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Bones

  1. Science May Rebuild Bones Using Beer, Truly This Is A Beautiful World

    Beer me, nurse.

    The byproducts of brewing beer cost the industry an arm and a leg every year, but thanks to recently-published research, America's favorite drink may soon be saving limbs. A team of scientists say that beer waste is the ideal substance to help regrow bones, so drink up, everyone. We will become heroes.

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  2. Science: “Goo” In Bones Prevents Them From Shattering

    Now my Skeleton Army will never be defeated!

    Many of us have broken a bone in our lifetime, but few people are unfortunate enough to shatter one--and new researchers say that's all thanks to goo. Goo in your bones. Bone goo, that is.

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  3. Screws Made From Silk Could Be The Future of Broken Bones

    Sorry, vegans, guess we'll have to keep drilling this metal into you like it's the 1800s.

    Good news for skeletons: researchers have developed biodegradable screws that strengthen bones, prevent infection, and minimize many of the risks in orthopedic surgery. Also they're made from silk, so get ready to become a race of super-fancy worm people.

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  4. Police Discover Austrian Man’s Bone Collection of 56 Stolen Skulls

    The grave-robber was caught after trying to sell human remains at a flea market, which was probably like, the fourth or fifth creepiest thing on sale at that flea market.

    Austrian police raided a man's home to find a personal museum consisting of 56 skulls and dozens of other bones. He was charged for raiding a church cemetery, but I'm sure he has a good explanation for this. Maybe he was trying to put on 56 technically-accurate performances of Hamlet?

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  5. Extinct Solitaire Birds Wings No Good for Flying, Great at Punching

    Solitaire birds battled one another with knobs of bone that could grow as large as a ping-pong ball.

    Julian Hume and Lorna Steel of the Natural History Museum did some digging and found that these famously aggro animals -- about whom little is known -- and found that the giant, flightless pigeons did have a use for their wings after all -- as potentially deadly weapons sporting bone growths as large as ping-pong balls. Covered in a layer of thick skin, these bones would have acted as boxing gloves of sorts for the birds during battles over mates.

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  6. New Technique 3D Prints Skeleton of Living Animals, Brings Us One Step Closer to Weapon X

    An interesting challenge presented by 3D printing is coming up not only with what to print, but where to get the designs of things to print. One engineering student looked to the natural world for inspiration and has come up with a way to 3D print skeletons of living animals based of models generated from their CT scans. Right now the skeletons are plastic, but once 3D adamantium printing is perfected we'll all have claws and be indestructible. It also has practical uses.

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  7. Harvey, The Kitten Born Without Leg Bones, is as Cute as Any Other Kitten, Cuter Than Many [Video]

    This is a Harvey, a spunky little kitten who, despite the above picture, is not just doing his best T-Rex impression. Harvey was born with a rare disorder known as radial agenesis -- he has bones in his paws, and bones in his upper front legs, but no bones connecting the two, meaning he's had to learn to walk around on his elbow in a sort of perpetual prowl. The condition hasn't affected his demeanor, though -- as you can see in the video below, he's just as eager to chase a fake mouse as other kittens, and just as frustrated when his prey won't succumb to his attacks.

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  8. Things We Saw Today: The League of Extraordinary Rodents

    Things We Saw Today

    I feel like the League of Extraordinary Rabbits would have a similarly robust lineup. (via Bobby Timony)

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  9. Researchers Propose Wood As A Next Generation Bone Replacement

    If it was good enough for George Washington's teeth, it's good enough for your bones. An international team of researchers looking for materials that could one day be used to replace bone in grafts and implants have started simple, suggesting that several types of wood could have the qualities doctors look for in a biocompatible bone replacement.

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  10. 5 Out of 5, Would Watch Again…And Again And Again: Our Favorite Star Trek Characters

    Last week, we asked who the worst characters in Star Trek history were -- the series alums you never want to see back -- and you told us. This week, we're still excited for the upcoming movie, but taking a rosier view on things, so we asked who your favorite characters were, and you all weighed in again. We thank you for it. So without further ado, presented for your approval -- or disapproval, if that's your thing -- your choices for the 10 best characters in Trek-dom -- and one honorable mention we just couldn't bring ourselves to leave on the cutting room floor.

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