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Teasing Out Fact From Hype In The War On Fructose

The nitty-gritty on sugar<p>If you're feeling confused about sugar, join the club.<p>Nutrition professionals continue to say that processed, or added, sugar--as distinct from the sugars consumed while eating whole fruits and vegetables--should be a small part of a person's regular diet. But beyond that, …

Diabetes

Breakthrough shows how DNA is 'edited' to correct genetic diseases

An international team of scientists has made a major step forward in our understanding of how enzymes 'edit' genes, paving the way for correcting …

Prehistoric Impact Theory 'Doesn't Hold Up,' Scientists Say

One of the most controversial ideas about prehistoric North America — that an impact by an extraterrestrial object 12,800 years ago triggered a cold snap that killed off mammoths and decimated early human populations — is under fresh attack. Independent archaeologists have reanalyzed the dates of …

How to Find the Opportunity Inside the Obstacle | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from</i> The Obstacle Is the Way <i>by Ryan Holiday.</i><p>“A good person dyes events with his own color . . . and turns whatever …

Reading the minds of the ‘dead’

Thousands of patients remain trapped in a vegetative state between life and death. Three scientists are working to free them, as Roger Highfield reports.<p>“Imagine you wake up, locked inside a box,” says Adrian Owen. "It's a perfect fit, down to every last one of your fingers and toes. It's a strange …

Consciousness

Human skin grown in lab 'can replace animal testing'

<b>Skin grown in the laboratory can replace animals in drug and cosmetics testing, UK scientists say.</b><p>A team led by King's College London has grown a layer of human skin from stem cells - the master cells of the body.<p>Stem cells have been turned into skin before, but the researchers say this is more …

Skin Care

Almost Earth: A Newly Discovered Planet Could Be a Lot Like Ours

When a faulty aiming device crippled the Kepler space telescope last year, NASA officials reluctantly declared the orbiting observatory’s …

Harvard

How Hungry Bats Call Dibs On Dinner, And Warn Others to Back Off

Swooping, diving and turning in total darkness, bats hunt their prey, avoid obstacles and dodge their fellow fliers. They can navigate through clouds of other bats and zoom in on a single mosquito with lethal precision. This is all thanks to their biosonar, which gives them the ability to …

University of Maryland

Scientists Discover How to Generate Solar Power in the Dark

Meet 'photoswitches,' a breakthrough set of materials that act as their own batteries, absorbing energy and releasing it on demand.<p>The next big thing in solar energy could be microscopic.<p>Scientists at MIT and Harvard University have devised a way to store solar energy in molecules that can then be …

Science Jokes From Our Twitter Followers

Check out some of our favorite science jokes.<p>On Monday, we asked our Twitter followers, "What's your favorite science joke?" The nerds delivered. Here are our favorite science jokes, organized by subject.<p>Chemistry<p>@PopSci I was going to tell a joke about sodium, but Na.— Ian Haygreen (@IanHaygreen) …

How to Become an Early Riser | The Art of Manliness

How To Use Introductions to Strengthen Weak Ties and Advance Your Career | The Art of Manliness

Have you ever been the beneficiary of an introduction that changed your life?<p>Maybe you got a new job because someone introduced you to the owner of a …

Doctors will place patients between life and death in suspended animation trials

For the first time ever, surgeons at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh could save patients by putting them between life and death. They're ready to test a technique that would place patients in a state of "suspended animation," giving surgeons enough time to operate on injuries that would …

Crime and punishment: psychology and book bans

UK justice minister Chris Grayling has been roundly criticised for a blanket ban on prisoners being sent books. Why would anyone do this? There are many likely psychological reasons behind such a punishment, but also evidence to suggests it’s pointless<p>Chris Grayling, UK justice minister, recently …

Design & Development News | The Next Web

All stories in Design & Dev<p>Here's proof notifications don't have to suck<p>Notifications suck. I mean they really, really suck. Consider what my desktop workspace looks like at any given time. I mean, yes, I did create those reminders and yes, I do need to do all of those things, but displaying …