Diseases, Health & Medicine, News

Scientists reprogram cancer cells back to normal

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For the first time, aggressive breast, lung and bladder cancer have been neutralized and turned back to normal cells, prevented from excessive multiplication. Scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Florida, US, likened it to applying brakes to a speeding car. “We should be able to re-establish the brakes and restore normal cell function,” said Profesor Panos Anastasiadis, of the Department for

Inventions, News, Robotics

Robot Bartender Serves Hundreds of Drinks at Berlin Party

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Robotics has developed tremendously in recent years, and will almost surely continue to do so in the future. We have surgical robots, hotels run by robots, robots that learn, even samurai robots! After all, it makes sense we finally got some bartender robots, right? After MIT showed off its “Beerbots” that bring you beer while you’re on the couch, we have

Biology, News

Females are not rational when it comes to choosing their mates – at least in frogs

The Tungara Frog females sometimes make irrational decisions when it comes to mating. Image via Wikipedia.

Picking a mate is one of the most important decisions anyone (human or animal) makes in a lifetime, so it’s important to weigh all the pros and cons and make a rational decision. But that doesn’t go for frogs. Female túngara frogs often exhibit irrational behavior when choosing a mate. This challenges many previously held beliefs as well as several biological

Alien life, Astronomy, News

Alien life might spread through the Universe “like the plague”

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Although we’ve yet to discover life forms on any other planet, astronomers are confident that not only we’ll be able to discover alien life, but we’ll be able to chart its spread through the Universe. Panspermia is one of the most interesting theories regarding how life evolved; it states that life exists throughout the Universe, moving from planet to planet

Psychology, Science

Most psychology studies can’t be replicated – and this is a huge problem

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Numerous academic journals often post intriguing and challenging psychological studies – but according to a new, massive review, we should take those studies with a big grain of salt. A four-year project by 270 researchers attempted to replicate 100 experiments published in three of the most prestigious journals; only 36 produced similar results. Social sciences have taken quite a “beating” in recent

Feature Post, How To

24 Vintage (but extremely useful) Life Hacks from the Early 1900s

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In the early 1900s, cigarettes were living their golden years – something which millions of lungs regretted. But you can’t charge the smoking industry of not being creative. Back in the day, manufactures used to insert stiffening cards into their paper cigarette packs, to make them more sturdy and last more; not long after that, companies started printing all sorts of quotes, trivia, artwork, and… life hacks. In the early 20th Century, Gallaher’s Cigarettes printed a special series of 100 “How to do it”, and they included some tips which are really useful even today.

Animals, Feature Post

2015 is the year of the Snow Leopard, but what do we know about this magnificent hunter?

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For millennia, they’ve been the uncontested kings of the mountains, killing things up to three times bigger than them. One Indian snow leopard, protected and observed in a national park, is reported to have consumed five blue sheep, nine Tibetan woolly hares, twenty-five marmots, five domestic goats, one domestic sheep, and fifteen birds – in a single year! For an animal that typically weighs under 50 kgs, that’s quite remarkable.

News, Oceanography

Greenland Glacier Loses Huge Chunk of Ice

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Scientists have reported the break of a huge part of Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the largest ones in Greenland. A chunk of it roughly the size of Manhattan broke some time between August 13 and August 19.

Animals, Environment, News

Fighting invasive mussels: Lake Havasu offers mussel decontamination for boats

The spread of quagga mussel in the US. Image via Wiki Commons.

The officials of Lake Havasu have taken a laudable measure: they’re offering free mussel decontamination for boats, in an attempt to stop the spread of a very dangerous species, the quagga mussel. The quagga mussel (Dreissena bugensis) is a species of freshwater mussel named after the quagga, an extinct subspecies of African zebra. A rather interesting creature in itself, the mussel is

Great Pics

Photo of the Week: Baby Cobra

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It looks incredibly cute, but this actually has the full strength of venom and can definitely defend itself! For this reason, I’m not sure handling it with an open hand is such a good idea. When they grow up, they’ll be fearsome predators. King Cobras are the longest venomous snake in the world! The average male grows 18 feet long, and some