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If you don’t have video in your content mix, you’re missing out. It’s simpler to make than ever, ...<p>November 1, 2017<p>Want to know how to make …

X doesn't mark the spot: real shape of chromosomes revealed

Time to revise the high school biology textbooks: contrary to their typical portrayal as being precisely X-shaped, chromosomes are in fact much more complex — and much messier looking. That's the finding of a new project that relied on DNA sequencing to produce accurate 3D images of chromosomes.<p>A …

Time lapse of epithelial cells undergoing mitosis

Time lapse of epithelial cells undergoing mitosis.

Worming Our Way Towards New Therapies for Chronic Disease

Over the last five decades, the prevalence of chronic conditions such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis and autism spectrum disorders have grown significantly. Public health research has been working fervently to find a way to treat and hopefully cure the ailments. Yet the …

How To Turn Your Camera Into A Photosynthesis Detector

In about an hour, you can hack a camera to only display blue, green, and near-infrared light, which will give you a lovely view of plant life.<p>Members of Public Lab, an online civic science community, wanted to build an inexpensive tool to measure plant health. Their solution: convert an obsolete …

Being In Love Makes Water Taste Sweeter

Scientific proof that love is a sweet, sweet thing<p>A little lovin' may make your dessert more delicious, according to a recent series of experiments from the University of Singapore. Not only do we correlate the word love with sweetness, but thinking about romance might make us perceive the things …

Could Dragons Have Existed If Evolution Had Taken A Different Turn?

A reptile expert examines the evidence.<p>It would have taken quite a few turns for natural selection to have produced dragons, but if you're willing to stretch a bit, most classic dragon characteristics do exist in other species. They just don't come packaged in one animal.<p>First up on the dragon …

This date in science: First U.S. patent issued

The first U.S. patent was for a new method of making potash, an early industrial chemical, used to make soap and other products.<p><b>July 31, 1790.</b> On …

Did monogamy evolve in primates due to threat of male infanticide?

Among competing hypotheses: a paired male protects his offspring from other males, who may kill an unrelated infant to improve chances of reproducing …

These Are the Most Exquisitely Weird Spiders You Will Ever See | WIRED

Spiders are among the craftiest and most beautiful of arthropods, entirely undeserving of their maligned reputation. Some signal their presence with …

What Would Happen If Everyone Peed In The Ocean At The Same Time?

A thought experiment<p>Lauren Wolf, an associate editor at Chemical & Engineering News and self-described ocean-urinator, recently took it upon herself to find out the scientific truth about what really happens when humans pee in the ocean.<p>She first turned to the internet, of course. As she …

Hangovers can make you stupid

A hangover can leave you with more than a sore head in the morning – it impairs the way your brain holds and processes information, according to new research.<p>Anyone who has woken up after a heavy night of drinking will have suspected it already, but it seems a hangover really does affect your …

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Polio Vaccinators Face Deadly Risks In Pakistan

In regions where polio is endemic, anti-vaccination views are tied to politics.<p>Here's another twist on "vaccine safety." Over the past year, Pakistani villagers have been shooting healthcare workers that came to give them the polio vaccine.<p>Foreign Policy has the exact numbers. Up to 22 workers may …

Male Bats Bust Out Complex Serenades To Woo The Ladies

They have a window of less than a second to attract a mate as she flies by.<p>Though whales, gibbons and even mice can produce songs, mammals typically aren't capable of altering their song composition and structure in the way that songbirds can. Bats seem to be the exception to this rule, producing …

This Is The Molecule Responsible For Stress

Now scientists can create drugs to fit inside its structure precisely.<p>This little molecule is what stress looks like.<p>Researchers from Heptares Therapeutics, a drug company, have discovered the 3-D structure of a protein receptor that mediates our response to stress, according to a new study in …

Science Reveals Wolverine's True Weaknesses

In the new film The Wolverine, everyone's favorite genetic anomaly loses his ability to self-regenerate. Here are some of the things he should fear the most.<p>In a new summer film, everyone's favorite genetic anomaly will lose the reason he has been able to <i>snikt!</i> though skirmishes, scuffs, and …

Creatures Lived On Land 2.2 Billion Years Ago, New Evidence Suggests

South African fossils push the rise of oxygen and life on land to hundreds of millions of years earlier than previously thought.<p>Researchers at the University of Oregon have recently unearthed fossils in South Africa that present evidence of life on land 2.2 billion years ago—four times older than …

The Dark Side Of The Love Hormone Oxytocin

New research shows oxytocin isn't the anti-anxiety drug we thought it was.<p>Oxytocin, the feel-good bonding hormone released by physical contact with another person, orgasm and childbirth (potentially encouraging monogamy), might have a darker side. The love drug also plays an important role in …

Getting Heart Surgery? Wait For The Full Moon

Surgeries during a waning full moon have lower mortality rates and shorter hospital stays, according to a new study.<p>It sounds a bit like an old wives tale, but if you're in the market for a cardiac surgery, you may want to keep a watchful eye on the moon.<p>A recent study at Rhode Island Hospital …

FYI: Why Does Lobster Turn Red When You Cook It?

Consider the chemistry.<p>Just a week from now, thousands of people will trek to Rockland, Maine for a festival devoted entirely to the eating of a creature once thought only worthy of "poverty food" and fertilizer. The lobster festival approacheth. In honor of the occasion, a reminder of all that …

Attention, Men: HPV Vaccine Effective Against Oral Infections Too

HPV vaccines have always been advertised as protecting women, but a new study shows they also work against an infection that causes a throat cancer that's much more common in men.<p>The same vaccine that protects women from cervical cancer also prevents an oral infection that sometimes leads to throat …

Carry this heart gene mutation? Don’t work out - Futurity

JOHNS HOPKINS (US) — Exercise is a potentially deadly risk even for otherwise healthy carriers …

Tiny New Armored Catfish Species Found in Brazil

A tiny new species of catfish has been discovered in the waters of Rio Rio Para�ba do Sul basin, Brazil. The new species, <i>Pareiorhina hyptiorhachis</i>, …

Getting Cozy With Baby Butterflies ... So Cozy, They Whisper A Wriggly Secret

I've got a friend, Destin, who has a YouTube channel called Smarter Every Day, where he pokes around with his camera to get extremely intimate looks at small miracles in nature. In this one, about the secret life of baby butterflies, he learns that when it comes time for the caterpillar to turn …

Manhattan Inside The Grand Canyon And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Why Ancient Earth Was So Warm

Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere kept the planet toasty, model shows.<p><b>Some three to four billion years ago, Earth was about as warm as it is today, but the sun was much dimmer.</b><p>This so-called faint young sun paradox, first identified by astronomer Carl Sagan in the early 1970s, has flummoxed many a …

Globally, June 2013 ranked among top 5 warmest Junes on record

Last below-average temps for month of June were in 1976. If you’re younger than 28, you’ve never experienced a June with global temps below the 20th …

Strange New Clam Species, Named Waldo, Discovered on Spines of Sea Urchins

A strange new species of clam, named <i>Waldo</i>, has been discovered on the spines of California sea urchins. <i>Waldo arthuri</i> have a thin, translucent shell …

New to nature no 109: Anochetus hohenbergiae

At any given moment, it is estimated that there are about 10,000 trillion living individual ants. Myrmecologists Bert Hölldobler and Edward O Wilson …