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Huawei pours $600m into 5G research

Posted in Online on 7th Nov, 2013 01:45 AM
by AlexMuller
With 4G only now starting to become commonplace, Huawei already has its eye on what comes next.

Cancer 'tidal wave' on horizon, warns WHO

Posted in Medicine on 5th Feb, 2014 03:03 AM
by AlexMuller
The globe is facing a "tidal wave" of cancer, and restrictions on alcohol and sugar need to be considered.

'No target' in UK animal tests plan

Posted in Science on 9th Feb, 2014 01:26 AM
by AlexMuller
The UK government has launched its delivery plan to replace, refine and reduce the use of animals in research - known as "the 3Rs".

China and the International Rush to Claim Antarctica

Posted in Science on 11th Feb, 2014 11:57 PM
by AlexMuller
The Antarctic Treaty will come up for review. China, the US, the UK, and other countries intend to be ready.

Breakthroughs Might Mean the End of Animal Testing

Posted in Science on 22nd Mar, 2014 12:25 AM
by AlexMuller
Cutting back on animal testing isn’t just good ethics, it’s good science.

Half of cancer sufferers 'live a decade or more'

Posted in Medicine on 29th Apr, 2014 09:25 PM
by AlexMuller
Half of people in England and Wales now being diagnosed with cancer will survive at least a decade - double the rate in the early 1970s, figures show.

Animal research 'pledge on openness' agreed

Posted in Medicine on 14th May, 2014 10:57 PM
by AlexMuller
UK animal researchers have signed a pledge to be transparent about the nature of their experiments.

Autism costs '£32bn per year' in UK

Posted in Business on 9th Jun, 2014 11:56 PM
by AlexMuller
The economic cost of supporting someone with autism over a lifetime is much higher than previously thought, research suggests.

Dementia is 'one of greatest enemies of humanity'

Posted in Science on 20th Jun, 2014 12:22 AM
by AlexMuller
A "big, bold global push" is needed to beat dementia, David Cameron has told a summit in London.

Scientists trigger self-destruct switch in lung cancer cells

Posted in Medicine on 1st Nov, 2014 08:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Cancer Research UK scientists have found a drug combination that can trigger the self-destruct process in lung cancer cells - paving the way for new treatments.

Apple building massive new R&D center in Japan, says prime minister

Posted in Business on 9th Dec, 2014 08:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Apple has decided to undertake cutting-edge R&D in Japan

Alzheimer's £30m research collaboration begins

Posted in Science on 16th Feb, 2015 05:59 PM
by AlexMuller
A new network of £30m research centres is being launched to spearhead the search for an Alzheimer's cure.

UK Government pledges £300m to dementia research

Posted in Science on 21st Feb, 2015 04:30 PM
by AlexMuller
David Cameron said an international dementia institute would be established over the next five years in a bid to make the UK a world leader for research and medical trials.

Attacking Alzheimer’s with ultrasound

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Feb, 2015 07:33 PM
by AlexMuller
Opening the blood-brain barrier allows the body to remove plaque in the hippocampus.

Understanding the brain through growing brain organoids

Posted in Science on 1st Mar, 2015 07:52 PM
by AlexMuller
A new method for growing human brain cells could unlock the mysteries of dementia, mental illness, and other neurological disorders.

Regular coffee drinkers have 'cleaner' arteries

Posted in Medicine on 4th Mar, 2015 06:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Drinking a few cups of coffee a day may help people avoid clogged arteries, a known risk factor for heart disease - Korean researchers believe.

Nano Ink That Lets You Draw Sensors Onto Almost Anything

Posted in Hardware on 5th Mar, 2015 09:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Nanoengineers are opening the door to an era when anyone will be able to build sensors, anywhere, including physicians in the clinic, patients in their home and soldiers in the field.

Another potential path to success in tackling Alzheimer’s

Posted in Medicine on 13th Mar, 2015 12:35 AM
by AlexMuller
A non-invasive ultrasound technology that can restore memory loss.

Neuropsychology: Power naps produce a significant improvement in memory performance

Posted in Science on 21st Mar, 2015 11:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Psychologists have shown that a short nap lasting about an hour can significantly improve memory performance.

Personal cancer vaccine research 'exciting' say experts

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Apr, 2015 12:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Tailor-made cancer vaccines that target unique genetic errors in a patient's tumour have been developed in the US.

New Sickle Cell Gene Therapy Approaches

Posted in Science on 13th Apr, 2015 04:25 PM
by AlexMuller
As a patient prepares to become the first in history to receive his own genetically engineered stem cells for sickle cell disease, scientists are already improving the approach.

Microbes Genetically Engineered to Prevent Obesity

Posted in Medicine on 13th Apr, 2015 04:35 PM
by AlexMuller
Genetically engineered bacteria ward off obesity in mice, showing how the microbiome could be used treat chronic diseases in people.

Dementia 'halted in mice brains'

Posted in Medicine on 15th Apr, 2015 06:55 PM
by AlexMuller
Tweaking the brain's immune system with a drug has prevented mice developing dementia, a study shows.

Modified Salmonella eats away at cancer, without a side order of food poisoning

Posted in Science on 15th Apr, 2015 07:08 PM
by AlexMuller
A genetically modified Salmonella strain has been shown to kill off cancer cells without nasty side effects.

Gene study may explain why some remain quick thinkers

Posted in Science on 17th Apr, 2015 05:17 PM
by AlexMuller
Genetic differences could explain why some people are quicker thinkers in middle age and later life, a study of data from 30,000 people suggests.

How to get the entire immune system to attack cancer

Posted in Science on 19th Apr, 2015 05:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Stimulating both major branches of the immune system halts tumor growth more effectively.

Colors help set body’s internal clock

Posted in Science on 19th Apr, 2015 06:06 PM
by AlexMuller
'What this opens up is the possibility for enhancing existing ways of treating jet lag or things like seasonal depression disorder'

Protein converts pancreatic cancer cells back into healthy cells

Posted in Science on 21st Apr, 2015 03:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists working in the area of pancreatic cancer research have uncovered a technique that sees cancerous cells transform back into normal healthy cells.

Ultra-high-res nondestructive 3D imaging of cells with ultrasound

Posted in Science on 21st Apr, 2015 03:20 PM
by AlexMuller
A team of researchers reports the first known nondestructive 3D scan of a single biological cell using a form of 'picosecond' ultrasound.

Drugs stimulate the body’s own stem cells to replace the brain cells lost through multiple sclerosis

Posted in Medicine on 21st Apr, 2015 03:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Two drugs can stimulate regeneration of damaged brain cells and reversing paralysis in animal models of MS.

Mitochondria editing tried in mice

Posted in Science on 26th Apr, 2015 11:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed a technique to edit out bits of mitochondrial DNA that could otherwise pass on incurable diseases, a study in mice shows.

New material for creating artificial blood vessels developed by Swiss scientists

Posted in Medicine on 30th Apr, 2015 09:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed artificial blood vessels made from a special elastomer material with excellent mechanical properties.

Scientists create 'ghosts' in the lab by tricking the brain

Posted in Science on 1st May, 2015 05:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Neuroscientists have succeeded in creating 'ghosts' in the laboratory by tricking the brains of test subjects into feeling an unexpected 'presence' in the room.

Scientists discover a key driver of human aging:

Posted in Science on 1st May, 2015 05:36 PM
by AlexMuller
This discovery may lead to slowing or reversing the aging process.

Gene therapy's 'temporary benefits' for retina disease

Posted in Medicine on 4th May, 2015 10:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Two trials of gene therapy on an inherited form of blindness in children have shown some patients' eyesight can be improved, but only temporarily.

Blood test 'boost' in ovarian cancer fight

Posted in Medicine on 5th May, 2015 06:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Regular blood tests can detect 86% of ovarian cancers before the point at which women normally would be diagnosed, according to a trial that could lead to national screening.

Green Tea Extract and Exercise Hinder Progress of Alzheimer's Disease in Mice

Posted in Medicine on 5th May, 2015 07:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists are seeking treatments and therapies found in common foods that will help stave off the disease or prevent it completely.

Scientists identify novel drug mechanism that fights brain cancer

Posted in Science on 6th May, 2015 09:25 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed and tested a molecule that has the ability to disrupt the body's regulation of cancer cells, causing them to self-destruct rather than multiply.

New Type of Stem Cell Could Make It Easier to Grow Human Organs

Posted in Science on 8th May, 2015 11:06 PM
by AlexMuller
The 'region-specific' pluripotent cells are easier to grow in vitro and graft into an embryo when injected into the right spot.

Hydrogels boost ability of stem cells to restore eyesight and heal brains

Posted in Science on 17th May, 2015 06:17 PM
by AlexMuller
Stem cell-derived photoreceptor cells were injected into the retina, leading to improved eyesight.

Young Blood Can Mend Old Broken Bones

Posted in Medicine on 21st May, 2015 09:08 PM
by AlexMuller
It's old blood, not old bones, that makes fracture healing difficult among the elderly.

Human cells from the blood turned into brain cells

Posted in Medicine on 22nd May, 2015 11:18 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have discovered how to turn human blood cells into brain cells, opening the doors to better understanding disease in the body.

Faster heart rate linked to diabetes risk

Posted in Medicine on 23rd May, 2015 06:58 PM
by AlexMuller
In a four-year study of 73,357 Chinese adults, researchers observed that faster heart rates were positively associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes.

An infection can affect your IQ even after it has been treated

Posted in Medicine on 23rd May, 2015 07:31 PM
by AlexMuller
New research shows that infections can impair your cognitive ability measured on an IQ scale. The study is the largest of its kind to date, and it shows a clear correlation.

Cold Weather: More Deadly Than Extremely Hot Days

Posted in Science on 24th May, 2015 08:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Cold weather kills 20 times as many people as hot weather, according to recent findings.

Telomere extension turns back aging clock in cultured human cells

Posted in Medicine on 25th May, 2015 05:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers delivered a modified RNA that encodes a telomere extending protein to human cells. Cell proliferation was dramatically increased, yielding large numbers.

Memory is retained in cryopreserved and revived worm

Posted in Science on 25th May, 2015 06:08 PM
by AlexMuller
The study’s goal was to test the worm's memory recall after vitrification (cryopreservation) and reviving.

Scientists turn blood into nerve cells in pursuit of better pain relief

Posted in Science on 26th May, 2015 04:04 PM
by AlexMuller
A new study details a technique that turns blood cells into different nerve cells, promising to improve our understanding of why things itch or burn.

Newly identified protein may hold key to preventing diabetes-induced blindness

Posted in Medicine on 26th May, 2015 04:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Diabetic retinopathy is one of the nasty effects diabetes can have, leading to permanent loss of vision.

World's Oldest Broken Bone Pushes Back Our Transition to Land by Two Million Years

Posted in Science on 27th May, 2015 06:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers analyzing the world’s oldest broken bone have discovered that a 333M year old critter spent most of its life on land.

People With Dementia At Greater Heart Attack Risk

Posted in Science on 28th May, 2015 06:02 PM
by AlexMuller
People with cognitive impairment had around an 8x greater risk of heart failure readmission compared with those who were not suffering from neurodegenerative conditions.

A new convenient procedure to visualize defects on graphene layers

Posted in Science on 28th May, 2015 11:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Ideal defect-free graphene is difficult to prepare and a simple direct method to capture and visualize its defects has been lacking.

Psychedelic drugs should be legally reclassified, says psychiatrist

Posted in Science on 29th May, 2015 09:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Pre 1967 research showed "beneficial change in many psychiatric disorders"

Scientists recover 'lost' memories using brain stimulation by blue light

Posted in Medicine on 31st May, 2015 10:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Amnesia is a fixable result of retrieval impairment, not damage.

Autistic brain is hyper-functional; needs predictable, paced environments

Posted in Science on 4th Jun, 2015 09:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have completed a study that turns the traditional view of autism completely around.

When the Color We See Isn’t the Color We Remember

Posted in Science on 4th Jun, 2015 09:59 PM
by AlexMuller
People can distinguish between millions of colors, but have trouble remembering specific shades because our brains store what we’ve seen as one of just a few basic hues.

Test unravels history of infection

Posted in Science on 6th Jun, 2015 12:28 AM
by AlexMuller
US researchers claim to have developed a single test that is able to identify past exposure to every known human virus infection, using a drop of blood.

Earth Organisms Could Survive on Mars

Posted in Science on 6th Jun, 2015 12:45 AM
by AlexMuller
Mars is known for its hostile, low-pressure environment, but despite that fact a study shows that Earth organisms (Archaea) could indeed survive on the Red Planet.

Scientists make breakthrough in schizophrenia research

Posted in Medicine on 6th Jun, 2015 12:50 AM
by AlexMuller
The work presents strong evidence that disruption of a delicate chemical balance in the brain is heavily implicated in the disorder.

WiFi that provides connectivity and charges your gadgets may be closer than you think

Posted in Hardware on 7th Jun, 2015 09:00 PM
by AlexMuller
A team at the University of Washington, has developed a 'power over WiFi' system that can recharge batteries through the air.

Virus improves bone marrow transplants, kills some cancer cells

Posted in Science on 7th Jun, 2015 09:11 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have discovered that a rabbit virus can deliver a one-two punch, killing some kinds of cancer cells while eliminating a complication of bone marrow transplants.

It's in your blood: Links found between blood type and risk of cognitive decline

Posted in Medicine on 9th Jun, 2015 12:15 AM
by AlexMuller
A study has revealed blood types play a role in the development of the nervous system and may cause a higher risk of cognitive decline.

Evolution is unpredictable and irreversible, biologists show

Posted in Science on 10th Jun, 2015 01:22 AM
by AlexMuller
The study focuses exclusively on the type of evolution known as purifying selection, which favors mutations that have no or only a small effect in a fixed environment.

Tiny particles mimic the body's pancreas cells to combat type 1 diabetes

Posted in Medicine on 10th Jun, 2015 07:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Using tiny particles to mimic the form and function of the pancreatic cells is showing promise in halting the onset of diabetes.

Neuroscientists capture the moment a brain records an idea

Posted in Science on 12th Jun, 2015 01:33 AM
by AlexMuller
Cutting-edge brain imaging technology has offered the first glimpse into how new concepts develop in the human brain.

