Biology

Frozen in Time: DNA May ID Sailors Looking for Northwest Passage in 1845

Scientists have extracted DNA from the skeletal remains of several 19th-century sailors who died during the ill-fated Franklin Expedition, whose goal …

Archaeology

Got Gut Problems? Smoke Some Weed and Eat Spicy Food

If your gut is giving you a hard time, eating a whole bunch of spicy food and a pot brownie for dessert may sound like the worst idea in the world. …

Life Sciences

The Mystery of 'Venus's Hair' After a Volcanic Eruption

How do long, white filaments grow out of barren rock?<p>In the summer of 2011, earthquake swarms started hitting the Canary Islands off the African coast. The ocean belched up sulfur, staining the water yellow and green. Fish died. Seawater bubbled over like a jacuzzi. Smoking lava balloons leapt from …

Dystopia

Dolphin Sex Is Complex And Might Be Just For Fun, According To Scientists

Scientists at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia are looking to answer some tough questions—namely, what is dolphin sex like? Postdoctoral fellow …

Marine Mammals

Scientists step closer to finding cause of multiple sclerosis

As they find out more about the cell biology of multiple sclerosis, scientists are gradually unraveling the mysteries of the disease, although the …

Medicine

These Very Hungry Caterpillars Can Eat Your Plastic Trash

Is the real solution to our rapidly growing mountains of plastic trash lurking in the guts of the caterpillars that we feed to our pet birds and lizards?<p>Plastic trash is everywhere, and since it has a half-life of <i>at least</i> 450 years, every piece of plastic that has ever been made is still on the …

Plastic

Bacteria May be Reason Some Foods Cause Heart Disease, Stroke

Researchers trying to figure out how meat causes heart disease came up with another possible explanation Monday: an essential nutrient found in meat and eggs might be a culprit.<p>They found evidence that choline may feed gut bacteria that in turn produce a compound that makes blood sticky and prone …

Vitamins

How a plastic-munching caterpillar could help save the earth

<b>(CNN) —</b> Even the smallest among us can be big heroes. Take the lowly wax worm, for instance.<p>The larva of the greater wax moth is considered a huge pest in Europe, because it acts as a parasite in bee colonies.<p>However, its bizarre eating habits may help solve a huge environmental problem.<p>See, the …

Plastic

Hundreds of mice found in an apartment after owners left them to breed

They might be cute little critters, but they sure breed fast.<p>Hundreds of pet mice were found in an apartment in Singapore, owned by an unnamed man and his elderly mother.<p>Last Friday, animal welfare volunteers went into the flat, where the mice were found roaming all over the 100 square meter (1,076 …

Wildlife

Plastic-eating caterpillar could munch waste

<b>A caterpillar that munches on plastic bags could hold the key to tackling plastic pollution.</b><p>Scientists have discovered that the larvae of the moth, which eats wax in bee hives, can also degrade plastic.<p>Experiments show the insect can break down the chemical bonds of plastic in a similar way to …

Recycling

The Next Step in Human Evolution Won’t Be Confined to Our Bodies

Flash of Brilliance<p><i>“Intelligence is the passenger, Biology is the driver.” – Karl Schroeder</i><p>Remarkably soon after the Earth formed 4.5 billion years …

Life Sciences

Genome sequence of fuel-producing alga announced

The genome of the fuel-producing green microalga Botryococcus braunii has been sequenced by a team of researchers led by a group at Texas A&M …

Genetics

An Underwater Volcano That Wiped Out All Life Has Been Taken Over by a Weird New Species of Bacteria

Scientists found that the Venus's hair bacteria had managed to take over miles of seafloor around the Tagoro volcano, near the Canary Islands.

Life Sciences

These male birds like to keep their wives happy and well-fed

Happy wife, happy life! Humans aren't the only ones to worry about keeping "the wife" happy while she focuses on bringing the next generation of …

Zoology

Sea Urchins Launch Their Weird Mobile Jaws to Scare Predators

A common and colorful sea urchin has some truly bizarre appendages that seem to move independently from its body, and now scientists know why: It …

Marine Biology

Why Cinnamon Is Insanely Good for You

Scientists have long suspected that cinnamon can help prevent blood-sugar spikes and protect against insulin resistance, a risk factor for diabetes. …

Diabetes

11 Reasons The Alien Xenomorph Is Deadly (And 5 Reasons It's Not)

Xenomorph XX121, introduced in the movie "Alien" (1979), is an incredible hunter. Here are 11 ways it'll kill you and 5 you might use to survive.

Life Sciences

Mike Pouncey of Miami Dolphins undergoes stem cell procedure on hip

Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey had a stem cell procedure on his injured hip but has not had any setbacks, a source confirmed to ESPN on …

Stem Cells

AIA/COTE Awards this year redefine sustainable design

Every year around Earth Day the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and their Committee On The Environment (COTE) release their list of the top …

Sustainability

Your mother's diet may influence your liver's health

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is a serious and growing problem. Previously linked with obesity, a new study also connects it to maternal obesity …

Diabetes

Naked Mole-Rats Can Survive Without Oxygen For Nearly 20 Minutes

The rodents are even stranger than we first thought.<p>With a wrinkly, hairless body and four protruding teeth, the naked mole-rat is one of the planet’s most peculiar-looking creatures.<p>But its oddness is more than skin-deep; the cold-blooded mammal also boasts an arsenal of evolutionary quirks.<p>It …

Life Sciences

Plastic-munching caterpillars may show us how to dissolve waste

Caterpillars could hold the key to our growing problem of plastic waste. While doing some routine beehive maintenance, a team of researchers in Spain …

Plastic

DNA test may miss some disease-causing genes

Whole-exome sequencing—a technology that saves time and money by sequencing only protein-coding regions and not the entire genome—seems to have blind …

DNA Testing

9 reasons why experiments on animals must stop

Globally, it’s estimated that millions of animals are mutilated and killed every year in experiments for everything from drugs to floor cleaners and …

Veganism

Researchers complete phase one human trials of smart pills

Researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have successfully completed phase one human trials of ingestible capsules that have the …

Australian Universities

The Mechanics of Dolphin Sex Are Pretty Twisted

It is difficult to have sex in the ocean. Hydrodynamic drag on the penis, the trickiness of not getting seawater from not entering the uterus, and …

Dolphins

Fishermen watch in horror as captain's tiny kayak is toppled by deadly 7ft shark caught on his line

A fisherman diced with death when his kayak was capsized by a killer shark that had got caught on his line.<p>The unfortunate fisherman was captured on …

Fishing

Protecting Baby: Cross-Channel Marketing To Sell A Stem Cell Service

Cord Blood Registry faces an almost impossible task: The company stores stem cells extracted from the umbilical cords of newborn babies, and it has …

Marketing

Health trust apologises for families' distress over stored organs

Internal inquiry launched after 2015 audit at South Tyneside district hospital found samples kept without relatives’ knowledge<p>A health trust has apologised to the relatives of dead people whose tissue and organs were stored without their families’ knowledge.<p>Police have contacted 39 families after a …

Tyneside

All Admission Proceeds from Cavs Official Road Game Watch Parties to Benefit Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity

CLEVELAND, OH - Once again the Cleveland Cavaliers and their fans will be able to positively impact the Cleveland community during the NBA Playoffs …

Cleveland