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T-ant-T: meet the exploding ants of Borneo

Woe is the insect that crosses the path of the Colobopsis explodens ant.<p>Scientists exploring the Borneo jungle have just discovered the species, which dwells in the trees, and they were most intrigued by the ant’s unique ability – to explode and shower toxic yellow goo on to its enemies.<p>Yet as …

Zoology

Photos reveal new luxury underwater hotel residence in the Maldives

Maldives

Brazil top court ruling could free Lula, derail graft fight

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A decision looming before Brazil's Supreme Court could free imprisoned former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva within days and deal the harshest blow yet to the South American country's battle against corruption, prosecutors and judges say.<p>Several justices on Brazil's top …

Brazil

Scientists create mutant enzymes that eat plastic bottles

A possible solution to the world's plastic pollution problem was created by accident.<p>Mutants exist and they're helping to save the planet.<p>OK, not <i>those</i> kinds of mutants. But these are equally cool.<p>An international team of scientists has created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drink bottles, …

Pollution

How the brain's 'immune memory' may lead to Alzheimer's

A new study shows that microglia, which are the immune cells of the central nervous system, can "remember" inflammation. This "memory" influences how …

Dementia

Your Body is a Teeming Battleground

It’s time to rethink the quest to control aging, death, and disease—and the fear of mortality that fuels it.<p>I went to medical school, at least in part, to get to know death and perhaps to make my peace with it. So did many of my doctor friends, as I would find out. One day—usually when you’re …

Immune System

Alzheimer's gene neutralised in human brain for first time

In a first, scientists have identified and successfully erased the effects of a key gene that significantly increases the risk for Alzheimer's …

Neuroscience

Man eats world's hottest chilli pepper – and ends up in hospital

A man who took part in a chilli pepper eating contest ended up with more than he bargained for when he took on the hottest pepper in the world.<p>After eating a Carolina Reaper pepper, the 34-year-old started dry heaving before developing a pain in his neck that turned into a series of thunderclap …

The CDC is terrified of these germs, so it's trying to contain them

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can't stop microbes from mutating and becoming resistant to even our strongest drugs. But it is …

Public Health

This Airline Is Offering $20 Flights Around the US

If you're in the northern portion of the country, enduring the interminable winter, heading somewhere warm probably sounds pretty nice right about …

Flying

10 endlessly fascinating websites to waste your time on

The internet is a vast, wonderful trove of information. There's so much to learn from a seemingly endless supply of resources. From video lectures …

Reality TV

8 Plants You’ll Barely Need to Water

1<p>Yarrow (<i>Achillea millefolium</i>)<p>“This plant flowers most actively in May and June, so use it in your garden as a seasonal color accent since they come …

Weather

Stroke Recovery Drug Found Effective In Rewiring Brains Of Mice And Monkeys

Researchers in Japan have discovered that a drug called edonerpic maleate has proven effective in aiding laboratory mice and monkeys recover from …

Medical Research

Stressful Life Events May Accelerate Ageing In Brain; 5 Foods That Ensure Brain Health

A new study has suggested that tragic life events cause more than emotional discord and stress- they might just make the brain age!<p>Major tragic life …

Scientists Think Cockroach Milk Could Be The Next Superfood, And We Wish We Were Kidding

Move over kale.<p>An international team of scientists sequenced a protein crystal located in the midgut of cockroaches in 2016. The reason?<p>It's more …

Nutrition

10 Classic Cameras Every Photographer Should Try

There is an argument to be made that photography is not about the camera. This is a valid argument in many respects. However, it can also be argued …

Cameras

There's now even more evidence that one type of protein is best for your body

• <b>A study of more than 81,000 people in North America found that meat protein-eaters increased their risk of heart disease twofold.</b>• <b><br>But people who ate</b> …

Nutrition

An Inordinate Fondness for Wasps

There are probably more species of them than any other animal group.<p>When talking about whether theology has anything to learn from science, the British biologist J. B. S. Haldane used to quip that God must have “an inordinate fondness for beetles.”<p>He had a point. Around 380,000 species of beetle …

Insects

A few more words on Alzheimer's prevention: Tap water? Caviar? Twinkies?

Lisa Mosconi, an Italian-born neuroscientist and nutritionist, had no idea how important the taste of water was to her until she moved to New York City and took a long sip from the tap.<p>"This is supposed to be the best water in America," she said, "but it tasted awful. It was disgusting."<p>She set off …

Nutrition

Brain Continues Producing Neurons Until Late 70s, But There’s A Catch, Columbia Study Finds

A new study by Columbia University reveals that the brain continues to make hundreds of neurons, a process called neurogenesis, even after a person …

Neuroscience

Meet the Healthier, Tastier Version of Almond Milk

Almond milk is getting some serious competition in the plant-based, nondairy section at Whole Foods. “Oat milk is so hot right now,” my L.A. friend …

Breakfast

New study rekindles divisive debate regarding adult brains' ability to produce new neurons

A newly published study suggests adult human brains can produce as many new brain cells as younger brains. The research comes only a month after a …

Neuroscience

Woman diagnosed with unusual case of ‘vanishing bone disease’

Now you see them — now you don’t.<p>X-rays taken of a woman with so-called “vanishing bone disease” showed her bones gradually passing from sight over …

Cancer

MIT's AlterEgo headset can read words you say in your head

When you think a sentence in your head, your brain sends signals to your mouth and jaw. MIT Media Lab's headset reads those signals with 92 percent accuracy.<p>I don't want to alarm you, but robots can now read your mind. Kind of.<p>AlterEgo is a new headset developed by MIT Media Lab. You strap it to …

MIT Media Lab

A Novel Virus Killed 24,000 Piglets In China. Where Did It Come From?

When the newborn piglets first started getting sick in October 2016, farmers in China's Guangdong province suspected porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) — a disease they'd seen in the pigs before. And, at first, the tests did come back positive for PEDV. But then something strange happened. By …

Disease

A New State of Quantum Matter Has Been Found in a Material Scientists Thought Was All Chaos

What else is lurking in there?<p>Experiments carried out on a complex arrangement of magnetic particles have identified a completely new state of …

Quantum Mechanics

New Brain Maps With Unmatched Detail May Change Neuroscience

A technique based on genetic bar codes can easily map the connections of individual brain cells in unprecedented numbers. Unexpected complexity in …

Neuroscience

L-Theanine: Everything You Need To Know About This Plant-Based Powerhouse

Have we found and isolated the secret ingredient that gives tea its powerfully calming-yet-focused effect?<p>L- theanine might be the closest thing …

Brainwaves

Injectable seaweed bandages can prevent fatal battleground wounds

The inspiration for bandages which prevent fatal blood loss comes from seaweed and pastries.<p>A team of scientists has taken inspiration from seaweed …

Medicine