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How To Eat Without Food

Chewing is so old-fashioned<p>Our attachment to food is antiquated. So the argument goes: It takes time and energy to buy and prepare, and it can lack nutrition (we tend to cook away the good stuff). We can now drink our meals. Meal-replacement shakes—different from protein drinks that serve as …

Фунги сапиенс. Грибы куда умнее и хитрее, чем мы думали

Непросто все с грибами. Знаешь ли ты, что они вполне официально являются чем-то средним между растениями и животными? Зоологи и ботаники, действуя в …

Why Vegan Diets Suck

5 reasons to enjoy your ham and cheese sandwich<p>There is no one right way to eat for everyone.<p>We are all different and what works for one person may not work for the next.<p>I personally advocate consumption of both animals and plants and I think there is plenty of evidence that this is a reasonable …

New device could save millions from septic shock

Boston, Mass. (Reuters) - Prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS are all potentially lethal diseases that affect hundreds of thousands each year. But Sepsis, a deadly immune response triggered by infection, kills more people than all of them combined.<p>According to the National Institutes of Health, …

Bionic Suit Helps A Paralyzed Man Take Thousands Of Steps

For the first time, a completely paralyzed person walks again on his own two feet<p>In July of this year, researchers accomplished a feat that didn’t seem possible just a few years ago. They were able to stimulate the nerves of patients who were completely paralyzed so that they could move their legs …

Here's why farm kids have fewer allergies and less asthma

Farm dust acts on cells in the lungs<p>Kids who grow up on farms are far less likely to develop asthma or allergies compared with the average child — and now scientists think they know why.<p>A study published in <i>Science</i> today shows that bacteria found in farm dust trigger an immune system response in the …

A lot of US children are being diagnosed with ADHD improperly

Many doctors aren’t following professional guidelines<p>A lot of children are being diagnosed with ADHD in the US — but improperly. One in five are diagnosed based on information provided by family members alone, in violation of the guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics, according to a …

Injecting Electronics Into Brain Not as Freaky as it Sounds

Science & InnovationGory Details<p>No need to wait for the cyborg future—it’s already here. Adding to a growing list of electronics that can be implanted in the body, scientists are working to perfect the ultimate merger of mind and machine: devices fused directly to the brain.<p>A new type of flexible …

The Brain

Don't Inject Yourself With Baby Mouse Blood Cells Just Yet

Young blood may have healing properties, but we don't know why<p>You might be under the impression that young blood is the fountain of youth. A number of studies conducted in older mice (and, once, humans) over the past 10 years have shown benefits from transfusions of young blood, or parabiosis, …

Nature Communications

Giving 'young blood' to old mice helps broken bones heal more quickly

Bone healing slows with age, but that process may one day be reversed<p>Human bodies age. There’s really no way around it — at least for now. Sagging skin, weakened immune systems, and slow-healing bone fractures are pretty much inevitable above a certain age. But what if humans could reverse that …

Medicine

Long-suspected pesticide is harming bumblebees

And the bees may be drawn to it too<p>When honey bees began dying en masse in late 2006, one of the early suspects was a class of insecticides called neonicotinoids. These chemicals are often applied to seeds before planting, so that the poison permeates the entire plant as it grows, including its …

Genetic testing for breast cancer gets more affordable

Welcome to the post-patent world<p>Genetic tests for cancer can run thousands of dollars, but Color Genomics plans to change that: it's offering testing for the cancer risk variants BRCA1 and BRCA2 — as well as 17 others — for $249, starting today. By comparison, Myriad Genetics' similar test costs …

Scientists Figure Out Why Your Knuckles Crack

Short answer: gas bubbles<p>Whether it’s a nervous habit or done just by accident, most people crack their knuckles every once in a while. But the reason why joints crack at all (and the long-term effects of cracking) has been the subject of much debate in the scientific community. With the help of a …

Heart muscle cells regrown in medical research breakthrough

Unlike animals such as the salamander and the zebrafish, humans are unable to easily regenerate heart cells, making it difficult to recover from the permanent damage caused by heart attacks.<p>But scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and the Victor Chang Institute in Sydney have …

