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Lab-grown vaginas have been successfully implanted in four women

Scientists announced today that four women received lab-grown vaginas between 2005 and 2008 — and, according to their doctors, all of the patients are doing quite well.<p>The women, who were between 13 and 18 at the time of the surgery, were all born with a rare genetic condition called …

Book Gift Ideas For Adults Who Love Teen Books

<i>Originally posted on Kirkus:</i><p>We know who you are; no need to slink around pocketing that young adult book you’re reading, even if you are above the age of 30. We’ve hand-picked some of the best teen books from 2013 that will make perfect gifts for your teen book–loving adult friends. We won’t tell …

The Globe Books 100: Best young adult

<b>Jane, the Fox and Me</b><p><i>By Fanny Britt, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, translated by Susan Ouriou (Groundwood)</i><p>Gorgeously tying Hélène's teenage growing pains to her consoling reading of <i>Jane Eyre</i>: a graphic novel that deals with childhood cruelties without being a "bullying" book – it has much more …

Books

23 Books For Your Perfect Young Adult Summer Reading List

Wandering into the young adult section of your local bookstore is never something to be embarrassed about — even if you haven't actually been a teen …

15 Young-Adult Books Every Adult Should Read

Young-adult books are almost inescapable, even if you haven't visited the teen section of your local library since high school.<p>Big-budget movie …

Animal Study Paves Way For Future Psoriasis Treatment

By Jesse Emspak, Contributing writer<p>Published: 02/28/2014 08:57 AM EST on LiveScience<p>The chronic skin condition psoriasis could be treated with a compound that targets a small piece of genetic material in cells, new research in animals suggests.<p>Researchers found that blocking a type of genetic …

A Strong Sex Life Helps Couples Cope With The Trials Of Aging

Health problems can put a strain on a marriage at any age. But as we get older, chronic illnesses can make it even tougher to keep the spark alive.<p>Scientists at the University of Chicago have uncovered one way couples can offset the stresses of illness and aging: more physical intimacy.<p>Couples who …

The man who proved Stephen Hawking wrong

He grew up in grinding poverty and was forever in trouble at school. So how did Leonard Susskind become one of the world’s greatest physicists?<p>The day that Leonard Susskind decided he was not going to follow his father into the family plumbing business, his parents were appalled. “My father was a …

Newly Discovered Piece Of Cheese Is Older Than Jesus

This is nacho average cheese<p>The oldest cheese has been found, and if you happen to be eating cheese right now, I suggest you pause, because this next sentence is gross: The cheese, from 1615 BC, was discovered in clumps on the necks and chests of mummies.<p>USA Today reports that the cheese …

Food

Spacewatch: Planet hunting with Plato

The European Space Agency's Cosmic Vision programme for future scientific space missions was extended last week with the announcement that the Plato planet-finding probe is to be built and targeted for launch in 2024.<p>Plato, for PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars, is intended to use an …

Black Widow Spiders Would Rather Not Bite You Or Beck

This week, while promoting his new album, “Morning Phase,” the great musician Beck has been doing a bunch of interviews. One line in an NPR story caught my attention: During recording sessions, Beck was bitten by a black widow spider, and wound up in the hospital. “My arm was all swollen up,” he …

Insects

The Month in Plagues: Nazi Mosquitoes, Agricultural Espionage, And More

Here are some links on infestations, contagions, and controls from around the web this past month. Have more? Add them in the comments.<p><b>In vaccine news</b><p>A crowd-funded vaccine for HIV called Immunity Project falls under scrutiny, according to Erika Check Hayden for Nature.<p>Mounting evidence suggests …

Thousands of Swimming Fish Create Huge Underwater Spirals

American photographer Octavio Aburto thrives on the fascinating world of life in the sea. He has spent decades studying and researching marine biology in order to educate the world about the protection and conservation of ocean life. Since 1994, Aburto has photographed marine ecosystems in Mexican …

Study Skills

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

Books

Discovering the Higgs through Physics, Dance and Photography

Changing Planet<p>The Arts Council of Greater New Haven has chosen our project ¨<b>Discovering the Higgs through Physics, Dance and Photography¨</b>, as one of the seven chosen to receive funding as part of Reintegrate<i>*</i>: Enhancing Collaborations in the Arts & Sciences.<p>The Project´s team is formed by Sarah …

Research on an ancient fish hints at how modern faces evolved

A new study by French and Swedish researchers sheds light on the evolution of the face as we know it today, all thanks to a long-gone fish. 410 million years ago, a tiny fish called the Romundina evolved separate left and right nostrils that were behind its lips, a feature that was halfway between …

The Scent Of Your Earwax May Yield Valuable Information

Warning: It doesn't get any less gross from here.<p>As an Asian lady, I can't get over that people of African and European descent have moist earwax. I learned this years ago. I still can't get over it! I assumed everyone had earwax like me, so it was just too weird to learn otherwise.<p>Don't know what …

Exploring Non-Fiction Text Structures Using iPads

Throughout the year, I’ve been trying to find ways to integrate my set of iPads into my small intervention groups. I’ve been finding great apps for …

What Stephen Hawking Really Said About Black Holes

Jupiter’s Moon Ganymede Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

Our solar system’s largest moon, Ganymede of Jupiter, has never been completely mapped — until now. Scientists led by Wheaton College’s Geoffrey …

Crazy ants cover themselves in acid to heal wounds after battle

A new study shows that tawny crazy ants — also known as <i>Nylanderia fulva</i> in Latin — use secretions of formic acid to detoxify wounds sustained in battles with venomous fire ants. The crazy ants, currently sweeping across the southern United States, secrete the acid from their abdominal glands. …

United States Tightens the Noose on the Ivory Trade

The U.S. announces important new rules to restrict the domestic trade in ivory.<p>New restrictions on the ivory trade designed to create "a near complete ban" on the commercial sale of African elephant ivory in the U.S. were announced Tuesday by the Obama Administration.<p>Elephants and rhinos have taken …

The Physics of Curly Hair—Because You Deserve to Know

<b>Correction appended, February 14</b><p>If you like (or don’t like) your curly hair, you can thank (or blame), your genes, your shampoo, your climate and …

Fossil Shows Triassic-Era Sea Creature Gave Birth On Land

An extraordinary find of a fossil of 250-million-year-old air-breathing sea creature shows that it must have given birth on land, not in the sea as long assumed.<p>The fossil is of a mother chaohusaurus, which is believed to be a genus of ichthyosaur, who died giving birth. It shows the baby birthing …

Wolf Decline Could End World's Longest Predator-Prey Study

Wolves have been devastated by inbreeding.<p>Wolves! Moose! How do they interact? The world's longest-running predator-prey study, ongoing since 1958 on Lake Superior's semi-isolated Isle Royale, has provided invaluable insight into the populations of these animals and how their numbers vary in …

Wildlife

A Landmark International Agreement to Halt Wildlife Trafficking Is Just the Beginning

Leading nations gathered in London this week for the highest-level meeting ever to tackle the illegal trade in wildlife products. Illegal wildlife …

The Strange World of Bug Sex, in Pictures

It's Valentine's Day, and just to make this "holiday" even more awkward, here are some images of bugs having sex.<p>Read More:<br>These Are the Most …

Absurd Creature of the Week: This Toad Grows a Spiky Mustache and Stabs Rivals for the Ladies

Author: Matt Simon. Matt Simon Science<p>Date of Publication: 02.14.14.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>Advertisement<p>Related Galleries<p>Aliens Would …