Not everyone likes to visit the dentist. Some people gag at the very thought. If you’re one, take heart: according to BBC News, a recent study found that acupuncture suppressed the gag response in 100 percent of subjects.
Okay, Now Rinse
Thanks to your earful of needles, you can finally enjoy a trip to the dentist. But if those 20 years of hooky left you with a case of gum disease, Reuters has some good news: scientists have sequenced the periodontitis genome. The bad news: you still have to floss.
If you’re still amazed that you Palm Pilot plays cribbage, better hold onto your hat, warns the Los Angeles Times: today’s DNA chips may power tomorrow’s medical-PDAs, devices that give you a checkup, inspect your DNA, and write you a prescription. Legibly.
The Bigger They Come
Despite the scourges of airplane seats and ceiling beams, Scientific American finds an upside to being tall: you live longer, as evidenced by 3,000 excavated skeletons.
One way to regrow bone and other tissue? Train it with smart gels, reports Red Herring.
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A startup says it’s begun releasing particles into the atmosphere, in an effort to tweak the climate
Make Sunsets is already attempting to earn revenue for geoengineering, a move likely to provoke widespread criticism.
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These exclusive satellite images show that Saudi Arabia’s sci-fi megacity is well underway
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