New drug triggers tissue regeneration: Faster regrowth and healing of damaged tissues

Posted in Science on 13th Jun, 2015 12:21 AM
by AlexMuller
A new drug repaired damage to the colon, liver and bone marrow in animal models.

A 3D human 'organoid' brain in a dish

Posted in Medicine on 14th Jun, 2015 12:08 AM
by AlexMuller
Growing a miniature brain from cell scrapings could help diagnose brain disorders in the future.

Nanoparticles target and kill cancer stem cells that drive tumor growth

Posted in Medicine on 16th Jun, 2015 12:39 AM
by AlexMuller
Many cancer patients survive treatment only to have a recurrence. Recurrences are likely due to cancer stem cells that can be tough to kill with conventional drugs.

Vaccine hope for post-traumatic stress disorder

Posted in Medicine on 17th Jun, 2015 12:33 AM
by AlexMuller
The immune system could be key to treating, or even preventing PTSD. Research suggests that immunizing animals can lessen fear if they are later exposed to stress.

Self-awareness not unique to mankind

Posted in Science on 17th Jun, 2015 12:39 AM
by AlexMuller
A study has found that humans and other animals capable of mentally simulating environments require at least a primitive sense of self.

A new flu drug gives the body time to defend itself

Posted in Science on 17th Jun, 2015 12:49 AM
by AlexMuller
Past flu-fighting drugs have targeted the virus itself. But a new drug called Vasculotide reinforces the cellular barrier in the lungs, giving the body more time to rid itself of the virus.

Network theory sheds new light on origins of consciousness

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2015 01:29 AM
by AlexMuller
Is your awareness of the world and of yourself the result of specific, focused changes in your brain, or does that awareness come from a broad network of neural activity?

'Brain-to-Text' system converts speech brainwave patterns to text

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2015 01:37 AM
by AlexMuller
A step toward communication with computers or humans by thought alone.

Tissue scaffold technology could help rebuild large organs

Posted in Medicine on 20th Jun, 2015 12:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed a new tissue scaffold (support structure) technology that could one day make it possible to engineer large organs.

HIV vaccine approach nears human trial

Posted in Science on 21st Jun, 2015 11:30 PM
by AlexMuller
A study indicates it is possible to trigger the antibody system, with an engineered molecule that mimics a vulnerable region of HIV, to make neutralizing antibodies.

Chemists devise technology that could transform solar energy storage

Posted in Science on 21st Jun, 2015 11:50 PM
by AlexMuller
A new technology developed by chemists at UCLA is capable of storing solar energy for up to several weeks.

New sleep genes found

Posted in Medicine on 21st Jun, 2015 11:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Most of us need seven to eight hours of sleep a night to function well, but some people seem to need a lot less sleep. The difference is largely due to genetic variability.

Extreme Exercise Can Poison the Blood

Posted in Science on 22nd Jun, 2015 11:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Even four hours of intense activity may be enough to let bacteria escape from the gut into the blood, setting off a chain of inflammation.

Individual neurons tell us whether or not we remember something

Posted in Medicine on 24th Jun, 2015 12:46 AM
by AlexMuller
At the same time, they indicate how confident we should be in that judgment.

Stem cell use during lung transplantation may expand donor pool

Posted in Medicine on 24th Jun, 2015 12:52 AM
by AlexMuller
Pairing a donated organ with a potential recipient is a critical task requiring a near-perfect match.

Consciousness has less control than believed, according to new theory

Posted in Science on 25th Jun, 2015 12:41 AM
by AlexMuller
Consciousness is far less powerful than people believe, serving as a passive conduit rather than exerting control, according to a new theory.

DNA and Light Detect Cancer in the Brain, Head and Neck

Posted in Science on 26th Jun, 2015 01:48 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have employed an imaging technique that uses safe near-infrared light to differentiate between healthy brain tissue and that which has become cancerous.

Sprayable foam that slows bleeding could save lives

Posted in Medicine on 26th Jun, 2015 10:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Using a material derived from crustacean shells, scientists have now developed a foam that can be sprayed onto an open wound to stop the bleeding.

Scientists build artificial neurons able to communicate with organic neurons

Posted in Hardware on 26th Jun, 2015 11:11 PM
by AlexMuller
This artificial neuron is capable of mimicking the function of a human nerve and communicate the way as our own neurons do.

Pancreatic cancer blood test breakthrough

Posted in Science on 28th Jun, 2015 12:03 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists believe they are close to a blood test for pancreatic cancer; one of the hardest tumours to detect and treat.

Some updates in the quest for a cure for aging

Posted in Business on 30th Jun, 2015 01:02 AM
by AlexMuller
Google isn't the only company putting millions of dollars into ending the effects of aging.

Swarms of tiny robots are joining forces to break through blocked arteries

Posted in Hardware on 30th Jun, 2015 01:12 AM
by AlexMuller
A $18 million initiative set on creating a microrobot-assisted procedure for dealing with blocked arteries within five years.

Hope for Alzheimer's treatment as researchers find licensed drugs halt brain degeneration

Posted in Medicine on 30th Jun, 2015 11:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Studies show existing medicines could help restore protein production in brain and prevent memory loss, speeding up the search for a cure.

Implantable 'artificial pancreas' could help diabetes patients control their blood sugar

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Jul, 2015 12:22 AM
by AlexMuller
The development of an artificial pancreas that continuously measures a person's blood sugar, and can automatically release insulin as needed.

Implantable pump to regulate fluids in the eye and preserve vision

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Jul, 2015 11:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Though there are treatments for both glaucoma and phthisis bulbi, these only slow the progression of damage and loss of vision, rather than reverse their symptoms.

Sniffing could provide autism test

Posted in Science on 4th Jul, 2015 12:15 AM
by AlexMuller
The way children sniff different aromas could form the basis of a test for autism, suggest researchers in Israel.

Walking in nature lowers risk of depression, scientists find

Posted in Medicine on 4th Jul, 2015 12:19 AM
by AlexMuller
A new study has found quantifiable evidence that supports the common idea that walking in nature could lower your risk of depression.

These are the projects Elon Musk is funding to prevent killer AI

Posted in Software on 5th Jul, 2015 12:05 AM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk has donated millions to the Future of Life Institute, and now the organization is funding research into keeping artificial intelligence 'robust and beneficial'.

Evolutionary adaptations in organisms can be reversed, but rarely

Posted in Science on 7th Jul, 2015 01:05 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have showed that some species of insects have gained, lost and regained wings over millions of years.

Molecular clue to memory decline

Posted in Science on 7th Jul, 2015 01:25 AM
by AlexMuller
A molecule that accumulates in the blood with age may be linked to cognitive decline, said scientists Monday who mooted hopes of a memory-restoring treatment.

Rates of bioloical ageing vary widely, says study

Posted in Medicine on 7th Jul, 2015 11:45 PM
by AlexMuller
A study of people born within a year of each other has uncovered a huge gulf in the speed at which their bodies age.

Brain Imaging Shows How Children Inherit Their Parents' Anxiety

Posted in Science on 8th Jul, 2015 12:01 AM
by AlexMuller
A prefrontal-limbic-midbrain circuit is responsible for the genetic transfer of an anxious temperament.

Enriched blood cells preserve cognition in mice with features of Alzheimer's disease

Posted in Medicine on 8th Jul, 2015 09:45 PM
by AlexMuller
The study showed measurable benefits in mice, a step toward further testing of these powerful strategies in humans.

Cell structure discovery advances understanding of cancer development

Posted in Medicine on 11th Jul, 2015 11:18 PM
by AlexMuller
A structure called 'the mesh' has been identified which helps to hold together cells. This discovery changes understanding of the cell's scaffolding.

Geometry of brain's outer surface correlates with genetic heritage

Posted in Science on 12th Jul, 2015 10:10 PM
by AlexMuller
Patterns in sulci and gyri don't predict cognitive ability, but may help diagnose disease.

A drug delivery nanotech system holds promise for kidney cancer

Posted in Medicine on 12th Jul, 2015 10:14 PM
by AlexMuller
The device, called a mesoscale nanoparticle, could help boost the usefulness of some cancer drugs.

PTN interviews Dr. Aubrey de Grey, researcher of anti-aging regenerative medicine

Posted in Interviews on 13th Jul, 2015 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
Aubrey de Grey answers questions on his work at the SENS foundation and efforts to fight illness by bringing aging under medical control.

Research suggests cooperative behaviour is not instinctive, but learned

Posted in Business on 14th Jul, 2015 12:17 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers compared decision-making in economic games between high-trust and low-trust societies.

Ultrasound cuts healing time of chronic wounds by 30 percent

Posted in Medicine on 14th Jul, 2015 12:25 AM
by AlexMuller
Applying the vibrations of an ultrasound served to stimulate a certain pathway that substitutes for the regular fibroblast migration route and recruits the cells to the wound bed.

15-year-old schoolboy develops test for Alzheimer's disease

Posted in Science on 14th Jul, 2015 11:46 PM
by AlexMuller
A test which could not only pick up the early signs of Alzheimer's disease but potentially stops it spreading further.

Ancestral diets determine vulnerability to type 2 diabetes

Posted in Science on 15th Jul, 2015 12:18 AM
by AlexMuller
New research reveals the significance of the nutrition endured by ancestors.

Researchers create model of early human heart development from stem cells

Posted in Medicine on 15th Jul, 2015 10:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Growing beating cardiac tissue from stem cells to create a system that could serve as a model for early heart development.

Growing micro-brains from skin cells sheds light on Autism

Posted in Science on 16th Jul, 2015 11:00 PM
by AlexMuller
The 'brain organoids' revealed that a genetic mutation causes the brain to overproduce inhibitory neurons, which dampens how signals are transmitted within the brain.

This Biotech Discovery May Mean You'll Never Need a Painful Flu Shot Again

Posted in Medicine on 16th Jul, 2015 11:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers in Japan have tested a new 'dissolving needle' that is basically a painless patch that you stick to your arm.

Wireless device delivers drugs to brain and triggers neurons via remote control

Posted in Medicine on 18th Jul, 2015 12:11 AM
by AlexMuller
A tiny “wireless optofluidic neural probe” that can be implanted in the brain and triggered to deliver drugs and target brain cells.

Poor sleeping patterns link to cancer

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Jul, 2015 12:44 AM
by AlexMuller
Irregular sleeping patterns have been 'unequivocally' shown to lead to cancer in tests on mice, a study suggests.

Early signs that drug 'may delay Alzheimer's decline'

Posted in Science on 23rd Jul, 2015 12:14 AM
by AlexMuller
The first details of how a drug could slow the pace of brain decline for patients with early stage Alzheimer's disease have emerged.

Brain area found that may make humans unique

Posted in Science on 24th Jul, 2015 11:48 PM
by AlexMuller
An experiment compares the way monkey and human brains respond to abstract information.

Women's brains more vulnerable to Alzheimer's than men's

Posted in Medicine on 25th Jul, 2015 11:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Women's brains might be more vulnerable to the Alzheimer's disease than men’s, causing them to decline in memory and function twice as fast, according to research.

An anti-inflammatory 'smart drug' that activates only in high-inflammation areas

Posted in Science on 25th Jul, 2015 11:42 PM
by AlexMuller
An important solution for immunosuppressed patients, older patients, and those undergoing chemotherapy.

The CRISPR craze: gene editing poised to change medicine and industry

Posted in Medicine on 29th Jul, 2015 01:03 AM
by AlexMuller
CRISPR/Cas for gene editing has the ability to make targeted changes in DNA sequences in living cells with ease and affordability.

Study shows how rhythms control communication between brain regions

Posted in Science on 30th Jul, 2015 01:52 AM
by AlexMuller
Taking on intellectually challenging tasks, groups of neurons tune in to one another and harmonize, then go back to improvising.

Harnessing the survival powers of cancer cells could wipe out heart disease

Posted in Medicine on 30th Jul, 2015 11:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Genes that cancers use to proliferate could be repurposed. Researchers believe this could lead to a new treatment for people with heart disease.

Women’s immune system genes operate differently from men’s

Posted in Science on 2nd Aug, 2015 11:39 PM
by AlexMuller
A new technology reveals that immune system genes switch on and off differently in women and men, and the source of that variation is not primarily in the DNA.

Intracellular microlasers for precise labeling of a trillion individual cells

Posted in Medicine on 4th Aug, 2015 11:36 PM
by AlexMuller
The wavelengths of light emitted by intracellular microlasers differ based on size, shape, and composition of each microlaser, allowing precise labeling of individual cells.

Inflammation, not telomere length, predicts healthy longevity of centenarians

Posted in Medicine on 5th Aug, 2015 11:55 PM
by AlexMuller
To live past 100 you must keep inflammation down.

The MIND diet may slow brain aging by 7.5 years

Posted in Science on 7th Aug, 2015 11:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Eating a group of specific foods may slow cognitive decline among aging adults, even when not at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers.

New Nanotech Device Will Be Able To Target And Destroy Blood Clots

Posted in Medicine on 7th Aug, 2015 11:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have come up with an easy to administer method based on nanotechnology to deal with blood clots.

Scientists Turn Skin Cells into Brain Cells, Using Alzheimer's Patients

Posted in Science on 8th Aug, 2015 09:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have turned human skin cells into neurons. They hope that their technique could one day help rejuvenate failing tissues in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.

Medical innovations get £18m in funding

Posted in Business on 8th Aug, 2015 09:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Development of a universal flu vaccine and a home testing kit for lung infections are among 12 projects to have received backing from an £18m fund for medical innovation.

How aging damages and cripples the immune system

Posted in Medicine on 9th Aug, 2015 10:25 PM
by AlexMuller
Aging cripples the production of new immune cells, decreasing the immune system’s response to vaccines and putting the elderly at risk of infection.

Universal plaque-busting drug could treat various brain diseases

Posted in Science on 10th Aug, 2015 05:27 PM
by AlexMuller
A virus found in sewage has spawned a unique drug that targets plaques implicated in a host of brain-crippling diseases, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Eye movements in sleep 'change scenes' during dreams

Posted in Science on 12th Aug, 2015 10:22 PM
by AlexMuller
For the first time, scientists have recorded from individual brain cells during the dreaming phase of sleep.

