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Report: Americans Were Unscientific Jerks About The Ebola Outbreak

On quarantines, travel bans, and other iffy preventative measures<p>Five months after the U.S. had its first case of Ebola, ethicists have some pointed criticisms for states, such as New York, New Jersey, and Illinois, which forced volunteer nurses and doctors returning from West Africa to go into …

'3-Parent Babies' Are Now Legal In the United Kingdom

The first one could be here by 2016<p>The United Kingdom is now the first country to legalize mitochondrial DNA transfers.<p>Earlier in February, the legislation passed the House of Commons by a vote of 282-12. It moved to the House of Lords, which passed it by a majority of 232. Clinical trials on …

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More Evidence That Gut Microbes Exacerbate Severe Childhood Malnutrition

Another layer to a deadly condition<p>Humans have about 100 trillion microbes in their intestines, and scientists are constantly finding that these gut microbes can play a huge role in our lives, potentially contributing to health conditions as far-ranging as obesity and autism. Fecal transplants are …

How Big Would A Meteorite Have To Be To Wipe Out All Human Life?

Short answer: 60 miles wide, give or take<p>When it comes to meteorites, the bigger they are, the more havoc they generally wreak. In 1997, University of Colorado geoscientist Brian Toon and colleagues predicted the aftermath of meteorite impacts of various sizes. They found that a space rock half a …

Deadly diarrhea disease C. difficile infects almost 500,000 in U.S. each year

<i>Clostridium difficile</i>, a bacterium that causes swelling of the colon and potentially deadly bouts of diarrhea, infects almost half a million people each year and contributes to the deaths of 29,000, according to new research.<p>In a paper published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, …

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How long can we stay awake?

We can fight off the sandman for a while, but after a certain point, sleeplessness leads to temporary madness and – just maybe – death, discovers Adam Hadhazy.<p>People start to hallucinate and go a bit crazy<p>It’s surprising how we spend our lives. Reach your 78th birthday and according to some …

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Why You Forget: 5 Strange Facts About Memory

Memory can be a playful thing. It collects minute details from childhood events, yet leaves us wondering where we left our keys.<p>There are several …

How The Brain Performs 'Mental Time Travel'

In one important way, we are capable of traveling back in time. Through memory, we can return to childhood, go back to the moment we first fell in love or recall our first professional triumph.<p>Vivid memories that call to mind an experience in deep sensory detail can seem to transport us back to …

Why eating late at night may be bad for your brain

That dinner you’ve been putting off until late at night or bowl of ice cream you can’t resist before bedtime could mess with your head.<p>Experts studying our body’s internal clock have discovered eating at the “wrong time” of the day, especially munching when you should normally be sleeping, may …

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6 Ways to Boost Your IQ

Is your brain feeling sluggish? Try one of these scientifically-proven techniques to stimulate your grey matter

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