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Testing Drugs on Animals Could Soon Be a Thing of the Past

A laboratory mouse as it looks over the gloved hand of a technician at the Jackson Laboratory, in Bar Harbor, Maine, on Jan. 24, 2006. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
A laboratory mouse as it looks over the gloved hand of a technician at the Jackson Laboratory, in Bar Harbor, Maine, on Jan. 24, 2006. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Before a drug can be tested on humans, it has to be tested on animals. The drugs regulators demand it. Nobody—including researchers—likes testing on animals,...

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    5 Things You Need to Know About Cicadas Before They Invade

    As the weather gets warmer, and the dog days draw nearer, the whole of nature seems to awaken. This means cicadas, hundreds of millions of... Read more

  • Scientists have figured out how to use our brainwaves for everything from racing drones to restoring the function of paralyzed limbs. (AOL Screenshot)

    We’re Getting Better and Better at Controlling Stuff With Our Minds (Video)

    Researchers are getting better at harnessing brain signals. These days, you can strap on a headset and control a drone with nothing but your thoughts... Read more

  • Britain's Prince William, talks with  the Star Wars character Chewbacca during a tour of the Star Wars sets at Pinewood studios in Iver Heath, west of London on Tuesday April 19, 2016. Prince William and Prince Harry  toured Pinewood to visit the production workshops and meet the creative teams working behind the scenes on the Star Wars films. (Adrian Dennis, Pool via AP)

    New Species of Weevil Named After Chewbacca From ‘Star Wars’

    “Star Wars” has inspired people across a number of generations. Some of those people happen to be scientists.  An April 2016 paper in published in the... Read more

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    What Is Microgravity?

    It’s easy to assume that astronauts float in space because they are far away from the Earth’s gravitational force. But look at the moon. It... Read more

  • A burst of ghostly neutrinos may have been generated by a quasar like this. (ESO/M. Kornmesser)

    What the Universe’s Most Elusive Particles Can Tell Us About the Universe’s Most Energetic Objects

    In 2012, a tiny flash of light was detected deep beneath the Antarctic ice. A burst of neutrinos was responsible, and the flash of light... Read more

  • A young woman watches a man, wearing an EEG brain scanning apparatus on his head, play a pinball game solely through willing the paddles to react with his brain at the Berlin Brain Computer Interface research consortium stand at the CeBIT Technology Fair in Hannover, Germany, on March 2, 2010. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

    How the Power to Control Objects With Our Minds Stopped Being Science Fiction

    The recent announcement that a young paralyzed man in Ohio in the United States named Ian Burkhart managed to regain the use of his fingers... Read more

  • In this Nov. 16, 2003 file photo, Joanie Laurer, former pro wrestler known as Chyna, flexes her bicep as she arrives at the 31st annual American Music Awards, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

    Brain of WWE Wrestler Chyna May Be Donated for Research to Doctor From ‘Concussion’ Movie

    WWE wrestler Joanie “Chyna” Laurer, who died on April 20, may have her brain donated to research. Her brain would be given to Dr. Bennet Omalu, the... Read more

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, March 30, 2011 file photo, a bed bug is displayed at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington. A government study counted one death and 80 illnesses linked to bedbug-targeting insecticides used from 2008 through 2010. Many were do-it-yourselfers who misused the chemicals or used the wrong product. Most of the cases were in New York City, the apparent epicenter of a recent U.S. bedbug comeback. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

    Bed Bugs Are Repelled by Certain Colors, Attracted by Others

    Recent entomological research indicates that bed bugs prefer certain colors over others.  Researchers found that bed bugs prefer shelters that are colored red and black. Yellow and green seemed... Read more

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    When Americans Thought Hair Was a Window Into the Soul

    In 2004, the North Korean government launched one of the oddest television campaigns in recent history: “Let’s trim our hair in accordance with the socialist... Read more

  • Hydrogen is built into helium at a temperature of millions of degrees. (NASA/SDO/AIA)

    Before Fusion: A Human History of Fire

    We humans are fire creatures. Tending fire is a species trait, a capacity we alone possess—and one we are not likely to tolerate willingly in... Read more

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    Moose Fights Are More Nasty Than You’d Think

    A viral clip showing two male moose fighting in front of a house has gone viral again. The October 2015 clip shows the two brawling... Read more

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    Chiropractor Who Cracked Baby’s Spine in Video Criticized by Doctors

    A four-day old baby was taken to a chiropractor because she was not sleeping. The Australian baby’s treatment was uploaded to YouTube, and it was... Read more

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    BBC Photographer Seeks the Beauty of Freckled Faces

    A BBC photographer, Brock Elbank, is on a mission to photograph as many freckled people as possible. In his words, Elbank wants to celebrate the... Read more

  • DARPA is developing an autonomous anti-submarine warfare vessel, ACTUV. (DARPA)

    World Split on How to Regulate ‘Killer Robots’

    Diplomats from around the world met in Geneva last week for the United Nations’ third Informal Expert Meeting on lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS), commonly... Read more

  • The 300-ton NOvA neutrino detector sits 350 feet underground at Fermilab and measures the properties of the neutrino beam as it starts its 500-mile journey to the far detector in Minnesota. (Reidar Hahn/Fermilab)

    Physicist Says Data From Neutrino Experiment Are ‘Gorgeous’

    The 260 members of the NOvA Neutrino Experiment recently reported their initial findings in two papers. The team is trying get a clearer picture of the... Read more

  • Students learn to administer polygraph exams at the Latin American Polygraph Institute in Bogota, Colombia, on June 12, 2007. Scientists say we all lie, and this year, politicians are bending the truth big time, with real consequences. By studying how and why we deceive, the experts say they can help us better understand the 2016 election season. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    We All Lie, Scientists Say, but Politicians Even More So

    WASHINGTON—This is the season of lies. We watch with fascination as candidates for the world’s most powerful job trade falsehoods and allegations of dishonesty. Republican... Read more

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