Carah Watkins

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Hypnotizing Geometric Paintings Inspired by Sacred Mandalas

These kaleidoscopic arrangements explore ideas of visual pleasure through a hypnotizing array of colors and textures that spiral towards a central point. Created by New York-based artist Amy Cheng, the complex oil (and sometimes wax) on paper compositions are loosely based off of the concept of the …

Decoding 'orphan crop' genomes could save millions of lives in Africa

The future wellbeing of millions of Africans may rest in the unlikely hands of a vegan hippy scientist working for a sweet company who plans to map …

High Heels Don't Cause Bunions, New Study Reveals

Much like a misbehaving popstar or gluten-filled food, high heels have developed a very bad reputation lately. Scientists have produced study after study proving what women already know: Heels hurt your feet. A lot. Specifically, shoes with heels strain your calf muscles, permanently shorten your …

Feeling Appreciated? Why It Can Make All The Difference

Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart, once said “Appreciate everything your associates do. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune.” Likewise, Donald Peterson, former chairman of Ford Motor Company, said …

'Bottled Up' | Rafael Cortina

See How the 'Iron Man 3' Mansion Attack Was Created Long Before Filming Began – /Film

<b>Federico D’Alessandro</b> has one of the coolest jobs in the world. He’s the Head Storyboard Artist/Animatics Supervisor at Marvel Studios, meaning he …

Everybody In The Pool! But Please Leave The Poop Behind

Perhaps you've noticed a toddler's sagging swim diaper and wondered if it's really keeping the poop out of your neighborhood pool.<p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the answer for you: no.<p>Last summer, researchers at the federal public health agency collected 161 filter samples from …

‘Simple path’ from fish hips to 4-legged walk

<b>MONASH U. (AUS) —</b> The evolution of the complex, weight-bearing hips of walking animals from the basic hips of fish was a much simpler process than …

Biology

Could an app replicate the placebo effect?

New research shows deception isn't needed to induce healing effects with fake meds<p>Daniel Jacobs believes in the placebo effect, the well-documented but not well-understood phenomenon in which sick patients sometimes feel the same healing effects from swallowing a sugar pill that they would from …

Little boys more likely to get water scalds

<b>U. NOTTINGHAM (UK) —</b> Toddlers, particularly boys, with multiple siblings are more likely to be scalded by hot water at home, research shows.<p>The study …

Siblings

Plants do better far away from close relatives

<b>U. TORONTO (CAN) —</b> Charles Darwin got it right. Plant species that share environments with those that are distantly related are more productive.<p>The …

University of Toronto

The Tag That Could Save Sharks

Shark behavior is one of the great mysteries of the ocean, and mediocre tags are primarily to blame. Scientists can't understand something they can't measure. Compared with other marine-animal tags, the HammerTag, now in prototype, is cheaper by hundreds of dollars, lasts years longer, and stores …

Frogs near fields build resistance to insecticides

<b>U. PITTSBURGH (US) —</b> Two recent studies show that wood frogs living close to fields are resistant to multiple insecticides, but not to Roundup, a …

Ecology

Human disease leptospirosis identified in new species in Africa

The newest public health threat in Africa, scientists have found, is coming from a previously unknown source: the banded mongoose.<p>Leptospirosis is …

Cornstarch Replaces Cyanide In Clean New Gold Extraction Method

Scientists accidentally discover a new way to isolate gold that is much safer than existing processes, which use toxic cyanide.<p>Gold, precious forever but especially lately, is a tricky metal. Bound up in consumer electronics, jewelry and the ores that it comes from, gold is difficult to extract, …

Come on, get happy, crank up the music

<b>U. MISSOURI (US) —</b> You really can convince yourself to be happier, especially if you’re listening to an upbeat song while doing so.<p>“Our work provides …

Happiness

Brain’s big frontal lobe not what makes humans smarter, says study

The study suggests that supposedly more ‘primitive’ areas, such as the cerebellum, were equally important in the expansion of the human brain.<p>Human …

Freaky Carnivorous Flower Has Super-Efficient Genome

Plant genetics are so weird.<p>The humped bladderwort is a flower that's as strange as its name. It grows in mats in shallow water, it doesn't have true roots, and it bears small, inflated, hair-triggered bladders that it keeps underwater. Any time a tiny swimming animal brushes past one of these …

A Cannabinoid That Looks Like THC Could Be Key To Diagnosing PTSD

Researchers have pinpointed a set of biological markers that could help diagnose PTSD--and, eventually, treat it.<p>A molecular imaging study has pinpointed a set of biological markers that could help diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder more accurately, and might even lead to a pharmacological …

New Green Palm Pitviper Discovered in Honduras

A new species of green palm pitviper of the genus <i>Bothriechis</i> has been found in a cloud forest reserve in northern Honduras. The new species,</i> …

Four main culprits found for serious childhood diarrhoea

Just four pathogens underpin most cases of serious diarrhoea in children — the second leading killer of<p>young children worldwide — according to a …

Independent midwives – and home births – are under threat

I was accused on national radio last week of risking my son's life by giving birth at home. I had been talking on the BBC's Woman's Hour about the …

Psychology uses 'registered replication reports' to improve reliability

On Tuesday a group of scientists published a protocol, a set of instructions for running an experiment, which represents the culmination of a year's …

Mount Everest, amphetamines, and the ethics of experiment

John Hunt, the leader of the 1953 British Mount Everest expedition, was an exceptional strategist and logician. When the Swiss attempts to climb …

Dentists Study Alligators To Figure Out How Humans Could Regrow Teeth

Gators may grow 4,000 teeth over their lifetimes.<p>Once your adult teeth come in, that's all you've got to work with. Knock one out, or lose a few to decay, and you'll have to get dentures. It's a pain, but at least one team of dental researchers is now studying how to regrow human teeth—by looking …

Inbreeding threatens India’s wild tigers

<b>CARDIFF U. (UK) —</b> A collapse in the variety of mating partners is putting tigers in India at risk of extinction, a new study suggests.<p>Approximately …

Cardiff University