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Why Do Some People Always Get Bitten by Mosquitoes, While Others Don’t?

Some people can sit outside all summer long and not suffer from mosquito bites. Others turn into an itchy mess despite bathing in DEET and never leaving the purple glow of the bug zapper. What gives? It's mostly about the invisible chemical... Continue Reading →

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Just 2 Labs in the World House Smallpox. The One in Russia Had an Explosion.

A fire reportedly broke out yesterday (Sept. 16) after an explosion at a secret lab in Russia, one of only two places in the world where the variola virus that causes smallpox is kept. One person was reported injured and transferred to a nearby... Continue Reading →

FDA phase 1 trial shows Ventrigel to repair heart is safe to inject in humans — a first

Ventrix, a University of California San Diego spin-off company, has successfully conducted a first-in-human, FDA-approved Phase 1 clinical trial of an injectable hydrogel that aims to repair damage and restore cardiac function in heart failure patients who previously suffered a... Continue Reading →

Darkness

Your darkness is a symphony Played in explosions of silence to a crowd that has fallen in love with noise If they refuse to applaud youIt isn't because your music isn't beautifulIt is because they have no idea how to... Continue Reading →

Why Optical Illusions Fool Our Brains?

Optical illusions, whether used in a magic show or a neat illustration, can be mind blowing and it’s surprising how little we can do to see through them. Here’s how these illusions work and why we’re so affected by them.... Continue Reading →

Remembering Grace Kelly

On 14th September 1982, Princess Grace of Monaco, formerly actress Grace Kelly, died at age 52 of injuries from a car crash the day before. She bewitched Hitchcock, snared Prince Rainier and captivated cinemagoers… so is a good day to... Continue Reading →

New Models Suggest Titan Lakes Are Explosion Craters

Using radar data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, recently published research presents a new scenario to explain why some methane-filled lakes on Saturn's moon Titan are surrounded by steep rims that reach hundreds of feet high. The models suggests that explosions... Continue Reading →

Newly Discovered Comet Is Likely Interstellar Visitor

A newly discovered comet has excited the astronomical community this week because it appears to have originated from outside the solar system. The object — designated C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) — was discovered on Aug. 30, 2019, by Gennady Borisov at... Continue Reading →

Chameleon inspires ‘smart skin’ that changes color in the sun

A chameleon can alter the color of its skin so it either blends into the background to hide or stands out to defend its territory and attract a mate. The chameleon makes this trick look easy, using photonic crystals in... Continue Reading →

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