Meredith Leary

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Scientists Create Biodegradable Battery That 'Melts' Inside The Body After Use

A biodegradable, implantable battery could help in the development of biomedical devices that monitor tissue or deliver treatments before being reabsorbed by the body after use.<p>“This is a really major advance,” says Jeffrey Borenstein, a biomedical engineer at Draper Laboratory, a non-profit …

Big Bang Discovery Opens Doors to the "Multiverse"

Gravitational waves detected in the aftermath of the Big Bang suggest one universe just might not be enough.<p>Bored with your old dimensions—up and down, right and left, and back and forth? So tiresome. Take heart, folks. The latest news from Big Bang cosmologists offers us some relief from our …

First Asteroid-Like Object Discovered With Rings

The most hip-hop of the small orbiters<p>Meet (10199) Chariklo. It's an asteroid-like object that's a little more than 90 miles in diameter. It orbits the sun between Jupiter and Neptune. And like its giant gas neighbors, it has rings. Asteroids have rings, too! (Go and brush your shoulders off.)<p>This …

Dwarf planet discovery hints at a hidden Super Earth in solar system

Astronomers have increased the size of the observable solar system after spotting a 450-km wide object orbiting the sun.<p>The lump of ice and rock circles the sun at a greater distance than any known object, and never gets closer than 12bn kilometres – 80 times the distance from Earth to the sun.<p>If …

FireChat lets you text friends, even without a signal

FireChat sounds fairly conventional from the get-go.<p>It's a new iPhone app that lets you chat and share photos with nearby users — anonymously, if you so choose. But instead of relying on global positioning or cell tower triangulation to plot you and others on a map, FireChat relies on Bluetooth and …

Scientists can now create accurate mugshots using only DNA

Even though DNA analysis is still stuck in the past when applied by law enforcement today, scientists are still pushing the envelope with work that can turn DNA into a more effective investigative tool. In a new study published this week, researchers at Penn State and the Catholic University of …

Neanderthals and me: we go back a long way

Genetic research now shows that we have more in common with these ancient humans than we thought<p>Should you find yourself in the Natural History Museum between now and the end of September, wander past the diplodocus to the back of the central hall and turn left to make your way to the Jerwood …

Sexed-up science news - reporting the story gets in the way of a good fact

Sex sells. This is a well-known cliché, pairing a product with a sexually attractive/suggestive person is the norm in the advertising industry. Sex can be used to promote anything – cat food, car insurance, carbonated beverages, and that’s just the Cs. It’s so common, the bizarre logic of it is …

‘Twilight’ And ‘Game Of Thrones’ Might Be To Blame For Homeless Dogs

Remember when Paris Hilton was actually a person that people somehow enjoyed, because she was a spoiled rich girl who did whatever and whoever she wanted? What’s that? People still like her today and she still acts like she’s an important celebrity? Damn this worthless 10-year coma and the relief I …

Rabbits give archaeologist a helping paw in Land’s End find

Dean, who studied Archaeology at the University, explained: “Land’s End staff member Eddie Williams had affectionately ‘adopted’ a family of wild …

Chinese Scientist Likens Beijing's Smog Problem To "Nuclear Winter"

Farms are in a "smog panic" as plants falter without sunlight<p>A Chinese scientist said that the smog situation in the country is so bad that it resembles a "nuclear winter," preventing plants from producing energy from the sun's rays via photosynthesis, and presenting a possible disaster for the …

The Tiny Culprit Behind A Graveyard of Ancient Whales

As the Pan-American Highway snakes its way through Chile, it passes through a place called Cerro Ballena. The site is in the middle of the driest desert in the world, and just an hour away from the mine where 33 unfortunate miners were trapped a few years back. That particular stretch of road is …

Whale graveyard shows mass stranding of species millions of years ago

A mass graveyard of fossilised whales unearthed in Chile was created by four separate strandings over a period of 10,000 years, scientists believe.<p>The skeletons of dozens of baleen whales were found in ancient sandstones beside the Pan-American Highway in the Atacama region of north Chile, where …

