Bovine embryo transfer, anyone?

Bovine embryo transfer, anyone?

Elite cattle can give produce up to 80 or 90 calves at once. Sounds crazy, right? Well, thanks to some beefy scientific advancements made in recent years, show cows can produce six or seven (yeah, 80 or 90 is at the highest end of the spectrum, sorry) embryos at once thanks to hormone injections and embryo transfer (ET). NPR published an in-depth piece on the practice, and we just had to share it with you. So apparently, the...

Lewis Pugh: Conservation the hard way (Part 1)

Lewis Pugh: Conservation the hard way (Part 1)

British-South African swimmer and conservationist Lewis Pugh is drawing attention to the severe danger the natural world faces by putting himself in great danger. He is an ocean advocate, maritime lawyer and the best cold-water swimmer in the world - by far. Often described as the "Sir Edmund Hillary of swimming", he was the first person to complete a long-distance swim in every ocean of the world, and has swum the North Pole and a...

Women are in the game for 'FIFA 16'

Women are in the game for ‘FIFA 16′

The newest version of the popular FIFA video game will include women for the first time in the history of the franchise when it launches later this year. EA Sports, a brand of Electronic Arts that creates and develops sports video games, introduced women in FIFA 16. Players can choose between 12 of the top-ranked Women's… (more…)

Faked chocolate diet study points out flaws of weight-loss research

Faked chocolate diet study points out flaws of weight-loss research

Remember that recent study, in which a team of German researchers claimed that people who were on a low-carb diet could lose weight 10 percent faster if they ate a chocolate bar each day? Remember thinking that it sounded too good to be true? Always trust your instincts. The study, which was conducted by scientists from the Institute of Diet and Health and published online by the journal International Archives of Medicine in late March,...

Robotic butt helps medical students not make asses of themselves

Robotic butt helps medical students not make asses of themselves

Whether you used to be a student or are currently one now, odds are at one time or another you felt that your instructor was a giant butt. Medical students who work with a new robotic device created by experts at Drexel Universities and the Universities of Florida and Wisconsin certainly do, but in their case, it turns out that they’re right. As Mashable reported, researchers from the three US universities have developed a robotic...

Problems with Paleo – An advocate responds

Problems with Paleo – An advocate responds

The Paleo diet at its most extreme advocates a return to the dietary habits of our ancient ancestors, an ideal which critics say is not only unrealistic but unadvisable. However, at the core of the diet’s ethos is the huge advantage of “real” food over processed food, something which science now finds undeniable. Although we neither endorse nor reject the Paleo diet, we thought it would be a good idea to ask someone with knowledge...

Herpes virus cell therapy may halt skin cancer

Herpes virus cell therapy may halt skin cancer

A melanoma skin cancer immunotherapy treatment made from genetically-engineered cells of the herpes simplex virus-1 may be effective for patients both in early and advanced stages of the disease. Results of a phase three clinical trial, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, of the experimental drug found cancer didn’t progress in 16.3 percent of the… (more…)

Sega vs. Sony: 20 years since the decisive battle

Sega vs. Sony: 20 years since the decisive battle

2015 marks 20 years since the original PlayStation was released in the US, revolutionizing the console and video game industry at a time when it was all about Sega vs. Nintendo and Sony was most prominent as a cool way to play your cassettes. As far as consoles are concerned, Sega is nowadays on a par with cassettes. It all went wrong back in the mid-90s, when the Sega Saturn lost out massively to the...

What do humans have in common with yeast?

What do humans have in common with yeast?

Yeast has been making our dough rise and our beer alcoholic for centuries, but for an even longer time yeast has been a distant relative, sharing some of the same genes as humans. Now, a new study shows just how interconnected we all are; despite over a billion years of evolving on our own, scientists were… (more…)

The booming market for breast milk

The booming market for breast milk

Lurking in a corner of the World Wide Web, there lives a rough-hewn site where lactating women post ads with alluring titles like “Producing Like a Holstein—Have Plenty $1/oz” or “Athletic, Young Mom with Excess Creamy Breastmilk!! $2/oz” or “Fresh Supply from My Breast to Your Lips! Price: $60.” The site, Only the Breast, looks a… (more…)