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A Single Protein May Help Explain Memory Loss In Old Age

If you're finding it harder to remember where you put the car keys, the culprit could be a brain protein with a name that's easy to forget: RbAp48.<p>A shortage of this protein appears to impair our ability to remember things as we age, researchers report in the current issue of Science <i>Translational</i> …

Infrared Car System Spots Wildlife On The Road From 500 Feet Away

Here's how it works.<p>Since their debut 13 years ago, in-car night-vision systems, which identify pedestrians approaching a roadway, have arguably made driving safer. But they come with a pretty big blind spot: animals. Each year, drivers in the U.S. strike about a million deer, causing 27,000 human …

Using the Elephant Man's skeleton to unlock medical mysteries

During Joseph Merrick's short life, he was a subject of both mockery and scientific befuddlement. Known as the "Elephant Man," Merrick's abnormal physical development led to work as a traveling curiosity and pokes and prods by puzzled doctors. Even after his death in 1890, Merrick's unusual legacy …

South Dakota

Trojan asteroid in Uranus' orbit: Planets are 'playing ball' with it

Planetary scientists have detected a Trojan -- an asteroid-like object that shares a planet's orbit -- circling the sun ahead of Uranus.<p>The discovery of 2011 QF99, the first of its kind for the ice giant planet, was reported Thursday in the journal Science. According to first author Mike …

Robot Security Guard Will Watch Old People While They Sleep

A new project aims to teach robots how to work alongside humans.<p>These eyeball-y robots, created by a consortium of European researchers, are designed to learn how to navigate dynamic human environments without running into people, knocking things over, or getting stuck. The "Lindas," as they've …

Antibiotic Use On The Farm: Are We Flying Blind?

There's a heated debate over the use of antibiotics in farm animals. Critics say farmers overuse these drugs; farmers say they don't.<p>It's hard to resolve the argument, in part because no one knows exactly how farmers use antibiotics. There's no reliable data on how much antibiotic use is intended …

Autism linked to enzyme that untangles DNA

Problems with enzymes that affect the genetic machinery behind brain development could possibly cause autism spectrum disorder, say researchers.<p>“Our …

Autism

Alcoholism, eating disorders share genetic link

People with alcohol dependence may be more susceptible to certain types of eating disorders and vice versa, because some of the same genes are …

Mental Health

New Football Helmet Could Save the Sport

Athletes in the U.S. suffer 3.8 million sports-related concussions each year. While helmet makers dither with small improvements, Swedish scientists have built something that could protect us all.<p>On August 19, 2012, in week two of the NFL preseason, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie …

Bacteria turn nasty chemical into harmless water

Bacteria that remove the industrial chemical dioxane from the environment are more abundant at spill sites than once thought.<p>Researchers discovered …

Biology

Meet The Chimp Who Paints Masterpieces With His Tongue

Who's the finest chimpanzee artist in all the land? This guy.<p>This is Brent. Brent is a 37-year-old chimpanzee who lives at Chimp Haven, a sanctuary in Keithville, La. According to popular opinion, he's also the greatest chimpanzee artist America has to offer.<p>Brent's painting won first place in the …

Wise Old Whooping Cranes Keep Captive-Bred Fledglings On Track

Being a wildlife biologist in the 21st century increasingly means rescuing rare animals from extinction. Among the success stories is the whooping crane. Seventy years ago there were only about 16 birds left on the planet. Now there are about 600.<p>But breeding more birds isn't enough. Scientists …

Mars Rover Curiosity Drives Itself For The First Time

In Mars's Gale Crater, Curiosity breaks free of its human shackles.<p>The rover Curiosity, our best friend on Mars, has always had the ability to pilot itself around its new home. But for its first year away from Earth, it's been piloted remotely by humans here on its birth planet. That just changed: …

Poverty saps mental capacity to deal with complex tasks, say scientists

Poor people spend so much mental energy on the immediate problems of paying bills and cutting costs that they are left with less capacity to deal with other complex but important tasks, including education, training or managing their time, suggests research published on Thursday.<p>The cognitive …

8 Disaster Tourism Sites

For your next family vacation.<p>Japan's Tōhoku region is still recovering from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, but a group that includes an author, a scholar, and a media activist has formed to turn the area's Fukushima nuclear disaster site into a tourism attraction. It's not the first time natural …

Mega-canyon discovered beneath Greenland ice

Hidden for all of human history, a 460 mile long canyon has been discovered below Greenland’s ice sheet.<p>Data from a NASA airborne science mission has …

After the Fire: The Uncertain Future of Yosemite’s Forests

Author: Brandon Keim. Brandon Keim Science<p>Date of Publication: 08.30.13.<p>Time of Publication: 9:30 am. 9:30 am<p>For nearly two weeks, the nation has …

This bird was unknown to science

Scientists say the discovery of this Herpsilochmus stotzi, and 14 other new Amazonian bird species, highlight how little we really know about species …

Why It's So Hard To Predict Hurricanes

Our models of where storms are going have gotten much better, but we can't really predict how strong they'll be once they get there.<p>At 6:10am on August 29, 2005, the eye of Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Buras-Triumph, La., going on to devastate much of the Gulf Coast. In a report only a few …