Alphabet (Google) Inks Another Healthcare Deal

Posted in Business on 12th Aug, 2015 11:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Dexcom, a leading glucose-monitoring company, is partnering up with the Alphabet group to make smaller, better devices for people with diabetes.

Study links aerobic fitness, thinner gray matter, and better math skills in kids

Posted in Science on 13th Aug, 2015 11:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Thinning of the outermost layer of brain cells in the cerebrum is associated with better mathematics performance.

Scientists find mass extinctions can accelerate evolution

Posted in Software on 14th Aug, 2015 07:20 PM
by AlexMuller
The research supports the idea that mass extinctions actually speed up evolution by unleashing new creativity in adaptations.

Google Research Boosts Deep Learning Detection with GPUs

Posted in Hardware on 14th Aug, 2015 10:40 PM
by AlexMuller
An emerging market is exploding in deep learning and computer vision with companies continuing to push the processing speed and complexity envelope.

Dementia research boosted by surge in volunteers

Posted in Science on 15th Aug, 2015 10:00 PM
by AlexMuller
There has been a surge in the number of people volunteering to help with medical research into dementia, with a reported 60% jump in people signing up in the past year.

Trans fats, but not saturated fats, have been linked to greater risk of death and heart disease

Posted in Science on 15th Aug, 2015 10:06 PM
by AlexMuller
'For years everyone has been advised to cut out fats, but there are different kinds of fats.'

Newly discovered brain network recognizes what’s new or familiar

Posted in Medicine on 16th Aug, 2015 08:35 PM
by AlexMuller
The Parietal Memory Network (PMN), processes incoming information based on whether it’s something we’ve experienced previously or appears to be new and unknown.

New probe 'lights up' blood clots in single scan

Posted in Science on 20th Aug, 2015 12:47 AM
by AlexMuller
A new probe that sticks to blood clots so they can be seen in a PET will be tested in humans later this year, according to researchers in the US.

Most complete functioning human-brain model to date, according to researchers

Posted in Medicine on 20th Aug, 2015 12:52 AM
by AlexMuller
The brain organoid, engineered from adult human skin cells, is the most complete human brain model yet developed.

Google X life sciences team spins out into its own company under Alphabet

Posted in Business on 21st Aug, 2015 09:42 PM
by AlexMuller
'Working to move technologies from R&D to clinical testing, and transform the way we detect, prevent, and manage disease.'

A metabolic master switch underlying human obesity

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Aug, 2015 07:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have unveiled a new pathway that controls human metabolism by prompting our adipocytes, or fat cells, to store fat or burn it away.

Rethinking which cells are the conductors of learning and memory

Posted in Science on 22nd Aug, 2015 07:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Brain cells called glia may be center stage when it comes to how humans learn and remember.

Drug protects against the effects of nuclear radiation 24 hours after exposure

Posted in Medicine on 23rd Aug, 2015 07:04 PM
by AlexMuller
The threat of a nuclear incident has raised awareness of the need for medicine that can prevent radiation damage.

Universal flu vaccine comes closer

Posted in Medicine on 24th Aug, 2015 11:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers say they are closer to developing a vaccine to give life-long protection against any type of flu, after promising trials in animals.

Those Omega3 Supplements May Not Help Your Brain After All

Posted in Science on 25th Aug, 2015 11:14 PM
by AlexMuller
A massive, long-term NIH study found that omega-3 supplements are no better than sugar pills.

Anti-cancer vaccine uses patient’s own cancer cells to trigger immune responses

Posted in Medicine on 27th Aug, 2015 11:26 PM
by AlexMuller
A 'injectable cryogel whole-cell cancer vaccine' uses patient-specific harvested cancer to help the body attack cancer.

Alzheimer’s disease thought to be accelerated by an abnormal build-up of fat in the brain

Posted in Medicine on 28th Aug, 2015 11:51 PM
by AlexMuller
'Our experiments suggest that these abnormal fat deposits could be a trigger for the disease'.

'Tissue Velcro' Could Patch Damaged Organs

Posted in Medicine on 30th Aug, 2015 05:11 PM
by AlexMuller
In the not-too-distant future, patients with damaged hearts or livers might receive tissue patches grown in a lab.

Speech-classifier program is better at predicting psychosis than psychiatrists

Posted in Software on 30th Aug, 2015 05:24 PM
by AlexMuller
A speech analysis program differentiated between people who developed psychosis over a later period and those who did not.

3D printed 120 micron long 'microfish' could be efficient bloodstream robots

Posted in Hardware on 31st Aug, 2015 10:37 PM
by AlexMuller
The university of San Diego used an innovative 3D printing technology to make multipurpose fish-shaped microrobots.

Solar propulsion can make space travel cheaper and more efficient say NASA researchers

Posted in Science on 1st Sep, 2015 11:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Ever since NASA popularised the solar panel way back in the 1970s, solar has proved crucial to expanding our knowledge of space.

Short sleepers are four times more likely to catch a cold

Posted in Science on 1st Sep, 2015 11:14 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have long known that sleep is important for our health, with poor sleep linked to chronic illnesses and disease susceptibility.

Gene therapy rescues dying cells in the brains of Alzheimer's patients

Posted in Science on 3rd Sep, 2015 12:55 AM
by AlexMuller
New clinical trial data suggest that nerve growth factor gene therapy is safe for extended periods of time.

Diabetes drug may help in leukaemia

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Sep, 2015 11:39 PM
by AlexMuller
A drug used to treat diabetes could help in the fight against blood cancer, early research in the journal Nature suggests.

Antidepressant causes different brain changes in depressed and non-depressed individuals

Posted in Medicine on 5th Sep, 2015 08:04 PM
by AlexMuller
A common antidepressant may alter brain structures in depressed and non-depressed individuals in different ways.

Weight loss surgery 'cures half of type-2 diabetes cases'

Posted in Medicine on 5th Sep, 2015 08:14 PM
by AlexMuller
Weight loss surgery cures half of patients with type-2 diabetes, for at least five years, a study suggests.

Gene Leads to Nearsightedness When Kids Read

Posted in Science on 6th Sep, 2015 09:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Vision researchers have discovered a gene that causes myopia, but only in people who spend a lot of time in childhood reading or doing other 'nearwork'.

Motion sickness could be avoided via a zap to the scalp

Posted in Science on 6th Sep, 2015 10:10 PM
by AlexMuller
While many of us may have experienced a bit of queasiness on rough flights or boat trips, some people suffer from extreme motion sickness even under calm conditions.

Gene Therapy May Be Our Newest, and Most Effective, Weapon Against Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted in Science on 8th Sep, 2015 12:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Despite dedicating enormous amounts of time, money and effort to finding an effective cure, almost all new drugs have failed clinical trials.

Researchers map a protein 'tree of life' for species across the animal kingdom

Posted in Science on 9th Sep, 2015 01:46 AM
by AlexMuller
Roughly 20,000 unique proteins are synthesized by our genes, and work together in combination to execute complex processes.

A new prion disease raises questions about whether Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s could be infectious

Posted in Science on 9th Sep, 2015 02:18 AM
by AlexMuller
Prion diseases are a rare class of brain disorders that are transmissible between humans.

Bio-artificial kidney project hopes to raise funds through crowdfunding

Posted in Online on 12th Sep, 2015 11:30 PM
by AlexMuller
A crowdfunding effort kicks off in the hopes of raising funds to help accelerate the development of a bio-artificial kidney to change the lives of Kidney Failure patients.

Can resveratrol really stave off Alzheimer’s disease?

Posted in Science on 12th Sep, 2015 11:19 PM
by AlexMuller
Extremely calorie-restricted diets greatly reduce age-related diseases in animals. The hope is that resveratrol activates sirtuins to get the same benefits.

Moon’s crust as fractured as can be from a barrage of small asteroids

Posted in Science on 12th Sep, 2015 11:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists believe that 4 billion years ago the moon took a severe beating, as an army of asteroids pelted it. Such impacts opened up a network of large seams beneath the surface.

Global Study Shows That The Leading Factors For Early Death Are High Blood Pressure And Poor Diets

Posted in Science on 14th Sep, 2015 10:00 AM
by AlexMuller
The researchers found out that the risk factors have changed profoundly since 1990.

Soaking brain tissue in a solution turns it transparent, providing new opportunities for understanding

Posted in Medicine on 15th Sep, 2015 03:45 PM
by AlexMuller
From X-rays to MRIs, researchers learn a lot about the body any time they find a new way to see it.

Chatty cellular machines take synthetic biology to next level

Posted in Science on 15th Sep, 2015 04:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers are working on a new class of cellular machines that 'talk' to each other, and behave in sophisticated ways. Synthetic biology is going multicellular.

Controlling brain cells with ultrasound

Posted in Science on 16th Sep, 2015 09:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Sonogenetics may be able to selectively activate brain, heart, muscle, and other cells using ultrasonic waves, similar to optogenetics.

Could the development of powerful Artificial Intelligence cause us harm?

Posted in Software on 18th Sep, 2015 01:35 AM
by AlexMuller
We need to make sure that responsible people stay at the forefront of what will be an incredibly important technology in the next 10 or 20 years.

New technique bodes well for lung transplant success rate

Posted in Medicine on 21st Sep, 2015 09:32 PM
by AlexMuller
The EVLP-treated lungs showed little signs of rejection, while the lungs transplanted without the treatment all showed signs of severe rejection.

A chemical relative of aspirin might help treat Alzheimer's disease

Posted in Medicine on 21st Sep, 2015 09:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Salsalate, long used for rheumatoid arthritis, reduces toxic protein in mice study.

Lab-grown kidneys work in animals

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Sep, 2015 11:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists say they are a step closer to growing fully functioning replacement kidneys, after promising results in animals.

A high fat diet leads to overeating because of faulty brain signaling

Posted in Medicine on 23rd Sep, 2015 12:30 AM
by AlexMuller
A high fat diet causes people to eat more, which ultimately impairs the ability of obese people to successfully control their caloric intake, lose weight and maintain weight loss.

A new class of anti-obesity compounds with potential anti-diabetic properties

Posted in Science on 25th Sep, 2015 06:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Mice with pre-existing obesity lost 20 percent of their body weight and about 50 percent of their fat mass.

New 'stealth dark matter' theory may explain mystery of the universe’s missing mass

Posted in Science on 25th Sep, 2015 06:34 PM
by AlexMuller
A new theory that may explain why dark matter has evaded direct detection in Earth-based experiments has been developed.

People in different buildings linked brain to brain

Posted in Science on 25th Sep, 2015 06:41 PM
by AlexMuller
The first brain-to-brain telepathy-like communication between two participants via the Internet has been performed by University of Washington researchers.

Timing Your Blood Pressure Meds Right Might Prevent Diabetes

Posted in Medicine on 26th Sep, 2015 11:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers found that taking blood pressure medications at bedtime rather than waiting until morning may cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than half.

NASA Is Sending Bacteria to the Edge of Space to See if They Can Hitchhike to Mars

Posted in Science on 27th Sep, 2015 08:20 PM
by AlexMuller
To find out if life can hitchhike to Mars and survive on the planet’s surface, NASA is going to see how they do 120,000 feet up.

'Deep learning' reveals unexpected genetic roots of cancers, autism and other disorders

Posted in Software on 27th Sep, 2015 08:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Since the genome was sequenced, scientists have struggled to answer the question: Which DNA mutations cause disease?

Starving cells of sugar could be the key to future cancer treatments

Posted in Medicine on 27th Sep, 2015 08:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Cancer cells are cells that cheat death; rather than growing old and dying, as healthy cells do, they continue to grow and divide.

What travelling to Mars might do to the brain

Posted in Science on 29th Sep, 2015 09:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Although the stress can have many long-lasting effects on the body and mind, it appears that 18 months isn’t long enough to do any permanent damage.

Self-assembling material that grows and changes shape could lead to artificial arteries

Posted in Medicine on 29th Sep, 2015 09:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed a way of assembling organic molecules into complex tubular tissue-like structures.

How to make 3D objects totally disappear

Posted in Science on 30th Sep, 2015 11:55 PM
by AlexMuller
An ultra-thin invisibility 'skin' cloak that can conform to the shape of an object and conceal it from detection with visible light has been developed.

Drugs disguised as blood cells could target cancer

Posted in Science on 1st Oct, 2015 12:10 AM
by AlexMuller
It’s notoriously difficult to direct cancer drugs to only the cells you want to target; they often kill many healthy cells in the process.

Apes and Memory:

Posted in Science on 1st Oct, 2015 10:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Can apes remember what happens in movies?

New prosthesis bypasses brain damage by re-encoding memories

Posted in Hardware on 1st Oct, 2015 10:55 PM
by AlexMuller
A brain prosthesis designed to help individuals suffering from memory loss has been developed by researchers.

A protein found in whales might make for better synthetic blood

Posted in Science on 2nd Oct, 2015 05:54 PM
by AlexMuller
Have you ever wondered how some whales stay underwater for up to two hours without coming up for air? It’s because they use a highly stable protein called myoglobin.

Kavli foundation invests $100 Million into brain research

Posted in Science on 2nd Oct, 2015 06:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers hope the money will help develop tools that will allow neuroscientists to see the whole picture of how the brain works.

Drug used to treat cancer appears to sharpen memory

Posted in Science on 3rd Oct, 2015 11:06 PM
by AlexMuller
A drug that would sharpen your memory and help those with dementia and Alzheimer's disease by rewiring the brain and keeping neurons alive?

Disney has invented augmented reality 3D colouring books

Posted in Software on 4th Oct, 2015 10:12 PM
by AlexMuller
It’s made possible by an augmented reality app that’s able to track and capture real-time images from a mobile's camera, and then map them onto any 3D deformable surface.

Self-propelled powder designed to stop severe bleeding

Posted in Science on 4th Oct, 2015 10:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The first self-propelled particles capable of delivering coagulants against the flow of blood to treat severe bleeding, a potentially huge advancement in trauma care.

Warmest ever superconductor works at Antarctic temperatures

Posted in Science on 4th Oct, 2015 10:29 PM
by AlexMuller
A material has been shown to transmit electricity with no resistance at the highest temperatures ever: the chilly conditions you might experience in Antarctica.