Opinion

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Loneliness twice as unhealthy as obesity for older people, study finds

Loneliness can be twice as unhealthy as obesity, according to researchers who found that feelings of isolation can have a devastating impact on older people.<p>The scientists tracked more than 2,000 people aged 50 and over and found that the loneliest were nearly twice as likely to die during the …

The Car That Runs On Air

Bringing new meaning to running on fumes<p>For more than a century, air cars have remained a quixotic quest of engineers—an idealistic exercise with little long-term likelihood of entering mass production. As fuels go, air has obvious upsides: It’s ubiquitous, clean, and, best of all, free. But air …

Electric Vehicles

Chivalry makes men nervous: the subtle art of male-on-male emasculation

You'd never guess to look at us, of course, but men are sensitive. When researchers at Purdue University, Indiana, asked a man to open a door for a random sample of men and women, they found that the men who'd had the door opened for them reported lower confidence and self-esteem. The women, being …

The moon is approaching Venus. Closest Wednesday morning

Get ready for the spectacular conjunction of the sky’s two brightest nighttime objects – the moon and Venus – on Wednesday morning, February …

Astronomy

Prehistoric forest arises in Cardigan Bay after storms strip away sand

A prehistoric forest, an eerie landscape including the trunks of hundreds of oaks that died more than 4,500 years ago, has been revealed by the ferocious storms which stripped thousands of tons of sand from beaches in Cardigan Bay.<p>The forest of Borth once stretched for miles on boggy land between …

Vast fossil bed found in Rockies

What intrigued Jean-Bernard Caron was the way the dark stone sparkled in the sunlight. What thrilled him was the reason: every sparkle was the glint of an ancient eyeball shining back at him across half a billion years of time.<p>The abundance of those eyes, along with the preserved remains of …

Speaking out against $600-a-week grocery bills

She created Feeding My Family on Facebook last year. Then followed an unprecedented sight in the territory: Inuit brandishing placards in revolt.<p>“It’s against our culture,” Ms. Papatsie says in her home in the Nunavut capital. “The Inuit never protested. Traditionally, for the Inuit to survive, …

B.C. liquor laws overhauled: Booze sales allowed in grocery stores, kids in pubs with parents

Print<p>Related<p>What do you think of this move? Let us know on our Facebook page<p>===<p>The British Columbia government is lowering its inhibitions on dozens …

See The World Through The Eyes Of A Cat

An awesome, disorienting look at kitty vision.<p>What does the world look like through a cat's eyes? The basic structure of feline eyes is pretty similar to what humans have, but cats' vision has adapted to very different purposes, so the world they see looks familiar, but isn't quite the same as …

Pets

Ask Anything: What Does Water Taste Like?

H2-oh-so-tasty<p>For thousands of years, philosophers claimed that water had no flavor. It’s the baseline for the sense of taste, they said—a starting point and null condition. What water is to tongues, darkness is to eyes and silence is to ears. “The natural substance water per se tends to be …

Duke University

Europeans had dark skin, blue eyes 7,000 years ago

A genetic analysis of an ancient European hunter-gatherer reveals that his face was a striking combination of dark skin and blue eyes.<p>Spanish …

Banking apps on Android phones most at risk of virus: Kaspersky

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Banking applications on Android phones are most vulnerable to cyber crime, the chief executive and co-founder of Russian anti-virus software maker Kaspersky Lab said on Monday.<p>Kaspersky Lab CEO and Co-founder Eugene Kaspersky speaks during the Reuters Global Media and …

Cyber-attacks

Living with less: Families join tiny-house movement

Last year, William and Laura Baird got rid of half of their kids' toys, half of their kitchen's contents and a third of the family's clothes. It wasn't just de-cluttering – they also ditched almost three-quarters of their home's square footage, moving from a three-bedroom house into the …