Yield Clues About Near-Death Experiences

A burst of brain activity just after the heart stops may be the cause of so-called near-death experiences, scientists say.<p>The insight comes from research involving nine lab rats whose brains were analyzed as they were being euthanized. Researchers discovered what appears to be a momentary increase …

FYI: What Is The Evolutionary Purpose Of Tickling?

You probably know that you can't tickle yourself. And although you might be able to tickle a total stranger, your brain also strongly discourages you from doing something so socially awkward. These facts offer insight into tickling's evolutionary purpose, says Robert R. Provine, a neuroscientist at …

NASA Finds A Pink Planet That Challenges Current Theories

About 57 light years from Earth, astronomers have discovered a large new planet, colored a deep magenta. It’s the second planet whose color has been directly observed by astronomers, the first being HD 189733b. That alone would make this find noteworthy. But equally noteworthy is the fact that the …

Sheriff says Calif. teen was victim under extreme duress

Hannah Anderson is reunited with father after FBI kills her abductor in Idaho wilderness.<p>A California teen who was rescued and her abductor shot in Idaho was "under extreme duress'' throughout her ordeal and unaware of her mother and brother's deaths, San Diego's sheriff said Monday.<p>Sheriff Bill …