New research suggests that obesity and diabetes are a downside of human evolution
As if the recent prediction that half of all Americans will have diabetes or pre-diabetes by the year 2020 isn't alarming enough, a new genetic discovery published online in the FASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org) provides a disturbing explanation as to wh ...
Just like cars, developmental genes have more than one way to stop
There's more than one way to silence gene activity, according to a Michigan State University researcher.
There's an app for that
With the explosive increase in smartphone use, we can now be out of our homes, out of our offices and still be super-connected, productive and even entertained. We've all heard the saying "There's an app for that." And ...
All aboard for Soviet space capsule sale
For sale: vehicle with extremely high mileage, serious damage, and a price tag in the millions. That's right -- a historic Soviet space ship.
New broadband map has flaws
The federal government last week finally released a national map of broadband services, but it leaves a lot to be desired.
Transgenic fungi can combat malaria, other bug-borne diseases: study
New findings by a University of Maryland-led team of scientists indicate that a genetically engineered fungus carrying genes for a human anti-malarial antibody or a scorpion anti-malarial toxin could be a highly effective, ...
Multiple childbirth linked to increased risk of rare, aggressive 'triple-negative' breast cancer
Full-term pregnancy has long been associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer, but a new study finds that the more times a woman gives birth, the higher her risk of "triple-negative" breast cancer, a relatively uncommon ...
Astronauts board shuttle Discovery for last flight
NASA's most traveled space shuttle, Discovery, was fueled Thursday for its final voyage after nearly three decades of service.
Mud volcano set to erupt for quarter-century - scientists
A mud volcano that has displaced more than 13,000 Indonesian families will erupt for at least a quarter of century, emitting belches of flammable gas through a deepening lake of sludge, scientists reported ...
Want 'Watson' in the exam room?
Are you ready for Watson to join you and your doctor in the examining room? That could be the outcome of a collaboration under way between Watson's creators at IBM and experts at the University of Maryland's School of ...
Agouti gene may generate patterns from stripes to spots in vertebrates
(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists at Harvard University are moving closer to answering some age-old questions. How did the leopard get its spots? How did the zebra get its stripes?
Study traces global red imported fire ant invasions to Southern US
Red imported fire ant invasions around the globe in recent years can now be traced to the southern U.S., where the nuisance insect gained a foothold in the 1930s, new University of Florida research has found.
Newborn heart muscle can grow back by itself
In a promising science-fiction-meets-real-world juxtaposition, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered that the mammalian newborn heart can heal itself completely.
Missing chromium is clue to planet formation
Early in the formation of the Earth, some forms of the element chromium separated and disappeared deep into the planet's core, a new study by UC Davis geologists shows.