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Unusual Facts: Top 10 Discoveries of 2012

<b>Top 10 Discoveries of 2012</b><p><b>1. A Dramatic Maya Temple Found</b><p>Mayan civilization seems to have caught the fancy of the people this year, with enough …

Reprogrammed bacterium speaks new language of life

THE language of life has been rewritten. A bacterium has had its genome recoded so that one of its genetic words has been freed up to impart a …

Biology

Women in science: 'My job at Mozilla wouldn't have existed seven years ago'

Mozilla, the company that created Firefox, the web browser to rival Internet Explorer, has this year launched its first ever science programme. On Ada Lovelace Day, Barbara Kasumu catches up with Kaitlin Thaney, the young woman leading it.<p>If you thought Mozilla was only about the Firefox web …

'Bionic Man' will walk the streets of Washington, DC tomorrow

Back in August, <i>Smithsonian Magazine</i> took an in-depth look at prosthetic limbs and artificial organs, with one of its main subjects being a true "Bionic Man." A team of scientists and researchers at the University of Zurich were able to recreate more than 50 percent of the human body using the "most …

Um, Where Did This Little Orphan Planet Come From?

"I had often wondered if such solitary objects exist, and now we know they do."<p>How do planets—ours, and the others that stud the universe—actually form?<p>Our current, best knowledge posits that planets emerge from the formation of stars. Through a process like this:<p>A star and its planets form out of …

Why Scientists Held Back Details On A Unique Botulinum Toxin

Scientists have discovered the first new form of botulinum toxin in over 40 years, but they're taking the unusual step of keeping key details about it secret.<p>That's because botulinum toxin is one of the most poisonous substances known. It causes botulism, and the newly identified form of it can't …

This Is What Happens To Your Brain When You Get A Concussion

For years the NFL claimed that concussions and the resulting neurological conditions of its players were rare. But an investigation into the dark history of concussions in the NFL published by PBS Frontline and new scientific studies show multiple blows to the head cause serious permanent brain …

The Brain

Nobel Prize in chemistry honors 3 for computer modeling research

Arieh Warshel of USC, Michael Levitt of Stanford and Martin Karplus of Harvard are recognized for their pioneering use of computer modeling programs in studying chemical reactions.<p>October 09, 2013|By Monte Morin<p>USC chemistry professor Arieh Warshel gets a congratulatory kiss from… (Nick Ut / …

Heat capacity

<b>Heat capacity</b> or <b>thermal capacity</b> is a measurable physical quantity equal to the ratio of the heat added to (or removed from) an object to the …

Ada Lovelace Day: Where are the women in science? Right here ... My top 10 female scientists

On Ada Lovelace Day, Suzi Gage considers the most influential and inspirational female scientists that have helped shape who she is – and the world as we know it.<p><b>Ada Lovelace Day</b>asks people to think about the women that have inspired them to be the person that they are today. The Day remembers the …

Newton's Universal Law of Gravitation

How Isaac Newton's encounter with that apple ended up helping send rockets into space<p>Newton's equation first appeared in the <i>Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica</i>, July 1687. It describes why that apple fell from that tree in that orchard in Lincolnshire. Whether or not that apple actually …

Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.<p>During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a …

Vaccine deniers: inside the dumb, dangerous new fad

In San Francisco’s upscale Pacific Heights neighborhood, some 200 students from kindergarten to the eighth grade attend classes at the private San Francisco Waldorf School. On any given afternoon outside of the cheerful, modern white building, parents congregate to wait for their kids. Chit-chat …

Some of Today’s Hottest Scientific Mysteries, Illustrated by Some of Today’s Coolest Artists

As a lover of the intersection of art and science, I find myself more excited about <b>The Where, the Why, and the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science</b> (<i>public library</i>) than I’ve been about a book in ages. In this gem, as intellectually stimulating as it is visually stunning, …

Why Leaves Change Color

TravelDigital Nomad<p>Charles Rennie Mackintosh observed that, “Art is the flower, Life is the Green Leaf,” but I would very humbly add that after the green leaf dies, all those red, orange, and yellow leaves become nature’s most magnificent work of art.<p>For the past two weeks I’ve enjoyed autumn’s …

The Social Life of Genes: Shaping Your Molecular Composition

A few years ago, Gene Robinson, of Urbana, Illinois, asked some associates in southern Mexico to help him kidnap some 1,000 newborns. For their …

Psychology

Is taking a daily aspirin worth the risk?

While a daily aspirin may offer some health benefits, experts say a fuller understanding of the potential side effects are needed.<p>The possible …

Flames Shaped By Electricity Help Coal Plants Burn Cleaner

A Seattle-based company is working on a cheap technology to reduce emissions from power plants.<p>One company is developing a cheap way to reduce pollution from power plants—and it does so by controlling the shape of fire. Okay, so that's not as magical as it sounds. As MIT Technology Review reports, …

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First child 'functionally cured' of HIV remains in remission, scientists announce

In March, a team of medical researchers revealed that a two-year-old patient had been "functionally cured" of HIV after undergoing unusually early treatment with antiretroviral drugs. The instance marked the second documented case of HIV remission, and was the first such case involving a …

Science Confirms The Obvious: Dudes Slow Down When Walking With Their Girlfriends

But they don't alter their gaits for other ladies.<p>A person's optimal walking speed—which minimizes the amount of energy required to travel—usually correlates with body mass and leg length. People with longer legs and bigger bodies are more likely to have a faster walk. Because of the way men and …

Sexuality

PubMed Debuts A Commenting System For All Its Papers

The ultimate way to comment on science<p>So, about comments. PubMed, America's federally maintained database of scientific papers, is piloting a system that will allow scientists to leave online comments on papers. PubMed is huge—it includes 22 million citations in health, biology and chemistry—so its …

Free vitamins for all under-fives advised by chief medical officer

All under-fives may be offered free vitamins on the NHS in an effort to curb the rising tide of illness, such as rickets, linked to them getting too little vitamin D.<p>Dame Sally Davies, the government's chief medical officer, wants ministers to consider extending the offer from low-income families …

Gene Machine

A pipe that copies DNA using the heat of a lightbulb.<p>Biology's equivalent of an office copier is a PCR machine. PCR, short for polymerase chain reaction, is now a staple in crime-scene forensics, heredity tests, and organism hijacking. It's a mind-boggling feat. Among billions of base pairs that …