MaryAnne Toepperwein

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Fascinating Hypothesis: The Whole Idea Of Species Doesn't Apply To Certain Organisms

One group of scientists is arguing that certain organisms, about a millimeter in size or slightly smaller, don't form species at all.<p>Meiofauna are pretty weird. That's the term for all organisms that are an in-between size, about one-half to one millimeter, so they're much bigger than bacteria, but …

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Join Rewards and earn points when you explore and search on MSN.<p>See your recent documents, or start one for free with Office Online.<p>Sign in to your …

FYI: Could A Virgin Birth Ever Happen?

If you’re a mammal, no. But if you're not...<p>Virgin birth, known to scientists as parthenogenesis, appears to be rather common in the animal kingdom. Many insects and other invertebrates are capable of switching between sexual and clonal reproduction. Among the vertebrates, virgin births have been …

Forget jocks and geeks: How teens really pick friends

The courses teens take in school have powerful effects on the friendships they make—perhaps even more so than common cliques like jocks or nerds, …

Education

Does ESP Exist? 11 Premonitions That Came True

Though some psychologists and natural scientists remain skeptical, many agree telepathic abilities and related phenomena exist.<p>Chris Carter, an …

Check Out This Curly Protein From The Deadly Nipah Virus

A new study visualizes a key protein in an emerging virus.<p>This symmetric tangle of telephone wires (Remember those?) represents a key protein in the Nipah virus. Nipah is an emerging human illness originally found in fruit bats in Southeast Asia and Australia. People who become infected react in a …

World record setting experiment brings quantum computing a step closer to reality

Despite recent successes in the field, creating a quantum computer is <i>really</i> hard. For one thing quantum bits in a super positioned state (or qubits, the basic unit of data for quantum computing) have a hard time surviving at room temperature. Typically, these superposition states last for only a …

Candied Ginger Is The Best Way To Kick Up Your Desserts (PHOTOS)

Candied -- or crystallized -- ginger can be a secret weapon in the kitchen. The perfect combination of sweet and spicy, candied ginger can either be bought prepared or made at home. But whether you take the long route or the shortcut (we won't hold it against you), candied ginger is an easy way to …

Tip: The Best Way to Break an Awkward Silence at a Dinner Party

We've all been there. You're at a dinner party and everyone is chatting away, having a great time, when suddenly silence falls over the table. And …

Reincarnation: Fact or Fallacy? Case Studies

Reincarnation. Fact, fallacy, superstition or simply coincidence? Those stories of people with super-minds; minds that delve into the past, minds …

Scientists believe lasers could help cure Alzheimer's and Parkinson's

Lasers could prove to be the key in eliminating brain diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. New findings from researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and the Polish Wroclaw University of Technology have raised hopes that doctors may one day be able to cure the ailments without needing …

Science Weekly podcast: the problem with drugs for mental illness

The Guardian's Science Weekly<p>Psychology<p><b>Dr Joanna Moncrieff</b> argues that drugs for depression and schizophrenia are not getting to the root of these conditions<p>Presented by Alok Jha and produced by Jason Phipps with Nicola Davis and Robin McKie<p>First published on Mon 4 Nov 2013 02.01 EST<p>Share on …

Mysterious Box Contains Detailed Drawings of Winged Aliens; WWII Vet Presumed Owner

A box has been found containing detailed drawings of alien beings, an unidentified flying object, and transcripts exploring the link between alien …

How to stop the flu from spreading at home

Several simple practices, such as hand washing and opening a window, can lower the chances of spreading the flu among household members, new research …

Public Health

Q&A: Parasites, Modern Life and Immune Systems Gone Haywire

Author: Brandon Keim. Brandon Keim Science<p>Date of Publication: 09.04.12.<p>Time of Publication: 3:03 pm. 3:03 pm<p>Moises Velasquez-Manoff was on the road …

Gut Bacteria May Be Implicated in Rheumatoid Arthritis

The bacteria that live in your intestines are a mixed blessing. Scientists have known for decades that this so-called microbiota helps us digest our …

Music gives people a voice when words fail them at the end of their lives

All that was dear to me, down below the sea<br>I cannot hold this piece of driftwood<br>When life abandons me<i><br>Liz, a patient at the Sobell House hospice, 2013</i><p>In palliative care, when clients and their therapists get to know one another they do so with a shared knowledge, whether voiced or not, that while …

Cavemen Could Make Movies? Fascinating Video of Cave Art in Motion

Marc Azéma, a filmmaker and researcher of Palaeolithic society, suggests the origins of cinema are found in the flickering images created by …

Scientists engineer dengue fever-resistant mosquitoes, release them in Vietnam

Dengue fever is one of the most virulent mosquito-borne diseases afflicting the planet. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 2.5 billion people worldwide are currently at risk of contracting dengue, and the organization estimates that there may be 50–100 million new infections each …

5 of the Craziest Scientific Facts Out There

<b>1.</b> The human body contains enough DNA to stretch from the sun to Pluto and back again. 17 times.<p><b>2.</b> Microbes colonize human bodies, outnumbering human …

Americans Would Pay $4 Billion To Save Monarch Butterflies

It's an unusually loveable bug, according to a new survey<p>They're certainly the kings of our hearts. Kids learn about them in school. They're the official insect or butterfly of seven U.S. states. I saw a scantily-clad version of one this Halloween, complete with fairly accurate wing patterns. (But …

Hopes of hepatitis C cure raised after antiviral drug treatment success

Scientists have reported the successful eradication of hepatitis C in patients using two new antiviral drugs, raising hopes of a possible cure.<p>In the trial, the virus was eliminated from almost all the patients involved, including those who had not previously responded to existing drugs.<p>Hepatitis C …

The 9 Coolest Student Biology Projects At The 2013 iGEM Competition

We're thinking of our visit to this year's International Genetically Engineered Machines competition as our gold ticket to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. You know, "Come with me, and you'll be in a world of pure imagination." Or something.<p>Synthetic biology's equivalent to the student robotics …

The Scientifically Best Times To Drink Coffee During The Day

Why you should treat caffeine the way you treat painkillers or antibiotics<p>When's the optimal time to get your coffee kick? Sometime between 9:30 and 11:30 in the morning should work well, neuroscience doctoral student Steven Miller explains in a supremely helpful blog post.<p>Careful timing of when …

Circle of Life: The Beautiful New Way to Visualize Biological Data | WIRED

<i>Clockwise from top right, the genomes of a human, a chimpanzee, a mouse and a zebrafish are arranged in a circle, with each color square</i> …

Journey into the Alaskan wild

Take a road trip through the US state that has long drawn those looking for riches, adventure and the purity of its mountainous landscape.<p>Half past eight on a cool, damp September morning, and the Black Bear Coffee House is already a-bustle, its mix of regulars and out-of-towners rubbing elbows at …

Hiking

Europe's 10 Coziest Mountain Villages

As winter approaches, the first blankets of snow are falling on the great mountains of Europe and the continent's enchanting mountain towns are gearing up for a new season of visitors eager to hit the slopes or take in the unique local culture that these mountain regions seem to inspire. While …