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    Designer drugs hit dangerous lows to bring new highs

    The 18-year-old had stabbed himself four times in the neck and chest with a pair of scissors. Alone in his dorm room, he had suddenly felt trapped, convinced that the only way to get out was to kill himself.

    When he woke up hours later in a pool of blood, the psychedelic trip that had gripped him was waning. Horrified, he managed to call an ambulance. As he recovered, the college student...

    05/05/2015 - 15:00 Chemistry, Science & Society
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    Oldest known avian relative of today’s birds found in China

    Two partial skeletons unearthed in northeastern China have dashed the record for the oldest avian relatives of today's birds.

    The remains belonged to a species, Archaeornithura meemannae, that lived 130.7 million years ago — about 6 million years earlier than the previous record holders. Fossil hunters discovered bones of the hummingbird-sized creatures embedded in siltstone...

    05/05/2015 - 12:26 Paleontology, Animals
  • Context

    Nobel laureate foresees mind-expanding future of physics

    A century from now, when biologists are playing games of clones and engineers are playing games of drones, physicists will still pledge their loyalty to the Kingdoms of Substance and Force.

    Physicists know the subjects of these kingdoms as fermions and bosons. Fermions are the fundamental particles of matter; bosons transmit forces that govern the behavior of the matter particles. The...

    05/05/2015 - 12:01 Physics
  • Screentime

    Explore an asteroid with ‘Vesta Trek’

    Budding interplanetary explorers can satisfy their wanderlust with Vesta Trek, a web-based application that lets users explore the asteroid Vesta.

    The app uses data from the Dawn spacecraft, which orbited the asteroid from July 2011 to September 2012. Users can overlay maps of geology,...

    05/05/2015 - 07:00 Planetary Science
  • Science Ticker

    Stretchy nerves help some big whales open wide

    Stretchy nerves help some whales stuff their mouths with fish.

    Rorqual whales, which include the behemoth blue whale and the fin whale, have nerves in their tongues and mouths that stretch and recoil like rubber bands,...

    05/04/2015 - 14:44 Animals, Physiology
  • Science Visualized

    ‘Brainbow’ illuminates cellular connections

    A mouse’s optic nerve glows in a rainbow of colors in the micrograph above.

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    05/04/2015 - 09:30 Genetics, Cells
  • News

    Sugar-cleaving molecule raises hope for universal blood

    By tweaking an enzyme borrowed from a bacterium, researchers have taken a step closer to creating blood that is safe for transfusing to all people, regardless of their blood type — A, B, AB or O.

    Compared with the unaltered enzyme, designated Sp3GH98, the engineered version is 170 times faster at chopping apart certain sugar-based markers found on blood cells,...

    05/04/2015 - 07:00 Chemistry, Biomedicine
  • News

    Gene therapy for blindness dims a bit

    Gene therapy for a rare form of inherited blindness improves sight temporarily but can’t yet save vision cells from dying.

    Light-gathering rod and cone cells continued to die in the retinas of three people despite gene therapy to correct Leber congenital amaurosis, researchers report online May 3 in the New England Journal of...

    05/03/2015 - 17:15 Genetics, Biomedicine
  • Reviews & Previews

    Research can't be right with 'Statistics Done Wrong'

    05/03/2015 - 16:00 Numbers
  • Film

    ‘Ex Machina’ explores humanity as much as AI

    The Turing test features prominently in Alex Garland’s new film Ex Machina, but this is no meditation on computer science. It’s not even, ultimately, about artificial intelligence. The movie instead explores humans: the Frankenstein-like hubris involved in creating artificial beings; the power relationships between employee and boss, parent...

    05/02/2015 - 10:00 Robotics, Technology, Science & Society