Back in 1995, about 4.5 percent of adults in the U.S. had been diagnosed with diabetes. By 2010, the prevalence had zoomed to 8.2 percent. An interactive map shows how much worse diabetes has become in less than a generation.
The Environmental Protection Agency says it won't waive a law that requires much of the nation's corn to be refined into ethanol and blended into gasoline. Meat producers say this will drive up food prices, but the EPA says the "ethanol mandate" isn't at fault.
Scientists have sequenced all of the DNA in the cells of a female pig. While this information will likely be used to create happier pigs that get sick less often, it could be used to create tastier pork products.
No millipede actually has 1000 feet--but the species Illacme plenipes comes closest, with up to 750. Etymologist Paul Marek, who rediscovered the rare species a few years ago in California's coastal mountains, calls counting legs and measuring millipedes a "guilty pleasure."
In July, physicists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider announced finding signs of a Higgs boson-like particle — a key clue to questions about the basic makeup of the cosmos. In his new book The Particle at the End of the Universe, physicist Sean Carroll of Caltech talks about the building of the LHC, what it has found so far, and what researchers hope to investigate in the coming years.
"I'm pure geek, pure logic," says Temple Grandin, an animal scientist and professor at Colorado State University. Science Friday visited Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human and many other books on livestock and on autism, in her office to hear about her life and work.
In 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick pieced together the structure of DNA — "the now-famous double helix. To celebrate the release of a new annotated and illustrated edition of his 1968 book, The Double Helix, James Watson reflects on the groundbreaking discovery.
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