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Y Chromosome Can Raise Heart Disease Risk by 50 Percent

Men tend to get coronary artery disease much earlier than do women. For some men, the reason for that might be in part because of their fathers—and their father's father—according to a new study, published online Wednesday in The Lancet .The study analyzed data from 3,233 unrelated white men enrolled in previous U.K...

February 8, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

Gonorrhea Could Join Growing List of Untreatable Diseases

The arms race between humanity and disease-causing bacteria is drawing to a close—and the bacteria are winning. The latest evidence: gonorrhea is becoming resistant to all standard antibiotic treatment.Gonorrhea is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the world—with about 600,000 cases diagnosed in the U.S...

February 8, 2012 — Christine Gorman

The tragic fate of the Brighton octopus

These are good times to have tentacles. Thanks to the internet, even the most ordinary of octopuses can be catapulted to worldwide fame. Exceptional skills or abilities are not required...

February 8, 2012 — Lucas Brouwers

The Best Pop Science Song of All Time

Yesterday we ran a story about calculations that confirmed earlier news that physicists may be on the verge of discovering the existence of the Higgs boson, which, if it turns out to be true, would be one of the biggest science stories of all time.What concerns me here, though, is not science so much as popular song.For reasons that are obscure to me, the article triggered a memory of the old Johnny Cash tune, Folsom Prison Blues, which began rolling through my head...

February 8, 2012 — Fred Guterl

This is your brain on psilocybin...

...and this is a paper which is not quite what it's cracked up to be. Because while it does, indeed, have great pictures of your brain on drugs, it doesn't really go any further than that...

February 8, 2012 — Scicurious

#SciAmBlogs Tuesday - fake fossils, science fashion, snakes, sticky bacteria, spider photography, parades, and more.

- S.E. Gould - Sticky bacteria and the benefits of staying still - David Bressan - Frauds, Fakes and Fossils - Joanne Manaster - Making Scientists Seem Human–Through Film! - Christie Wilcox - This is what a scientist looks like. - Alex Wild - How Photography Transformed Spider Science - Darren Naish - Love for Mastigodryas, Tomodon, Sordellina and all their buddies: you know it’s right - Christina Agapakis - Self Defense - Krystal D'Costa - Parades - Public Festivals, Public Spectacles - Kalliopi Monoyios - Too Clean?...

STAFFFebruary 7, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Self Defense

I recently saw a really fun talk by Amisha Gadani, an artist in residence here at UCLA in the Alfaro Lab. Her recent work is a playful exploration of animal self-defense mechanisms incorporated into fashionable cocktail dresses...

February 7, 2012 — Christina Agapakis

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