Mini-brains will help medical research

Posted in Science on 5th Oct, 2015 09:34 PM
by AlexMuller
If Brown University scientists have their way, just about any lab could make some simulated brain matter of their own.

2015's Nobel Prize in Medicine Goes to Breakthroughs in Fighting Malaria and Parasites

Posted in Medicine on 5th Oct, 2015 11:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Two discoveries have provided a new means to combat these debilitating diseases that affect hundreds of millions of people annually.

Google Doubles Down On AI In Europe As It Takes A Stake In DFKI Research Center In Germany

Posted in Software on 9th Oct, 2015 10:41 AM
by AlexMuller
Google has been investing in building out its artificial intelligence, deep learning and robotics capabilities.

HIV vaccine to be tested on people

Posted in Medicine on 10th Oct, 2015 05:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have long been frustrated by the ability of the AIDS virus to mutate and evade the immune system.

How to grow old brain cells for studying age-related diseases

Posted in Medicine on 10th Oct, 2015 05:45 PM
by AlexMuller
The new technique, which yields cells resembling those found in older people’s brains, will be a boon to scientists studying age-related diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

This new computer program can diagnose cancer in just two days

Posted in Software on 11th Oct, 2015 08:56 PM
by AlexMuller
When it comes to cancer, spotting the disease earlier can quite literally mean the difference between life and death.

Action video games improve brain function more than 'brain games'

Posted in Games on 11th Oct, 2015 08:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Games that feature quickly moving targets and that require the user to make rapid, accurate decisions, have particularly positive cognitive impacts.

New 'Light Meter' photosensitive cells discovered in the eye

Posted in Medicine on 12th Oct, 2015 07:24 PM
by AlexMuller
The cornea is a light-sensitive tissue, according to new research. This add to past work proving the retina senses light as part of its role in synchronizing our body clocks.

Charity offers £100m for new ways to beat cancer

Posted in Science on 12th Oct, 2015 07:31 PM
by AlexMuller
A cancer charity is offering £100m in research money for international scientists to come up with new approaches to beating cancer.

A soft, bio-friendly ’3D’ brain-implant electrode

Posted in Science on 12th Oct, 2015 07:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Can capture signals from single neurons in the brain over a long period of time, without causing brain-tissue damage.

People 'prefer bored robots'

Posted in Science on 13th Oct, 2015 06:23 PM
by AlexMuller
People warmed to a robot if it made mistakes and showed human-like emotions, such as boredom.

Bowel cancer is four distinct diseases

Posted in Science on 13th Oct, 2015 06:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Bowel cancer is four distinct diseases, each with a different prognosis, scientists have discovered.

Malaria vaccine may provide hope for a general cure for cancer

Posted in Science on 13th Oct, 2015 06:52 PM
by AlexMuller
The hunt for a vaccine against malaria has provided an unexpected side benefit for researchers, namely what appears to be an effective weapon against cancer.

Cardiff University study on the science of hallucinations

Posted in Medicine on 15th Oct, 2015 04:18 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists at Cardiff University believe they can help explain why some people are prone to hallucinations.

Caffeinated plants give bees a buzz

Posted in Science on 16th Oct, 2015 05:46 AM
by AlexMuller
Many plants produce caffeine in their nectar. An experiment with artificial nectar has now shown that bees are attracted to and even drugged by the compound.

A functional kidney organoid from stem cells

Posted in Medicine on 17th Oct, 2015 01:11 AM
by AlexMuller
Diseases can attack specific organs, landing patients on a transplant list. Our bodies have markers that identify an organ as 'self', making it difficult to find an organ match.

Protein-folding discovery opens a window on basic life processes

Posted in Science on 17th Oct, 2015 06:54 PM
by AlexMuller
Biochemists have made a fundamental discovery about protein structure that sheds new light on how proteins fold, one of the most basic processes of life.

Researchers pinpoint where the human brain stores time and place of memories

Posted in Medicine on 17th Oct, 2015 06:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers from Ohio State University have discovered where the human brain stores the time and place of memories.

Transformation of human astroglial cells into neurons for brain repair

Posted in Medicine on 19th Oct, 2015 10:39 PM
by AlexMuller
May lead to drugs that restore brain function after traumatic injuries, stroke, or diseases such as Alzheimer's.

Scientists find way to make leukemia cells kill each other

Posted in Medicine on 21st Oct, 2015 12:51 AM
by AlexMuller
The surprise finding could lead to a powerful new therapy for leukemia and possibly other cancers.

Noninvasive imaging method can look twice as deep inside the living brain

Posted in Science on 21st Oct, 2015 01:10 AM
by AlexMuller
This new optical coherence tomography (OCT) approach to brain study may allow for examining vascular changes in the deep brain.

Drug-resistant malaria can infect African mosquitoes

Posted in Medicine on 21st Oct, 2015 08:37 PM
by AlexMuller
The scientists say the consequences of this would be dire, putting millions of lives at risk.

Accidental orange peel discovery could save lives from mercury poisoning

Posted in Science on 23rd Oct, 2015 12:09 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists stumble over cheap material that can suck deadly mercury out of oceans.

The Science Surrounding Cryonics

Posted in Science on 23rd Oct, 2015 12:08 AM
by AlexMuller
What the nervous system of the roundworm, frozen embryos, and extreme hypothermia tell us about preserving the mind.

Google-Alphabet will spend billions on moonshot technologies like self driving cars and anti-aging

Posted in Business on 24th Oct, 2015 08:32 AM
by AlexMuller
Alphabet is preparing to ramp up spending on its most far-out projects.

Virtual reality maze 'predicts Alzheimer's disease'

Posted in Medicine on 24th Oct, 2015 08:51 AM
by AlexMuller
Alzheimer's disease can be detected decades before onset, using a virtual reality test, a study suggests.

A CRISPR variation that wont introduce new DNA to plants

Posted in Science on 25th Oct, 2015 12:15 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have altered CRISPR so that it can knock out genes without introducing new ones. The modifications might not even qualify as genetically modified foods.

A study shows how brains are able to multitask

Posted in Science on 25th Oct, 2015 12:22 AM
by AlexMuller
What's actually going on inside our brains that allows for us to strategically focus on one task over another? That's remained largely a mystery, at least until recently.

Antiaging protein GDF11 could be source of rejuvenation from young blood

Posted in Medicine on 25th Oct, 2015 08:51 PM
by AlexMuller
A specific protein, GDF11, may explain young blood’s beneficial effects.

Beer compound could help fend off Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases

Posted in Medicine on 27th Oct, 2015 05:33 PM
by AlexMuller
A compound from hops could protect brain cells from damage.

Nobel-winning drug 'tackles malaria'

Posted in Medicine on 29th Oct, 2015 01:46 AM
by AlexMuller
A parasitic-worm-killing drug, whose discovery won the Nobel prize, may also cut cases of malaria, say researchers.

A drug-delivery technique to bypass the blood-brain barrier

Posted in Science on 29th Oct, 2015 02:05 AM
by AlexMuller
A development that could benefit a large population of patients with neurodegenerative disorders.

Google's Project Loon internet balloons to circle the Earth

Posted in Hardware on 29th Oct, 2015 02:20 AM
by AlexMuller
"It used to take 14 people an hour or two to launch a balloon, now with an automated crane we can launch a balloon every 15 minutes with two or three people."

New analysis of Apollo lunar samples solves decades-old mystery

Posted in Science on 29th Oct, 2015 11:28 AM
by AlexMuller
Lunar soil samples contain amino acids, but the technology to determine where they came from has not been available until now.

FDA approves use of engineered herpes virus to treat cancer

Posted in Medicine on 29th Oct, 2015 12:09 PM
by AlexMuller
The drug, which relies upon a genetically engineered herpes virus to attack and kill the cancerous cells, is the first virotherapy drug to gain approval.

Sleep disruptions similar to jet lag linked to memory and learning problems

Posted in Medicine on 30th Oct, 2015 04:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Chemical changes in brain cells caused by disturbances in the body’s day-night cycle may lead to the learning and memory loss.

Male/female brain differences? Big data says not so much

Posted in Science on 31st Oct, 2015 05:42 PM
by AlexMuller
Research has debunked the belief that the hippocampus, a part of the brain that consolidates new memories and helps connect emotions to the senses, is larger in females.

Long-term aerobic exercise can prevent age-related brain deterioration

Posted in Medicine on 1st Nov, 2015 03:34 PM
by AlexMuller
Brains of mice shows that structural deterioration associated with old age can be prevented by aerobic exercise starting in mid-life.

Google plans drone delivery service for 2017

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Nov, 2015 12:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Called Project Wing, the initiative aims to be delivering goods to consumers using the aircraft. "Our goal is to have commercial business up and running in 2017"

Simulation models universe from near birth until today

Posted in Software on 3rd Nov, 2015 01:14 PM
by AlexMuller
One of the largest cosmological simulations ever performed, has modeled the evolution of the universe from just 50 million years after the Big Bang to the present day.

Using electrical brain stimulation to help patients lose weight

Posted in Science on 5th Nov, 2015 03:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Many factors can cause obesity, including genes, lifestyle and environment. But there’s some evidence to suggest that quirks of the brain might be a factor, too.

Eye drops could clear up cataracts using newly identified chemical

Posted in Medicine on 6th Nov, 2015 01:13 PM
by AlexMuller
A chemical that could potentially be used in eye drops to reverse cataracts, the leading cause of blindness, has been identified by a team of scientists.

How Graphene Could Turn Air Into Energy

Posted in Science on 7th Nov, 2015 12:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Graphene can easily allow protons to pass through it, researchers have found. The discovery could open the door to a whole new type of energy production.

AI based scientific search engine aims to accelerate the research process

Posted in Software on 8th Nov, 2015 10:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Leveraging expertise in data mining, natural-language processing and computer vision, Semantic Scholar provides AI-enhanced search.

Google Life Sciences and American Heart Association commit $50M to study heart disease

Posted in Science on 8th Nov, 2015 10:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Google Life Sciences and the American Heart Association (AHA) announced that they’re teaming together to fight heart disease.

Breakthrough Prize for Illuminating the Brain's Secret Code

Posted in Medicine on 9th Nov, 2015 02:32 PM
by AlexMuller
A revolutionary technique that switches brain circuits on and off has taken neuroscience by storm and is now undergoing a new round of innovation.

Researchers break blood-brain barrier with new ultrasound treatment

Posted in Medicine on 9th Nov, 2015 02:59 PM
by AlexMuller
A non-invasive way to deliver medication into the brain, opening the door to better treatments for tumours, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

3D-printed microchannels deliver oxygen, nutrients from artery to tissue implant

Posted in Hardware on 10th Nov, 2015 11:47 PM
by AlexMuller
Solves one of the biggest challenges in regenerative medicine: keeping implant tissues alive during growth in a lab.

PTN interviews D.J. MacLennan; futurist and author on the subject of cryonics

Posted in Interviews on 12th Nov, 2015 07:56 PM
by AlexMuller
D.J. MacLennan is a futurist who has been researching the state of cryonics for his book: Frozen to Life: A Personal Mortality Experiment.

Eating sweet food forms memories that may control eating habits

Posted in Science on 14th Nov, 2015 04:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Neurons in the dorsal hippocampus, the part of the brain that is critical for episodic memory, are activated by consuming sweets.

Scientists find key to malaria growth

Posted in Science on 14th Nov, 2015 04:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Protein molecules called cyclins cause cells to divide rapidly in the malaria parasite. Malaria is responsible for nearly half a million deaths a year.

Experimental drug targeting Alzheimer's disease shows anti-aging effects

Posted in Medicine on 14th Nov, 2015 04:10 PM
by AlexMuller
"If proven safe and effective for Alzheimer's, the anti-aging effect of J147 would be a benefit". The team aims to begin human trials next year.

Scientists develop 'nanopores' that inexpensively filter the salt out of seawater

Posted in Hardware on 14th Nov, 2015 04:24 PM
by AlexMuller
A material that allows high volumes of water to pass through tiny holes called nanopores while blocking salt and contaminants.

A new study challenges assumptions about the origins of Earth's water

Posted in Science on 15th Nov, 2015 10:19 PM
by AlexMuller
If the new hypothesis is correct, it could mean better prospects of finding other rock-and-ocean worlds throughout the galaxy.

Loss of species biodiversity near melting Antarctic glaciers

Posted in Science on 17th Nov, 2015 01:07 AM
by AlexMuller
Over the past five decades, temperatures have risen nearly five times as rapidly on the western Antarctic Peninsula than the global average.

Beyond telomerase: another enzyme discovered critical to maintaining telomere length

Posted in Medicine on 17th Nov, 2015 01:19 AM
by AlexMuller
A new discovery is expected to speed up our understanding of short-telomere-related diseases and cancers.

A Satellite Mishap is Allowing Physicists to Test Einstein's Theory of Relativity

Posted in Science on 17th Nov, 2015 01:44 AM
by AlexMuller
Two wayward satellites are being repurposed to provide the most accurate assessment yet of how gravity affects the passage of time.

Reprogramming neurons and rewiring the brain

Posted in Science on 17th Nov, 2015 06:00 PM
by AlexMuller
A new way to fix defective neural communication in psychiatric and neurodevelopmental diseases, such as schizophrenia and autism.

Microwave and ultrasound technology might be able to "hear" tumors growing

Posted in Medicine on 17th Nov, 2015 06:07 PM
by AlexMuller
The technique involves the clever interplay of microwaves and ultrasound to develop a detector like the Star Trek tricorder.

Failing Sense of Smell Might Be Alzheimer's Warning

Posted in Science on 18th Nov, 2015 06:07 PM
by AlexMuller
As the ability to identify odors goes, so does mental ability, researchers say.

First-Ever Working Vocal Cords Grown in a Lab

Posted in Science on 19th Nov, 2015 06:14 PM
by AlexMuller
The first-ever working vocal cords able to produce realistic sound have been grown from scratch in a lab, giving hope to people who have lost their voice.

