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New Slice of Wheat Genome Could Help Feed Growing Global Population

Common wheat ( Triticum aestivum ) might seem as boring as the sliced bread it is baked into. But genetically, it is vexingly complex.Its genome is about six times as big as our own, and its genes are distributed among six sets of chromosomes (we humans have just two)...

November 28, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

Global High Fructose Corn Syrup Use May Be Fueling Diabetes Increase

It doesn’t matter where you look: the U.S., Mexico, Malaysia or Portugal, the more high fructose corn syrup consumption, on average, the more diabetes.A new study of 43 countries in Global Public Health , published online November 27, found that adult type-2 diabetes is 20 percent higher in countries that consume large quantities of high fructose corn syrup...

November 27, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

Wormholes In Art Trace Species Through Time and Space

Wormholes aren't just for time travel or teleportation anymore. Some very real and ancient wormholes are now helping to trace the distribution of insect species and artwork.A biologist found himself in the unlikely world of centuries-old European woodblock print art...

November 20, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

Pharmacies Dispense Meds Even after Docs Stop Prescription

When doctors take patients off of a prescription medicine, it is often for a good reason. But pharmacists don't always get the memo. A new study finds that more than 1 in 100 discontinued prescriptions were filled by the pharmacy anyway, putting some patients at serious risk.In the U.S., pharmacists filled more than 3.7 billion prescriptions in 2011...

November 19, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

New Technology Saves Old Dioramas [Slide Show]

Conservators, curators and taxidermists developed novel techniques to preserve the past with an eye to the future as they restored aging animal dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History...

November 16, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

Print It: 3-D Bio-Printing Makes Better Regenerative Implants

Desktop 3-D printers can already pump out a toy trinket, gear set or even parts to make another printer. Medical researchers are also taking advantage of this accelerating technology to expand their options for regenerative medicine...

November 15, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

World Changing Ideas 2012

10 innovations that are radical enough to alter our lives

November 14, 2012 — THE EDITORS, Ferris Jabr, Katherine Harmon, Emily Laber-Warren, David Biello, Daisy Yuhas, Adam Piore, Christopher Mims, Marissa Fessenden and John Carey

3-D Imaging Improves Breast Cancer Screening

The mammograms most women receive are decidedly two-dimensional. An x-ray machine takes images of the breast from the sides, and radiologists examine the resulting image to see if it offers up any hits of potentially cancerous irregularities...

November 13, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

Allergies from Pollen Projected to Intensify with Climate Change

Spring and summer allergy sufferers might already have noticed a slight increase in days spent sneezing each year. And new research suggests that allergies triggered by pollen are set to increase—in both duration and severity—with climate change.The seasonal scourge ragweed has already been expanding its range in North America, thanks in large part to warming temperatures...

November 9, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

Newer Docs Might Be Driving Up Health Care Costs

Health care spending increases have slowed over the past couple years. Still, we are spending some $2.6 trillion—that's trillion with a "T"—a year on health costs, which is a higher percentage of our GDP than any other developed country...

November 5, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

How Computational Models Are Improving Medicine [Video]

The more we learn about cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's, the more vexingly complex they seem—and the more elusive their cures. Even with cutting-edge imaging technology, biomarker tests and genetic data, we are still far from understanding the multifaceted causes and varied developmental stages of these illnesses.With the advent of powerful computing, better modeling programs and a flood of raw biomedical data, researchers have been anticipating a leap forward in their abilities to decipher the intricate dynamics involved human disease...

November 3, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

Fish Shoots Down Prey with Super-Powered Jet [Video]

With a juicy insect dinner perched on a leaf above the water, what is a hungry little archer fish down below to do? Knock it down with a super-powered, super-precise jet of water that packs six times the power the fish could generate with its own muscles, according to new findings published online October 24 in PLoS ONE .The stunning spitting power of the amazing archer fish ( Toxotes jaculatrix ) was first described in the 18th century...

October 24, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

Can a Burst of UV Bust Hospital-Borne Infections?

About 1.7 million Americans each year acquire new infections during hospital stays—and hospital-acquired infections are one of the top five causes of death overall, killing 44,000 to 98,000 people in the U.S...

October 18, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

Ancient Armored Fish Had First Bad Bite

The ancient ocean was a frightening place. But the emergence of the armored placoderm fish would have made it even more terrifying. These fish were no great whites—some weren't much bigger than a goldfish...

October 17, 2012 — Katherine Harmon
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