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'Metabolic Switch' Toggles Our Cells to Store or Burn Fat

It seems like cruel fate that some folks are naturally thin, while others have to work tirelessly to control their weight. But in the future, we may be able to level the playing field, because scientists have just discovered a ‘metabolic master switch’ that determines whether fat-producing adipocytes store or burn… » 8/22/15 3:00pm 8/22/15 3:00pm

Kid Gets Awesome New Bionic Hand, Reminds Us Not Everything is Garbage

The stock market is tanking, North and South Korea are on the brink of war, and a cartoon character from a dystopian future is the most popular candidate for US President at the moment. But don’t despair. While most things are garbage, there are some things in the world that aren’t. Like this adorable kid who just got… » 8/21/15 6:00pm 8/21/15 6:00pm

This Surgical Procedure Restores Sensation to the Penis by Remapping the Brain

Guys, imagine for a moment what life would be like if you couldn’t feel your penis. That can happen to men with some kinds of spinal injuries, or who were born with a condition called spina bifida. Their penises can still sense touch, but a break in the spinal cord means the signal never makes it to the brain.
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This Patch Delivers Drugs When You Flex Your Skin

Doctors have been trying to find simpler and more convenient ways of giving patients drugs for years. Now a team of researchers at North Carolina State University has just developed a device that’s about as hassle free as can be: It looks like a bandaid, and it releases drugs automatically when the skin flexes and… » 8/15/15 5:00pm 8/15/15 5:00pm

Scientists Want to Transplant Genetically Modified Pig Organs Into Humans

In news that sounds straight out of a dystopian Margaret Atwood novel, surgeons managed to keep a genetically modified pig heart alive inside a baboon for 945 days before it failed last month. “Xenotransplantation” experiments like this may one day lead to doctors raising pigs for organ transplants. » 8/14/15 7:10pm 8/14/15 7:10pm