Wellness

Scientists turn to public to help pay for research

Scientists turn to public to help pay for research

But “science has yet to gain Veronica Mars status,” notes Jeanne Garbarino, director of science outreach at Rockefeller University in New York, who has used crowdfunding and informally advised others.

Colorado resident treated for pneumonic plague

The state health department said Wednesday that tests confirmed the plague in the unidentified patient as well as the family dog, who recently died unexpectedly.

Forgotten vials of smallpox found in storage room

Forgotten vials of smallpox found in storage room

Officials said this is the first time in the U.S. that unaccounted-for smallpox has been discovered.

Colorado raises estimate for health care drops

“We expect a much clearer picture by the end of summer,” Blais said.

MIT finger device reads to the blind in real time 

MIT finger device reads to the blind in real time 

Reading is as easy as pointing the finger at text. Special software tracks the finger movement, identifies words and processes the information. The device has vibration motors that alert readers when they stray from the script, said Roy Shilkrot, who is developing the device at the MIT Media Lab.

First lady bucks GOP on school lunch rules

First lady bucks GOP on school lunch rules

“Remember a few years ago when Congress declared that the sauce on a slice of pizza should count as a vegetable in school lunches?” she wrote in The New York Times.

Study: Just thinking by yourself isn't much fun

Study: Just thinking by yourself isn’t much fun

“I think many of them were trying to shock themselves out of boredom,” said psychologist Timothy Wilson of the University of Virginia.

Scientists withdraw claim about making stem cells

Scientists withdraw claim about making stem cells

On Wednesday, Nature released a statement from Obokata and the other authors of the papers that withdrew the papers.

Seniors learn "parkour," sport of daredevil youths

Seniors learn “parkour,” sport of daredevil youths

“I wondered whether it was a government plot to get rid of old people when I heard about the class,” Thomson joked.

NTSB says parasailing is risky, urges regulation

NTSB says parasailing is risky, urges regulation

“Passengers seeking to enjoy the thrill, adventure and panoramic views of parasailing risk becoming accident victims,” the NTSB report issued in Washington stated.