Artificial sweeteners could cause blood sugar spikes

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Mice and humans given doses of sweetener showed signs of glucose intolerance.

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What is Enterovirus 68, the mysterious illness that is sickening hundreds of children?

What is Enterovirus 68, the mysterious illness that is sickening hundreds of children?

The virus was thought to be rare but recently has become more widespread.

Scientists splice plants with bacteria to supercharge their growth

Scientists splice plants with bacteria to supercharge their growth

By getting plants to photosynthesize the way bacteria do, we can make them grow faster.

MIT’s futuristic spacesuit works like shrink wrap

MIT’s futuristic spacesuit works like shrink wrap

MIT researchers think spacesuits should be made of skin-hugging metal coils.

Why dentists are speaking out about the plastic beads in your toothpaste

Why dentists are speaking out about the plastic beads in your toothpaste

Dentists are warning that the beads could lead to gum disease.

Why do human faces look so different? Evolution made us that way.

Why do human faces look so different? Evolution made us that way.

There’s more variation in human facial traits than there is for other body traits, a new study says.

World Bank: ‘Fear factor’ drives Ebola’s economic impact

World Bank: ‘Fear factor’ drives Ebola’s economic impact

Economic losses could grow 8 fold; Doctors Without Borders reports its first infected foreign worker.

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Blue Origin engines to power Atlas V rockets

Blue Origin engines to power Atlas V rockets

Engines from the aerospace firm founded by Jeff Bezos might one day propel NASA astronauts.

What can we say about Ebola? (without starting a panic and/or making everyone mad)

What can we say about Ebola? (without starting a panic and/or making everyone mad)

Michael Osterholm’s New York Times op-ed about airborne Ebola has drawn criticism. Why did he want to speak out?

Jeff Bezos, rocket man, shows off new engine

Jeff Bezos, rocket man, shows off new engine

Amazon founder’s Blue Origin signed a deal to put the vroom vroom in national security space launches.

Goodbye pap smear, hello urine test? Cervical cancer screenings could be in for some change.

Goodbye pap smear, hello urine test? Cervical cancer screenings could be in for some change.

Can a simple urine test take the place of the dreaded pap smear when screening women for cervical cancer?

Archaeologists unearth an ancient Egyptian woman with over 70 hair extensions

Archaeologists unearth an ancient Egyptian woman with over 70 hair extensions

3,300 years after burial, her ‘do is still in place.

British volunteer receives Ebola vaccine in second human trial

British volunteer receives Ebola vaccine in second human trial

Ruth Atkins, a 48-year old former nurse, was the first of 60 volunteers in Britain to receive the experimental vaccine.

Chimpanzees may be natural born killers

Chimpanzees may be natural born killers

Researchers say they’ve shown that chimps evolved to use violence against each other.

Astronomers find the tiniest galaxy ever to contain a supermassive black hole

Astronomers find the tiniest galaxy ever to contain a supermassive black hole

This galaxy is bursting with a black hole, and there could be others like it.

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How some artificial sweeteners might cause glucose intolerance

How some artificial sweeteners might cause glucose intolerance

In studies with mice, scientists have found that saccharin, aspartame and sucralose cause significant changes to the microorganisms in the gut, causing the body to develop an intolerance to glucose — a condition that can lead to diabetes.

Hospitals of the future could be covered in shark skin

Hospitals of the future could be covered in shark skin

Inspired by the bumps of a shark’s skin, Sharklet keeps dangerous microbes away.

Think you’re healthy? You may be carrying around viruses you don’t even know about

Think you’re healthy? You may be carrying around viruses you don’t even know about

In some cases, researchers found evidence of 10 to 15 viruses lurking in otherwise healthy subjects.

Obama issues plea for world to act on Ebola

Obama issues plea for world to act on Ebola

As Obama calls on others to act, critical questions remain about effectiveness of U.S. strategy.

In political Washington, Agony of De Feet

In political Washington, Agony of De Feet

Officials, lawmakers and staffers from both parties gleefully compete over the number of steps they walk daily.

