Everything is designed for this man, even drugs

This is reference man. He’s a white, 30-year-old, male who weighs about 155 pounds. And he decides how we live. For decades, industries have considered this the standard human. And designed the world around him. Everything from air conditioning in offices, to cars, even military equipment. But there are other ways we use reference man, that aren’t so […]

Is the Cure for Superbugs Hiding Deep Under the Earth?

UNDERNEATH THIS CANADIAN FOREST IS AN EXPANSIVE NETWORK OF CAVES, THAT, UNTIL RECENTLY, HAS NEVER BEEN SEEN BY HUMANS. THESE RESEARCHERS ARE BRAVING PRECARIOUS AND CLAUSTROPHOBIC PASSAGEWAYS THIRTY FEET DEEP IN THE EARTH — ALL IN A RACE TO DISCOVER WHAT COULD SAVE MILLIONS OF OUR LIVES. ANN: You plunge yourself down into totally pitch darkness. You can’t even […]

The New CRISPR Tool That Could ‘Delete’ Disease From Our DNA

You’ve probably heard of CRISPR technologies and their much-discussed ability to edit our DNA. For the most part, these stories probably refer to CRISPR-Cas9. But a new system, CRISPR-Cas3, has just been used in human cells for the very first time…and offers a whole new set of tools that could have huge implications for curing previously incurable viruses. […]

Treating hurricanes like war zones hurts survivors

Hurricane Harvey’s unprecedented onslaught Onslaught of rain Onslaught of waves ripping apart the coastline South Beach right in the line of fire. The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos, also in the line of fire. News networks do this a lot: They cover natural disasters using the same tricks they use while covering war. Basically looks like a warzone. […]

A New Pill to Cure Hangovers Is Coming, Here’s How It Works

Drinking alcohol is like borrowing happiness from tomorrow. Assuming all goes well, you and your friends have a good time, and then the next morning you’re paying that debt back in the form of a hangover. And trust me, the older you get, the steeper the interest rate. Why isn’t there some miraculous pill I could take that […]

We’re Using Stem Cells to Reverse Baldness and It’s Actually Working

Some very hairy mice are bringing us another step closer to un-LOCKing a way to regenerate a full head of hair. Did somebody say a pun?! About 50% of men and 25% of women experience at least partial hair loss by the age of 50, whether due to age, medical treatments, or disease. Current options for those looking […]