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Archived Since:June 8, 2008

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How 3-D printing helped a Canadian rooster strut again

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

A rooster found in Calgary earlier this year had lost its feet. Frostbite was probably the culprit, but whatever the reason, the bird couldn't really get around that well."He just had stumps to walk on. More or less, he was hopping," Daniel Pang, an assistant professor of veterinary medicine at the University of Calgary, told the Calgary Herald. Show More Summary

Here are Chris Hadfield and Adam Savage walking around Comic-Con dressed up as astronauts

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Adam Savage, famous for his show “Mythbusters,” has a history of going to San Diego's Comic-Con International incognito, usually cosplaying on the floor for an hour or two in an elaborate outfit that conceals his face. This year wasShow More Summary

New photo of Pluto’s moon shows a chasm deeper than the Grand Canyon

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

On Tuesday, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will make its closest pass of Pluto, the dwarf planet never before visited by humankind. As the spacecraft gets closer and closer to the target of its long-awaited flyby, our images of Pluto and its moons get better and better. Show More Summary

Popular blood thinner causing deaths, injuries in nursing homes

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

When Loren Peters arrived in the emergency room in October 2013, bruises covered his frail body, and blood oozed from his gums.The 85-year-old had not been in a fight or fallen down. Instead, he had been given too much of a popular, decades-old blood thinner that, unmonitored, can turn from a lifesaver into a killer.Read full article >>

This is the last picture we’ll see of Pluto’s mystery spots for a long time

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Pluto just showed us its spots for the last time in a long while. We'll still see better and better pictures of the dwarf planet as NASA's New Horzions mission approaches its July 14 flyby, and you can expect some of the best images to come in the days immediately after, when NASA receives the photos snapped during the closest approach.Read full article >>

LGBT advocates hope to use White House aging forum to advance agenda

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The last time the White House hosted its once-per-decade Conference on Aging, at least 1,200 advocates and policymakers attended. Among them was a single delegate representing older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.Read full article >>

Why the July 14 Pluto flyby will be a spectacular event for all of us

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

It's a journey that's taken almost a decade, and it's going to pass in the blink of an eye. But it could unlock the secrets of the origin of the solar system.On July 14, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will zip past Pluto at over 30,000 miles per hour, having traveled over 3 billion miles since its launch in 2006. Show More Summary

Struggling to save black rhinos, scientists are crowdfunding to preserve their DNA

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Ntombi is a six-year-old black rhino from South Africa, one of around 5,000 black rhinos left in the wild. She's also the starting point for what a team of scientists hope to be a "bio-bank" of genetic information that could be used to save the species.Read full article >>

The inside story of New Horizons’ ‘Apollo 13’ moment on its way to Pluto

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The people in the Mission Operations control center — “the MOC” — had been tracking NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft for nine and a half years as it journeyed the breadth of the solar system. It was just 10 days away from the dwarf planet Pluto when, at 1:55 p.m. on July 4, it vanished.Read full article >>

This invasive giant snail is spreading in Florida — and bringing nasty parasites with it

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Talk about a nightmare in slow motion.Giant African land snails, which abound in south Florida, are not only threatening to move beyond the Miami area, they’re hauling some ugly passengers. A U.S. Geological Survey study released this...Show More Summary

The weird white spots on Ceres might not be ice after all

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Pluto may be the star of the dwarf planet scene for the next few days, but let's not forget about Ceres: We've been salivating over the mysterious white spots on its surface since NASA's Dawn orbiter sent its first photos home. But according...Show More Summary

A bunch of sharks surprised researchers by hanging out in an underwater volcano

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Sharks are not something you'd generally expect to find in an underwater volcano. And yet, a team of researchers who dropped a camera into the crater of Kavachi, an active, underwater volcano near the Solomon Islands, were surprised to discover that at least two species of sharks appear to live there.Read full article >>

Harvard researchers tested 23 online ‘symptom checkers.’ Most got failing grades. Here’s how they stack up.

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Ever asked the Internet what your symptoms mean and gotten a response that seemed wacky or totally off base? It's not your imagination.In an audit that is believed to be the first of its kind, Harvard Medical School researchers haveShow More Summary

Pandas literally evolved to be lazy

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Giant pandas only eat bamboo, a low-nutrient food they can barely digest. So how can these massive creatures exist on such a terrible diet?By being big ol' sacks of lazy, basically. That's at least the prism from which I view the latest...Show More Summary

Environmental groups call for regulation as world dives into deep sea mining

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The technology and investment are ready, and the world is hurtling toward commercially extracting rare minerals thousands of feet beneath the ocean's surface.Deep sea mining is one of those long-held commercial dreams that just decades ago seemed to be a sci-fi fantasy. Show More Summary

New photo shows Pluto and its strange moon Charon in living color

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Yeah, yeah, another picture of Pluto and its moon Charon. We're still excited (again). Because for the next few days, as we get ever closer to the July 14 Plutonian flyby that NASA's New Horizons has spent a decade speeding toward, every picture we get of the mysterious dwarf planets and its motley crew of moons will be exponentially better than the last.Read full article >>

Medicare proposes payment changes to hospitals for hip, knee replacement

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Federal health officials are proposing a major change in the way Medicare pays for hip and knee replacements, requiring hospitals to partly repay the government if patients get avoidable infections and other complications but rewarding them with extra payments if patients do well.Read full article >>

Why did NASA spend 9 years getting to Pluto only to fly right past it?

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

NASA's encounter with Pluto is coming up quick -- just a few days away, on Tuesday -- but it will end just a few hours later. After almost a decade of speeding through space to get to Pluto, the New Horizons spacecraft is gonna keep zipping right on past it.Read full article >>

Researchers: Vampires are people, too, and need as much psychotherapy as the rest of us

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Vampires are real. No, not the impossibly perfect Cullens in the "Twilight" movies or tortured but well-dressed souls in CW shows. But human beings who self-identify as vampires and may drink blood or sleep in coffins. And these people need as much psychotherapy and medical help as the rest of us.Read full article >>

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