Medical Research

How I keep screens from causing me insomnia

I started wearing sunglasses at night<p>One of the best night’s sleep in recent memory was when I was engrossed in a print edition of the Harry Potter series. I recall falling blissfully asleep to dimly lit paper pages of adventurous wizards and waking up with a surge of sustained focus. At the time, …

"Cyberlegs" hold promise for amputees

Tests on a new kind of bionic leg have recently started in Italy. The new devices are the result of the European project “Cyberlegs”, which combines artificial limbs with so-called wearable robots to enable amputees to walk with less effort and more naturally.<p>There are, in fact, two different kinds …

Penis transplant declared successful for the first time in history

'We've proved that it can be done.'<p>For the first time in medical history, a penis transplant has been declared successful, doctors at the Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital in South Africa announced today. The man in question lost the organ three years ago because of complications …

Treating Cancer With Bacteria Shows Real Promise

Bacteria are generally considered more foe than friend, but that may change, if results from a pioneering study are confirmed.<p>Reporting in the …

Mathy by Bols Beds for Kids are Some of the Coolest, Cleverest Sleep Havens We've Seen

The Belgian brand Mathy by Bols has been designing and producing dreamy, unique and fun furniture for children since 1987. From the start, Mathy by …

Soylent survivor: one month living on lab-made liquid nourishment

“It’s just food. Relax,” the Soylent spokesperson reassured me as I prepared for one of the stranger challenges of my life: replacing my conventional food intake with a thick nutritional sludge for an entire month. The thing is, Soylent <i>isn’t</i> just food. The smoothie-like substance, which began life …

The 10 Tiniest Rooms We've Ever Seen

Stylish and efficient spaces.<p>From a 48-square-foot kitchen to a tiny and cozy reading nook, we've rounded up beautiful small spaces that don't spare style or efficiency. Take a look a these amazing designs.

The All-New Pushup Circuit That Builds Strong, Massive Shoulders

A great set can make your waist look slimmer, your arms look bigger, and your back look broader. Here's the circuit that will help you build bolder shoulders<p>When it comes to shoulders, the bolder, the better. One of the best ways to build a massive set: Pushups. But we're not talking about pounding …

Scientists discover that popular calorie-free sweetener also kills fruit flies

Stevia brand Truvia doesn't just sweeten your coffee<p>Fans of the natural, calorie-free sweetener stevia might be surprised to find out that Truvia, one of its most popular representatives, doesn't just sweeten your coffee — it's also great at killing fruit flies.<p>A study published today in PLOS ONE …

Installing the world's first electronic spine

In <i>The Washington Post</i> this week, reporter Jim Tankersley follows a team of doctors as they install one of the world's first electronic spine replacements, dubbed the Neurobridge. The patient is paralyzed from the chest down, but researchers hope the Neurobridge can restore control of his hands. A …

Monkeys Raised On Omega-3-Rich Diet Have Well-Structured Brains

Eat right and you too can have a healthy monkey brain<p>You may have heard that omega-3 fatty acids are good for you. They are a prime component of the nervous system, and cannot be made by the body--they must be consumed. But just how important are dietary omega-3 fatty acids for brain development …

Expandable sponges could seal gunshot wounds like a flat tire

What if you could dress a wound the way you fix a tire? That's the idea behind Xstat Dressing, an in-development technology that would allow medics to easily dress gunshots or other deep wounds on the battlefield — and it was inspired by the foam used to fix flat tires. "That's what we pictured as …

7 Smart New Window Technologies

With the latest technologies, the windows in your house can offer more than a pretty view. Unfortunately, you'll still have to clean them yourself.<p><b>1. Save the Birds</b><br>Every year, millions of birds fly into glass windows. This patterned coating — visible to birds but not humans — prevents that. All …

Home Ownership

100 Bedroom Designs That Will Inspire You

These cozy escapes will make you want to bliss out on all the bedding.<p>Bedrooms can often be the forgotten room in your home because no one else sees it — but it should be the exact opposite, because it's the one space where you get to <i>recharge</i>. With 100 different designer styles, there's an idea for …