Biggest Antarctic ice melt scenarios 'not plausible' claim scientists

Posted in Science on 19th Nov, 2015 06:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists say the contribution of a melting Antarctica to sea-level rise this century will be significant and challenging, but that some nightmare scenarios are just not realistic.

Exercise may protect against neurodegenerative diseases

Posted in Science on 21st Nov, 2015 12:09 AM
by AlexMuller
Exercise may protect aging brains against the neurodegenerative diseases resulting from energy-depleting stress caused by neurotoxins.

Injectable, intelligent gel targets cancer at the source

Posted in Science on 21st Nov, 2015 12:21 AM
by AlexMuller
A T cell-loaded biogel that can be injected directly into the tumor for a targeted, less laborious approach to immunotherapy.

Oxygen, Methane, and Water Ice on Comet 67P Have Learnings for Early Earth Life

Posted in Science on 21st Nov, 2015 09:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Molecular O2 is an important bio-signature, along with the presence of water and methane, both of which are present on the comet.

Allen Institute researchers decode patterns that make our brains human

Posted in Science on 21st Nov, 2015 10:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have identified a set of just 32 gene-expression patterns for all 20,000 genes across 132 functionally distinct brain regions.

Signaling molecule helps neurons find their way in the developing brain

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Nov, 2015 11:22 PM
by AlexMuller
A molecule secreted in the spinal cord helps guide axons during a critical stage of central nervous system development in the embryo.

UK government sets up £1bn fund to fight malaria

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Nov, 2015 11:31 PM
by AlexMuller
The UK government is to create a new £1bn fund aimed at eradicating malaria and other infectious diseases.

First real-time imaging of neural activity invented

Posted in Science on 25th Nov, 2015 07:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed a new technique for watching the brain’s neurons at a speed that is just fast enough to capture the action potentials in real time for the first time.

University of California scientists create malaria-blocking mosquitoes

Posted in Science on 27th Nov, 2015 02:00 AM
by AlexMuller
New insect model may help eradicate disease that sickens millions annually.

Ultrasound captures rat brain in microscopic 3D

Posted in Science on 27th Nov, 2015 02:25 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have developed an ultrasound technique that can rapidly build up a 3D view of a network of blood vessels, in microscopic detail.

Alzheimer's: newly identified molecular mechanism could lead to treatment

Posted in Medicine on 27th Nov, 2015 09:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have found how brain cell connections are destroyed in early stages of the disease.

Astronomers Spot Neutrinos Released 1 Second after Big Bang

Posted in Science on 28th Nov, 2015 09:57 PM
by AlexMuller
The cosmic neutrino background could provide more details about the universe as it once was.

Bill Gates will invest as much as $2 billion in new clean energy partnership

Posted in Science on 28th Nov, 2015 10:18 PM
by AlexMuller
"This is the single biggest cooperative research and development partnership in history."

Cooling liquids with a laser

Posted in Hardware on 28th Nov, 2015 10:27 PM
by AlexMuller
The discovery could 'point cool' tiny areas with a focused point of light. Microprocessors might someday use a laser beam to cool components in computer chips to prevent overheating.

Could Implantable LEDs Relieve Your Pain?

Posted in Medicine on 29th Nov, 2015 07:04 PM
by AlexMuller
A new biocompatible device will make it easier for researchers to determine the neurological basis of pain.

Discovery could open door to cryopreservation of tissues and organs

Posted in Medicine on 29th Nov, 2015 07:33 PM
by AlexMuller
A new approach to vitrification could allow a much wider use of extreme cold to preserve tissues and organs for later use.

MIT study says that there is little risk of Earth's goemagnetic field flipping soon

Posted in Science on 1st Dec, 2015 05:32 AM
by AlexMuller
Previous research had predicted an imminent flip that would leave life on Earth temporarily un-shielded from space radiation.

A breakdown product of aspirin blocks cell death associated with neurodegenerative diseases

Posted in Medicine on 1st Dec, 2015 05:51 AM
by AlexMuller
A component of aspirin binds to an enzyme called GAPDH, which is believed to play a major role in neurodegenerative diseases.

Oscillating electric field used to remove nanoparticles from blood

Posted in Medicine on 2nd Dec, 2015 04:53 AM
by AlexMuller
Engineers are developing a technique using an oscillating electric field to separate nanoparticles from blood in a way that may one day make it a routine procedure.

A safer way to do gene editing

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Dec, 2015 07:26 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists say they have fine tuned a gene editing method to make it safer and more accurate, vital if it is to be used in humans to cure inherited diseases or inborn errors.

Lisa Pathfinder launches to test space 'ripples' technology

Posted in Science on 3rd Dec, 2015 05:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The satellite will test the technologies needed to detect gravitational waves, the warping of space-time produced by cataclysmic events in the cosmos.

Retinal nerve cells grown in the lab which could lead to cell transplants for blind people

Posted in Medicine on 4th Dec, 2015 05:28 PM
by AlexMuller
A method to turn human stem cells into retinal ganglion cells, cells that transmit visual signals to the brain, has been discovered.

For Cocaine Addicts, Treatment with Magnets May Stop Craving

Posted in Medicine on 6th Dec, 2015 01:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Can magnetic stimulation of the brain shake drug addicts out of their habit?

Possible biochemical mechanism underlying long-term memories identified

Posted in Science on 7th Dec, 2015 09:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Why do some of our memories fade away, while others last forever? Now scientists have identified a possible biochemical mechanism.

Vitamin D could repair nerve damage in multiple sclerosis, study suggests

Posted in Science on 8th Dec, 2015 11:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Significant evidence that vitamin D could be a possible treatment for MS in the future.

3D video games could make your memory better according to a neuroscience study

Posted in Games on 9th Dec, 2015 06:40 PM
by AlexMuller
A study in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests that 3D video games can boost performance on memory tests by up to 12%.

'Nanobombs' that blow up cancer cells

Posted in Medicine on 9th Dec, 2015 06:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Nanoparticles that contain a chemical used in baking bread that make cancer cells swell and burst when exposed to near-infrared laser light.

Molecule clears Alzheimer's plaques

Posted in Medicine on 9th Dec, 2015 07:01 PM
by AlexMuller
A molecule can clear Alzheimer's plaques from the brains of mice and improve learning and memory, Korean scientists have found in early tests.

Scientists reveal that the rotation of Earth's core holds a clue to understanding global sea level rise

Posted in Science on 12th Dec, 2015 06:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists are looking down to Earth's core to make accurate predictions of the consequence of climate change.

Implant could bring tears of joy to 'dry eye' sufferers

Posted in Medicine on 12th Dec, 2015 06:54 PM
by AlexMuller
The device may cause patients to produce more tears, when wirelessly activated.

Shaking out the nanomaterials: a new method to purify water

Posted in Science on 13th Dec, 2015 10:24 PM
by AlexMuller
Purifying water could be as simple as shaking a vial of water and oil.

A Quirk of Physics Could Give Us a Fast, Cheap Way To Diagnose Diseases

Posted in Medicine on 13th Dec, 2015 10:45 PM
by AlexMuller
A test that exploits a quirk of physics could make blood tests for certain diseases faster, cheaper, and easily performed.

Stress in older people increases risk for pre-Alzheimer's condition

Posted in Medicine on 13th Dec, 2015 10:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Feeling stressed out increases the likelihood that elderly people will develop mild cognitive impairment, often a prelude to full-blown Alzheimer's disease.

MIT invention could boost resolution of 3D depth cameras 1,000 fold

Posted in Hardware on 15th Dec, 2015 12:03 AM
by AlexMuller
Imagine 3D depth cameras built into cellphones for 3D scanning and driverless cars with clear vision in rain, snow, or fog.

Electromagnetic field therapy may improve brain tumor survival

Posted in Medicine on 16th Dec, 2015 12:25 AM
by AlexMuller
Tumor-Treating Fields interfere with the growth of tumors by disrupting the process of cell division, causing them to fragment.

New mass spectral imaging maps cell composition in 3D at over 100x resolution

Posted in Medicine on 16th Dec, 2015 10:10 PM
by AlexMuller
This may allow for analysis of new medications, identify sources of pathogens, or investigate ways to overcome antibiotic resistance.

Scientists discover how cancer cells escape blood vessels

Posted in Medicine on 17th Dec, 2015 04:18 PM
by AlexMuller
A finding that could help them develop drugs that inhibit this process and prevent cancers from metastasizing.

Stanford researcher scans his own brain for a year and a half, the most studied in the world

Posted in Medicine on 17th Dec, 2015 04:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Psychologist experiments on himself, documenting his neural, metabolic, and genetic changes over 18 months.

Study finds altered brain chemistry in people with autism

Posted in Science on 18th Dec, 2015 05:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Neuroscientists link autism to reduced activity of key neurotransmitter in human brain.

Life exploded on Earth after the slow rise of oxygen

Posted in Science on 19th Dec, 2015 07:21 PM
by AlexMuller
It took 100 million years for oxygen in the oceans and atmosphere to increase to the level that allowed the explosion of animal life on Earth 600 million years ago.

Compared with other primates, human sleep is short and deep

Posted in Science on 19th Dec, 2015 08:16 PM
by AlexMuller
This unusual sleep pattern may have helped give rise to our powerful minds.

Pulsed laser light turns whole-brain activity on and off

Posted in Science on 19th Dec, 2015 07:57 PM
by AlexMuller
The study may guide deep brain stimulation therapies used for traumatic brain injury and other neurological disorders.

MIT scientists create algorithm that can make photographs more memorable

Posted in Science on 20th Dec, 2015 06:44 PM
by AlexMuller
The alogrithm can predict photo memorability at "near-human" levels

Google X absorbing robotics division and Titan drone project as Alphabet re-org continues

Posted in Business on 21st Dec, 2015 07:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Projects placed within Google X are the most experimental and uncertain in terms of a business model.

Matrix-style memory prosthesis set to supercharge the human brain

Posted in Science on 21st Dec, 2015 07:20 PM
by AlexMuller
A memory prosthesis being trialed next year could restore long-term recall and may eventually be used to upload new skills directly to the brain, just like in the film The Matrix.

Scientists say they may be able to control the parts of the brain which determine intelligence

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Dec, 2015 08:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers said that a clusters of genes found in brain controlled human cognitive functions from memory to attention and reasoning.

'Garbage disposal' drug may slow Alzheimer’s and other diseases

Posted in Medicine on 25th Dec, 2015 12:31 AM
by AlexMuller
A drug that boosts activity in the brain’s 'garbage disposal' system, can decrease levels of toxins associated with Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative disorders.

5 deep learning startups to watch out for in 2016

Posted in Software on 25th Dec, 2015 11:40 PM
by AlexMuller
There have been been many developments in deep learning AI, and even the establishment of a nonprofit research lab backed by the likes of Elon Musk and Peter Thiel.

Scientists discover how your brain wakes you up

Posted in Science on 27th Dec, 2015 07:03 PM
by AlexMuller
One neural circuit is responsible for "rapid arousal from sleep and anesthesia."

Study: Liver hormone regulates sweet, alcohol preferences

Posted in Medicine on 27th Dec, 2015 07:37 PM
by AlexMuller
A hormone found in the liver has the ability to reduce sweet and alcohol cravings in mammals, a recent study found.

Company Claims To Have Developed 3D Printed Liver Tissue

Posted in Medicine on 27th Dec, 2015 07:43 PM
by AlexMuller
According to Pandorum Technologies, the company behind the technology, these 3D printed liver tissues are made of human cells and will allow for inexpensive medical research.

New Polymer Could Purify Water In Seconds

Posted in Science on 27th Dec, 2015 07:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have developed a new reusable polymer that can remove pollutants from water within seconds, just like air fresheners trap invisible air pollutants.

Brain scans show compulsive gamers have hyperconnected neural networks

Posted in Games on 29th Dec, 2015 01:38 AM
by AlexMuller
Chronic video game play is associated with hyperconnectivity between brain networks, that could help players respond to new information.

Cartilage growing to rebuild body parts 'within three years'

Posted in Medicine on 30th Dec, 2015 09:17 PM
by AlexMuller
Patients needing surgery to reconstruct body parts such as noses and ears could soon have treatment using cartilage which has been grown in a lab.

A mathematical model to explain animal stripes

Posted in Science on 30th Dec, 2015 09:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have assembled a range of models into a single equation to identify what variables control stripe formation in living things.

Peter Diamandis lists his top 10 Breakthroughs for 2015

Posted in Software on 31st Dec, 2015 09:25 PM
by AlexMuller
Futurist and entrepreneur Peter Diamandis: As we near the end of 2015, here are my top 10 picks for 2015 technology breakthroughs.

Potential delay for first test flight of India's spaceplane demonstrator

Posted in Science on 2nd Jan, 2016 05:23 PM
by AlexMuller
The unmanned sub-orbital spacecraft was scheduled to be launched in February, but technical difficulties may put back the flight to the first week of April.

Magnesium may be beneficial in preventing pancreatic cancer

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Jan, 2016 10:13 PM
by AlexMuller
The overall occurrence of pancreatic cancer has not significantly changed since 2002, but the mortality rate has increased annually from 2002 to 2011.

Advance in astronomy 'can help find other worlds'

Posted in Science on 4th Jan, 2016 07:30 PM
by AlexMuller
"Our technique can tell you how big and bright is the star, and if a planet around it is the right size and temperature to have water oceans, and maybe life"

Brain Circuit Linked to Depression Found in Rats

Posted in Medicine on 4th Jan, 2016 07:58 PM
by AlexMuller
A finding that could help researchers better understand the mechanisms underlying depression and schizophrenia.

Promising progress for new treatment of type 1 diabetes

Posted in Medicine on 4th Jan, 2016 07:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a chronic disease, which for the patients leads to a life-long dependence of daily injections of insulin.

Melting of ice lid caused release of CO2 at the end of the ice age

Posted in Science on 5th Jan, 2016 07:50 PM
by AlexMuller
During the last ice age, it was thought that the deepest part of the ocean was made up of very salty, dense water, which was capable of trapping a lot of CO2.

Printable Organs Are Closer Than Ever Thanks to Three Bioprinting Breakthroughs

Posted in Medicine on 7th Jan, 2016 01:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Let’s take a look at a few recent breakthroughs in bioprinting getting us closer to a world in which organ shortages will be a thing of the past.

