Last month, quiet beachfront communities on both sides of the North Sea were rocked by the sight of sperm whales washing up dead on their shores. It was one of the largest strandings in recent history—but according to marine biologists, there may be an upside.
There’s a long, colorful history of using pigeons in research, particularly in the behavioral and psychological sciences. Scientists have trained a flock of pigeons to be feathered pathologists, able to spot telltale signs of breast cancer in medical images nearly as well as their human counterparts.
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…
This is an image of a tissue sample that doctors could use to detect cancerous cells. It's crisp, it's clear, it could save a life. And it was taken with a $400 Olympus E-330.
Virtual autopsies (yes, "virtopsies") are the newest in cause-of-death forensics. Robots surround a body, creating 3D imagery inside and out. When ready, the real body rests in peace while the stunt corpse gets chopped apart. Goodbye, CSI-induced nightmares!