Humans and Chimps: Close But Not That Close

Science & Technology at Scientific American.com: Humans and Chimps: Close But Not That Close — There’s a bigger genetic jump between humans and chimps than previously believed by JR Minkel: “A lot more genes may separate humans from their chimp relatives than earlier studies let on. Researchers studying changes in the number of copies of […]

Natural-born painkiller found in human saliva

Natural-born painkiller found in human saliva: “The substance is up to six times more powerful than morphine, and may spawn a new generation of non-addictive natural painkillers” Well, this is interesting. Just tonight, I told Cathy that I had an itch on the inside of my elbow, and she suggested to put some spittle on […]

New supernova discovery breaks all the rules

New supernova discovery breaks all the rules: US astronomers have discovered a distant supernova, or exploded star, so large that it will force scientists to question their understanding of how certain older stars disintegrate. When I think about news like this one it makes me wonder, how many other assumptions that we have made into […]