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How A Simple New Invention Seals A Gunshot Wound In 15 Seconds

An Oregon startup has developed a pocket-size device that uses tiny sponges to stop bleeding fast.<p>When a soldier is shot on the battlefield, the emergency treatment can seem as brutal as the injury itself. A medic must pack gauze directly into the wound cavity, sometimes as deep as 5 inches into …

Curved Phones Are No Gimmick

The top-to-bottom curve on the LG G Flex means less glare when watching movies in landscape mode.<p>If you compare the phone in your pocket to the model before it, you probably won’t find a lot of change. Maybe a faster processor and a bigger screen, but those are small potatoes. The last time phones …

A Mind-Controlled Robotic Hand With A Sense Of Touch

Getting closer to lifelike<p>Denis Aabo Sørensen lost his left hand nine years ago, while handling fireworks. Since then, he has used prosthetic hands, but never one like this. Last year, a team of European engineers created for him a prosthetic hand that connects directly to the remaining nerves in …

Now In Japan: Giant Cyborg Cockroaches

Don't worry, they're probably only here to rescue you. Probably.<p>What if tiny scurrying insects could power batteries with their own bodies? Thanks to a team of researchers from the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Osaka University, we …

New Big-Head Fish: Freshwater Species of the Week

Wildlife<p>The cedar sculpin was recently discovered in Montana and Idaho. Photo: USFWS<p>This week, scientists identified a new species of freshwater fish in the U.S., the cedar sculpin (<i>Cottus schitsuumsh</i>).<p>Forest Service fisheries biologist Michael Young said in a statement, “It’s really exciting to …

Here’s an experiment yo…

Here’s an experiment you can try on your own: Look up some psychological studies on the Internet. Every time the participants are anything other than college students, take a drink. Congratulations! You’re probably still as sober as a Mormon priest. That’s because when psychology professors are looking for test subjects, they have the overwhelming tendency to use the large pool of students they see staggering around on campus. … That means a whole lot of behavioral science is centered around …

How Evolution Works, Animated in Minimalist Motion Graphics

<i>“Creationism is a small, dogmatic minority,</i> legendary science writer and evolution-illuminator Stephen Jay Gould proclaimed, <i>“and they make more noise than their numbers.”</i> But despite Gould’s confident optimism, we live in an age when creationism is still taught in classrooms and mythology requires …

Why Reddit's CEO Got Sick of r/Atheism and r/Politics

Money was reportedly not a factor in Reddit's decision to remove the contentious r/Politics and r/Atheism forums from the site's homepage.<p>Reddit CEO …

The people who challenged my atheism most were drug addicts and prostitutes

They prayed whenever they could find 15 minutes. "Preacher Man", as we called him, would read from the Bible with his tiny round glasses. It was the only book he had ever read. A dozen or so others would listen, silently praying while stroking rosaries, sitting on bare mattresses, crammed into a …

Truth or Myth: There Are No Atheists in Foxholes

The claim that there are no atheists in foxholes has been around for a long time, but it became especially popular after the terrorist attacks in the …

Religion

5 Of The Worst High-Profile Attacks On Atheism In 2013

By CJ Werleman,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1drHesr<p>According to a recent study by the University of British Colombia, atheists are distrusted …

Scientists find new anxiety circuit in the brain

When researchers study anxiety, they tend to focus on the brain’s amygdala, an area known to play a role in fear. But a new study suggests that a …

Neuroscience

Cancer Cells Tamed By Trip To Outer Space

Low-grav experiments may point the way toward more effective treatments on Earth<p>Low gravity may inhibit the growth and spread of thyroid cancer cells. In newly published research, experimental biologists describe the responses of thyroid cancer cell cultures to 22 seconds of simulated microgravity …

New therapies offer bright hope against the darkness of depression

The numbers are staggering: Almost 7% of the U.S. adult population — about 17.6 million people — is diagnosed with depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that depression costs 200 million lost workdays each …

Depression

See HIV Infecting Gut Tissue

The virus collects in deep pockets in the intestine, and spreads from cell to cell in part by touch.<p>Highlighted in blue and purple in this electron microscope image are HIV-1 virions. As you can kind of tell from their surroundings, they're embedded in living tissue—this is HIV in the middle of …

Materials From Carl Sagan's College Courses Now Available Online

Are you ready for Astronomy 170 with Professor Sagan?<p>I'm looking at the very first problem astronomer and science popularizer Carl Sagan assigned to one of his Harvard University classes in 1965. I'm already stumped. Can you do it? Sagan asked his students to derive the equation for the theoretical …

How To Find Our Planet’s Twin

What exactly constitutes an Earth doppelganger?<p>To date, most known extrasolar planets are gas giants like Jupiter or Neptune. Lacking even a solid surface, they are worlds very unlike our own planet. As the search for other Earths continue, a true Earth twin must satisfy five characteristics.<p>1) …