Improved version of CRISPR gene editing tool eliminates errors

Posted in Science on 7th Jan, 2016 01:39 PM
by AlexMuller
These precise enzymes hope to expedite genetic engineering so that CRISPR’s possible applications can become realities.

IARPA wants human-like robot brains; at least, brain-like computers

Posted in Science on 8th Jan, 2016 11:00 AM
by AlexMuller
IARPA is the far-future research projects arm of America’s intelligence agencies, much like DARPA is for the Pentagon.

Do we have free will?

Posted in Science on 9th Jan, 2016 06:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Neuroscientists run the ultimate experiment to find out: a "duel" between human and brain-to-computer interface (BCI).

Gene therapy seems able to convert severe hemophilia into mild hemophilia

Posted in Medicine on 9th Jan, 2016 06:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Hemophilia impairs the body's ability to control blood clotting, which is used to stop bleeding.

Fluorescent agent could help surgeons remove all of tumor first time

Posted in Medicine on 11th Jan, 2016 01:16 AM
by AlexMuller
A new injectable agent that makes cancer cells in a tumor fluoresce, could help surgeons remove all of the cancerous tissue on the first attempt.

Adding cesium to perovskite in solar cells boosts performance of silicon

Posted in Hardware on 11th Jan, 2016 12:48 AM
by AlexMuller
Solar has so far not been efficient enough for the average consumer; doubling efficiency might make it a smart investment.

Cognitive-stimulation experiment suggests new tools for healthy brain aging

Posted in Science on 12th Jan, 2016 01:53 AM
by AlexMuller
Neuroscientists have developed cognitive-stimulation exercises and tested them in a month-long experiment with healthy aging adults.

Giant icebergs play 'major role' in ocean carbon cycle

Posted in Science on 12th Jan, 2016 11:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Giant icebergs could be responsible for the processes that absorb up to 20% of the carbon in the Southern Ocean's carbon cycle, a study suggests.

Have Scientists Detected Gravitational Waves for the First Time?

Posted in Science on 12th Jan, 2016 11:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Rumors are swirling that the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory has observed gravitational waves predicted over 100 years ago.

Migraine-preventing drugs might be on the horizon

Posted in Medicine on 13th Jan, 2016 12:12 AM
by AlexMuller
Soon there might be a medication that can reduce the chance of getting a migraine, or even stop it once it’s started.

How is Joe Biden going to lead the effort to cure cancer?

Posted in Medicine on 14th Jan, 2016 11:59 AM
by AlexMuller
Obama has tapped him to lead the 'moonshot' effort to cure cancer by 2020.

A giant chasm may rest underneath Antarctica's ice sheet

Posted in Science on 14th Jan, 2016 12:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have found long cracks in the surface of the ice, which they believe indicates a huge underground canyon system.

Hormone boosts immune function and might extend lifespan

Posted in Science on 14th Jan, 2016 12:19 PM
by AlexMuller
As you age, the thymus becomes fattier, limiting its ability to generate pathogen-hunting T cells.

3D Printing Organs: Indian Startup 3D Bioprints Human Liver

Posted in Medicine on 15th Jan, 2016 06:32 PM
by AlexMuller
3D printing human tissue, if the technology is perfected, can make liver transplants more safe and accessible.

Marijuana helps Alzheimer’s patients, study finds

Posted in Medicine on 15th Jan, 2016 06:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Adding marijuana to the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease 'is safe and a promising treatment option', Israeli researchers conclude, in the latest study on the burgeoning practice.

Latest Wi-Fi Technology Could Charge Devices As Well As Providing Connectivity

Posted in Hardware on 16th Jan, 2016 07:29 PM
by AlexMuller
A new technology called Power Over Wi-Fi(PoWiFi), can transmit both energy and internet from one router.

Mental health: 'One in four adults in England has a condition'

Posted in Medicine on 17th Jan, 2016 10:55 PM
by AlexMuller
One in four adults has been diagnosed with a mental illness at some stage during their lifetime, which does not account for undiagnosed cases.

Lucid Dreaming May Help Us Unravel the Mystery of Consciousness

Posted in Science on 17th Jan, 2016 11:43 PM
by AlexMuller
lucid dreamers have the ability to experience awareness during their dreams by "re-awakening" some aspects of their waking consciousness.

Obesity Linked With Blood Clots In Juveniles

Posted in Science on 19th Jan, 2016 12:35 AM
by AlexMuller
Obesity as determined by body mass index was a statistically significant predictor of blood clot formation in juveniles, the study showed.

Weak electrical field found to carry information around the brain

Posted in Science on 19th Jan, 2016 01:02 AM
by AlexMuller
In a development that could lead to improved understanding of memory formation, scientists have discovered a new way information may be traveling throughout the brain.

Public contributions to science increasingly common

Posted in Science on 19th Jan, 2016 01:10 AM
by AlexMuller
Biology and ecology have a long tradition of citizen science. Researchers relied on the public to observe and classify animal and plant species for over 100 years.

Blood cells could determine whether kids get allergies

Posted in Medicine on 19th Jan, 2016 09:38 PM
by AlexMuller
By sampling the baby’s blood from the umbilical cord, researchers can get an early snapshot of the child’s immune system.

Researchers develop dissolvable wireless sensors to monitor brain injury

Posted in Hardware on 19th Jan, 2016 10:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed biocompatible brain implants that can monitor brain injury before completely dissolving.

Researchers kill drug-resistant lung cancer with 50 times less chemo

Posted in Medicine on 20th Jan, 2016 10:15 AM
by AlexMuller
Paclitaxel just got more effective. Researchers packaged the drug in containers derived from a patient’s immune system, protecting it from being destroyed as it reaches the tumor.

IBM research thinks it's solved why the brain uses so much energy

Posted in Science on 20th Jan, 2016 10:25 AM
by AlexMuller
About 90 percent of the energy consumed by the brain is unaccounted for, which is a considerable amount given that the brain takes 20 percent of the body's total energy.

Memory capacity of brain is 10 times more than previously thought

Posted in Science on 21st Jan, 2016 02:02 PM
by AlexMuller
'Our new measurements of the brain's memory capacity increase conservative estimates by a factor of 10 to at least a petabyte, in the same ballpark as the World Wide Web.'

New Initiative Aims to Put Canada at the Forefront of Regenerative Medicine

Posted in Business on 22nd Jan, 2016 11:06 AM
by AlexMuller
Canada's government has announced they will provide $20 million start-up capital for the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine.

Implant to 'Plug' Brain into Supercomputers

Posted in Science on 22nd Jan, 2016 11:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Potential applications of the technology are vast, but in the short term DARPA is hoping to create devices for those with sight or hearing impairments.

CRISPR/Cas9 Genome Editing Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Posted in Science on 22nd Jan, 2016 11:48 AM
by AlexMuller
The CRISPR/Cas9 technique is a massive discovery, that may already be on its way to being outdated and replaced with something even better.

Google Alphabet has 4 times the research budget of DARPA and bigger ambitions

Posted in Science on 23rd Jan, 2016 09:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Alphabet companies and investments span disciplines from biotechnology to energy to space travel to artificial intelligence and urban planning.

Researchers use modified rabies viruses to map the brain

Posted in Science on 23rd Jan, 2016 09:27 AM
by AlexMuller
Few diseases match rabies' method of self-replication and domination of the brain. The virus multiplies, spreading from cell to cell until the brain cannot support normal function.

Google (aka Alphabet) Is About to Surpass Apple as the Most Valuable Company

Posted in Online on 24th Jan, 2016 01:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Google split into projects and consolidated under a brand named Alphabet. Now Alphabet is close to being the world’s most valuable company.

Blocking key protein puts the brakes on leukaemia

Posted in Medicine on 25th Jan, 2016 11:36 AM
by AlexMuller
Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), an aggressive form of blood cancer, where cell growth controls are neutralized, giving the cancer cells free rein to multiply uncontrollably.

Brain Scans May Identify Children Vulnerable to Depression Before Symptoms Appear

Posted in Medicine on 25th Jan, 2016 11:53 AM
by AlexMuller
A new brain imaging study from MIT may lead to a screen that could identify children at high risk of developing depression later in life.

Wheelchair-bound multiple sclerosis patients able to walk again after stem-cell therapy

Posted in Science on 26th Jan, 2016 04:01 PM
by AlexMuller
A pioneering new stem cell treatment is reversing and then halting the potentially crippling effects of multiple sclerosis.

Harvard is trying to build an AI like the human brain

Posted in Science on 26th Jan, 2016 04:21 PM
by AlexMuller
The bold ambition is the new systems could be used to complete just about any task normally reserved for human brains.

Balloon 'last chance treatment' for heart failure

Posted in Medicine on 27th Jan, 2016 01:35 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have used a pioneering balloon technique as a "last chance" treatment to help a patient with severe heart failure.

Controversial Transmittable Alzheimers Theory Is Starting to Look Plausible

Posted in Medicine on 27th Jan, 2016 01:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers discovered that disorders such as Alzheimer’s may be transmissible through certain medical procedures.

Australian Scientists to Begin Trials of Fully Implantable Bionic Eye

Posted in Medicine on 28th Jan, 2016 12:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists are ready to begin trials of a new, fully implantable bionic eye. It is expected that it will be better than the current vision restoration devices.

An electric forehead patch could treat PTSD

Posted in Medicine on 28th Jan, 2016 01:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Transcranial magnetic stimulation can help treat depression in patients who dont respond well to drugs. Researchers suspected that TNS might work well for patients with PTSD.

New acoustic-tweezer design allows for 3D bioprinting

Posted in Science on 29th Jan, 2016 06:50 PM
by AlexMuller
The new 3D acoustic tweezers can pick up single cells, or cell assemblies, and deliver them to desired locations to create 2D and 3D cell patterns, or print the cells into shapes.

Moon formed by a head-on collision between Earth and young planet

Posted in Science on 31st Jan, 2016 12:55 AM
by AlexMuller
The moon was formed by a collision between the Earth and a "planetary embryo" called Theia approximately 100 million years after the Earth formed.

Fungi survive mars-like conditions on the space station

Posted in Science on 31st Jan, 2016 01:08 AM
by AlexMuller
A study, by ESA, has found that two species of tiny fungi originally from Antarctica have survived living in Mars-like conditions for a period of 18 months.

Two-in-One Satellite Will Bring Us One Step Closer to Asteroid Mining

Posted in Science on 31st Jan, 2016 01:16 AM
by AlexMuller
If we ever want to mine asteroids, we’re going to need to step up our game for multiple satellites sharing data and working together.

New pain-relief drug shapes as less addictive alternative to morphine

Posted in Science on 31st Jan, 2016 04:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Endomorphin could provide the pain-relieving benefits of morphine, but without the unwanted side effects,

$60M Chip That Will Connect Human Brains to Computers Is In The Works

Posted in Hardware on 31st Jan, 2016 05:19 PM
by AlexMuller
The chip is designed to translate signals sent by neurons into the ones and zeros that computers understand, and vice versa.

Grey Matters: Scientists Link Brain Size and Smarts

Posted in Science on 1st Feb, 2016 06:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Having a big head might not be such a bad thing, if it means you have a gigantic brain. Animals with bigger brains may be better problem-solvers.

Blood pressure medicine may improve conversational skills of individuals with autism

Posted in Medicine on 2nd Feb, 2016 05:00 PM
by AlexMuller
The neurodevelopmental disorder impairs communication and can be treated with medications and therapies, but there is no cure.

Gene editing: the next generation of personalised cancer treatment

Posted in Medicine on 2nd Feb, 2016 05:11 PM
by AlexMuller
The early success of gene editing treatments could lead to them becoming mainstream options in the clinic in the not-to-distant future.

Luxembourg to support space mining

Posted in Business on 3rd Feb, 2016 03:49 PM
by AlexMuller
The government intends to get behind the mining of asteroids in space. It is going to support R&D in technologies and may even invest directly in some companies.

Mind-altering drugs such as MDMA could be used to cure PTSD

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Feb, 2016 04:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Post-traumatic stress disorder in the U.S. has reached crisis levels. About 8 percent of Americans experience PTSD; for veterans, that number is 30 percent.

Clearing out damaged cells in mice extends lifespan by up to 35 percent

Posted in Medicine on 4th Feb, 2016 07:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have improved the healthy lifespan of mice though the removal of senescent cells from their bodies.

Promising progress finally being made in cryopreseration

Posted in Science on 4th Feb, 2016 07:51 PM
by AlexMuller
After decades of piecemeal progress, the science of cryogenically storing human organs is warming up.

Better Brain Imaging Could Show Computers a Smarter Way to Learn

Posted in Science on 5th Feb, 2016 06:10 PM
by AlexMuller
Using cutting-edge imaging to study the inner workings of our brains could lead to more powerful and useful machine-learning algorithms.

New Horizons shows that Pluto's heart probably has floating mounds of water ice

Posted in Science on 5th Feb, 2016 06:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists believe these water ice hills are floating in a sea of frozen nitrogen and move over time like icebergs in Earth’s Arctic Ocean.

Electric contact lens for glucose monitoring and augmented reality

Posted in Medicine on 5th Feb, 2016 06:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have developed an electrically conductive contact lens with the potential to host miniature computer displays and sensors to help monitor health.

Battery technology could charge up water desalination

Posted in Science on 6th Feb, 2016 08:37 PM
by AlexMuller
The technology that charges batteries for electronic devices could provide fresh water from salty seas.

Researchers find a genomic signature shared by 5 types of cancer

Posted in Medicine on 6th Feb, 2016 08:48 PM
by AlexMuller
"These findings could be an important step in developing a blood test to identify early cancers."

CMU announces research project to reverse-engineer brain algorithms

Posted in Software on 7th Feb, 2016 10:52 PM
by AlexMuller
A Human Genome Project-level plan to make computers learn like humans.

Mitochondria can trigger cell aging, researchers discover

Posted in Medicine on 7th Feb, 2016 11:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Mitochondria are major triggers for aging, and eliminating them upon the induction of senescence prevents senescence in the aging mouse liver.

