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FYI: Can A Bionic Eye See As Well As A Human Eye?

It's the difference between a grainy black-and-white film and HD.<p>Previously blind patients who receive the recently FDA-approved Argus II bionic eye system will regain some degree of functional sight. The retinal implant technology, developed and distributed by Second Sight, can improve quality of …

South Pole Lab Detects Elusive Deep-Space Neutrinos For The First Time

After two years of searching, the icy observatory has finally found evidence of the high-energy particles, which may have come from a distant black hole or supernova.<p>It looks like the IceCube Observatory neutrino detector at the South Pole has found what it was looking for just two years after …

Candy Totally Won't Make You Fat, Says Study Funded By Big Candy

It's cool to eat as much candy as you want, you guys, no problem, just live off the stuff.<p>Good news, guys! Candy isn't going to make you fat or kill you or anything negative at all! Feast on M&M's like an 8-year-old on Halloween, because you're totally good on this one.<p>Says a study funded by the …

Irish potato famine mystery solved after 168 years

Scientists believe they have finally identified the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine. <i>BBC News</i> reports a research team led by The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, England, used dried leaf cuttings — some of which are nearly 170 years old — to reconstruct the spread of the HERB-1 strain …

Exposing the beauty of deadly disease through medical photography

The complex mechanisms that conspire to attack our bodies often have a beguiling allure that belies their malevolent nature. That's the theme behind <i>Hidden Beauty</i>, a new book of medical photography from Norman Barker and Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue, both professors at Johns Hopkins University.<p>"Let …

The science of webcomics

Webcomics are increasingly widespread and popular. It could be argued their proliferation is linked to the decline of print comics, in the same way …

Moore, Oklahoma tornado May 20, 2013

Links to the the tragic consequences, and how to donate to help the victims, below.

Tornadoes

First Thoughts: Putting things into perspective

<i>Oklahoma disaster puts current Washington politics into perspective… Obama delivers statement on tragedy at 10:00 am ET… That said, there will be an inevitable fight over disaster relief… Three polls, three matters of consensus on the three controversies hitting the Obama administration… 1) The</i> …