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Best of 2016 // #74: Turning Co2 into Stone

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In June, researchers in Iceland made the announcement that they had found a way to turn carbon dioxide into stone.  The team captured CO2...

Best of 2017 // #73: Football Injuries are Bad News

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The results are hard-hitting:  testing 111 former NFL player's brains showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in 110.  CTE is a brain...

Best of 2018: Neanderthals Were Alot Like Us

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There's an old idea that Neanderthals were big dumb primitive beings that had no spark of intelligence.  But that idea has been turned upside...

Best of 2011 // 81: Fighting Diabetes With Inflammation?

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The rise of the obesity epidemic has also led to a rise in type 2 diabetes, a condition in which muscles and fat become...

Best of 2012 // #79: The Home of Spam

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The United States used to be the leader in sending out spam email, but this year India overtook the lead as the world's home...

The Best of 2013 // #78: Turning off the Down Syndrome...

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Scientists have found a way to 'turn off' the extra chromosome responsible for causing Down syndrome.  Outlined in July's Nature, the new technique isn't...

BEST OF 2014 // #76: Respite for Sickle Cell Anemia Patients

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Sickle Cell Anemia is a disease in which a single mutation of the genes leads to a malformation in red blood cells.  As these...

BEST OF 2015 // #74: A New Look at the Old...

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The 1491 Martellus map has long been acknowledged as one of the best, most detailed maps made of the old world.  Unfortunately, time has...

Best of 2018: The Earliest Non-Human Tools

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A practical treasure trove of stone age tools found in Attirampakkam, India, have been dated at 385,000 years, and are evidence that our species...

Best of 2011 // 82: Gravity Probe B Measures SpaceTime

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Gravity Probe B, a $700 million satellite launched in 2004, has four almost perfectly spherical gyroscopes onboard, isolated from all outside influences: magnetic fields,...

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