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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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  11. Being an Insomniac Could be Bad for Your Bones

    A team of scientists led by Carol Everson at the Medical College of Wisconsin have found that rats regularly deprived of sleep suffer from both bone and bone marrow issues directly related to said lack of sleep. Has science found that staying up all night watching Netflix is bad for your skeleton?

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  12. World’s Oldest Musical Instrument is 40,000 Years Old

    Though you may think the oldest instrument known to man is the modified chiptunes Game Boy, Oxford University and University of Tübingen researchers have announced that, actually, a collection of flutes made from mammoth ivory and bird bones are actually the oldest known instruments, at about 40,000 years old.

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  13. Watch Malware Get Embedded in Bone, Then Uploaded to a Computer in Bones

    Television, specifically run-of-the-mill procedurals, has a reputation for either not getting anything right when it comes to computers, or at the very least, the scenarios in which computers are used to progress the episode's plot are designed by people that actually know how computers work, but are trolls of the highest order. In this installment, we take a look at Bones, a show about Leonard McCoy's life after the Enterprise -- nah, actually it's a show about solving crimes because of bones or something. In this episode, we see a character's computer burst into flames because a malware fractal that was imprinted on bones shut the computer's fans off when the bones were scanned into the computer, thus uploading the virus. It's all very scientific. Watch the clip after the jump.

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  14. The Number of Physics Students Has Increased Since The Big Bang Theory — How Many Are Girls?

    We Have Done the Impossible and That Makes Us Mighty

    So, this is great news for science! Some experts think that a recent uptick in UK students signing up to study physics is due to a positive influence by geek-friendly sitcom, The Big Bang Theory. But while it's great to see kids expressing an interest in studying physics in school, what is the percentage of girls signing up? And if there are less girls signing up than boys, is it because the show was so late in bringing good intellectual female characters into the geeky mix?

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  15. A Thing Only A Nerd Would Say

    And Now For Something Completely Different

    I really like being pregnant. I'm in awe of the process and the science. And seeing my belly move is pretty amazing; it's like in the movie Alien. -- Emily Deschanel, star of Bones. I may think that Bones is one of the most predictable and sappy of the crime scene dramas out there, but I will happily give it credit for this one thing: it has made seven seasons of successful television by presenting a vastly intelligent, socially awkward, independently successful woman as its main character. A female Spock, if you will, the very kind of character that Gene Roddenberry was forbidden to put into original Star Trek. But I digress: only a true nerd would liken being pregnant to Alien and mean it in a good way. Emily Deschanel, we salute you. (via Digital Spy.)

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  16. 10 Female Characters We Love, Even Though They’re Barely Geeky In Any Way

    Power Grid

    While we like to spend the bulk of our time at The Mary Sue celebrating the characters and stories of geek fandom, every once in a while, other characters sneak in. And they aren't geeky. In fact, some of them are downright mainstream. But since we are a geek site, we don't really have any cause to write about these characters aside from the occasional mention if the topic calls for it. But today, allow us to indulge in a few mainstream guilty pleasures.

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  17. Modern Men and Women Look More Similar to Each Other

    The Human Machine

    Skeletally speaking, that is. According to anthropologists at North Carolina State University, who have been studying skulls of men and women in Spain and Portugal from centuries past, the craniofacial structure of women changed over the years to become more similar to those of their male counterparts. While changes were found for both men and women, the most pronounced and significant changes occurred in women since the 16th century. This makes sense because when you consider the physical toll that childbearing has on women. The nutrients lost by women who gave birth and breastfed -- and how little we knew about it -- probably would account for their skeletal structures being significantly smaller then than they are now. Over those centuries, a lot of trial and error, and eventually science and medicine, would point women in the direction of properly taking care of their bodies before, during, and after childbirth. Researchers also cite changes in nutrition and environmental changes. But why was the study done in the first place?

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  18. Hollywood Is Threatening to Make a Movie About the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

    No. No no no no no no no. no.

    Annnnnnd ... that was that. Hollywood ran out of ideas. And the only thing it's coming up with is a movie based on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Seriously, they were so serious about this that it made it into the press where people might find out about it, read about it, and digest it with their precious brains. Apparently, Macy's is "always looking for the next Miracle on 34th Street" and wants to turn the parade into "a four-quadrant, family-friendly film somewhere in that Night At The Museum, Elf sweet spot." Yeah. I like all three of those movies. Please, let me speak on behalf of all moviegoers when I say that no one wants these movies to mate. Everyone involved will wake up dirty, regretful, and thinking they were so much better off as just friends.

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  19. Uncommon Signs of Global Warming: Hunting Mammoths

    Hunting mammoths might not appear to be the most direct sign of global warming, but an article in the LA Times this week has convinced us.

    "Russian scientists disagree over whether global warming is responsible. Some say yes, others are skeptical. But nobody argues that the permafrost is dwindling," and as the Siberian permafrost disappears, it exposes the thousand year old remains of frozen mammoths, their bones and tusks ready for collection.

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