Category: Life

Cholesterol and heart disease risk could be lowered with a single injection

Cholesterol and heart disease risk could be lowered with a single injection

People born with natural mutations that disable a specific gene have a lower risk of heart disease, with no apparent side effects. Now a single injection has successfully disabled this same gene in animal...

Tiny plastic pellets found on 73% of UK beaches

Tiny plastic pellets found on 73% of UK beaches

A search of hundreds of beaches across the UK has found almost three-quarters of them are littered with tiny plastic pellets.  But searches of 279 shorelines from Shetland to Scilly revealed that 205 (73%)...

Our brains as hard drives — could we delete, modify or add memories and skills?

Our brains as hard drives — could we delete, modify or add memories and skills?

Indeed, our growing understanding of how memories are formed is pushing us toward a day when we’ll be able to scrub disturbing memories from our minds, or even replace them with experiences and skills...

Your vitamin D tests and supplements are probably a waste of money

Your vitamin D tests and supplements are probably a waste of money

As the interest in and testing for vitamin D has exploded, researchers have been wondering why so many people bother. Most of us actually get enough vitamin D without even trying. No high-quality study...

What no one tells new moms about what childbirth can do to their bodies

What no one tells new moms about what childbirth can do to their bodies

The Better Care Reconciliation Act, Republicans’ latest attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare, would let states opt out of insuring prenatal and maternity health care. It could mean a return to the time before...

Genetically engineered humans will arrive sooner than you think. And we’re not ready.

Genetically engineered humans will arrive sooner than you think. And we’re not ready.

Bioengineering has already allowed human beings to take control of their own evolution. Whether it’s emergent cloning technologies or advanced gene therapy, we’re quickly approaching a world in which humans can — and will...

“Alpha Centauri Up Close!” –NASA Looks at Using the Sun as a Giant Gravity Lens to Study Alien Planets

“Alpha Centauri Up Close!” –NASA Looks at Using the Sun as a Giant Gravity Lens to Study Alien Planets

The search for a second Earth orbiting another star is one of astronomy’s greatest challenges. It’s a task that each passing day appears close to fruition. Since astronomers spotted the first exoplanet in 1988,...

“Avoiding Andromeda Strain” –NASA Identifies 25 Gaps in Our Knowledge to Guard Earth Against Alien Life & Biological Contamination”

“Avoiding Andromeda Strain” –NASA Identifies 25 Gaps in Our Knowledge to Guard Earth Against Alien Life & Biological Contamination”

One of the greatest fears of the world’s space is a real-life Andromeda Strain, the chilling movie about a US research satellite carrying a deadly extraterrestrial microscopic organism that crashes into a small town in...