I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How.

“Slim by Chocolate!” the headlines blared. A team of German researchers had found that people on a low-carb diet lost weight 10 percent faster if they ate a chocolate bar every day. It made the front page of Bild, Europe’s largest daily newspaper, just beneath their update about the Germanwings crash. From there, it… » 5/27/15 1:23pm Yesterday 1:23pm

How Anti-Virals Exploit The One Weakness That Every Single Virus Has

Ever read about the discovery of a new protein in a virus coating, and think, “I know that must matter to someone, but who?” It matters to the people who make antivirals. Each newly discovered protein could allow them to take control of viruses like puppeteers. Here’s how anti-virals work, and why they’re amazing. » 5/27/15 10:47am Yesterday 10:47am

Without This Protein, Part Of The Brain's Sex System Would Die

Sometimes, bad luck leads to insights. A study published today in the Journal of Clinical Investigation has added a new twist to our understanding of the way the system that controls puberty in mammals develops inside the brain – thanks to two brothers who both inherited the same rare disorder.
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Three Things You Probably Didn't Know About Crab Lice

Crab lice (Pthirus pubis) aren’t crabs at all—they’re parasitic insects that feed exclusively on human blood, and their bites can cause intense itching in their hosts. Often, this itching happens in the pubic area, which is why they’re also known as “pubic lice”—which, it turns out, is actually a misnomer. » 5/15/15 4:54pm 5/15/15 4:54pm

There Was No Viagra in 1918. But There Was This Penis Splint.

Nearly 100 years ago, there was no drug to help with erectile dysfunction, but Bernard Scheinkman came up with an alternative. It’s not clear whether this nightmarish penile splint was ever manufactured — but you have to love the baroque logic of combining a cock ring, an open condom, and a shelf. » 5/15/15 1:00am 5/15/15 1:00am

3D Tissue Engineering May One Day Solve Both Impotence And Miscarriage

A study published last week in the journal Biofabrication describes a new technique to build replacements for damaged three dimensional human tissues. The researchers running the study are trying to make an eardrum. But their technique, if successful, might also one day create replacements for complex reproductive… » 5/14/15 5:40pm 5/14/15 5:40pm

Freezing Your Eggs is Much Harder Than You Realize

We know how to successfully freeze, store, and thaw human sperm. We’re still on a learning curve with human eggs. Abby Rabinowitz’s recent feature at Nautilus explores the all-too limited statistics about how well the process works and the data on why more healthy women are choosing to try it anyway. » 5/13/15 3:40pm 5/13/15 3:40pm