Megan Luck

108 Flips | 18 Magazines | 3 Followers | @mjcrow06 | Keep up with Megan Luck on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Megan Luck”

Mosquitoes Carry Painful Chikungunya Virus to Americas

A quarter million people in the Caribbean are already infected.<p>The patient showed up at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital feverish and hobbled by joint pain, a rash spreading across her face, and was presumed to be suffering from lupus or severe rheumatoid arthritis.<p>But in talking …

This Woman Had Her Face Photoshopped In Over 25 Countries To Examine Global Beauty Standards

Through her work, Esther Honig hopes to discover if a global beauty standard actually exists.<p>Esther Honig, a freelance journalist based out of Kansas City, sent an unaltered photograph of herself to more than 40 Photoshop aficionados around the world. "Make me beautiful," she said, hoping to bring …

This Squirrel Breaks Record For Tail Size... And May Eat Deer's Hearts

It usually eats fruits and seeds, but it has been said to have a taste for blood.<p>Behold the tufted ground squirrel, one of the strangest tree-dwelling rodents found on Earth. Native to Borneo, it is rarely seen--one camera trap study in a park on the island turned up only one of these squirrels, …

Squirrels

Childhood vaccines are safe. Seriously.

Children should get vaccinated against preventable and potentially deadly diseases. Period.<p>That's what a project that screened more than 20,000 scientific titles and 67 papers on vaccine safety concludes this week. The review appears in the latest edition of the medical journal Pediatrics.<p>The …

Newly discovered space rock could explain booming life on Earth

Scientists think they've found a fragment of the asteroid destroyer that sparked a crucial meteor shower 470 million years ago<p>Researchers in Sweden have found a new class of meteorite. And according to <i>LiveScience</i>, that discovery — published in <i>Earth and Planetary Science Letters</i> — may be the missing …

Millions of tons of ocean plastic have gone missing

New study suggests animals are eating our garbage<p>For a decade or more, scientists have assumed our seas carry millions of tons of plastic, much of which should be floating in open water, forming vast midocean "gyres" — islands of man-made mess such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But according …

FDA clears ReWalk exoskeleton that lets paraplegics walk again

The ReWalk exoskeleton has helped countless paraplegics be able to walk again. But, until now, not just anybody in the US could buy one. That's because the US Food and Drug Administration hadn't given full approval for its use. However, the government announced Thursday that ReWalk has finally won …

Medical Technology

A Shocking Fish Tale Surprises Evolutionary Biologists

The electric eel's powerful ability to deliver deadly shocks — up to 600 volts — makes it the most famous electric fish, but hundreds of other species produce weaker electric fields. Now, a new genetic study of electric fish has revealed the surprising way they got electrified.<p>Electric eels aren't …

Why can't you remember being a baby? Science explains.

Why don't you remember being a baby? How come you barely remember being a young child? How come a three-year-old can remember things that happened — but will then have no memories of that day a few years later?<p>THE NEW BRAIN CELLS OF YOUNG ANIMALS MAY BE MESSING UP THEIR MEMORIES<p>These questions have …

Obama announces plan to save honey bees

The United States is launching an effort to save some of its busiest workers: honey bees.<p>President Barack Obama created a task force comprising various agencies to address the issue of rapidly diminishing honey bees and other pollinators.<p>Honey bees pollinate fruit, nuts and vegetables, and are …

Why Women Are Stripey

If violence is in your genes, should courts be more lenient?

A debate is raging, but that hasn't stopped lawyers from using genetic evidence in criminal trials<p>In 2009, an Italian court reduced a murderer's sentence by one year because doctors had identified a gene in the defendant's DNA, called MAOA, that had been linked to violent behavior. The ruling was …

Regulating brain activity to improve attention

Some people call it meditation. Some call it discipline.<br>Ever heard of it?<p>Some people call it meditation. Some call it discipline.<br>Ever heard of it?<p>If …

Researchers decode how the brain miswires, possibly causing ADHD

Neuroscientists at Mayo Clinic in Florida and at Aarhus University in Denmark have shed light on why neurons in the brain's reward system can be …

Why do koala bears hug trees?

