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Your Body Odor Can Reveal Your Age

Posted May 30th, 2012 at 10:55 pm (UTC-4)
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People can tell how old you are by how you smell, according to new research published in the journal PLoS One. It appears that “old person smell” some people complain about is for real, that elderly people emit a unique identifying odor. An elderly individual’s “old person smell”  is actually acknowledged and accepted in cultures […]

Took 10 Million Years for Life on Earth to ‘Re-set’ After Mass Extinction

Posted May 29th, 2012 at 10:45 pm (UTC-4)

More than 250 million years ago, most life on Earth was wiped out by a catastrophic event called the Permian–Triassic extinction. New research suggests it took our planet 10 million years to recover from what is now known as “The Great Dying.” The Great Dying took place millions of years earlier than the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction, […]

NASA Checks Out Potentially Hazardous Asteroids

Posted May 25th, 2012 at 10:45 pm (UTC-4)

First, the good news. There are fewer asteroids near Earth than previously estimated.  Now the bad news. A new NASA survey also finds there may be more than twice as many aligned with Earth’s orbit than thought, which could increase the odds of an asteroid coming close enough to us to cause concern. The findings […]

SpaceX Marks New Commercial Era in Space Exploration

Posted May 23rd, 2012 at 10:39 pm (UTC-4)
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Yesterday’s successful launch of SpaceX‘s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon reusable spacecraft from Cape Canaveral in Florida, marked what NASA administrator Charles Bolden called “the beginning of a new era in exploration.” Now that the Dragon is in space, technicians are testing its capability of rendezvousing and docking with the International Space Station, where it […]

Ancient Dog Mystery Remains Unsolved

Posted May 22nd, 2012 at 10:35 pm (UTC-4)

Exactly where man’s best friend came from remains a mystery. Thousands of years of cross-breeding have made it difficult for scientists to trace the ancient genetic roots of today’s dogs. Still, British researchers gave it a try. They recently compared genetic data from 1,375 modern-day dogs, from 35 different breeds, to global archeological records of […]

Manmade Retina Could Restore Vision to Millions

Posted May 21st, 2012 at 10:45 pm (UTC-4)

A new prosthetic retina could restore eyesight to millions of people suffering from a common cause of blindness – age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Usually affecting people over 50, AMD causes a loss of vision in the center of the visual field (the macula, or macula lutea) due to damage to the retina.  This condition can […]

Exercise Offsets Muscle Breakdown in Heart Patients

Posted May 18th, 2012 at 10:45 pm (UTC-4)

We all know physical activity is good for us, and now new research suggests regular exercise can also help the aging and those suffering from heart failure. In fact, researchers say, maintaining a regular physical workout can offset the breakdown of muscle, increase strength, reduce inflammation and condition the body to handle even more exercise. […]

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Woman Controls Robotic Arm With Her Mind

Posted May 16th, 2012 at 10:45 pm (UTC-4)

Almost 15 years after being paralyzed by a stroke, a 58-year-old woman was able to reach for, pick up and take a sip of a drink, by using her thoughts to operate a robotic arm.  Up until then, the woman had depended upon caregivers to do this for her. As technology continues to meld man […]

Website Puts Earth’s Animal Species at Your Fingertips

Posted May 15th, 2012 at 10:47 pm (UTC-4)

A new website, built on a Google Maps platform, allows anyone with an Internet connection to map the known global distribution of nearly all of Earth’s species, including mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles, as well as the fresh water fish of North America. This initial version of  “Map of Life” shows how all of Earth’s […]

Why Children Choose the Snacks They Do

Posted May 14th, 2012 at 10:45 pm (UTC-4)
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Attitudes, relationships, intentions and personal behavior control are all factors which influence whether children reach for junk food rather than opting for healthy snacks, such as fruit and vegetables. A University of Cincinnati study finds intentions are a major factor behind a child’s snack choices. This is driven by several variables, such as the child’s […]

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