Erin Wilson

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Who's Protecting Whom From Deadly Toxin?

Questions are swirling around a science journal's decision last year to publish a description of a newly discovered botulinum toxin while omitting key genetic details that researchers would normally disclose.<p>The unusual case highlights important unresolved issues in how to balance scientific …

Fertility mystery solved: protein discovered that joins sperm with eggs

A fundamental key to fertility has been uncovered by British scientists with the discovery of an elusive protein that allows eggs and sperm to join together.<p>The molecule – named Juno after the Roman goddess of fertility – sits on the egg surface and binds with a male partner on a fertilising sperm …

Denver Hires Teachers Who Came To U.S. Illegally As Children

By Keith Coffman<p>DENVER, April 11 (Reuters) - The Denver Public School system is allowing immigrants who have resided illegally in the United States since they were children to teach in its classrooms under a relaxed employment policy advanced by the Obama administration, district officials said …

6 future Android phones to keep an eye on: January 2015 edition

2015 may have only just begun, but the first smartphones of the year are right around the corner. CES, which is less than a week away, will give us our first glimpse at this year’s smartphones, and there will be plenty more to come over the next twelve months.<p>The world of Android is full of …

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 were born with either an underdeveloped or absent vagina<p>The women, who were between 13 and 18 at the time of the surgery, …

Origin of Antarctica’s eerie Blood Falls

New work confirms zones of liquid salt water hundreds of meters below the bright red waterfall in icy Antarctica, known as Blood Falls.<p>Blood Falls is …

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Robots and sex: creepy or cool?

Consenting adults’ private activities seem to get a lot of other people very cross. Almost nowhere is this more pronounced than activities involving sex: the position, placement and management of people’s genital activities seem to keep a lot of other adults awake – but in an unhealthy, …

Study confirms that Neanderthals and humans got it on

The genetic similarities between certain human populations and Neanderthals are striking. Indeed, many researchers think the Europeans and Asians inherited between 1 and 4 percent of their DNA from Neanderthals, yet scientists have struggled to demonstrate with a high degree of certainty that these …

NASA Image Shows Volcanic Island Has Annexed Its Neighbor

There's some new, pristine real estate on the remote Japanese island of Nishino-shima.<p>Volcanic activity has merged the tiny island with a new neighbor that started to form late last year, creating a single landmass, NASA satellite imagery shows. The island is now a bit more than a half-mile …

Has Fusion Finally Solved Its Hype Problem?

Omar Hurricane studies nuclear fusion at the National Ignition Facility in Livermore, Calif. In February Hurricane's lab took the biggest step toward fusion energy yet. He tells PopMech how today's goals and breakthroughs have taken a sharp turn from the hype and pipe-dream promises of the …

Warm water in Pacific could spark a monster El Nino in 2014

Scientists are watching a giant mass of sub-surface water in the Pacific. When this water reaches the sea surface, it could set off a powerful El …

For 21st-Century Kids, Home Microfluidics And Neurology Kits

Take that, ye olde 1950s chemistry sets.<p>We've seen a lot of nostalgia for ye olde chemistry sets lately. Nobel Laureates have reminisced about playing with them. These days, sets containing radioactive uranium dust or toxic lead are not going to cut it anymore, but that doesn't mean kids can't get …

The Forgotten Childhood: Why Early Memories Fade

Francis Csedrik, who is 8 and lives in Washington, D.C., remembers a lot of events from when he was 4 or just a bit younger. There was the time he fell "headfirst on a marble floor" and got a concussion, the day someone stole the family car ("my dad had to chase it down the block"), or the morning …

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Ancient Virus DNA Gives Stem Cells the Power to Transform

Embryonic stem cells can become any type of cell, thanks to an ancient virus, scientists say.<p>A virus that invaded the genomes of humanity's ancestors millions of years ago now plays a critical role in the embryonic stem cells from which all cells in the human body derive, new research shows.<p>The …

Methane-producing microbes blamed for biggest ever mass extinction

Climate-changing microbes may have caused the biggest mass extinction in history 252m years ago, scientists believe.<p>Volcanic eruptions had previously been blamed for the sudden loss of 90% of all species on Earth at the end of the Permian era. But new research suggests volcanoes only played a bit …

New gel to promote bone growth on implants used in surgical procedures

A research group at Uppsala University, Sweden has developed a new responsive coating for implants used in surgery to improve their integration into …

Smart skin patch knows when you need your meds

Scientists developed a patch that could help patients receive drugs the minute they need them<p>A lot can go wrong when doctors prescribe drugs to patients. For one thing, there's always a chance that someone might forget to take their pill or refill their prescription. And then there's also the risk …

An ancient virus may be the reason human stem cells can transform

The embryonic stem cells responsible for producing every other type of cell in the human body gained their power from an ancient virus that copied itself into our DNA millions of years ago, according to new research. <i>National Geographic</i> reports that the discovery could lead to more effective …

Nonsurgical Fix Could Replace Open-Heart Surgery, Study Suggests

WASHINGTON — A new study gives a big boost to fixing a bad aortic valve, the heart's main gate, without open-heart surgery. Survival rates were better one year later for people who had a new valve placed through a tube into an artery instead.<p>The results were reported Saturday at an American College …

Glucosamine: No cure for knee pain or deterioration, study says

A daily glucosamine drink supplement failed to prevent deterioration of knee cartilage, reduce bone bruises or ease knee pain, according to a recent short-term study of the popular, if controversial, dietary product.<p>In a paper published Tuesday in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, authors …

Can Babies Be "Cured" of HIV?

We ask AIDS expert Anthony Fauci about reports that an HIV-infected baby has tested negative for the virus after aggressive treatments.<p>Researchers announced this week that a baby infected with HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is currently testing negative for the virus after aggressive drug …

Billboards That Drop Angels On Your Head

There you are in the middle of the city, traffic all around, planes buzzing above and you notice a little boy on a giant screen pointing up.<p>"Look," says the boy. And you look, and the on-screen boy is pointing at an actual plane flying in the sky. He knows its flight number, its destination. This …

Centuries Before China's 'Great Wall,' There Was Another

<b>Listen · 4:30</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>The Great Wall of China, built more than 2,000 years ago, stands as one of the monumental feats of ancient engineering. Stretching thousands of miles, it protected the newly unified country from foreign invaders.<p>But before the Great Wall, warring …

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Why You Shouldn't Fear The Eggnog

For the past several years, I’ve made eggnog over the holidays from an old family recipe. The real stuff: booze, cream, sugar, and raw eggs. Some of my more cautious friends and family may have sipped their beverages politely, but I could see in their eyes that they were terrified of getting sick …