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...

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...

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…)

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…)

Calling all stutterers: These scientists want your spit

Calling all stutterers: These scientists want your spit

When Josh Ukrainetz was 3 years old, he was diagnosed with a stutter. Today, 10 years later, he’s speaking fluently and offering his saliva up to the University of Alberta for study. It’s a small gesture of gratitude for the years of help he received, but a great contribution to a research effort determined to find… (more…)

Restaurant serves 3D-printed food

Restaurant serves 3D-printed food

3D-printed food is a reality but it has not made its way into the mainstream restaurant scene. But now a Michelen-starred chef will be turning the concept into an edible reality at London’s 3D Printshow. Chef Wouter van Laarhoven, in collaboration with FabLab Maastricht and food designer Marijn Roovers, will be featuring a menu at a… (more…)

Rat droppings and human urine found in fake beauty products

Rat droppings and human urine found in fake beauty products

Rat droppings, human urine and arsenic - these are just some of the substances found in fake beauty products that police say are putting consumers' lives at risk. Make-up, perfume, electrical hair stylers and sun cream are among the counterfeit goods being highlighted by the City of London Police in a campaign called: "Wake up -… (more…)

How to trick your Fitbit into thinking you're working out

How to trick your Fitbit into thinking you’re working out

Most people buy fitness trackers like those made by Fitbit and Misfit because they want to keep track of their own activity. But increasingly, insurance companies and workplaces are giving them out -- attached to real money rewards in the form of incentives or lower rates. But the system can be gamed, as demonstrated by a… (more…)