The Scientifically Proven Way to Break Off the Biggest Wishbone Piece

Challenging a sibling or cousin to a wishbone breaking contest is as much a Thanksgiving tradition as stuffing, pumpkin pie, and awkward family conversations. And thanks to some important research recently conducted by scientists at the University of Michigan, we now have some actual strategies to help ensure you… »11/27/14 10:01am11/27/14 10:01am

This Sponge Could Help Fill Gaps Where Bone Can't Regrow Itself

Your bones are masterful self-healers, but certain injuries and defects can leave a gap too wide for new bone cells to fill in. Texas A&M's Dr. Melissa Grunlan and team have come up with a solution, a biodegradable polymer sponge that supports new bone cell growth, then disappears as it's replaced by solid bone. »8/14/14 5:55pm8/14/14 5:55pm

Get Your Artifacts Identified Today at the Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is one of Gizmodo's favorite places in NYC, and today's an especially cool day to visit: it's Identification Day, when you can bring in your fossils, unidentified plants, unknown family heirlooms, or just about anything else old or unusual, and have it identified by museum… »5/10/14 2:50pm5/10/14 2:50pm

A 3D-Printed Ultrasound Cast That Looks Awesome and Heals You Faster

Old-fashioned casts are nasty, a festering stinksleeves that you wear like a medieval torture device for what seems like forever. 3D-printed casts take care of the smell and itch issues, and now Deniz Karasahin has designed the next step: a custom cast with an ultrasound device to speed up bone healing. »4/18/14 12:40pm4/18/14 12:40pm

Someday, Surgeons Might Fix Your Broken Bones With Screws Made of Silk

Surgeons have used metal screws to reassemble broken bones for years, but there are drawbacks: if the metal corrodes, they've gotta come out. Biodegradable screws aren't as strong, and can cause inflammation. So a team of Harvard and Tufts scientists came up with screws and plates that are as tough as metal, but… »3/05/14 12:30pm3/05/14 12:30pm

Finally, a Digital Library of Bizarre Human Bones From the Middle Ages

A spinal column with fused vertebrae. The bones of a woman with advanced syphilis. Skeletons deformed by rickets and leprosy. A fascinating online library of deformed bones from the Middle Ages goes live today—and while I didn't even realize such a thing existed, now I can't imagine living without it. God bless… »12/09/13 1:00pm12/09/13 1:00pm

Scientists Get Mice Drunk To Explain Why Binge Drinking Breaks Bones

It's a well-known thing amongst doctors that heavy drinkers have a mysterious propensity for breaking their bones—and not just because they may trip over their own feet in an inebriated stupor. Medical researchers from Loyola University in Chicago wanted to get to the bottom of the issue, and they addressed the… »10/07/13 6:20pm10/07/13 6:20pm

Somehow, I Doubt Even This Fake Bone Cover Will Stop Dogs From Chewing Chair Legs

At $34 each, you'd have to be dead sure that pooch of yours isn't going to be nibbling the curtains or anything else in the house. Once you've wrapped them around all six of your dining room chairs, that's $204. On rubber bone chair leg covers! I do like them though, having said all that. [Wannekes via SVPPLY via Book… »3/03/11 7:20am3/03/11 7:20am