The post Raining Blood? Drone-Flown Vital Fluid Network Proposed for Palo Alto appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.… Read the rest
Thanks to a spot of genetic hacking, silkworms can make a new form of silk not found in nature that includes a synthetic amino acid. It could be used in medicine… Read the rest
A few amphibian species in Panama are recovering from near-extinction, after apparently evolving resistance to the deadly chytrid fungus… Read the rest
Wild leopards wander into the Indian city of Mumbai to prey on feral dogs – and in doing so they stop the dogs biting people and passing on the rabies virus… Read the rest
It’s official: pooping the bed is not the worst thing you can do. Letting bedbugs do it is worse.
As the creepy critters bite you while you slumber, they also squeeze out poops loaded with histamine, a chemical that our own bodies push out during an inflammatory response to allergens. Histamine can trigger itchiness, watery eyes, sneezing, trouble breathing, headaches, and asthma attacks, among other problems. Homes with bedbug infestations can become histamine Dutch ovens, according to a new study led by entomologists and health experts at North Carolina State University. The researchers found that histamine levels… Read the rest
Human eggs have been removed in their most primitive state and brought to maturity in the lab for the first time, potentially boosting fertility treatments.… Read the rest
A retirement community on Lake Erie has turned to a technology more common in sci-fi thrillers than old folks homes: iris scan recognition. The post Iris Scans Come to Nursing Homes. Next Stop, Your Phone appeared first on WIRED.… Read the rest
Excessive intake of sugar has been linked to a huge variety of health problems, many of them a consequence of the obesity that’s also linked to excessive sugar. That’s led many people to switch to drinks with artificial sweeteners that aren’t metabolized by the body. A new study is now suggesting that these sweeteners are associated with their own health risks, namely stroke and dementia. But the study doesn’t get into causality, and there’s enough oddities in the data to suggest that it’s not time to purge your fridge just yet.
The study, run by a collaboration of Boston-based researchers, relied on a cohort of individuals that had been recruited starting in 1971. On average, every four years since, the… Read the rest
When it comes to big, ambitious science conducted on human beings, you have to ask: Who benefits? Is it you? Other people? Or the people collecting the data? The post Google’s Scary, Important, Invasive, Deep New Health Study appeared first on WIRED.… Read the rest