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Mobile Emergency Room Will Treat Super Bowl Fans On Site

The 80,000 or so football fans converging on MetLife Stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII are paying anywhere between $500 and $2,500 per ticketor much, much more on the resale marketfor the privilege of being there...

January 30, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier

The Super Bowls Super Security Boat

The Super Bowl poses mammoth security challenges in any given year. This years championship gamethe first since last Aprils Boston Marathon bombingraises the stakes by bringing the game, which the Department of Homeland Security designates a Level One national security event, to New Jerseys MetLife Stadium...

January 29, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier

A Simple Way to Slash Unnecessary Drug Prescriptions

Treating the sniffles or a common cold with drugs is ineffective and unnecessary, yet too often patients are leaving their doctors appointments with a prescription in hand, helping to fuel the epidemic of antibiotic resistance...

January 27, 2014 — Dina Fine Maron

The Mind-Blowing Mathematics of Sunflowers [Video]

Why do the number of spirals in a sunflower match up with the integers 34, 55, 89 and 144numbers found in the famous Fibonacci sequence? Scientific American editor John Matson explains in our latest Instant Egghead video: More to explore: What Is the Fibonacci Sequence?...

January 22, 2014 — Eric R. Olson

‘Supernova’ Cave Art Myth Debunked

Thousands of years ago a star exploded in a supernova, leaving behind the glorious riot of colored gas we see now as the Crab Nebula. The light from this explosion reached Earth in 1054 A.D., creating what looked like a new bright star in the sky as recorded by ancient Chinese and Arab astronomers...

January 16, 2014 — Clara Moskowitz
Brainy Watson Computer to Tackle Cancer and Other Medical Research

Brainy Watson Computer to Tackle Cancer and Other Medical Research

After vanquishing humans on Jeopardy!, IBM says its Watson computer is ready to help save human lives. The company on Thursday announced it has created a new business unit specifically to advance Watson and deliver its artificially intelligent wisdom to research organizations, medical institutions and businesses so that they can process big data” for detailed [...]..

January 9, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier

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