Military Future-Lasers Could Help Detect Bombs and the Flu

DARPA is investigating handheld UV laser devices to help soldiers detect biological and chemical weapons from a safe distance. But when they master that technology, it won't just be used on the battlefield; it could also help public health workers detect and track outbreaks of communicable diseases. Fighting flu with… » 3/21/14 2:20pm 3/21/14 2:20pm

Plague DNA Found in Ancient Tooth Suggests Black Death Isn't Dead Yet

You've undoubtedly heard about the Bubonic plague, but the chances of you knowing next to anything about the Justinian plague are significantly slimmer. That's because no one really knew anything about the Justinian plague—until recently, that is. Now, two ancient, plague-ridden teeth are finally teaching us a little… » 1/28/14 2:00pm 1/28/14 2:00pm

A Common Liver Drug Could Be Key to Curing Parkinson's

The tragedy of Parkinson's, which progressively robs patients of their physical abilities, is that while certain drugs, therapies and devices can restore some quality of life, so far we haven't found a way to stop brain cells from dying. Now, researchers in the UK and Norway have found a drug that could keep brain… » 9/03/13 3:40pm 9/03/13 3:40pm

This Instagram for Doctors Lets You See Medicine's Most Bizarre Cases

There are not—nor will there ever be—any filters in Figure 1, a new iOS photo-sharing app that approximates the fruit of an unholy union between Instagram and the Discovery Health Channel. Instead, clarity is key, since the app supplies users with a steady photo stream of very real, very not-for-the-faint-of-heart… » 6/10/13 12:29pm 6/10/13 12:29pm

Cough Captured on Film Using Supersonic Photography Technique

Using a technique more commonly used to image the supersonic shock cones forming around test aircraft in wind tunnels, a group of scientists say they've captured the dynamics of a cough on film for the first time. And yes...it looks absolutely as disgusting as you may imagine.Schlieren photography involves shining… » 10/28/08 11:15am 10/28/08 11:15am