Melinda MacDonald

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A Genius Trick for Fluffier Buttermilk Pancakes (No Whipping Egg Whites!)

It's Sunday morning and you're out there on the internet again, looking for the fluffiest buttermilk pancakes. A lot of fancy recipes will tell you to separate your eggs, whip the whites, and fold them in gently at the end. This one isn't going to.<p>It's a move that makes sense—if you were to add …

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15 Awesome Things You Can Do With Oatmeal

What if we told you that you could lose weight, lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes for as little as 13 <i>cents</i> per day? You …

An 80-Year-Old Prank Revealed, Hiding in the Periodic Table!

Science & InnovationCuriously Krulwich<p>You wouldn’t know it, because it’s hiding down there at the bottom of the periodic table of elements, but it’s a prank—something a five-year-old might do—and the guy who did it was one of the greatest chemists in America. It’s pure silliness, staring right at …

Periodic Table

fat tire mittens

looking back over the posts for the month of december, it’s been a month of joyful red—why stop now with one last pattern to squeeze into 2014?<p>here …

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Fountain Of Youth? Scientists Regenerate Damaged Organ In A Mammal For First Time Ever

As we get older, as do our cells. They divide, split, and become increasingly unreliable, making it harder to accomplish rudimentary tasks, like repairing wear and tear to the body. It’s why regenerative medicine–which promotes healing by dialing back your biological clock–is one of today’s more …

Growing up poor makes kids' DNA look old

Children who grow up in underprivileged households show signs of premature chromosomal aging, reports <i>New Scientist.</i> Moreover, this form of genetic aging might explain why adults who grow up in poor or otherwise stressful environments are more likely to develop serious health problems, such as …

Heart cells beating in a Petri dish offer new hope to heart patients

Adele Johnson was 26 when she was involved in a motorway accident in 2009. She sustained only minor injuries and was able to walk away from the crash. But several weeks later she still felt stressed, tired and depressed.<p>Johnson's condition initially baffled doctors, but a cardiologist provided a …

Scientists make lung cells from human stem cells

Scientists have finally turned human stem cells into functioning lung cells, and say the breakthrough paves the way for using a patient’s own cells …

Is Your Pee The Right Color? [Infographic]

A helpful guide to urine appearance<p>Several times a day, human bodies release a stream of data about internal health. Unfortunately, the data comes analog, and so isn't immediately accessible as useful information. Now an infographic from the Cleveland Clinic offers a helpful breakdown of urine …

The mystery of Captain Scott's penguin eggs

Specimens for scientific study can be extremely difficult to collect, as Captain Robert Falcon Scott learned on his last expedition to Antarctica<p>During the past few days, I've been sorting and organising the photographs from my recent trip to London, and shared the above image on twitter. In this …

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Researchers build 'robogut' to make fake feces for safer transplants

Canadian researchers have built an artificial gut to synthesize feces in the lab in an attempt to make fecal transplants safer for the patients who need them. Along with her colleagues at the University of Guelph in Ontario, microbiologist Emma Allen-Vercoe is working to eliminate the risk that the …

Why whales are huge (and monkeys are not)

<b>MONASH U. (AUS) —</b> Scientists are a bit closer to solving a puzzle of evolution: why some families of mammals evolved to be super-sized, while others …

The Man With A 'Battery Operated Brain'

He calls himself the "human with the battery operated brain" because he does, in fact, have electrodes in his head, put there by his New Zealand doctors.<p>Andrew Johnson (also known as "Cyber AJ") a few months ago was a young, 39 year old, early-onset Parkinsonian who tremored constantly. His hands …

My own genome project

In the almost year-long lead-up to having my whole genome sequenced, I have no fears about it. Or at least just a couple of tiny wobbles that I …

Child victims of Pakistan's 'begging mafia'

<b>For many Pakistani Muslims, visiting a shrine and donating money to beggars go hand in hand. But their generosity has encouraged the creation of a "begging mafia" which forces thousands of children into a life of slavery.</b><p>Shrines dedicated to holy men are dotted across most cities and towns in …

Report Of Liquid Woolly Mammoth Blood Prompts Clone Talk

Scientists in Siberia say they've extracted blood samples from the carcass of a 10,000-year-old woolly mammoth, reviving speculation that a clone of the extinct animal might someday walk the earth, if scientists are able to find living cells. But researchers say the find, which also included …

Dances with atoms: IBM researchers create a short film using only microscopic particles

A group of IBM researchers took a break from studying atomic data storage to work on something a bit more lighthearted: a stop motion movie made entirely out of atoms. The film, aptly named <i>A Boy and His Atom</i>, was created by arranging atoms with a scanning tunneling microscope and then capturing the …

No shit: can fecal transplants save 14,000 lives a year?

FDA cracks down on promising treatment for deadly intestinal bacteria<p>For Rhiannon Maher, the suffering began last August. Maher, then a 20-year-old college student, had recently been hospitalized for colitis after experiencing a bout of vomiting and diarrhea, but her doctors soon diagnosed her with …

A new species of mouse lemur—one of the world's smallest primates—is photographed in Madagascar. (Photo by Mark Thiessen, National Geographic) See more of the tiniest creatures: http://on.natgeo.com/11q6qg5

3D printed ear binds biology with electronics

<b>PRINCETON (US) —</b> Using 3D printing tools, scientists have created a functional ear that can “hear” radio frequencies far beyond the range of normal …

Watching Your Brain Freak Out On A Scanner Calms You Down

People who observed their own brain activity using real-time fMRI feedback were better able to control and reduce their anxiety, a new study says.<p>In a quirky new experiment, researchers at Yale University found that simply showing people what their anxious brains look like was enough to help those …

How long is a spoonful of water?

Officially, Alex Bellos covers the maths beat around here but I'm pretty sure he doesn't have exclusive rights. Anyway, this is just a bit of fun. I …

Foiled Proof

Two-year-old girl receives new trachea made from her own stem cells

Doctors announced today that two-and-a-half year old Hannah Warren just became the youngest person in history to receive a bioengineered organ transplant, a new windpipe made of a synthetic scaffold and her own stem cells. The nine-hour long procedure was performed April 9th, at Children's Hospital …

Scientists' hope for HIV cure

Researchers are working on "novel strategies" to find a cure for HIV, with the first results expected “within months”.<p>Danish scientists are hoping for results that will show that “finding a mass-distributable and affordable cure to HIV is possible”.<p>They are conducting a clinical trial to test a …

The ultimate guide to shopping in Hong Kong

Everyone knows Hong Kong as a place of neon-lit retail pilgrimage – all international brands worth their logo have outlets here, and they are supplemented by the city’s own retail trailblazers. That said, Hong Kong's reputation as a bargain hunter’s paradise is pretty much a thing of the past.<p>So …

Big brains, no fur, sinuses … are these clues to our ancestors' lives as 'aquatic apes'?

It is one of the most unusual evolutionary ideas ever proposed: humans are amphibious apes who lost their fur, started to walk upright and developed …