This Teacher’s Neat (But Extremely Gross) Experiment For Her Students Has Gone Viral

By: James Felton/IFL Science  Teaching children to love science can be difficult. Getting kids to wash their hands can be even more so. Well, one teacher in Gray’s Creek, North Carolina, has managed to do both for her class in one foul, really gross swoop. In a post that’s gone viral on Facebook, Donna Gill Allen showed off…

There’s A $100 Million Plan To Make A Synthetic Spinal Cord To End Paralysis

By: Dom Galeon/Futurism  Hugh Herr and his colleagues at MIT’s Center for Extreme Bionics want to change what it means to be disabled. As part of a $100 million, five-year project, the researchers are working on advanced prosthetics that work like real limbs, a synthetic nervous system, and more. A BOLD MISSION Some say experience is the…

I Plugged In A Himalayan Salt Lamp And Went To Sleep. 10 Days Later, This Is How My Body Felt

By: Ileana Paules-Bronet/Little Things Have you heard of a Himalayan salt lamp before? Until a couple of weeks ago, I hadn’t either. Himalayan salt is a pinkish color, and many people use it in place of regular table salt. In addition to the food-seasoning use, Himalayan salt is also used for Himalayan salt lamps. These pinkish-orange Himalayan…

Surgeon Who Wants To Perform First Human Head Transplant Claims New Breakthrough

By: Robin Andrews/IFL Science  “Are human head transplants coming soon?” CNN wondered back in 2015. This is an extremely strange question to attempt to answer. Apart from the fact that it’s now 2017 and such an operation clearly isn’t available at your local hospital, Sergio Canavero – the neuroscientist who first announced that he was going…

Newly Refined “Liquid Biopsies” Could Detect Cancer From Simple Blood Tests

By: Josh Davis/IFL Science Researchers are developing blood tests that are so sensitive they may one day be used routinely by doctors to monitor tumors, and even check if patients have undiagnosed cancer. Researchers announcing their preliminary results at the American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago this week say they have made major steps forward…