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Toxic Snails Aren't Doctors But Take Your Pain Away - Sans HMO

Turns out that marine cone snails may do more than just sting fish and reel them in for the kill with their powerful conotoxin - the same toxic can mitigate pain in humans, or paralyze your enemies for a hilarious comeuppance.

Strong Bones Or Heart Attacks? Calcium Supplements In Question

Older persons, particularly women, are urged by their doctors to increase their daily calcium to 1200 mg per day or more to compensate for the natural loss of bone that occurs as we age.  A large study now reveals that calcium supplements are not without risk... big risk.

Ice Formation Gives Room Temperature The Cold Shoulder

Tired of broken hotel ice machines, Spanish researchers went ahead and found out how to grow ice at room temperature. Seems like a slippery slope.

What Happens When You're On The Same Wavelength - And When You're Not

You seem to feel it instinctively when you and another person are on the 'same wavelength,' and equally so when the two of you are on completely different wavelengths.  Now, with new advances in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), scientists at Princeton University have tested some of the theories that others have suggested for just what happens in the brain when people are on the same wavelength.

 

New Solution For Tooth Decay: Just Grow A New Tooth

The main treatment for cavities - drill and fill - has given the dental profession a bad rep.  Ask people what they hate to do most, and I bet half of them will say "Going to the dentist."  But now, French researchers at the National Institute for Health and Medical Research in Paris have developed a painless and simple method that could very soon put an end to fillings.  You know - Novocaine, water, air, drilling, sore mouth, and chemical taste?

Fatty French Fries Fuel Futuristic Form Of Forging Forward

In the quest to find an efficient Hydrogen generation system, researchers at the University of Leeds have found a way to turn leftover french fry fat into fuel.

Automatic Chef Rotating Campfire

It's hard for something that calls itself the "automatic chef" to miss the mark, but somehow, this does.

Biomimetics Of Caterpillar May Lead To New, More Flexible Robots

Tufts University researchers have developed an elegant understanding of the biomechanics of the Manduca sexta caterpillar that, hopefully, will lead to a revolution in robot biomechanics - a flexible, crawling robot.

Scientists Chosen By DOE To Create Fuels Directly From The Sun

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) committed $122 million to a team of university scientists to mount the daunting task of creating fuel directly from the sun.  Skip the plants and forget about solar panels; the DOE is talking about developing an artificial photosynthesis, one that can create gasoline directly out of sunlight.

 

 

Microcapsules Learn To Chat Politely And Play Follow The Leader

Mimicking natural processes to create artificial awesomeness, researchers at the University of Pittsburghhave designed medical “microcapsules” that can not only communicate, but move as a group.

Robotic Butterfly Causes An Electric Flap

The ChouChou Electric Butterfly is creating quite a flap at the 2010 Tokyo Toy Show, and it'll continue doing so as long as its batteries hold out.

Jelloware: Edible, Eco(ble), Drinking Glasses Not Made From Jell-O

A quartet of sparkling young minds form a design consultancy called The Way We See The World. Their designs are so thoughtful, so fresh and alive, you feel like you could pick them off your screen and put them to use immediately.  And this is especially true for Jelloware, the edible, eco-ble (Okay, I made that word up.) drinking glass.

 


Walk Your Way Through the Summer In Innovative Eco-Flip Flops

I love flip-flops. I know flip-flops are not good for the feet, but in my opinion neither are toe constricting high heels or sneakers. Flip-flops are easy to put on and fresh air can also circulate the feet and help them stay cool during the summer. So, in dedication to an eco- friendly summer here are a few flip-flops I found intriguing.

Emotions And Swine Flu Both Influenced By Social Networks

Researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have, for the first time, scientifically measured the spread of emotions on the same scale that measures disease transmission.  Not only have they been successful at evaluating the spread of long term emotional states, but they actually quantify the spread of contentment versus the spread of discontentment.

 


A REAL Fish Story: Dutch Create The First Goldfish Hotel In The World

You've been boarding your dogs, cats, birds, and even snakes when you take a vacation; but now, if you're travel plans include Amsterdam, you can board your fish at the Goudvissen Hotel, the only hotel in the world exclusively for goldfish.

Mahjong Playing For Life Or Death In Competition With Cancer Cells

A new gene has been identified by biologists at Florida State University (FSU) in collaboration with colleagues at the University College London (UCL).  The gene, named Mahjong after the popular Chinese tile game, was found to be the only one that can help the good guys in the life or death 'cell competition' between healthy and cancerous cells.

Electrons Get Caught Up In The Metallic Wave - Start Cliff Diving

Always looking to get up in the face of physics, researchers at Princeton have found that electrons gliding across the surface of metals like antimony behave entirely too boldly.

Equine Dehydration: It's Not Just About Leading Your Horse To Water

Exercising, even moderately, in mid-day summer heat, you are at risk for dehydration and, possibly, heat stroke.  But your horse is 3 to 10 times more likely to succumb to heat stress than you are.  Here's what you need to know to let your horse keep his cool....

Road Surface Eats Car Waste For Breakfast - Enjoys Algae As A Light Snack

Problems caused by acid rain and smog inducing nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the backsides of cars may soon be in the rearview mirror thanks to a new type of concrete.

Under Pressure, Xenon Difluoride Gets Itself A Semi-Charged Kind Of (Battery) Life

Through the science and wonder of slowly crushing things into smaller things, scientists at Washington State University have created a tiny battery that is second only to the big, dangerous Kahuna of nuclear power when it comes to the storage of mechanical energy.