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Doctors Create New Skin for Boy With Rare Disorder

A child who was expected to die from a devastating skin disease is alive today thanks to an experimental treatment that grew him a whole new skin. Hassan, a 7-year-old boy in Germany, was born with a condition called epidermolysis bullosa that prevented the outer layer of skin from binding...

US Mosquitoes Will Soon Have a New Pest: Mosquitoes

A biotech startup has just gotten approval from the FDA to unleash a new weapon against potentially dangerous mosquitoes. The weapon? Mosquitoes. As Gizmodo explains, a company out of Kentucky called MosquitoMate will sell male mosquitoes infected with a bacterium to businesses and homeowners in 20 states still to be...

NASA Needs Your Help to Nickname Tiny World

Heads up, armchair travelers. NASA is seeking a nickname for a tiny, icy world on the edge of the solar system that's the next destination for New Horizons, the spacecraft that surveyed Pluto. New Horizons whipped past Pluto two years ago, and now it's headed for 2014 MU69—gobbledygook to...

Apollo 12 Astronaut Who Flew to Moon Dies

Apollo 12 astronaut Richard "Dick" F. Gordon Jr., one of a dozen men who flew around the moon but didn't land there, has died, NASA said. He was 88. Gordon was a test pilot when he was chosen for NASA's third group of astronauts in 1963. He flew on Gemini...

There's a Dead Body Hiding in 1889 Van Gogh

Painting outdoors allowed Vincent Van Gogh a firsthand look at the landscapes that would become the subjects of his masterpieces. But the routine wasn't without, well, pests. As part of a study of 104 paintings from France, conservator Mary Schafer at Kansas City's Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art recently took a...

Tiny Stone Holds Unparalleled Ancient Greek Art

The director of the British School at Athens tells the New York Times it's "a masterpiece of miniature art." The woman who discovered it had an even more profound reaction. "Looking at the image for the first time was a very moving experience, Shari Stocker says in a press release...

Too Little Sleep Is Same for Brain as Too Much Booze

When you don't get enough sleep, parts of your brain are going to take catnaps the next day, even while you're ostensibly up and awake, a new study suggests. The results can have real-world consequences, says lead researcher Itzhak Fried of UCLA, who uses the example of a driver slow...

Chopin's Pickled Heart Explains His Death

Frederic Chopin is buried in Paris' famed Père Lachaise Cemetery. His heart is not. The composer asked, on his deathbed in 1849 at age 39, that his heart be buried not in France, but in his native Poland ( Nature reports that he feared being buried alive). And so it...

Tiny T. Rex Arms We Laugh At May Have Been 'Vicious'

It's a physical mismatch that's long puzzled paleontologists: Tyrannosaurus rex, terror of the Cretaceous Period, empowered with a giant head and ferocious jaws, yet also stuck with tiny, seemingly useless arms. Per National Geographic, scientists' speculation on the arms has included using them to hang onto prey, as leverage when...

Scientists Discover Gross Way Sea Slugs Get 2 Meals in 1

Quartz describes it as "theft-meets-murder-in-a-meal," but we think it sounds more like nature's turducken. In a study published Wednesday in Biology Letters, marine biologists from the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Portsmouth in Britain describe a heretofore unobserved method of eating and coined a new term for...

One Snub of Hitler May Have Changed History

A snub appears to have led Adolf Hitler to the Nazi party. A historian is making the case that the most reviled dictator in history first tried to join the German Socialist party but was rejected, the Guardian reports. If the Socialists had taken him, Hitler may have settled for...

Keep Thinking Unwanted Thoughts? Here's Why

Can't stop thinking about that time you cried in front of a girl during a Tim Burton movie on your first and only date? It might be because your brain is lacking a specific chemical, according to a study published Friday in Nature Communications. And while being unable to suppress...

Federal Report Makes Shocking Finding on Climate Change

"It's extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of" climate change over the past century, according the fourth National Climate Assessment. "There is no convincing alternative explanation." The report, which concludes climate change is real and almost entirely caused by humans, was released...

Where WWII Shipwrecks Once Sat, Now Nothing

The telling sign is a crane barge floating above. Once its divers inspect the shipwreck below, they lower explosives that rip it to shreds of steel, copper, and brass. This is how as many as 40 British, American, Australian, Dutch, and Japanese warships from World War II—which also serve...

Study Claims Discovery of New, Highly Endangered Great Ape

A remote population of frizzy-haired orangutans on the Indonesian island of Sumatra seems to be a new species of primate, scientists say. But the newest member of the family tree of advanced animals that include humans may not be around much longer, the AP reports. Their numbers are so small,...

Surprising Implications for Stent Patients in New Study

"All cardiology guidelines should be revised," according to one doctor, based on new study results some experts are calling "unbelievable": Heart stents, inserted in hundreds of thousands of patients per year to relieve chest pain, don't appear to actually relieve the pain. Researchers looked at 200 people with narrowed coronary...

First Major Find in Great Pyramid Since 19th Century

It's not every day that what is essentially nothingness would be major news, but today is that day: Scientists announced in Nature that after two years of study, they've identified a roughly 100-foot-long void in Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza—built around 2500 BC, it's the most ancient of the...

'I Carried My Own Child. I Didn't Know He Was Mine'

"I carried my own child. I didn't know he was mine." That's what a California woman is saying after she became pregnant with her own son while serving as a surrogate for a Chinese couple. After connecting with the couple through a surrogacy agency in California, Jessica Allen, 31, was...

Archaeologists Trying to Find Notable Bones in Jamestown

The Jamestown Rediscovery project has made some notable finds in the past, but it's now going after one of the colony's biggest fish. The Washington Post reports on excavations that are underway in a church on the site dating to 1906. Prior churches stood in its place over the preceding...

Mysterious Octopus Invasion Rocks Beach in Wales

It's not quite the Norman conquest, but another invasion is worrying locals in West Wales. Scores of octopuses have "walked" out of the Irish Sea and beached themselves on the sand in New Quay, Ceredigion, Wales Online reports. The phenomenon has marine experts scratching their heads. "We don't quite know...

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