Pioneering discovery leads to potential preventive treatment for sudden cardiac death

Posted in Medicine on 8th Feb, 2016 03:15 PM
by AlexMuller
A possible treatment for a disease that causes the heart to thicken and stop pumping blood effectively, leading to heart failure.

Is A Cure For Diabetes Imminent?

Posted in Science on 8th Feb, 2016 03:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Diabetes can be treated and people with forms of the disease can adapt their lifestyle. However, there is, as yet, no cure.

Powering brain implants without wires with thin-film wireless power.

Posted in Science on 9th Feb, 2016 06:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Avoids risk of infections through skull opening and leakage of cerebrospinal fluid, and allows for free-moving subjects and more flexible uses of brain-computer interfaces.

Vaccines are an incredible investment, and save up to 44 dollars to the dollar

Posted in Medicine on 9th Feb, 2016 07:06 PM
by AlexMuller
The study assessed 10 vaccine-preventable infections.

Bees Could Engineer Next-Generation Energy Storage

Posted in Science on 10th Feb, 2016 06:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Energy storage could be the next item on the list when it comes to listing all the reasons we need to save the world’s bee population from collapse.

How to weld neurons with a laser

Posted in Science on 10th Feb, 2016 07:04 PM
by AlexMuller
The technique could lead to new research and treatment methods, including physical reattachment of severed neurons right after injury, the researchers say.

Preservation of a rabbit brain with new cryonics procedure

Posted in Science on 10th Feb, 2016 07:30 PM
by AlexMuller
The Small Mammalian Brain Preservation Prize was won after a protocol was able to preserve an entire rabbit brain with very well-preserved ultrastructure.

Ancient Martian lakes may have harboured life, researchers say

Posted in Science on 11th Feb, 2016 01:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Deep water basins formed on Mars more than three billion years ago may have once been habitable, according to new research.

Spinning up artificial capillaries with a cotton candy machine

Posted in Science on 11th Feb, 2016 01:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers are steadily moving us toward the day when ordering up a new organ could be commonplace.

Clearing out the clutter: 'senolytic' drugs improve vascular health in mice

Posted in Medicine on 12th Feb, 2016 09:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have demonstrated repeated treatments to remove senescent cells in mice improve age-related vascular conditions.

Alzheimer's preventative drug hope

Posted in Medicine on 13th Feb, 2016 10:01 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have detected a number of drugs which could help protect against Alzheimer's disease, acting like statins for the brain.

Water Shortage Affects 4 Billion People Worldwide

Posted in Science on 14th Feb, 2016 04:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Aside from climate change, water scarcity is another high priority in terms of environmental concerns set by the World Economic Forum, and one of the biggest risks to the world economy.

Learning to fly a plane from expert-pilot brainwave patterns

Posted in Science on 15th Feb, 2016 06:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Novice pilots who received brain stimulation via electrode-embedded head caps improved their piloting abilities, with a 33 percent increase in skill consistency.

Turborockets combining rocket and jet engines could be next step after reusable rockets

Posted in Hardware on 15th Feb, 2016 06:10 PM
by AlexMuller
A type of engine combines the speed of rockets with the gas mileage of jets in a single package.

Mini-brains to help us understand how chemicals affect the brain

Posted in Medicine on 17th Feb, 2016 08:24 PM
by AlexMuller
In recent years, scientists have turned to "mini-brains", tiny lab-grown balls of brain cells, to test pharmaceuticals or better understand the causes of some diseases.

Scientists say they could safely and quickly test a zika vaccine

Posted in Science on 17th Feb, 2016 08:50 PM
by AlexMuller
'We can almost certainly contain future Ebola outbreaks, and that we will have a new paradigm and tool for dealing with new outbreaks of whatever emerges in the future."

Scientists warn of global disaster because of water inequality

Posted in Science on 19th Feb, 2016 08:05 PM
by AlexMuller
4 billion people live with severe water scarcity for at least one month each year.

New Stretchable nano-devices towards smart contact lenses

Posted in Hardware on 19th Feb, 2016 08:38 PM
by AlexMuller
The device manipulates light to such an extent that it can filter specific colours while still being transparent and could be used in the future to make smart contact lenses.

New blood test to detect inherited heart conditions

Posted in Medicine on 19th Feb, 2016 09:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers found that by looking at a specific group of genes they were able to reliably detect underlying problems.

Studying 'ripples' in the brain that could underlie memory formation

Posted in Medicine on 21st Feb, 2016 02:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Caltech neuroscientists have looked inside brain cells as they undergo the intense bursts of neural activity known as "ripples" that are thought to underlie memory formation.

Researchers Have Discovered a Fast Way to Make Artificial Arteries for Testing Drugs

Posted in Medicine on 21st Feb, 2016 02:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Testing drugs on human tissues, without a whole human involved, can save money, time, and lives.

The blind or deaf brain rewires itself to boost the remaining senses

Posted in Science on 23rd Feb, 2016 04:20 AM
by AlexMuller
There is mounting evidence that people missing one sense don't just learn to use the others better. The brain adapts to the loss by giving itself a makeover.

Algae DNA could help the blind see in upcoming trials

Posted in Science on 23rd Feb, 2016 09:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists will inject gene-spliced viruses directly into patients eyes.

Alphabet-Google Shows Off New Humanoid Robot

Posted in Hardware on 24th Feb, 2016 08:22 PM
by AlexMuller
The new Atlas is smaller than its predecessor and not tethered to a power cord, suggesting the device is progressing in its journey from the lab to market.

Ordinary skin cells turned into brain tumor predators

Posted in Medicine on 25th Feb, 2016 10:52 AM
by AlexMuller
Glioblastomas are the most common and fatal form of brain cancer, carrying a survival rate beyond two years of just 30 percent.

Solar sails to help keep pole-sitting satellites in their place

Posted in Science on 26th Feb, 2016 10:47 AM
by AlexMuller
ESA says that if it proves practical, pole-sitting satellites would allow for constant observation of the high latitudes for climate science and telecommunications.

Regenerative medicine scientists print replacement tissue

Posted in Medicine on 27th Feb, 2016 02:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Regenerative medicine scientists at Wake Forest have proved that it is feasible to print living tissue structures to replace injured or diseased tissue in patients.

Rapidly building artificial arteries for testing drugs

Posted in Medicine on 28th Feb, 2016 12:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Promising drugs could be better tested before entering human trials.

AI learns to understand and predict human behaviour by reading our fiction

Posted in Software on 29th Feb, 2016 11:26 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed a novel means of teaching artificial intelligence how to predict human responses to actions and events.

Mental abilities are shaped by individual differences in the brain

Posted in Science on 29th Feb, 2016 11:32 AM
by AlexMuller
A new study suggests that brains also have different traits that affect both anatomical and cognitive factors, such as intelligence and memory.

Why are only 20% of synapses active during neurotransmission?

Posted in Science on 1st Mar, 2016 01:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Silent synapses hint at a mechanism of information coding in the brain that’s yet to be revealed, researchers hypothesize.

Three British researchers win 'Brain Prize' for UK research on memory mechanisms

Posted in Science on 2nd Mar, 2016 11:42 AM
by AlexMuller
British researchers have won a 1 million euro prize, awarded each year for an "outstanding contribution to European neuroscience".

Great tilt gave Mars a new face

Posted in Science on 4th Mar, 2016 02:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Mars hasn't always looked like it does today. Some 3 to 3.5 billion years ago, the planet underwent a huge tilt.

Scientists finally get past the blood-brain barrier to treat cancer

Posted in Science on 5th Mar, 2016 01:25 PM
by AlexMuller
The brain's defenses have long thwarted doctors from treating cancer.

Zika vaccine possible 'within months'

Posted in Science on 5th Mar, 2016 01:49 PM
by AlexMuller
The Zika vaccine in development uses synthesised genetic information from the virus, rather than live virus, to trigger an immune response in the body.

Greenland's melting is 'feeding on itself,' scientists say

Posted in Science on 6th Mar, 2016 12:21 PM
by AlexMuller
The ice sheet is 'darkening,' or losing its ability to reflect both visible and invisible radiation, as it melts more and more, the research finds.

People with anxiety show fundamental differences in perception

Posted in Medicine on 6th Mar, 2016 12:31 PM
by AlexMuller
People with anxiety are less able to distinguish between a "safe" stimulus and one that was associated with the threat of money loss or gain.

Astronomers identify trick to root out false-positives in the search for life

Posted in Science on 6th Mar, 2016 12:49 PM
by AlexMuller
Scenarios in which the detection of oxygen in the atmosphere of exoplanets would not represent the presence of extraterrestrial life.

How a Moth Means a Solar Panel Can Work Inside

Posted in Science on 6th Mar, 2016 01:11 PM
by AlexMuller
Nocturnal animals, such as the moth, have microscopic patterns in their eyes. These patterns gather the small amount of light and concentrate it to the center of their eye.

Zika caught killing brain cells

Posted in Medicine on 7th Mar, 2016 03:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Zika was able to destroy or disrupt the growth of neural progenitor cells, which build the brain and nervous system, in lab tests.

Mutated gene safeguards against heart attacks

Posted in Science on 8th Mar, 2016 11:34 AM
by AlexMuller
If this gene were switched off with medications it could reduce the risk of coronary disease significantly.

Depression is more than a mental disorder: It affects the whole organism

Posted in Medicine on 8th Mar, 2016 01:27 PM
by AlexMuller
This research is the first detailed work of what happens in the whole organism of people suffering from depression.

China is working on an incredible space telescope

Posted in Hardware on 12th Mar, 2016 08:17 PM
by AlexMuller
The space telescope would have a 2+ meter diameter lens with a field of view 300 times that of the Hubble, while maintaining the same level of image resolution.

Spray-on coating could ice-proof airplanes, power lines, windshields

Posted in Science on 13th Mar, 2016 08:01 PM
by AlexMuller
This could have major implications in industries like energy, shipping and transportation, where ice is a constant problem in cold climates.

Google Knows Its Self-Driving Cars Are 'Going to Have Worse Days'

Posted in Business on 13th Mar, 2016 08:35 PM
by AlexMuller
'It’s too important not to move forward with the technology. I know that the net benefit will be better for society.'

Minecraft to run artificial intelligence experiments

Posted in Games on 14th Mar, 2016 04:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Minecraft is to become a testing ground for artificial intelligence experiments.

US Bets $100 Million on Machines That Think Like Humans

Posted in Software on 14th Mar, 2016 05:02 PM
by AlexMuller
The government is pushing forward what is perhaps the most high-risk, high-reward project of our time: brain-like artificial intelligence.

Could a virus cause Alzheimer’s disease?

Posted in Medicine on 16th Mar, 2016 02:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Alzheimer’s disease could be caused by viruses like herpes, a group of renowned dementia experts have warned, as they call for urgent investigation into the link.

This Amazing Computer Chip Is Made of Live Brain Cells

Posted in Hardware on 18th Mar, 2016 07:42 PM
by AlexMuller
So what if we could harness the power of the human brain by using actual brain cells to power the next generation of computers?

Injectable gel increases blood flow for arterial disease patients

Posted in Science on 19th Mar, 2016 08:18 PM
by AlexMuller
A novel bio-gel formed from natural scaffolding taken from human muscle could help to treat treating arterial disease.

Alzheimer's may be prevented by antibody-releasing implant

Posted in Science on 19th Mar, 2016 08:38 PM
by AlexMuller
A new implantable capsule may provide a novel way of tackling Alzheimer's disease, preventing the buildup of harmful protein plaques in the brain.

Blind Woman Is the First Person to Undergo Optogenetic Therapy

Posted in Medicine on 20th Mar, 2016 01:28 PM
by AlexMuller
If successful, the therapy will create light-sensing cells in one of her eyes and enable her to see again.

Electrical brain stimulation could boost benefits of stroke rehabilitation

Posted in Medicine on 20th Mar, 2016 07:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Research indicates that transcranial direct current stimulation during therapy might help stroke patients recover more movement.

Major steps toward a bioengineered heart for transplantation

Posted in Medicine on 21st Mar, 2016 10:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Using a patient’s own cells may overcome problems associated with receiving a heart donated by another person.

DARPA is using peripheral nerve stimulation to accelerate learning

Posted in Science on 21st Mar, 2016 11:02 AM
by AlexMuller
Unlike many of DARPA’s neuroscience and neurotechnology endeavors, it will aim not just to restore lost function but to advance capabilities beyond normal levels.

New gravity map gives us our best view yet of the inside of Mars

Posted in Science on 22nd Mar, 2016 06:23 PM
by AlexMuller
A new map of Mars' gravity made with three NASA spacecraft is the most detailed to date, providing a revealing glimpse into the hidden interior of the Red Planet.

How microbes contribute to heart disease

Posted in Science on 23rd Mar, 2016 08:25 PM
by AlexMuller
The TMAO chemical sparks an even greater cascade of problems inside the body leading to cardiovascular disease and an increased risk for heart attack and stroke.

Neurons involved in working memory fire in bursts, not continuously

Posted in Science on 24th Mar, 2016 07:32 PM
by AlexMuller
By having these different bursts coming at different moments in time, you can keep different items in memory separate from one another.

Video Gaming Is Entirely Beneficial for Cognitive Functioning, Says New Study

Posted in Games on 25th Mar, 2016 04:46 PM
by AlexMuller
A team of psychologists reports that playing video games is associated with lots of positive cognitive and mental health outcomes.

Moonbase by 2022 for $10 billion, says NASA

Posted in Science on 26th Mar, 2016 09:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Several key changes have taken place over the past decade. These include the development of the space launch business, leading to an overall reduction in the cost of launches.

New type of molecular tag makes MRI 10,000 times more sensitive

Posted in Science on 26th Mar, 2016 10:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have discovered a new form of MRI that’s 10,000 times more sensitive and could record actual biochemical reactions in real time.

New findings in humans provide encouraging foundation for upcoming AIDS vaccine clinical trial

Posted in Medicine on 28th Mar, 2016 02:41 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists are working to develop a vaccine capable of inducing "broadly neutralizing" antibodies that can prevent HIV infection.

Men more vulnerable to developing depression from long-term stress

Posted in Medicine on 28th Mar, 2016 02:19 PM
by AlexMuller
Research has shown that repeated stress can translate into depression.

