This 3D-Printed Brain Is a Squishy Playground for Newbie Neurosurgeons

Brain surgery is intricate, high-stakes work. So mastering it on a real, live patient, with an attending physician breathing down your neck and watching your every move, certainly can't be easy. Enter the 3D printing industry, which has already played a major role in medicine, from churning out noses and eyeballs and… » 12/11/13 7:00pm 12/11/13 7:00pm

Reason for Conspiracy? 5 Mysterious Details From JFK's Autopsy

It goes without saying that, for the past 50 years, there's been a bevy of confusion surrounding the events of JFK's assassination. Much of it has stemmed from inconsistencies in his medical records, which have long been employed to justify errant conspiracy theories putting responsibility for the fatal shot in the… » 11/22/13 8:35pm 11/22/13 8:35pm

How Ancient Embalmers Pulled the Brains and Guts Out of Mummies

We've unearthed mummy upon mummy from Egypt, the oldest dating back to 3500 B.C., but one thing has remained a bit of a mystery: what does the mummification process actually entail from a surgical point of view? How did they remove the brains, guts, and other vital organs—what tools did they use and how did they train… » 11/14/13 3:00pm 11/14/13 3:00pm

6 Mythological Barriers To Keep Monsters At Bay

Whether or not you bought into all the hoopla, one thing’s for sure: the island to which ABC's series Lost transported us for six years was one strange place. A good chunk of its mystique, however, could be explained by a powerful electromagnetic force field that acted as its invisibility cloak and sent the island’s… » 10/31/13 7:40pm 10/31/13 7:40pm

Next Generation Antibiotics Could Be Turned On and Off Using Light

As we continue fighting the most dastardly pathogens with new and improved antibiotics, the list of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains only grows longer—leaving us somewhat helpless against the threat of superbugs. » 10/09/13 10:20am 10/09/13 10:20am

Scientists Get Mice Drunk To Explain Why Binge Drinking Breaks Bones

It's a well-known thing amongst doctors that heavy drinkers have a mysterious propensity for breaking their bones—and not just because they may trip over their own feet in an inebriated stupor. Medical researchers from Loyola University in Chicago wanted to get to the bottom of the issue, and they addressed the… » 10/07/13 6:20pm 10/07/13 6:20pm