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Bacteria on the Brain

A brilliant surgeon offered an untested treatment to dying patients. Was it innovation or overreach?<p>As the chairman of the neurosurgery department at the University of California at Davis, Paul Muizelaar saw patients on Wednesdays, at a clinic housed in a former cannery in East Sacramento. Among …

World's most expensive meat? Find it with Paris butcher | CNN Travel

(CNN) — "Would you prefer the 2000 or 2003 vintage?"<p>A standard question if you're deciding on wine in a fine restaurant -- but unheard of if it's beef you're ordering. That's because only one butcher in the world, Alexandre Polmard of France, offers (arguably) the ultimate in unique -- and …

Dietary restriction gives fruit flies a rhythm for a long life: Research on circadian clocks identifies critical role for peripheral clock genes in fat metabolism and aging and presents new targets for drug development

Research on circadian clocks identifies critical role for peripheral clock genes in fat metabolism and aging and presents new targets for drug …

Nutrition

Largest animal cloning factory can save species, says Chinese founder

Tianjin facility aims to produce thousands of cow embryos as well as racehorses and sniffer dogs<p>The scientist behind plans to build the world’s largest animal cloning factory in China has hailed the venture as an “extremely important” contribution that could help save critically endangered species …

Cloning

Badass Historical Chemists: The Inventor of a Green Dye That May Have Killed Napoleon

If anyone tells you that all you need to do to succeed is work hard, just mention Carl Wilhelm Scheele. They’ll say, “Who?” And your point will be …

Arsenic

33 books everyone should read before turning 30

While the only way to learn is to survive the inevitable cycle of successes and failures, it is always useful to have some guidance along the way.<p>To help you out, we've selected some of our favorite books that likely never made your high-school or college reading lists.<p>It's an eclectic selection …

Peter Thiel

Artist Illustrates Her Own Cat In the Varying Styles of Famous Comics and Cartoons

Webcomic artist and animation student Miyuli of “Hearts for Sale” and “Lost Nightmare“, illustrated her own cat in the varying styles of different …

Comics

Meet the Bird that Filled an Antenna With Acorns

Weird & Wild<p>A viral video shows technicians clearing a huge cache of acorns from a transmission tower.<p>Squirrels aren’t the only animals that store acorns for winter. Some birds do it, too. And one species in California disrupted a telecommunications network with its storage habits.<p>The birds stashed …

22 Times Cats Made No Sense

Cats are weird.

There’s an awful cost to getting a PhD that no one talks about

One night during the third year of my PhD program, I sat on my bed with a packet of tranquilizers and a bottle of vodka. I popped a few pills in my mouth and swigged out of the bottle, feeling them burn down my throat. Moments later, I realized I was making a terrible mistake. I stopped, trembling …

Back from the dead: 6 species we thought were extinct, but really aren't

There have been five mass extinction events, the most famous of which was the one that wiped out the dinosaurs. However, there is evidence that we …

Fish

Marie Curie radioactive papers

Marie Curie. Screen grab/Biography.com<p>Marie Curie, known as the "mother of modern physics," died from aplastic anemia, a rare condition linked to high levels of exposure to her famed discoveries, the radioactive elements polonium and radium.<p>Curie, the only woman to win a Nobel Prize in two …

27 Gifts Every Book Lover Should Ask For This Year

In addition to all the books, of course.

Books

17 pets who did not want to be dressed up for Halloween

<br> It's that time of year again, when women dress up as cats and cats are dressed up against their will.<p>Pets don't usually enjoy being stuffed into tutus - though, admittedly, it is very cute.<p>This is not a good time of year if you are a furry creature. Pets are groped by the sticky fingers of …

Scenes From Nature’s Cruelest Puberty: Rupert Soskin’s ‘Metamorphosis’

CH-CHANGES<p>Scenes From Nature’s Cruelest Puberty: Rupert Soskin’s ‘Metamorphosis’<p>From maggot to butterfly, and the awkward stages in between. A look …

