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Revisited: The Regenerative Power of Pig Guts

Bioengineers have made great strides harnessing the body’s ability to start over, whether regenerating heart tissue and bones, or using stem cells to regrow fingertips.

Soaking in a Hot Bath Yields Benefits Similar to Exercise

Many cultures swear by the benefits of a hot bath. But only recently has science began to understand how passive heating (as opposed to getting hot and sweaty from exercise) improves health.

Phosphorus Is Vital for Life, and We're Running Low

All life needs phosphorus and agricultural yields are improved when phosphorus is added to growing plants and the diet of livestock.

VX Nerve Agent: The Deadly Weapon Engineered in Secret

In January 1958, two medical officers at Porton Down, Britain’s military science facility, exposed their forearms to 50-microgram droplets of a substance called VX, which was a new, fast-acting nerve agent that could kill by seeping through the skin.

What Causes a 'Butterflies in the Stomach' Sensation?

If you have ever been nervous about something that is about to happen, then you may have felt the sensations of nausea and “fluttering”—the recognizable and odd sensation deep in your gut known as having “butterflies in the stomach.” Perhaps you were about to give a speech to a large audience, were in the waiting room for a big interview, were about to step up and take a key penalty shot or about to meet a potential love interest.

Collective False Memories: What's Behind the 'Mandela Effect'?

Would you trust a memory that felt as real as all your other memories, and if other people confirmed that they remembered it too?

Metagenomic Sleuthing Treats Illness Like a Crime Scene

Pathogens move fast. You wake up one morning feeling ready to take on the world. On your way to work, you notice your throat’s a bit scratchy, your forehead a bit warm.

When Earth Became a 'Mote of Dust'

We first glimpsed Earth’s curvature in 1946, via a repurposed German V-2 rocket that flew 65 miles above the surface.

Has Dogma Derailed the Search for Dark Matter?

According to mainstream researchers, the vast majority of the matter in the Universe is invisible: it consists of dark-matter particles that do not interact with radiation and cannot be seen through any telescope.

Energy Observer: Around the World on Renewables

For over two decades, 45-year-old, French documentary maker Jerome Delafosse has been diving into oceans the world over to film marine life, ad he's thrilled about his next expedition—above water. This spring, he will serve as chief explorer aboard the Energy Observer, a boat powered by the sun, wind and hydrogen.

Who Isn't Profiting Off the Backs of Researchers?

ResearchGate-gate isn’t quite as catchy as other scandals, but it is something we might be hearing more about in the future.

The Frog Tongue's Sticky Secrets Revealed

How does one get stuck studying frog tongues? Our study into the sticky, slimy world of frogs all began with a humorous video of a real African bullfrog lunging at fake insects in a mobile game.

You Might Be in a Medical Experiment and Not Even Know It

In the long view, modern history is the story of increasing rights of control over your body – for instance, in matters of reproduction, sex, where you live and whom you marry.

Archivists Want AI to Help Save, Analyze Everything Trump Says

A week hasn’t even passed since the inauguration, but television news is saturated with the flurry of activity from President Donald Trump’s administration.

The Underrated Genius of Neanderthals

(This post originally appeared in the online anthropology magazine SAPIENS. Follow @SAPIENS_org on Twitter to discover more of their work.)  For the last dozen years or so, Geico Insurance has run commercials featuring Neanderthals in modern contexts.

Is Cloud Seeding Worth the Bet?

“Make mud, not war.” That was the slogan of the American 54th Weather Reconnaissance Squad, the first military force to engage in weather warfare.

Chromosomes Aren't the Only Determiners of a Baby's Sex

The concept of being able to predict the sex of a baby during early pregnancy or even influence it by eating or doing certain things when trying to conceive has been the subject of public fascination and debate for many centuries.

In Search of a Universal Flu Vaccine

No one wants to catch the flu, and the best line of defense is the seasonal influenza vaccine. But producing an effective annual flu shot relies on accurately predicting which flu strains are most likely to infect the population in any given season.

We Got The Mesentery News All Wrong

Earlier this week, a story begging to go viral fell onto writers’ laps: We have a new organ called the mesentery, which is a broad, fan-shaped fold that lines the guts.

When Astronauts ‘Saved’ the Worst Year in American History (Not 2016)

You know it’s been tough times when a Dumpster fire is the meme of the year. Indeed, 2016 has been rough: pop culture icons died, police and activists squared off in major cities, we survived a cutthroat presidential election, Syria burned, terrorists attacked around the globe.


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