Melanie Wright

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15 Beautiful Objects We Don’t Use Anymore

The beauty of an object can’t guarantee its usefulness. Some of these beauties were left behind by improved technology or changing fashions. Some …

To This Day

15 Science Experiments You Can Do With Your Kids

<b>by Therese Oneill</b><p>Time to get messy, light some stuff on fire, and use food products in ways they were never intended! Parents and teachers across the …

13 Fascinating Facts About Bees

Sure, you know that bees pollinate our crops and give us honey. But there's so much more to these buzzing insects than that.<p>1. Their sting has some …

18 Everyday Products You've Been Using Wrong

Your life has been a lie.

Could Detectives Use Microbes To Solve Murders?

In the woods outside Huntsville, Texas, scientists are trying to determine whether they can use the microbes that live on the human body as microscopic witnesses that could help catch criminals.<p>It's a strange scene at the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility. At first, it's easy to …

Can we figure out what things smell like just by looking at them?

Tongues and eyes don’t give scientists much of a problem. Noses, though, are another story altogether.<p>It’s hard to organize different types of scents. Tastes are categorized into five well-known groups, colors can be labeled and assigned by their component wavelengths, but odors have been much more …

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 – winning pictures

Australian photographer Mark Gee has beaten more than a thousand amateur and professional photographers from around the planet to win the title Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013. The competition is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich and BBC Sky at Night Magazine. The winners, runners-up …

FYI: Can Humans Survive In A Completely Self-Sufficient Closed Environment?

Not yet, though we've been trying to do so since at least the 1970s. Fabricating an environment that needs no power other than the sun and is a closed system (where waste gets broken down and reused) is extremely difficult.<p>One of the first attempts at a CELSS—Controlled Ecological Life Support …

Can a blood test detect autism? Google Ventures is betting it can

As autism grows more prevalent, early detection is crucial<p>The chances a child will receive a diagnosis of autism has increased 72 percent over the last five years, a dramatic rise that has stumped many health care experts. While there is no cure for autism, early detection and treatment in the form …

Scientists Discover Brain Activity Beyond A Deep Coma

A new study has found that EEG activity is possible beyond the point normally considered brain death.<p>With the help of one man and 26 cats, scientists from the University of Montreal and the Medical Centre Regina Maria in Romania say they've discovered a new frontier in brain function: activity …

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)

Breast cancer treated just as well by short radiotherapy course, say experts

New British study finds three-week course of larger doses as safe and effective as traditional five-week treatment<p>Giving breast cancer sufferers a shorter course of radiotherapy is just as effective, according to researchers who say it will reduce side effects for women being treated.<p>Radiotherapy …