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100 weird facts about the human body

This fun article by Christina Laun at BootStrapper explains 100 weird, wacky, and interesting facts about the human body. Here are a few of my favorites: 1. The largest cell in the human body is the female egg and the smallest is the male sperm. 2.The brain is much more active at night than during…

After four years of deliberation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that meat from cloned animals and their offspring is safe to eat. Read more in this Wired article. Image: Matt Batchelder

What some are calling “Wiihab” is fast becoming a craze in rehabilitation centers across the country. Wiihab is the use of Nintendo’s Wii video game system as a physical therapy tool for patients recovering from strokes, broken bones, surgery and even combat injuries. The gaming system is said to provide patients with improved endurance, strength,…

ScienceDebate2008, an initiative calling for a presidential debate on science and technology policy, today announced that it has formally invited the presidential candidates to a debate on April 18 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, four days before the Pennsylvania Primary. ScienceDebate2008, is spearheaded by ScienceBloggers Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum, among others, and has…

T-Rays help uncover hidden art

Scientists are using T-Ray technology in a new way-to help uncover murals that have been hidden under layers of plaster or paint in old buildings.

NASA recently signed an agreement with the Indian Space Research Organization to continue collaborating with each other in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes.

Andrea Gawrylewski from “The Scientist” has written a nice blog post describing new research that addresses whether adult brains learn by neurogenesis (the birth of new neurons). In the blog she writes: While researchers agree that the birth of new neurons plays an important role in the adult brain, they have long debated to which…

Hockey Fights Cancer

This weekend I attended the NHL All-Star game in Atlanta and was impressed to learn about the Hockey Fights Cancer program. Hockey Fights Cancer is a joint initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association to raise money and awareness for hockey’s most important fight. According…

New research into scar-free healing

New research from the University of Bristol shows that by suppressing one of the genes that normally switches on in wound cells, wounds can heal faster and reduce scarring. This has major implications not just for wound victims but also for people who suffer organ tissue damage through illness or abdominal surgery. Read more here.…

Men develop liver cancer at twice the rate of women in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. Considering that the liver is a non-reproductive organ, this is quite a difference. A research team led by Dr. Arlin Rogers, an experimental pathologist at MIT, looked at the gender differences in hepatocellular carcinoma, a…