America’s bellies have expanded significantly, new study shows

America’s bellies have expanded significantly, new study shows

The majority of Americans have abdominal obesity

This is what U.S. troops will face in Ebola-ravaged Liberia

This is what U.S. troops will face in Ebola-ravaged Liberia

President Obama is sending 3,000 troops to West Africa, where, a Liberian official says, “We are at war with an enemy that we don’t see.“

NASA awards space contract to Boeing and SpaceX

NASA awards space contract to Boeing and SpaceX

The contract represents a significant shift for NASA, which has long owned and operated its own rockets. Now NASA’s astronauts would essentially rent space on vehicles provided by Boeing and SpaceX.

An Ebola vaccine was given to 10 volunteers, and there are ‘no red flags’ yet

An Ebola vaccine was given to 10 volunteers, and there are ‘no red flags’ yet

The trial will evaluate whether the vaccine is safe in humans.

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Stunning threads

Stunning threads

London’s morning fog creates scenes of natural beauty as water condenses on spider webs.

Camouflage that changes color and texture instantly, thanks to squid skin

The future of camouflage is probably pretty fishy.

A small lizard faces global warming — and survives

A small lizard faces global warming — and survives

A few lizards that run fastest when their body temperatures are high will survive climate change, a study says.

Ebola survivor Kent Brantly met with President Obama in the Oval Office

Ebola survivor Kent Brantly met with President Obama in the Oval Office

The image was intended to send a strong message: Brantly is completely free of the virus -- and Ebola survivors are safe.

The truth about kidney disease and African Americans

The truth about kidney disease and African Americans

Ron Minor, himself a transplant recipient, has made a documentary to warn others to protect themselves.

Some insurers ignore health-care law requirement to bill separately for abortions

Some insurers ignore health-care law requirement to bill separately for abortions

This policy was a key reason some antiabortion Democrats agreed to sign on to the law when it was passed by Congress in 2010.

Old Space and New Space look like big winners today

Old Space and New Space look like big winners today

NASA goes with Boeing and SpaceX and Blue Origin (Bezos) gets a piece of the action

NASA only spots 1 in 10 potentially dangerous asteroids

NASA only spots 1 in 10 potentially dangerous asteroids

An audit of NASA’s Near Earth Object spotting comes up short.

Some bald men may be at a greater risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer

Some bald men may be at a greater risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer

In a new study, baldness in the front and crown of the head were linked to a higher likelihood of developing aggressive forms of prostate cancer.

Obama will seek faster phaseout of chemical coolant

Obama will seek faster phaseout of chemical coolant

The White House will announce new steps to phase out a widely used coolant said to be spurring climate change.

WHO: $1 billion needed to keep Ebola infections within the ‘tens of thousands’

WHO: $1 billion needed to keep Ebola infections within the ‘tens of thousands’

The toll has doubled in the past month, according the World Health Organization. There are nearly 5,000 Ebola cases and at least 2,461 deaths.

This robotic tentacle blows up like bubble gum to move

The octopus-inspired robot, made using 3-D printed molds, moves by inflating and deflating its segments.

Watch scientists dissect a 770 pound squid

More formidable than a giant squid, the colossal is rarely found intact.

U.S. military will lead $750 million fight against Ebola

U.S. military will lead $750 million fight against Ebola

President Obama plans announcement Tuesday as up to 3,000 personnel are headed to West Africa.

From E. coli to Ebola: A device that can filter deadly pathogens out of the body

From E. coli to Ebola: A device that can filter deadly pathogens out of the body

The device can be used to cleanse the blood of at least 90 different pathogens, including Ebola, HIV and E. coli.

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Suiting up for Ebola

Suiting up for Ebola

Some residents of West Africa are frightened by the protective suits worn by health workers aiding victims of the Ebola virus, but for those workers, personal protective equipment and strict disinfection procedures offer critical protection from the deadly disease, which is transmitted through contact with bodily fluids.

115,000 immigrants to lose health insurance coverage

115,000 immigrants to lose health insurance coverage

Federal health officials say those who lose coverage can reapply to regain coverage, if eligible.

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