Slug Slime Is A Liquid Crystal And It's Actually Pretty Incredible

You do not become a forest-floor-creeping mollusk on good looks alone; to crawl effectively, you need something with which to lubricate your wriggling, slimy, slithering self. Mucus, secreted in abundance from your entire body, is just the ticket. But slug slime is good for a lot more than whole-body lubrication. » 3/03/15 7:00pm Yesterday 7:00pm

Humans Unconsciously Sniff Their Hands After Handshaking

Unlike dogs and other animals, humans — for the most part — don't sniff each other. Well, at least that's what we thought. A rather unsettling new study from the Weizmann Institute shows that practically all of us sniff our hands after handshaking — a possible sign of social chemosignaling behavior. » 3/03/15 2:40pm Yesterday 2:40pm

Bacteria Can Refuel Via Microscopic Tubes When Times Get Tough

Bacteria can share vital nutrients if their bacterial neighbors happen to have a surplus. Scientists have now determined that this sharing is accomplished not through diffusion of those nutrients into the surrounding environment, but rather via nanotubes that physically link the insides of two bacterial cells together. » 3/02/15 4:30pm Monday 4:30pm

What Men Really Need To Know About  Testosterone Replacement Therapy

One of the fastest growing areas in pharmacology today is testosterone supplementation in men. But while low-T is a genuine problem for some men, it's not as prevalent as you may think – and the treatment is not without its risks. Here's what men need to know about testosterone replacement therapy, and why it should… » 2/25/15 12:00pm 2/25/15 12:00pm

Depriving Infants Of Peanut Products May Have Been A Colossal Mistake

For years, parents have been told to withhold peanuts from their children until the age of three, to prevent the onset of dangerous peanut allergies. A landmark study is now throwing this conventional wisdom on its head, instead suggesting that most peanut allergies can be staved off by introducing peanuts to… » 2/24/15 8:20am 2/24/15 8:20am

Lawmaker Asks If Women Can Swallow Camera... For Gynecological Exams

During a debate over abortion legislation Monday between Idaho lawmakers, Republican state representative Vito Barbieri asked whether it would be possible for a woman to swallow a small camera, so that doctors might perform a remote gynecological examination (presumably, à la capsule endoscopy). » 2/23/15 4:40pm 2/23/15 4:40pm

Gorgeous Banknotes Feature Flora, Fauna—And Skeletons Under UV Light

For her Master's project, graphic designer Barbara Bernát created a fictional currency she calls the Hungarian Euro. Instead of people or monuments, the obverse and reverse of Bernat's notes feature beautiful illustrations of European animals and plants; beneath UV light, the skeletal anatomies of the former become… » 2/23/15 12:10pm 2/23/15 12:10pm