The weird connection between pain and smell - and how people lose both

It's been known for some time that certain people are physically unable to feel pain. A new test shows that those people are also unable to smell any scents. » 3/24/11 8:30am 3/24/11 8:30am

Mass Extinctions Rise Among Plant Species

Entire species of plants are dying off in droves, just like mammals. And there's no way to save them all, say scientists. How do you decide which plant species to preserve at all costs, and which ones to consign to oblivion forever? Answering that question may mean the difference between selective extinction for some… » 10/22/08 8:40am 10/22/08 8:40am

Volunteers Let Their Genomes All Hang Out

The idea of making personal genetic information public evokes images of genomic Google searches and gene-testing job interviews straight out of Gattaca » 10/20/08 2:00pm 10/20/08 2:00pm. But there are many who believe genetic openness could go a long way toward advancing disease research. Tomorrow, ten volunteers will take the first steps away from…

"Repo! The Genetic Opera" is an Epic of After-Market Body Parts

Darren Lynn Bousman's Repo! The Genetic Opera is one of the two organ repossession movies coming out this year, and now it's gone viral with a creepy-looking donation poster (jump below see it) urging you to give until it hurts. This "Warnerian-Rocky Horror-meets-Bladerunner musical" takes place in a future where… » 1/21/08 8:30am 1/21/08 8:30am

An Underwater City Gone Wrong

This concept artwork from 2K Games' BioShock shows one of the most starkly dystopian video game worlds created in the past several years. Here you can see one of the observation areas in a city that has seen better days. » 1/02/08 3:20pm 1/02/08 3:20pm

What Mutant Powers Are Most Popular?

NBC's phenom hit Heroes, the X-Men comic books, and the USA scifi series The 4400 all feature heroic mutants. These super-powered humans have been born with "mutant genes," or they've had some tinkering at the genetic level. But we still see the same powers cropping up again and again. Since the X-Men were first… » 11/19/07 5:01pm 11/19/07 5:01pm