Researchers in Barcelona have developed an electronic tongue that really knows the difference between a pilsner, a lager and a bock. It's still a prototype, but its creators say it could some day replace human taste-testers.
Many scientists have been trying to create neural implants that will let amputees regain a sense of touch and control. One version has let a Danish man feel the texture of things he's touching. But it's an experimental model that's not yet ready for use outside the laboratory.
Women who took a probiotic commonly found in yogurts daily while on a diet regime lost significantly more weight and fat than their counterparts who received a placebo. The findings offer interesting hints about how probiotics might be interacting with the tiny microbes that live in our guts.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had a coming out party of sorts over the weekend. At 25, he belongs to the next generation of Bhuttos, the family that has dominated the country's politics for decades. And in an interview, he says he does not fear the turbulent politics that claimed the life of his mother and grandfather.
From the Marketplace Datebook, here’s a look at what’s coming up Thursday:
- In Washington, the Commerce Department reports on International Trade for December.
- Chain stores are slated to report January sales data.
- And if you’ve acquired the board game Monopoly recently, you may have noticed that the iron token is no longer a game piece. Hasbro announced its replacement by a cat token one year ago. Really, what’s likely to bankrupt you faster? Vet bills or pressed clothes?
Even people with good memories can have a hard time remembering the past accurately. That may be because the brain is constantly editing memories,updating them with current information. This may make good evolutionary sense. But it also means that some of your cherished memories may be wrong.
The island's credit rating was pushed to junk territory on Tuesday. The downgrade could affect Puerto Rico's bond offerings.