Live Chat: What Happens When Your Son Has an Illness Unknown to Science

For most of his life, six-year-old Bertrand Might has bounced from hospital to hospital with an illness no doctor had ever seen. Then came two turning points: first, he finally received a diagnosis, and second—perhaps more surprisingly—his father wrote a blog post that blew up on the internet. » 7/21/14 11:55am Monday 11:55am

How a Cat Poop Parasite Could Help Scientists Beat Cancer

This week, a team of researchers at Dartmouth announced an exciting, if terribly disgusting, medical discovery. A single-celled parasite usually found in cats' intestines—and later in their poop—shows unique promise as a cancer treatment. The researchers even think the parasite could enable them to create personalized… » 7/17/14 7:11pm Thursday 7:11pm

How the Internet Is Helping a Father Fight an Illness Unknown to Science

In 2012, Matt Might sat down to write a blog post. The 5,000-word essay titled "Hunting Down My Son's Killer," which was also republished on Gizmodo, documented his and his wife's harrowing attempt to make sense of their son's mysterious illness. The post went viral online—setting the family down a road that could… » 7/17/14 5:30pm Thursday 5:30pm

Your Skin Has a Sense of Smell, and Sandalwood Aroma Makes it Heal

Ready for some weird science? Some of the same olfactory sensing equipment that give your nose its sense of smell can be found in your skin cells. In other words, your skin has a sense of smell. And researchers have just figured out that your skin loves the scent of sandalwood—in fact, the aroma revs up your skin's… » 7/12/14 5:00pm 7/12/14 5:00pm

My Cyborg Ear: How a Surgeon and Titanium Cured My Lifelong Deafness

I've never been able to hear well. As a child, I was in and out of the hospital as doctors struggled to treat chronic ear infections that left me in throbbing pain and, eventually, relative silence. By the time I went to college, I had only one half-functioning ear drum and no hope of regaining the hearing I'd lost… » 7/11/14 10:00am 7/11/14 10:00am

Can Meditation Really Slow Ageing?

It's seven in the morning on the beach in Santa Monica, California. The low sun glints off the waves and the clouds are still golden from the dawn. The view stretches out over thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean. In the distance, white villas of wealthy Los Angeles residents dot the Hollywood hills. Here by the shore,… » 7/02/14 6:20am 7/02/14 6:20am

Watch a Paralyzed Man Move His Hand With the Power of Thought

For the first time ever, a paralyzed man has moved his hand using his mind—and some pretty badass technology. The announcement came just days after a paralyzed woman kicked the first ball at the World Cup in Brazil with the help of an exoskeleton. Paralysis, it seems, is increasingly becoming a thing of the past. » 6/25/14 5:40pm 6/25/14 5:40pm

A Mutant Cocaine-Eating Enzyme Could Cure Addiction and Overdoses

Ready for some weird science? Certain bacteria found in the dirt near coca plants are powered by an enzyme that eats cocaine. Unfortunately, the enzyme breaks down quickly at body temperature, meaning it can't be used to treat human overdoses or addiction. Now, though, researchers have designed a version that can… » 6/24/14 3:40pm 6/24/14 3:40pm