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Psychological Stress Could Contribute to Developing Diabetes


It’s well known that a stress-filled lifestyle can lead to high blood pressure, insomnia and a host of other chronic health issues.

Brain Cells With Alzheimer’s Disease Grown in a Petri Dish


There’s a new tool for researchers in pursuit of a cure for Alzheimer’s disease: lab-grown brains. For the first time, neuroscientists from Massachusetts General Hospital have grown functioning human brain cells that develop Alzheimer’s disease in a petri dish.

Will We Have Nuclear Fusion Reactors Within a Decade?


Lockheed Martin engineer Tom McGuire stands before an early version of their compact nuclear fusion reactor.

Sea Otters’ Strong Teeth Are Similar to Early Humans’


For sea otters, a trip to the dentist is no sweat. The protective enamel on their teeth is more than twice as strong as humans’ enamel — but it wasn’t always this way.

Once-In-a-Lifetime Experiences Are Both Joyous and Depressing


Skydiving, winning a sexy sports car or scaling Mt. Everest sure sound like extraordinary experiences that would fill us with boundless joy to last a lifetime.

Frozen Poop Pills Can Cure Intestinal Infections


The poop pills (Courtesy: Hohmann Labs) The healing powers of poop are now available in pill form — and a new study has found that just two days of the treatment can cure a dangerous infection that kills 14,000 Americans per year.

Stem Cell Breakthrough Puts Type 1 Diabetes Cure In Reach


Harvard scientists have announced a breakthrough that could eventually allow millions of diabetics to shed the yoke of daily insulin injections.

This Machine Gun Folds and Shoots Paper Airplanes


The art of disrupting social studies class just went high-tech. A man in Germany has invented the world’s (unofficial) first paper airplane machine gun.

Bionic Eye Restores Partial Vision to Blind Man


Larry Hester and Paul Hahn, MD, prepare for the first test run with the new bionic eye. (Photo Credit: Shawn Rocco at Duke Medicine) People diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease are seeing a new future thanks to bionic eye technology.

Baby Born From Transplanted Uterus Is World’s First


A uterus transplant isn’t a life-saving procedure like, say, a heart transplant, but now doctors have proven it can certainly be life-giving.

Prehistoric Cave Art Discovered in the Tropics


Hand stencils. Credit: Kinez Riza Humans are intrinsically artists. Cave paintings and hand-carved figurines found in France, Spain and Italy suggest that Homo sapiens were crafting 35-40 thousand years ago.

Genetics Explains Why You Drink So Much Coffee


If your favorite order at Starbucks is the “red-eye,” you can thank genetics for your ability to slog down all that caffeine without the shakes.

Meet Madagascar’s Newly Discovered Huge Rhombus Frog


Rhombophryne vaventy. Image courtesy Frank Glaw Forget Six Flags — Madagascar’s Marojejy Massif is the planet’s real Magic Mountain.

Up For Adoption: 145 Yellowstone Bison


Shaggy, hunchbacked bison are the quintessential symbol of the Great Plains, and now Yellowstone National Park is looking to give away 145 of these uniquely American buffaloes under a plan released last week.

Fly Babies Inherit Traits From Semen of Mom’s Past Lovers


Nerelid fly exes have effects on the next generation. Credit: Russell Bonduriansky For flies at least, a sexual fling in their youth can come back to haunt them, even if they’ve found a new mate.

In Older Adults, Poor Sense of Smell Could Signal Sooner Death


We all know the prototypical signs of aging: slower reaction times, loss of flexibility, balance problems.

Antarctic Ice Melt is Changing Earth’s Gravity


A new study may help mankind understand the gravity of climate change. West Antarctica has lost so much ice between 2009 and 2012 that the gravity field over the region dipped, according to an announcement Friday from the European Space Agency (ESA).

How Your Gut Microbes Survive When You’re Too Sick to Eat


A bout of the flu can cause even the biggest foodie to abandon the kitchen and forgo regular meals. This change in diet not only affects the waistline, but also starves the good bacteria dwelling in the gut.

Sea Monkeys Stir the Ocean On Par With Tides or Wind


A single sea monkey is an insignificant speck of dust in the vast ocean — or plastic tank. But assemble a swarm of these ocean invertebrates, and they transform into a collective force that generates ocean currents on par with tides and the wind, a new study reports.

World’s First 3-D Printed Car Takes to the Streets


A prototype of the Strati, a 3-D printed vehicle. (Credit: Local Motors) Henry Ford’s assembly line famously transformed the automobile industry in the 20th century – and a new company is hoping to bring about a similar revolution in the 21st, with its recently unveiled 3-D printed vehicle.


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