Puberty

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Every time we feel like we’ve finally wrapped our heads around the awesomeness of cephalopods, they go and do something that makes them seem even more amazing still. Today we learned that the southern sand octopus (Octopus kaurna) can hide itself from nosy visitors or potential predators by creating its own quicksand and disappearing into the ocean floor. Unlike many octopus species, the southern sand octopus cannot camouflage itself, so it’s developed a method for swiftly hiding instead. This behavior was first spotted by scientists from the University of Melbourne during a night dive in 2008: After the researchers shined a light on the octopus, it began to shoot jets of water into the sand below, creating a pit of quicksand. Research on this response—the first time a cephalopod has been seen forming a complete burrow—has just been published in the journal Behaviour. Jasper Montana, of the University of Melbourne, told New Scientist, “It actually was a pocket—like a space that the octopus could sit within. So it was a true burrow.” The process of creating this burrow required the octopus to use its arms to create a “chimney” to breathe through. It then solidified the walls of the chamber with a layer of mucus. Watch this video to see the southern sand octopus showing off its clever disappearing trick: [via mental_floss]

Every time we feel like we’ve finally wrapped our heads around the awesomeness of cephalopods, they go and do something that makes them seem even …

Scans suggest Queen Nefertiti may lie concealed in King Tut's tomb

New scans give 'further evidence' that Egypt's lost Queen Nefertiti may lie concealed in King Tutankhamun's tomb<p>High-resolution scans suggest the tomb of Ancient Egypt's boy-king Tutankhamun contains passages to two hidden chambers, including what one British archaeologist believes is the last …

Ancient Virus May Cause Crippling Disease ALS, Study Finds

Health news<p>A virus sleeping deep in our DNA for millions of years may be coming back to life in a form of ALS, killing nerve cells and causing their fatal symptoms, government scientists reported Thursday.<p>And the discovery just might lead to a treatment for ALS, an incurable disease that affects …

Breast Cancer

The 21 most popular novels of the year so far

The beauty of fiction writing is its ability to take the reader into captivating imagined worlds, from fantasy-like environments to tales set back in time.<p>Every year, Amazon pulls together its most popular print books of the year​. Based on sales numbers and updated daily, the list is a good …

Shades of Grey

Rare Butterfly Is Half Male, Half Female

An unusual butterfly that is half male and half female recently caught the eyes of a volunteer at a butterfly exhibit at Drexel University in …

Last Night's Destructive Tornado in S.C. Is the Best Argument for Getting a Weather Radio

Last night, a destructive tornado tore through a community near Charleston, S.C., destroying homes and lofting debris tens of thousands of feet into …

Are viruses alive? New evidence says yes

Evolutionary history suggests they evolved from ancient cells<p>Influenza, SARS, Ebola, HIV, the common cold. All of us are quite familiar with these names. They are viruses—a little bit of genetic material (DNA or RNA) encapsulated in a protein coat. But what we don’t really understand, and what …

This Weird Tiny Frog Hears With Its Mouth

"Talk directly into my mouth, please."<p>The Gardiner's Seychelles frog is one of the smallest amphibians in the world, measuring less than half an inch long. But their extreme tininess isn't the only curious thing about them. As a new study shows, this species of frog has no eardrum and no middle …

Amazing Images: The Best Science Photos of the Week

Each week we find the most interesting and informative articles we can and along the way we uncover amazing and cool images. Here you'll discover 10 …

See the Giant Arctic Mosquitoes That Are Thriving in a Changing Climate

The Arctic mosquito, a larger, furrier version of the ubiquitous pests, are getting a longer breeding season as Arctic ponds warmed earlier in the …

Captive snake with no male companion gives birth _ again

ST. LOUIS (AP) — For the second time in two years, a captive snake in southeast Missouri has given birth without any interaction with a member of the opposite sex.<p>Officials at the Missouri Department of Conservation's Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center say a female yellow-bellied water snake …

10 Favorite Metal Albums Of 2014

I like to look at 2014 in metal through the lens of two very different, very thoughtful covers projects. In one, Brownout's joyous <i>Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath</i>, members of the Austin, Texas-based music collective took the iconic riffs of Ozzy-era Black Sabbath and surrounded them with a soulful …

Ten of the biggest science and technology stories of 2014 on Phys.org

(Phys.org)—This past year was an exciting time for science researchers—new discoveries and advances were made and more was learned about space, …

21 page-turning books that captivated readers in 2014

2014 was a good year for first-time authors.<p>Relatively unknown writers turned out promising book debuts, and beloved entertainers and Internet …