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OTC HIV Testing Kit Hits Shelves in the US

World AIDS Day is approaching on December 1. As I was looking up more about World AIDS Day and awareness and testing guidelines/suggestions, I discovered there are several other similar days for awareness including National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), June 27, an annual observance to promote HIV testing.

November 15, 2012 — Joanne Manaster

Hammer-toothed skink SMASH!

This sequence of photos – taken by my good friend Markus Bühler – shows snail-crushing behaviour in a captive individual of the Australian scincid lizard Hemisphaeriodon (read on) gerrardii , popularly known as the Pink-tongued skink.

November 15, 2012 — Darren Naish

Children Exploding Out of Stars

  All images above © Soyeon Kim, from the book You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey & Soyeon Kim, OwlKids Press. As the worlds of science and illustration continue to show, sometimes non-traditional forms of illustration - the whimsical, the mysterious, the abstract - are the best ways to draw in a new audience to scientific ideas.The book You Are Stardust by author Elin Kelsey and illustrator Soyeon Kim (hey!

November 15, 2012 — Glendon Mellow

The Science of Swords: The Sound of Approaching Doom

The sword is silent as it leaves its scabbard in an expert draw. The only sound it makes is when it whistles as it cuts through the air. It might be the last sound you ever hear.When I'm not writing about science, one of my pastimes is swordsmanship.

November 15, 2012 — Charles Q. Choi

Controversial Toronto Zoo Penguins Not Gay after All?

What a difference a year makes. Last November, two male African penguins ( Spheniscus demersus ) living at the Toronto Zoo made worldwide headlines after they took more interest in each other than in members of the opposite sex.

November 15, 2012 — John R. Platt

How to Make "Good Cholesterol" Work to Reverse Heart Disease

A flat, empty, functional HDL particle (on the left) in the process of filling up with cholesterol scavenged from the artery wall. The filled HDL particle (on the right) then makes its way to the liver for removal (not pictured).

November 15, 2012 — Norman C.W. Wong

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