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By Andrew Tarantola on at

Researchers Squeeze Blood Proteins from Rice

Human Serum Albumin (HSA) is a protein commonly used in vaccines and often administered for serious burn injuries and liver disease and commonly in short supply due to a lack of donors. That's why researchers from Wuhan University have figured out how to grow it—not in people, but in rice.

By Casey Chan on at

You Can Literally Scare a Dragonfly to Death

I used to be scared of dragonflies—they were big and buzzy and always zippin' their damn wings. Plus, the dragon part of their name was intimidating! Turns out though, dragonflies are really just a bunch of wussies. They can be scared to death.

Artificial Blood From Bone Marrow Stem Cells Still Makes Me Genuinely Queasy

By Andrew Liszewski on at

I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm not the best person to call if you happen to be bleeding and need help. I tend to succumb to gravity pretty quickly, which has also prevented me from being a generous donor. But I know I'm not alone, and in a continuing effort to find a reliable source for blood that doesn't require sticking people with needles, researchers at Edinburgh University have developed a new type of faux blood that could be ready for human testing in as little as two years.

Magnetic Resonance Used to Artificially Taste and Improve Canned Tomatoes

By Andrew Liszewski on at

What makes something taste 'good' is a complex psychological and physiological human process that has made creating artificial tasters, or accurate scientific models, very difficult. But researchers at the University of Copenhagen have come up with what's described as a "magnetic tongue" that could allow factories to monitor and improve the flavor of tinned tomatoes during the canning process.

NASA Launches Satellite to Predict the Weather

By Sam Gibbs on at

Today NASA launched its first weather and climate-forecasting satellite. It's designed to collect environmental data, monitor weather patterns, natural disasters and surface temperatures -- all in the aid of better weather and climate prediction.

Aliens Come to Abduct You in Your Sleep

By Sam Gibbs on at

Otherworldly, out-of-body experiences and alien abductions -- they've been the stuff of legend for decades. Turns out, they're probably just figments of our imaginations and scientists are trying to prove it.

Parasite Creates Wasp Zombie Queen

By Roberto Baldwin on at

Wasps, like most insects have clear roles for each member of the colony. Basically, everybody makes sure the queen is doing OK making babies. Everything works like clockwork until a Svengali-like fly larva takes over a wasp and makes it do its bidding.