Jack Andraka, a 15 years old, invented an inexpensive, fast and sensitive blood test strip that accurately identifies pancreatic, lung and some other cancers using single walled carbon nanotubes - in five minutes, for a few cents and without specialized equipment.
Every year brings a new crop of oddball medical cures. And now, from the collective unconscious that brought you "a bag of water will repel flies" (it won't, it really really won't) comes this new cure for night time leg cramping: a bar of soap. Yes, soap. Doesn't even matter which kind of soap, which is kind of a clue that it is bogus, if you ask me.
Todd Akin, Missouri's Republican candidate for Senate recently told a St. Louis radio station that "legitimate rape" rarely causes pregnancy. It is Akin's belief that, in his own words, "If it is a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down."
Kinesiology tape (a.k.a. "kinesio tape") has made a big splash at the Olympics. Suddenly this formerly small-scale bit of pseudoscience has become an item of everyday conversation. Everyone is wondering, what is the deal with that colorful tape all over the Olympic athletes?