Archives for the month of: July, 2013

A change in the gene for aquaporin 5 causes diffuse non-epidermolytic palmoplantar keratoderma, where the skin on some people’s hands go white and spongy after being exposed to water because it becomes more porous.  It’s similar to what happens when you stay in the bath much too long, but sets in a lot more quickly.

See The American Journal of Human Genetics for the original paper.

When lightning hits sand, it can reach more than 1800 degrees C and forms fulgurites, tubes and structures of natural glass formed from the silicates in the sand. You can even make your own, but please be careful…

A photo allegedly about what happens when lightning hits sand has gone viral – but it’s not real – read here to find out why.

…even if there is missing bone, provided enough of the nail is still there, and it’s all because of the stem cells just under our nails.

University of Minnesota researchers have created a technology that allows people to control a flying robot with their mind. This could help paraplegics and quadraplegics control their environment.

The male dark fishing spider (Dolomedes tenebrosus) delivers half its sperm and then goes into a coma, with its heart stopping beating two hours after mating.

The lycopenes in tomatoes can protect you from sunburn – and there’s even a recipe to help too! Don’t stop using the suncream too though… especially in Death Valley.

a pile of tomatoes

A prosthetic chip has sent signals to the brain in response to light in partially-sighted rats, and could mean hope one day for people losing their sight through diseases that damage the retina, like macular degeneration.

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