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Novel antioxidant makes old blood vessels seem young again

Older adults who take a novel antioxidant that specifically targets cellular powerhouses, or mitochondria, see aging of their blood vessels reverse …

Wellness

Mystery of sea nomads' amazing ability to freedive is solved

Scientists have uncovered the secrets of the Bajau people, long-famed for their ability to hold their breath for extraordinary lengths of time<p>The secret behind the ability of a group of “sea nomads” in Southeast Asia to hold their breath for extraordinary periods of time while freediving to hunt …

Native Americans

Mysterious Insect Fossil Gap Explained

Insects are everywhere—in the air, on the ground, in the ground, and sometimes in your house and food. Yet there are none whatsoever in the known …

Paleontology

Looking To Heal Your Gut & Avoid Inflammation? Avoid These 11 Foods

<i>Dr. Steven Gundry made waves in 2017 when he released</i> The Plant Paradox<i>, a book that made the assertion that some of the health world’s favorite</i> …

Nutrition

Low gravity may hold the key to a healthy heart

The impact of this research could help save millions of lives each year. Only thing is, it has to be done from space.<br>Read More

Stem Cells

Adult-like Human Heart Muscle Grown from Patient-specific Stem Cells

Columbia biomedical engineers grow first human heart muscle from stem cells that shows critical hallmarks of adult human heart function, in just four …

Medicine

'Semi-infinite' trove of rare-earth metals found in Japanese waters

Scientists have found rare-earth metals required to produce high-tech products ranging from mobile phones to electric cars, in Japanese waters.<p>It is …

Rare Earth

New method predicts evolution

Predicting chance-driven evolution seems impossible. Nevertheless, scientists from AMOLF in Amsterdam and the ESPCI in Paris have succeeded in making …

Biology

There’s a huge hole on Mars and European Space Agency scientists can’t fully explain why it’s there

The European Space Agency has admitted it can’t fully explain why there’s a gigantic crater on Mars that’s almost 50 miles wide.<p>It has just released …

European Space Agency

Sweden modified a road to recharge EVs while driving

You can now charge your electric vehicle as you drive in Sweden, but only for about 2km (1.2 miles). That's the length of a road outside Stockholm that's been embedded with electrified rail, which is the first length in a government-planned nationwide rollout of EV-recharging streets. …

Electric Vehicles

Peptide-based biogenic dental product may cure cavities

Researchers at the University of Washington have designed a convenient and natural product that uses proteins to rebuild tooth enamel and treat …

Dental Care

Ancient Shark Fishermen Found Buried with Extra Limbs

Archaeologists are stumped why these 1,900-year-old Peruvians were buried with bonus body parts—in one case, with two extra left legs.<p>Dozens of "very unique" ancient burials have been discovered on the northern Peruvian coast, many of which appear to contain valuable metal objects, whimsical …

Archaeology

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

Rare Earth

Prehistoric human footprints unearthed on Canada shoreline

Scientists find 29 prints on island in British Columbia, supporting theory that early Americans arrived from Asia<p>Whether it was a family day out at the beach, complete with prehistoric equivalent of a bucket and spade, we’ll never know, but one thing is for sure: about 13,000 years ago a little …

Anthropology

America's largest mass pirate burial ground uncovered after 300 years

America's largest pirate mass burial site has been discovered after 300 years, with more than 100 sets of remains offering clues to the crew's exploits.<p>Archaeologists believe the site is the last resting place of Captain "Black Sam" Bellamy's crew, who drowned when the Whydah Gally, their ship, was …

Archaeology

Heart disease risk may show in your earlobes, eyes, fingers

The heart, so integral to life, sits in its protective cage in the chest, going about its work without any external sign to the owner.<p>In the West, where one in four people die of cardiovascular disease, the importance of keeping the heart in good working order is hard to overstate. Sadly, the first …

Medical Research

Novel silver compounds offer potential cancer treatment breakthrough

The development of chemotherapeutic drugs to treat various cancers has been fraught with challenges. One of the toughest is the acute and long-term …

Cancer

20,000 Microbes Under the Sea

Nearly a third of all the life on this planet consists of microbes living without oxygen under the seafloor. If even a small proportion of the …

Earth Science

Voyager Is 13 Billion Miles Away and Needs a Repair: Here’s What Happened

Trickling in through the giant radio dishes of NASA’s Deep Space Network, faint whispers from a distant robotic explorer deliver a message: <i>I may not</i> …

Space

Fossils Reveal an Ancient Climate Catastrophe, And We Need to Pay Attention

Incredible.<p>Scott Wing had spent more than a decade in the badlands of Wyoming's Bighorn Basin, most of it thirsty, sunburned, and down on his hands …

Climate Change

New drug attacks cancer-causing genes

Two recent papers attack two cancer-related problems using the same drug. They hope that it might improve survival in breast and lung cancer and halt …

Cancer

Scientists Discover a Tiny Stomach Hidden Inside Lung Tumours, Because Cancer Is Changing

"Cancer cells will do whatever it takes to survive."<p>Researchers recently spotted a miniature stomach, duodenum, and small intestine hidden among the …

Cancer

Why Did Sterile Salt Water Become The IV Fluid Of Choice?

During a recent walk around the emergency room where I work, I noted the number of patients with bags of intravenous fluids hanging above them. Almost everyone had one.<p>Our ER in Boston isn't unique. IV fluids are among the most common medical interventions worldwide. Several kinds are available, …

Medicine

Virus fished from pond cures man’s deadly antibiotic-resistant infection | Ars Technica

The clinical success suggests promising strategy for fighting antibiotic resistance.<p>In 2012, a 76-year-old Connecticut doctor had surgery to repair a …

Microbiology

'The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind' Returns From Madness

One spring morning in 2015, Barbara Lipska got up as usual, dyed her hair and went for a jog in her suburban Virginia neighborhood.<p>But when she returned from a much longer than expected run, her husband Mirek was completely taken aback.<p>"I was lost in my own neighborhood," Lipska says. "The hair dye …

Mental Health

That interstellar asteroid probably came from a solar system with two suns

Remember the interstellar asteroid that zipped through our solar system last year? It likely came from a very alien place.<p>According to a new study, …

Astronomy

Statins and hayfever pills could be driving antibiotic resistance, warn scientists

Statins and hayfever pills could be fuelling antibiotic resistance by changing the growth of bacteria in the human gut, scientists have found.<p>Researchers from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) looked at the impact of 1,000 common drugs on the 40 strains of gut bacteria and found that …

Medicine

Scientists have FINALLY worked out where mysterious alien asteroid Oumuamua came from

At the end of last year, an interstellar asteroid called Oumuamua flew through our solar system sparking fears that it was an alien spaceship.<p>Now, a …

Astronomy

The Western World's Dwindling Sperm Count Has Impacts Beyond Male Fertility

Low sperm count doesn't just mean fewer babies, scientists warn.<p>In 2017, in the midst of media buzz about the <i>Hulu</i> infertility parable <i>Handmaid’s Tale</i>, …

Fertility

The world's greatest ancient wonders – rebuilt

The world of the ancients is one that we are fascinated by. Millions of us flock every year to see the remnants of civilisations that created vastly impressive buildings using only the most primitive technology.<p>With many of these constructions having stood for thousands of years, decay is …

Ancient History