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Why people with Parkinson's disease can perform an Irish dance effortlessly

Could Irish dancing be the next medical frontier in the fight against Parkinson’s disease? Daniel Volpe thinks so. And he knows a thing or two about both. He’s head of the Parkinson’s rehabilitation unit at St. John of God Hospital…

Scientists turn frog cells into living machines

[embedded content] Scientists have taken a bold leap into the future with robots built from frog parts. New research published this week in PNAS from Tufts University and the University of Vermont describes how frog stem cells can create a…

Have researchers solved Newton's three-body problem?

If you thought that Issac Newton made physics simple, think again. The laws of motion might themselves be simple equations, but the actual motions of objects according to these laws can get complicated fast. For instance, imagine a universe with…

DNA found in 5,700-year-old chewing gum helps recreate image of Stone Age woman

Artistic reconstruction of the person behind the ancient gum, whom researchers have dubbed Lola. (Photo: Tom Björklund) Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have extracted a complete human genome from a chewed piece of birch pitch from the Stone Age….

How exoskeletons are strengthening Japan's workforce

An aging population with fewer young people is an issue many countries will be dealing with in the coming decades, but Japan has already reached this milestone. About 26 percent of Japan’s population is over the age of 65. Much…

Ghostly remains of massive Roman shipwreck found in Mediterranean

Researchers exploring the eastern Mediterranean Sea using advanced sonar technology have uncovered one of the largest Roman shipwrecks ever discovered. The ancient merchant vessel lies at a depth of 197 feet off the coast of the Greek Island of Kefallinia….

Forget the smart home, it's all in the cloud now

Five years ago, when I started writing regularly for MNN, I thought that my focus was going to be on The Internet of Things and the Smart Home. In my first post, What is the smart home? It’s too soon…

Loneliness and monotony may shrink the brain

A lot of things are known to shrivel up in cold conditions. Particularly human extremities like toes and fingers. But brains may also experience shrinkage, at least according to a study published this week in The New England Journal of…

From coffee beans to car parts: How Ford and McDonald's are teaming up for sustainable solutions

Collaboration builds on their commitments to environmental stewardship. Coffee beans and car parts may not seem like a natural fit, but when two companies are both striving for sustainability in every aspect of their business, a bit of magic can…

Why confusion may be good for you

Depending on how open we are to a little confusion, it can spur the mind to understand a difficult concept. (Photo: ImageFlow/Shutterstock) The headline for this article may leave you a little, well, confused. After all, we’ve long associated the…