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This Is What Neurons Look Like When They Communicate With Each Other

Ping! Zip! Pew! Electrical impulses speed along the neurons of the brain at high speed—and now, scientists from Harvard have genetically engineered …

Neuroscience

Can you detect the stealth animals hiding in all these pictures?

Can you see it? Hiding in plain sight there are <i>two</i> of the most stealthy creatures in the animal kingdom, almost impossible to detect. Thanks to the …

Everything You Need To Know About Uterus Transplants

Most women have probably cursed their pain-inflicting uteruses at least once in their menstrual histories. But an increasing number of women who don’t have them—either because they were born without or had them previously removed—are going to great lengths to obtain new ones. In mid-January, the …

Pregnancy

The Future of Surgery: Less Cutting, More Robots

Tube goes in; appendix comes out.<p>The inside of the human body is dark and closed off—for the most part—from the world around it. This is usually an advantage. But when something goes wrong and surgeons believe they can fix it, they need to open up the body's barriers and see inside. The most …

Chemotherapy: from world war to the war on cancer

Few things evoke the horror of battle so powerfully as Wilfred Owen’s Dulce et Decorum Est.<p>Gas! Gas! … flound’ring like a man in fire or lime … guttering, choking, drowning … blood come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs.<p>Mustard gas was originally used in the first world war, and even though …

Why Didn't They Win? 10 Huge Discoveries Without a Nobel Prize

National Geographic science writers, bloggers, and editors pick groundbreaking advances and inventions that should have won a Nobel.<p>The 2014 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine has gone to three scientists who discovered brain cells that help us stay oriented—our "inner GPS." Announced Monday, …

Clever Door Pull for Hospitals Sanitizes Hands

Infections can spread easily through hospitals when workers carry pathogens from patient to patient on their hands. Hospitals go to great lengths to …

Greenhouse Gases Hit Record High Amid Fears of CO2 Saturation Point

Data suggest natural "carbon sinks" may be nearing exhaustion, say some scientists, although others disagree.<p>The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2013, propelled by a surge in levels of carbon dioxide, the World Meteorological Organization reported Tuesday, …

Astronomers solve 20-year-old quasar mystery

New works suggests most observed quasar phenomena depend on two things: how efficiently a central black hole is being fed and the astronomer’s …

11 Successful Products Originally Invented for Something Else

Although some of these are sort of cringe-inducing in their original applications, they found new life—and commercial popularity—in unintended …

Maps

City street lights video feels like traveling through hyperspace

I stopped paying attention to the time, didn’t care about where I was and got lost in the lights when I was watching this video, Eye Know, directed …

The Most Amazing Lie in History

<i>How a chicken farmer, a pair of princesses, and 27 imaginary spies helped the Allies win World War II.</i><p>In the weeks leading up to D-day, Allied …

Asbestos: the killer that still surrounds us

“The problem comes from inhaled needle-shaped fibres of asbestos,” Professor Tom Treasure, a cardio-thoracic surgeon who moved in 2001 to Guy’s Hospital. (The very hospital where Andrew Lawson suspected he was exposed to asbestos is now, ironically, a leading centre in treating mesothelioma). …

Cancer

Seriously Stupid 911 Calls

<b>YouTube</b><p>This Alltime10s video serves up examples of ridiculous calls people have made to emergency services. That is, aside from the idiots who dial …

This woman gets paid $60 an hour to cuddle with complete strangers

Aspirin a day could dramatically cut cancer risk, says biggest study yet

An aspirin a day could dramatically cut people's chances of getting and dying from common cancers, according to the most detailed review yet of the cheap drug's ability to stem disease.<p>More than 130,000 deaths would be avoided over a 20-year period if Britain's 50- to 64-year-olds took a daily …

Researchers fully 'delete' HIV from human cells for the first time

So far, HIV has eluded a cure because it installs its genome into human DNA so insidiously that it's impossible for our immune system to clear it out. While current treatments are effective, a lifetime of toxic drugs is required to prevent its recurrence. But researchers from Temple University may …

Why You Should Leave Facebook And How To Actually Do It, According To Artist Nick Briz

New media artist, Nick Briz, recently made a video piece "How To/Why Leave Facebook," offering more insight on social media than recent news coverage.<p><i>This article on artist Nick Briz originally appeared on VICE. Last year, The Creators Project made a documentary with the new media artist on how to</i> …

Fart Cannon

Fart, as you know, is a terribly effective weapon. It's only problem is aim and distance. You can't aim the bad smell and it's only effective in …

Europe got a fabulous display of noctilucent clouds on July 3

This has been a wonderful year for seeing these electric-blue clouds that shine at night.<p>During the past two nights (July 2 and 3, 2014), skywatchers …

Astronomy

7 Awesome Beards by James Myrick

James Myrick is a master beard artist. He's rather secretive about his methods, but my guess is that, by precise mental concentration, he can grow …

19 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>Digital Photography School—</b> Read through this goldmine of articles to improve your photography skills; they're helpful even if you're a complete beginner. There's also an active forum where you can find a community of other photographers …

Learning

Powerful Animal Ads That Tell The Uncomfortable Truth

(Image Via Partners Lisboa, Portugal)<p>(Image Via Stick, South Africa)<p>(Image Via Ogilvy, France)<p>We're at a point in our existence on Earth where we can …