New ‘Walking’ Shark Species Caught on Video
Sep 2, 2013

A new species of "walking" shark has been discovered in a reef off a remote Indonesian island.  (Click the picture to see video) These sharks don't always rely on "walking" to move about — often, they only appear to touch the seafloor as they swim using their pectoral and dorsal fins in a walklike gait, …

Japanese maglev train begins public testing, buzzes peaceful countryside at 313 mph
Sep 2, 2013

The longest, largest, and fastest maglev train in the world, situated at the Yamanashi test track in Japan, has restarted public testing. The test track has recently been extended to 42.8 kilometers (26.5 miles), allowing for a five-car prototype train to be routinely pulled at speeds of over 500 kph (310 mph). The train accelerates …

Scientist controls colleague’s hand in first human brain-to-brain interface
Sep 2, 2013

University of Washington researcher Rajesh Rao sends a brain signal to Andrea Stocco via the Internet, causing Stocco's right hand to move on a keyboard. The telepathic cyborg lives, sort of. University of Washington scientists Rajesh Rao and Andrea Stocco claim that they are the first to demonstrate human brain-to-brain communication. Rao sent a signal into a Stocco's brain …

Can Music Delay Dementia?
Sep 2, 2013

At 101, Frank Iacono still plays the violin. The concertmaster for the Providence Civic Orchestra of Senior Citizens in Rhode Island, he particularly enjoys playing polkas and jigs. "It keeps my mind active, and it gives me a lot of pleasure," Iacono said. The orchestra's executive director and co-founder, Vito Saritelli, said Iacono is extremely …

A disease as old as humanity itself: How TB took over the world
Sep 1, 2013

New analysis shows the resilient and adaptable disease is as old as humanity itself Perhaps no other disease has had such a dramatic influence on art, music and literature. Now science has shown that tuberculosis is as old as humanity itself. Studies have revealed that the tuberculosis bacterium originated many tens of thousands of years …

7 Demonic Creatures: Thorny Devil, Satanic Gecko, More
Sep 1, 2013

For some diabolical-looking animals, “you look like hell” may not be so much of an insult. From birds to beetles to snakes, nature has a lot of devilishly creepy creatures—including the recently discovered “demon” ants named for gods of the Maya underworld. Here’s a roundup of animals that would likely be favorite pets of Gomez and Morticia. Satanic …

Miniature ‘human brain’ grown in lab
Aug 31, 2013

Miniature "human brains" have been grown in a lab in a feat scientists hope will transform the understanding of neurological disorders. The pea-sized structures reached the same level of development as in a nine-week-old foetus, but are incapable of thought. The study, published in the journal Nature, has already been used to gain insight into rare …

How Poverty Taxes the Brain
Aug 31, 2013 · 18 

Human mental bandwidth is finite. You’ve probably experienced this before (though maybe not in those terms): When you’re lost in concentration trying to solve a problem like a broken computer, you’re more likely to neglect other tasks, things like remembering to take the dog for a walk, or picking your kid up from school. This …

Millionaire seeks an assist for Inspiration Mars mission – NBC News.com
Aug 31, 2013

As the clock ticks toward a 2018 launch, the millionaire who's funding the Inspiration Mars effort to send a man and woman around the Red Planet is reaching out for support from students, from rocket companies — and from NASA. "We're going to have to do it with NASA, and probably a certain amount of government funding," …

Did life on Earth start on Mars? A scientist lays out the evidence
Aug 30, 2013

Did life as we know it start on Mars? Are we all Martians? These are the questions some serious scientists are considering. Speaking at an international conference of geochemists, chemist Steven Benner of the Westheimer Institute of Science and Technology argued Thursday that early Mars provided a more hospitable environment for life to spring up …

World’s Longest Canyon Lurks Under Greenland Ice Sheet
Aug 30, 2013

The age of discovery isn't over yet.    A colossal canyon, the longest on Earth, has just been found under Greenland's ice sheet, scientists announced today (Aug. 29) in the journal Science. "You think that everything that could be known about the land surface is known, but it's not," said Jonathan Bamber, lead study author …

Soil beneath ocean found to harbor long lived bacteria, fungi and viruses
Aug 30, 2013

Researchers with the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) have presented findings at this year's Goldschmidt conference. They report having found bacteria, fungi and viruses living a mile and a half beneath the ocean floor—such specimens, they report, appear to be millions of years old and reproduce only every 10,000 years. The IODP is an international …