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An invisible world of microbes<p>On a recent morning, Noah Fierer, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, found himself standing 1,000 feet above the farmland of eastern Colorado. He was perched near the pinnacle of the Boulder Atmospheric Observatory, …

Biology

The people with ‘animal powers’

By augmenting their bodies and minds to acquire animal-like abilities, some people are trying to sense a world that most humans cannot experience, says Frank Swain.<p>At the end of World War I, the aristocratic Horace Ridler returned to Britain from Mesopotamia a changed man. Turning his back on his …

Circus

Aurora over Steinvikholmen Castle

Aurora borealis over Norway’s Steinvikholmen Castle on April 3, by Hallvor Hobbyfotograf Lillebo.<p>Hallvor wrote:<p>Steinvikholm Castle is an island …

Startup offering DNA screening of 'hypothetical babies' raises fears over designer children

Six years after Anne Morriss gave birth to a boy with a rare disease, she and a US scientist are giving would-be parents the chance to screen potential children for genetic conditions<p>Two days after Anne Morriss took her newborn son home from hospital, she received a bone-chilling phone call. The …

Diseases of poor nations see little research - Futurity

New analysis of nearly 4 million scientific articles finds that research is disproportionately focused on diseases that primarily afflict wealthy …

Scientific Research

Hummingbirds invaded North America 12 million years ago - Futurity

For more than 12 years scientists have been collecting DNA data from hundreds of bird species to construct a family tree of the hummingbirds.

North America

Earthquakes in Yellowstone: ‘Elevated but not unusual’

Heard about the recent earthquakes in Yellowstone? How about that video of bison fleeing the park? Does it mean the supervolcano is about to blow? …

National Parks

Search for Inca 'lost city' in Amazon may endanger indigenous people

A six-week expedition starting in July will try to find Paititi in the Megantoni National Sanctuary in south-east Peru<p>A French writer and adventurer plans to explore one of the most remote parts of the Peruvian Amazon in search of a "lost" or "secret city" that may have been built by the Incas, but …

How immune cells tag 'trash' for destruction - Futurity

Researchers have discovered how immune cells know which of the body’s own cells it needs to destroy to prevent autoimmune diseases and cancer.

Autoimmune Diseases

Sea creature fossil found with oldest-known cardiovascular system | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - You’ve heard of having a heart of stone, but this old guy takes it literally.<p>The dorsal view of Fuxianhuia protensa is pictured in this handout image provided by Xiaoya Ma. REUTERS/Xiaoya Ma/Handout via Reuters<p>Scientists said on Monday they have found a fossil of a …

These 5 Foods Will Be Harder to Grow in a Warmer World

Farmers will need to take increasingly drastic and expensive measures to cope with droughts, frosts, and ever-changing growing seasons, says IPCC's new report.<p>The reality of climate change has already hit farms, ranches, and orchards around the globe, according to the latest report from the UN's …

How It Works: A Wiffle Ball Pitch

Take a whiff of that<p>The Wiffle ball has been fooling batters since its invention in 1953, but scientists only recently learned why. Mechanical engineer Jenn Stroud Rossmann at Lafayette College placed the ball in a wind tunnel, measured airflow around it, and concluded that the shifting balance of …

Hacking

How It Works: An Electronic Cigarette

The future of smoking<p>Since electronic cigarettes hit the market in 2007, yearly sales have reached $1 billion in the U.S. Although they’re popular, it’s still unclear how safe they are. Last year, a study from an international group of scientists showed that the toxins in e-cigarette vapor are 9 to …

eCigarettes

Anticancer drug reverses schizophrenia symptoms in teen mice - Futurity

An experimental anticancer drug appears to reverse schizophrenia-related behavior and restore some lost brain cell function in young mice.

Medicine

EU study finds honey bees death rates are lower than feared | Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A pioneering European Union survey into the impact of pests and diseases on honey bees found death rates were lower than feared, in part countering concerns about the collapse of colonies of the crop-pollinating insects.<p>A bee sits on a honeycomb from a beehive at Vaclav Havel …

Growing up poor makes kids' DNA look old

Children who grow up in underprivileged households show signs of premature chromosomal aging, reports <i>New Scientist.</i> Moreover, this form of genetic aging might explain why adults who grow up in poor or otherwise stressful environments are more likely to develop serious health problems, such as …