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Science

Tripping dinosaurs? Oldest-ever grass evolved along with fungus used in LSD
The discovery of a 100-million-year-old grass fossil preserved in amber also contains an ancient type of ergot – the parasite that is key to synthesizing the hallucinogenic drug LSD. This points to its presence in the earliest of food chains.

11.02.2015 08:56

DARPA wants to develop prosthetic arms that let vets ‘play catch’ with their kids again
The Pentagon’s research arm hopes to revolutionize the way prosthetics are designed, allowing them to replace the tactile sensations of hands. Currently, those with missing limbs can use the tools to grasp objects, walk, and play sports ‒ but not to feel.

10.02.2015 21:51

Addictive devices: Japanese girls spend 7 hours daily on their mobile phones… sometimes 15
Japanese high-school girls spend an average of seven hours a day on a mobile phone, new figures show. And 10 percent of the age group spends up to a staggering 15 hours using the phone each day.

10.02.2015 08:59

FDA fails to report fraud in clinical trials – study
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) routinely fails to report evidence of fraud or misconduct when it inspects the way researchers conduct clinical trials, leaving the public unaware of which research is credible and which isn’t.

10.02.2015 03:52

Apple set to battle Tesla with California mystery van?
A camera-mounted van seen driving around San Francisco – and registered to Apple – has raised speculation that the iPhone maker is preparing to take on electric car producer Tesla with a mysterious new product.

10.02.2015 02:29

​Say cheese! Hubble telescope captures extraterrestrial smiley face
The heavens are smiling back at mankind through a star constellation discovered by the Hubble Space Telescope, which captured an image of a galaxy cluster that looks exactly like the smiley face we have all grown accustomed to in the internet age.

10.02.2015 00:53

‘95% genetically male’ mother gives birth to miracle twins
​In the rarest case ever recorded in medical history, a 32-year-old Indian woman who was diagnosed to have 95 percent male chromosomes has given birth to healthy twins following three years of fertility treatment.

10.02.2015 00:40

Oklahoma considering ‘efficient’ gas chambers for executions
Oklahoma lawmakers are pushing for the state to become the first in the nation to allow the use of nitrogen gas for the execution of death row prisoners.

09.02.2015 23:29

Come find us! Scientists eye messaging alien worlds 20 light years away
Leading US astronomers are mulling plans to start beaming messages about Earth to hundreds of star systems with potentially inhabitable planets, according to the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute in California.

09.02.2015 02:17

Scientists develop transparent eggshell to watch embryo grow (VIDEO)
A biomimicry system of a see-through eggshell that lets scientists explore the way a chicken embryo develops has been produced in China. It is regarded as a major step in the technology of lab-on-a-chip (LOC) schemes.

08.02.2015 08:51

PathoMap: NY subway shelters bubonic plague, anthrax, 600+ unknown organisms
Scrutinized trashcans and handrails of New York’s subway infrastructure reveal that the system houses potential threats to health, such as yet-unstudied microorganisms, accompanied by more common bacteria leading to meningitis or food poisoning.

06.02.2015 06:05

Shock therapy: Electric drug treatment can fight cocaine addiction in mice
Electric currents passed through the brains of cocaine-addicted mice changes their behavior and can reduce their dependency on the drug, a new report found.

06.02.2015 04:05