As temperatures climb, koalas move to cooler trees and go limp, like wet dishrags. Turns out their tree-hugging is a cooling mechanism.<p>Many media are …

Harvard confirms century-old book is covered in human skin

Harvard owns a book that's bound in human skin. It's sure of it, too. One of its curators announced today that tests on a book titled <i>Des destinées de l’ame</i> (<i>Destinies of The Soul</i>), which was published sometime in the 1880s, have confirmed with 99.9 percent confidence that it's been bound in human …

Why Marijuana Needs Chemical Quality Control Testing

Medical and otherwise<p>Medical marijuana isn't always as advertised—at least not in the Seattle area, as one lab found out.<p>The lab, Analytical 360, recently worked with medical-marijuana patient Jessica Tonani to test samples from 22 area dispensaries and growers, <i>The Seattle Times</i> reports. The …

Ice Wall May Stop Radioactive Leak At Japanese Nuclear Plant

Workers are building an underground ice wall around the damaged nuclear reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. The wall is the latest attempt to try to keep radioactive water from leaking out of the plant.<p>Transcript<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:<p>Earlier this week, workers in Japan began construction of an underground …

Gut microbes don't 'grow up' after malnutrition - Futurity

Gut microbes could help explain why malnourished children suffer from stunted growth and failure to thrive, despite treatment with nutrient-rich food.

Bangladesh

How North Korean News Media Covered Kim Jong Un's Gigantic Election Victory

Unsurprisingly, North Korea claimed voters in the country unanimously re-elected "supreme leader" Kim Jong-un after heading to the polls Sunday. State news agency KCNA marked the momentous occasion with no less than eleven separate updates on its English-language news site Sunday that give foreign …

Ancient "Giant Virus" Revived From Siberian Permafrost

Climate change could release more ancient viruses. Is there a risk to humans?<p>Buried deep in the Siberian permafrost and untouched for over 30,000 years, researchers have discovered what is thought to be the newest representative of what are loosely known as "giant viruses."<p>A team led by Jean-Michel …

Bindi Irwin Takes Heat for New SeaWorld Project

Steve Irwin's daughter gets caught up in Blackfish controversy.<p>Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin's teenage daughter Bindi is the latest celebrity to be swept up in the ongoing controversy around SeaWorld, which was sparked by the recent documentary film <i>Blackfish</i>.<p>(See "How Far Will the Blackfish Effect …

Scientists revive 30,000-year-old giant virus

<i>(Credit: Julia Bartoli and Chantal Abergel, IGS and CNRS-AMU)</i><p><b>Scientists have revived a giant virus after it laid dormant in the Siberian permafrost</b> …

Associated Press News

Nour says will back Egypt draft constitution

The Nour Party, Egypt’s main Salafi bloc and the second-largest winner in last year's parliamentary elections, will publicly back the country’s draft constitution and urge its supporters to vote yes, despite an amendment that could lead to the party being banned, a senior member has said.<p>The …

NASA Is Sending Basil to the Moon

Be­fore Amer­ic­ans can real­ize Newt Gin­grich’s dream of build­ing a moon colony, they must first send oth­er liv­ing be­ings to the rocky …

Koala Bellowing Explained

Next time you're watching <i>Jurassic Park</i> and a <i>T. rex</i> roars, remember that what you're hearing could include the call of a male koala—along with the seemingly more appropriate sounds of tigers and elephants. In fact, the koala's bellow would make more sense coming from an elephant: The deep, gravelly …

10 Beached Whales Die in Florida While Rescuers Struggle to Save Dozens More

National Park Service / AP<p>Pilot whales are stranded on a beach in a remote area of the western portion of Everglades National Park, Fla., Dec. 3, …

Male and female brains wired differently, scans reveal

Scientists have drawn on nearly 1,000 brain scans to confirm what many had surely concluded long ago: that stark differences exist in the wiring of male and female brains.<p>Maps of neural circuitry showed that on average women's brains were highly connected across the left and right hemispheres, in …