“Dead Hearts” Successfully Transplanted For The First Time

“Dead Hearts” Successfully Transplanted For The First Time

Hearts that had been dead for over 20 minutes have successfully been transplanted into two Australian patients, thanks to a new method of preservation. The ability to save hearts that have stopped beating will drastically widen the amount of organs available, possibly suiting the needs of 30% of those on the transplant wait list. The […]

One Map Sums Up The Damage Caused By The Anti-Vaccination Movement

One Map Sums Up The Damage Caused By The Anti-Vaccination Movement

Vaccinations are one of the of most incredible aspects of modern medicine. They can make previously lethal diseases disappear from society and save countless lives. There is, however, a chance that the vaccines work a little too well and our collective memory is too short to remember the devastating effects some of these diseases caused […]

Why Do Cats Bring Home Dead Animals?

Why Do Cats Bring Home Dead Animals?

Cats are pretty awesome animals. Of course, they have a few irritating habits as most pets do, such as clawing at your favorite leather sofa or seductively rubbing all over you while you’re trying to work. But perhaps their most annoying and thoroughly disgusting habit is their fondness for bringing a bloody bedraggled carcass to your […]

Why Banning Flights From Ebola-Infected Areas Is A Terrible Idea

Why Banning Flights From Ebola-Infected Areas Is A Terrible Idea

Proposals to ban flights from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone are not a surprising reaction to the Ebola crisis, but they have been rejected by those with expertise in the area and usually indicate a failure to consider the practicalities. The idea to ban airplanes flying from West Africa has been advocated by senators,governors, and the Speaker […]

U.S. Halts Research On Viral Super-Strains, Citing Safety Concerns

U.S. Halts Research On Viral Super-Strains, Citing Safety Concerns

Last week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy stunned scientists when it announced a moratorium of federally-funded research of enhanced viral strains of influenza, SARS, and MERS. The decision came about following a series of public safety concerns, should these souped-up viruses escape from the lab. During this time, no new federal […]

New Species Of Tarantula Named After John Lennon

New Species Of Tarantula Named After John Lennon

It’s the perfect stereotype: an entomologist who can’t get enough of the Beatles. Although naming a beetle after said favorite band would have been the ideal scenario, discovering a new species is not exactly an everyday occurrence, so scientist Fernando Pérez-Miles decided not to miss out on a rare opportunity. He named a previously unknown […]

Copper Block Sets Record Cold Temperature

Copper Block Sets Record Cold Temperature

A block of copper has been cooled to -273.144 °C and kept there for 15 days with a little help from the ancient Romans. The achievement set a new record for cold temperatures on a macroscopic object. It is impossible, under the third law of thermodynamics, to achieve temperatures of absolute zero (0K or -273.15 °C), […]

Single Atom Detected With High-Powered MRI

Single Atom Detected With High-Powered MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been used to investigate soft bodily tissues for diagnostic purposes for over 40 years. Current machines can resolve structures to about 0.1 millimeters—a figure that has remained relatively stable in recent years. A team of physicists have designed a small MRI machine that was able to detect a structure over […]

Why One Glacier Isn’t Melting In a Warming World

Why One Glacier Isn’t Melting In a Warming World

Whether it be at the poles or high altitudes, glaciers the world over are responding to hotter temperatures, retreating at rates that can be terrifyingly fast. The great anomaly to this pattern, the Karakoram range, now has a possible explanation. The stability, and sometimes even growth, of the glaciers of the Karakoram is more than an intriguing […]