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The One Exercise That Just Might Change Your Running Forever

What if all it took to improve your running immeasurably was a few minutes marching in place?<p>In a 2011 New York Times Magazine feature, Christopher McDougall, author of <i>Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen</i> experimented with just that.<p>"I was …

7 Of The Best Ab Exercises You're Probably Not Doing

Nobody loves ab exercises -- but chances are you're probably doing them anyway.<p>Many of us are plagued by a little extra around the middle, and while ab exercises can't single-handedly undercover six-pack abs (they're in there, somewhere), core workouts <i>can</i> improve your posture and balance, ward off …

Epigenetics 101, part 2: cancer, chaos and chemo

There are many different types of cell in the body. With very few exceptions, our cells contain identical DNA, but have different levels of activity of each of the genes encoded in that DNA. A gene that’s switched on at low levels in the intestine might be highly active in the brain and completely …

New drugs to come from cone snail venom?

The extinction of cone snails—and their venom—could mean the loss a yet-undiscovered reservoir of pharmaceuticals.<p>Cone snails live in warm tropical …

A Scientific Miracle: Theories of Mary's Virgin Birth

<i>Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. - Matthew 1:18</i><p>Merry Christmas, scientists! It's that time of year again when all rational human beings shake our …

Kidney grown from stem cells by Australian scientists

Australian scientists grow world's first kidney from stem cells in a breakthrough that could alleviate the demand for organ transplants<p>Scientists in <b>Australia</b> have grown the world's first kidney from stem cells – a tiny organ which could eventually help to reduce the wait for transplants.<p>The …

Second DNA Code Discovered Hiding Within DNA: Scientists

A second DNA code has been discovered by a group of scientists, hiding within DNA, or the genetic code.<p>Information within the newly discovered second …

Drug Cuts Breast Cancer in High Risk Women By 50%

Women with a high risk for breast cancer can cut their chances of developing the disease by 53% with the drug anastrozole after five years during a …

Gamer's Thrombosis: Could Playing Video Games For Too Long Be Deadly?

By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer<p>Published: 12/12/2013 07:58 AM EST on LiveScience<p>A young man in New Zealand developed life-threatening blood clots in his leg after four days of playing PlayStation games, according to a report of his case. Perhaps playing video games, which involves sitting still …

6 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Your Muscles

There's not much we could do without our muscles -- swallow, breathe, move <i>at all</i>. Yet despite how essential muscles are to our survival, there's still a lot we don't know about them and how they work. Here are six fun facts you may not have known about your muscles.<p><b>There isn't just ONE strongest</b> …

Six amazing birds

Crows, falcons. gannets, hummingbirds, macaws …. and turkeys. Here’s what makes these six birds so cool<p>Scientists study birds for many reasons—to …

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Scientists make lung cells from human stem cells

Scientists have finally turned human stem cells into functioning lung cells, and say the breakthrough paves the way for using a patient’s own cells …

23andMe suspends marketing after failing to meet FDA requirements

Genetic testing company 23andMe has stopped marketing its at-home kit in response to a November order by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).<p>The Google-backed company halted all television, radio and online advertising for its $99 Saliva Collection Kit and Personal Genome Service (PGS) last …

Striking differences in brain wiring between men and women

Male brains facilitate connectivity between perception and coordinated action. Female brains facilitate communication between the analytical and the …

Environment: News & features

Better Know a Plague: Bed Bugs

Here, I unveil an Our Modern Plagues series, which was inspired by Stephen Colbert’s recurring segment Better Know a District. My version—Better Know a Plague—will introduce you to a plague-like critter every month or two, whether it is something we really need to worry about or whether it’s just a …

Evolutionary theory that a chimp mated with a pig is pure sausagemeat

Despite a new hypothesis, and the evidence of George Orwell's eyes in Animal Farm, humans were not the outcome of a curious hybridisation between pigs and chimps<p>When confronted with stories in the <i>Daily Nimbyist Bungaloid Curtain-Twitcher</i> I murmur words such as 'this', 'touch', 'with', 'don't' and …

To fight pesky fruit fly, scientists post genome online

The spotted wing drosophila, a major pest that attacks berries and cherries and other fruits, is being targeted by scientists via an open access …

Oldest ever human DNA found in Spain, raises new questions about evolution

<i>Artist's interpretation of the human ancestors who lived near Sima de los Huesos.</i><p>A fossil discovered in a Spanish cave has given researchers the oldest human DNA found to date. According to <i>The New York Times</i>, the DNA comes from a femur bone and is believed to be around 400,000 years old. But while …

Top 10 science and tech books for December: Brains, refrains and immortal souls

<b>Stephen Kosslyn and G Wayne Miller</b><p>Shedding light on the "left brain vs. right brain" theory, and how our brains work.<p><b>Beyond the God Particle</b><p><b>Leon M Lederman and Christopher T Hill</b><p>The importance of the Higgs boson, the future of particle physics, and mysteries of the universe yet to be found.<p><b>Max</b> …

Forget the Asian Carp. Here’s a New Great Lakes Invasive Species to Worry About

Conservationists and wildlife officials have been policing the porous border between the Mississippi watershed and the Great Lakes for years. Their …

Neanderthals Were Neat Freaks: Inside the Original Man Caves

Free-association test: in the old sitcom “The Odd Couple,” Felix was the fussy neat freak who sipped wine, listened to opera and straightened up …

Discovery of oldest human DNA in Spanish cave sheds light on evolution

Researchers have read strands of ancient DNA teased from the thigh bone of an early human who died 400,000 years ago in what is now northern Spain.<p>The genetic material was pieced together from a clutch of cells found in bone fragments – the oldest human remains ever to yield their genetic code.<p>The …

Oldest Human DNA Discovered, Muddles Picture of Our Origin

Scientists have decoded the world’s oldest human DNA sequence, beating the previous record by almost 300,000 years, and at the same time confusing …

Mosquitos to be bred then sterilised in bid to clamp down on malaria

Mosquitos to be zapped with radiation to make them sterile before being released to mate with females, who are carriers of malaria<p><b>South African</b> scientists are planning to breed up to a million infertile, male mosquitos in a move designed to stem the proliferation of malaria.<p>Researchers plan to zap …

Bipedal ‘Millenium Man’ hung out in trees

An analysis of the femur of one of the oldest human ancestors reveals that the six-million-year-old “Millenium Man” was bipedal but lived in the …

Ancient Human Genes Cause New Confusion For Science

When Matthias Meyer began studying the ancient DNA in the 400,000 year old fossils he found in the Sima de los Huesos, or Pit of Bones cave, deep …