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Tiny diatoms are stronger than bone, teeth, and antlers


Diatoms are single-celled algae organisms, around 30 to 100 millionths of a meter in diameter, that are ubiquitous throughout the oceans.

Can medical marijuana calm kids’ seizures?


Desperate for relief, parents are taking unusual steps to help children plagued with seizures. The relief, however, comes in a most unlikely form: marijuana.

Cotton candy machine spins out 3D vascular system


For several years, Leon Bellan has been tinkering with cotton candy machines, getting them to spin out networks of tiny threads comparable in size, density, and complexity to the patterns formed by capillaries—the tiny, thin-walled vessels that deliver oxygen and nutrients to cells and carry away waste.

These pre-humans didn’t have ‘nutcracker’ jaws


A diminutive pre-human species that lived about two million years ago in southern Africa has been heralded as a possible ancestor or close relative of Homo.

Thought-controlled exoskeleton could let paralyzed people walk


A device the size of a matchstick implanted in the brain may help a group of paralyzed people walk using only their thoughts and a robotic exoskeleton.

Nope, 1951 Explorers Club dinner didn’t include mammoth


A famous morsel of meat left over from a 1951 Explorers Club dinner is not, in fact, a hunk of woolly mammoth.

Why are kids who live with ‘steps’ more aggressive?


About one in six children in the United States—more than previously thought—live with half- or step-siblings just before starting kindergarten.

Sandcastle worms teach us how to make underwater glue


Researchers are designing a new synthetic wet glue that mimics an adhesive secreted by the sandcastle worm (Phragmatopoma californica), a marine invertebrate commonly found along the California coast.

These brain mess-ups can make us bad spellers


Stroke victims who’ve lost their spelling ability helped researchers pinpoint the unexpectedly separate parts of the brain that control how we write words.

Mindfulness training cools inflammation


There’s evidence that mindfulness meditation can improve how we age and even fight disease. Yet, little is known about the brain changes behind the effects.

Galaxy clusters are way more complicated than we thought


Galaxy clusters are groupings of hundreds to thousands of galaxies bound together by gravity, and are the most massive structures found in the universe.

Engineers made battery electrodes out of pollen


Pollen from bees and cattails could potentially be a renewable material for making anodes in lithium-ion batteries, recent tests show.

Manipulating brain may ease pain of drug withdrawal


In addition to the desire to experience a “high,” one of the obstacles drug addicts encounter is the difficulty of overcoming a myriad of harsh withdrawal symptoms, including anxiety, depression, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Humans are spreading a virus killing millions of bees


European honey bees appear to be the source of a disease that is affecting bee hives worldwide, a new study shows.

Bean Boots are ‘real’ and that’s why we want them


If you order a pair of L.L. Bean’s “Bean Boot” now, you may find they’re backordered until April. This year alone, the company expects to make half a million pairs, more than three times the number made in 2005, according to a recent article in The Atlantic.

Did calling Zika a public health emergency jump the gun?


Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), has declared Zika virus “a public health emergency of international concern,” saying the the 2016 outbreak is an “extraordinary event” and a public health threat to the world.

Henry VIII likely had same brain injury seen in NFL players


Henry VIII may have suffered repeated traumatic brain injuries similar to those experienced by NFL players and others who receive repeated blows to the head, a new study suggests.

BMI is wrong: Millions of healthy Americans labeled obese


Millions of Americans labeled overweight or obese based on their BMI are, in fact, “perfectly healthy.” “BMI is a deeply flawed measure of health.” The findings from a study published in the International Journal of Obesity show that 34.4 million Americans considered overweight by virtue of BMI (body mass index) are actually healthy, as are 19.8 million who are considered obese.

Index gives Earth only 82% chance of being ‘habitable’


We know the Earth is habitable because—well, here we are. But would it look like a good candidate for life from hundreds of light-years away?

Lack of culture, not brains, probably did in Neanderthals


What happened to the Neanderthals? They left their African homes and migrated into Europe 350,000 to 600,000 years ago, well ahead of modern humans, who showed up only about 45,000 years ago.


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