Monitoring and controlling diabetes with a smart skin patch

Posted in Medicine on 28th Mar, 2016 02:52 PM
by AlexMuller
An electronic skin patch that senses excess glucose in sweat and automatically administers drugs by heating up microneedles that penetrate the skin.

6 experiments launching to the ISS next week that may help us get to Mars

Posted in Science on 29th Mar, 2016 01:16 PM
by AlexMuller
On April 8, the SpaceX Dragon capsule will carry 3,800 lbs of supplies into orbit, including more than 250 science experiments.

Biologists discover sophisticated 'alarm' signals in honey bees

Posted in Science on 30th Mar, 2016 10:42 AM
by AlexMuller
These social insects are capable of an incredibly sophisticated level of signaling and communication.

Ocean temperatures can predict US heat waves 50 days out, study finds

Posted in Science on 30th Mar, 2016 10:53 AM
by AlexMuller
Summertime heat waves are among the deadliest weather events, and can have big impacts on farming and energy use.

The moon base race: senior NASA staff call for lunar station

Posted in Science on 30th Mar, 2016 11:04 AM
by AlexMuller
Acknowledging similar Moon base proposals by the Chinese, Russians and ESA, the writers argued that the project would maintain NASA’s position as a leader in space research.

The moon thought to play a major role in maintaining Earth's magnetic field

Posted in Science on 2nd Apr, 2016 08:09 AM
by AlexMuller
The Earth's magnetic field permanently protects us from the charged particles and radiation that originate in the sun.

Largest network of cortical neurons mapped from 100 terabytes of data

Posted in Science on 3rd Apr, 2016 10:17 AM
by AlexMuller
"Functional connectomics" research bridges the gap between function and wiring in the brain, a major step in an IARPA project to create a roadmap to reverse-engineer the brain.

To diagnose autism, watch the eyes

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Apr, 2016 10:35 AM
by AlexMuller
With the positive results, researchers believe that the use of remote eye gaze tracking could be a straightforward, cost effective and accurate method for diagnosing the condition.

We Finally Know What's Causing Enormous Mounds on Mars

Posted in Science on 3rd Apr, 2016 10:52 AM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers have puzzled over the miles-high mounds rising from of the centres of Martian craters.

Study reveals the possibility of curbing synapse loss in Alzheimer's

Posted in Science on 4th Apr, 2016 12:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Currently, there are 5 FDA-approved drugs for Alzheimer's, but they only boost cognition temporarily and do not address the causes of cognitive impairment.

Scientists develop 'game changing' stem cell repair system

Posted in Science on 5th Apr, 2016 11:24 AM
by AlexMuller
The repair system, similar to the method used by salamanders to regenerate limbs, has the potential to transform treatment approaches to regenerative medicine.

Human Longevity, Inc. Completes $220 Million Series B Financing

Posted in Business on 5th Apr, 2016 11:50 AM
by AlexMuller
Human Longevity is the genomics-based life extension company creating the world’s largest database of whole genome, phenotype and clinical data.

Dharmendra Modha Discusses the Roadmap for Neuromorphic Computing

Posted in Software on 5th Apr, 2016 12:14 PM
by AlexMuller
IBM is developing energy-efficient, brain-inspired machines that mimic the brain’s abilities for perception, action, and cognition.

Earth barraged by supernovae millions of years ago, debris found on the Moon

Posted in Science on 7th Apr, 2016 02:51 PM
by AlexMuller
An explosion close enough to have lethal effects on Earth is expected to happen 1.5 times every billion years.

Nearly Half a Billion People Now Have Diabetes

Posted in Medicine on 7th Apr, 2016 03:00 PM
by AlexMuller
The report notices a trend concerning the strong connection between diabetes, a lack of physical activity, and unhealthy eating habits.

Brain structure is different in people who have insomnia

Posted in Medicine on 7th Apr, 2016 03:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers used a special imaging technique to determine that people with insomnia have variations in amount of white matter, which links different parts of the brain.

Complex sugars cooked up from 'comet ice'

Posted in Science on 8th Apr, 2016 06:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have detected ribose, a sugar needed to make RNA and DNA, in laboratory experiments which simulate the very early Solar System.

Outdoor light can slow or reduce nearsightedness

Posted in Science on 8th Apr, 2016 06:54 PM
by AlexMuller
Kids should be spending at least an hour a day to prevent it, study shows.

Banned EU pesticide affects learning of honeybees but not bumblebees

Posted in Science on 11th Apr, 2016 05:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Research into how both species respond to field-realistic-levels of the insecticide 'clothianidin' which was banned for use on flowering crops.

Neuronal structures associated with memory sprout in response to new drugs

Posted in Science on 11th Apr, 2016 06:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Drug candidates protect neurons against damage from substance implicated in Alzheimer's disease.

Astronomers find planets stripped bare by their host stars' radiation

Posted in Science on 12th Apr, 2016 06:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers have confirmed the existence of planets that have had their atmospheres stripped away by their host stars.

Can startup Suggestic tackle Type 2 diabetes?

Posted in Medicine on 12th Apr, 2016 06:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Suggestic is a digital startup trying to tackle Type 2 diabetes using machine learning to create personalized interventions and guide users through them towards disease reversal.

Research Describes How the Brain Learns Sequences, a Key For Intelligence

Posted in Science on 13th Apr, 2016 06:23 PM
by AlexMuller
A theory of how the brain learns and understands sequences of patterns may be an essential component for intelligent machines.

Astronomers Found Evidence for Exoplanets 100 Years Ago But Didn’t Know It

Posted in Science on 13th Apr, 2016 06:34 PM
by AlexMuller
A 1917 astronomical glass plate from the Cargenie Observatory’s collection is offering the oldest evidence for a planet orbiting another star.

Yuri Milner is spending $100 million to prove out laser pushed nanosails that would reach 5% of lightspeed

Posted in Science on 13th Apr, 2016 07:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Milner wants a probe that could travel to Alpha Centauri within a generation, and he's recruited Mark Zuckerberg and Stephen Hawking.

Sean Parker donates $250M for cancer research

Posted in Medicine on 13th Apr, 2016 07:15 PM
by AlexMuller
The Napster co-founder and first president of Facebook announced Wednesday that he is donating $250 million to support immunotherapy research to fight cancer.

Gene editing boosts the immune systems' cancer-killing cells

Posted in Medicine on 15th Apr, 2016 06:42 PM
by AlexMuller
The immune system is the body's own defense against infection and cancer, but tumors develop ways of stopping the onslaught.

Largest-ever medical imaging study launches in the UK

Posted in Science on 15th Apr, 2016 06:54 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists intend to capture images of the brains, hearts, bones, and arteries of 100,000 patients, with the help of MRIs, X-rays, and ultrasounds.

Type 2 Diabetes Drug Metformin Could Decrease Cancer Deaths

Posted in Medicine on 17th Apr, 2016 07:09 AM
by AlexMuller
Over 400 million people in the world have diabetes, 400 times higher compared to data collected in 1980.

Did the Sun Consume a Primordial Super-Earth?

Posted in Science on 17th Apr, 2016 07:56 AM
by AlexMuller
A new study suggests that at least one super-Earth; a planet that is larger than Earth, but smaller than Neptune, could have formed close to the sun.

The Universe is expanding faster than physics can explain

Posted in Science on 18th Apr, 2016 07:34 PM
by AlexMuller
The most precise measurement ever made of the current rate of expansion of the Universe has been achieved by physicists, and there’s a problem:

Migraine may permanently change brain structure

Posted in Medicine on 19th Apr, 2016 11:12 AM
by AlexMuller
The study found that migraine raised the risk of brain lesions, white matter abnormalities and altered brain volume compared to people without the disorder.

European scientists set eyes on ice moon Europa

Posted in Science on 21st Apr, 2016 02:19 AM
by AlexMuller
European scientists are meeting to consider options for exploring Europa, a moon of Jupiter. They have ideas that could fit as add-ons to US missions that are to be launched in the 2020s.

Scientists pinpoint where in the brain we process facial expressions

Posted in Science on 21st Apr, 2016 02:49 AM
by AlexMuller
While we're not conscious of it, when you're looking at someone making a facial expression, there's a whole part of our brains that deals with decoding the information.

Psychologists study awe astronauts feel viewing Earth from space

Posted in Science on 21st Apr, 2016 03:10 AM
by AlexMuller
Astronauts who experience Earth from orbit often report feelings of awe and wonder, of being transformed. This is called the "overview effect".

New cases of dementia in the UK fall by 20 percent over 2 decades

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Apr, 2016 02:55 AM
by AlexMuller
40,000 fewer cases than anticipated.

Alphabet's crazy moonshots are growing revenues faster than losses

Posted in Online on 22nd Apr, 2016 05:19 PM
by AlexMuller
Google CEO Sundar Pichai cited the development of machine learning and AI as one of the key factors driving the growth.

Type-1 diabetes 'prevention' trial starts in Scotland

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Apr, 2016 05:33 PM
by AlexMuller
Metformin is already used to treat diabetes, but it is not clear if it might prevent it from developing in the first place.

Why living around nature could make you live longer

Posted in Science on 23rd Apr, 2016 09:12 AM
by AlexMuller
The health benefits are likely thanks to factors such as improved mental health, social engagement and physical activity that come with living near green spaces.

There May Be a Giant Lake Lurking Beneath the East Antarctic Ice Sheet

Posted in Science on 23rd Apr, 2016 09:27 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists are reporting evidence of an enormous, never-before-seen subglacial lake, buried beneath the East Antarctic ice sheet.

Final piece of type 1 diabetes puzzle solved

Posted in Medicine on 24th Apr, 2016 08:04 PM
by AlexMuller
A complete picture of the areas that the immune system attacks to cause type 1 diabetes has finally been revealed by scientists.

Glasgow University scientists crack brain 'Enigma code'

Posted in Science on 24th Apr, 2016 09:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have discovered what two parts of the brain are saying to one another when processing visual images.

Pluto Isn't the Only Thing New Horizons is Studying

Posted in Science on 25th Apr, 2016 01:46 PM
by AlexMuller
New Horizons has turned on an instrument that would allow it to observe solar particles, and provide nearly three years worth of continuous information.

How cold-loving bacteria can create their own ice

Posted in Science on 25th Apr, 2016 01:56 PM
by AlexMuller
P. syringae plays an important role in biology and atmospheric science, because it can form ice at temperatures above freezing.

Research identifies compound that could reverse symptoms of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

Posted in Medicine on 26th Apr, 2016 12:17 PM
by AlexMuller
A five-year study has found a way of 'reversing' symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases, using fruit flies as test subjects.

Brain's 'atlas' of words revealed

Posted in Science on 28th Apr, 2016 11:45 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists in the US have mapped out how the brain organises language.

Gene therapy reverses sight loss and is long-lasting

Posted in Medicine on 29th Apr, 2016 07:30 PM
by AlexMuller
A genetic therapy has improved the vision of patients who would otherwise have gone blind. The improvement is long-lasting so the therapy is suitable as a treatment.

Worsening depression 'may predict dementia risk'

Posted in Medicine on 30th Apr, 2016 01:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Symptoms of depression that steadily increase over time in older age could indicate early signs of dementia, scientists have said.

Scientists Discover How to Grow Life-Saving Blood Stem Cells

Posted in Science on 1st May, 2016 08:14 PM
by AlexMuller
A protein called Musashi-2 discovered by scientists can regulate the function and development of important blood stem cells.

Intelligent Machines: AI had IQ of four-year-old child

Posted in Software on 2nd May, 2016 03:25 PM
by AlexMuller
An artificial intelligence system at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has taken an IQ test designed for a young child.

Scientists turn skin cells into heart and brain cells using only drugs; no stem cells required

Posted in Medicine on 2nd May, 2016 03:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Closer to the natural regeneration that happens in animals like newts and salamanders and no medical-safety and embryo concerns.

3 newly discovered exoplanets prime candidates in search for life elsewhere

Posted in Science on 3rd May, 2016 03:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The worlds are potentially habitable given their sizes and temperatures, and may be the best candidates yet in the search for life.

Boiling water may be the cause of the Martian streaks, a study says

Posted in Science on 3rd May, 2016 03:44 PM
by AlexMuller
The results of lab experiments appear to back up the theory that dark lines on Martian slopes are created by water, though in an otherworldly manner, scientists said.

UK wins satellite contract to 'weigh' the biomass in Earth's forests

Posted in Hardware on 4th May, 2016 04:11 PM
by AlexMuller
The data will be important for climate research, and will create a baseline for treaties that seek to monitor the status of global forest resources.

More evidence that comets could have nurtured life on earth

Posted in Science on 5th May, 2016 05:33 PM
by AlexMuller
Increased carbon levels in the rocks soon after the impact were evidence that microbial life may have thrived in the crater.

Humans have faster metabolism than related primates, enabling larger brain

Posted in Science on 5th May, 2016 05:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Humans have a higher metabolism rate than related primates. This may guide strategies for combating obesity.

Bipolar disorder has genetic links to autism, a new study shows

Posted in Science on 6th May, 2016 04:48 PM
by AlexMuller
A new study suggests there may be an overlap between rare genetic variations linked to bipolar disorder and those implicated in schizophrenia and autism.

New study: no increase in brain cancer across 29 years of mobile use in Australia

Posted in Hardware on 6th May, 2016 04:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Concerning mobile use, Australia is seeing no rise in the incidence of brain cancer against the background rate.

Bee model could be breakthrough for autonomous drones

Posted in Software on 6th May, 2016 05:31 PM
by AlexMuller
A computer model of how bees use vision to avoid hitting walls could be a breakthrough in the development of autonomous drones.

Seismic vibrations provide accurate way to monitor ice sheet decline

Posted in Science on 7th May, 2016 05:25 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers are getting positive results from a new method that tracks seismic vibrations caused by ocean waves to measure changes in ice volume.

NASA Discovers Strange Hazy Layers On Pluto That 'We've Never Seen Before'

Posted in Science on 8th May, 2016 06:46 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA's New Horizons probe has captured the said layers that looked like water ripples.

Music improves baby brain responses to music and speech

Posted in Science on 8th May, 2016 07:04 PM
by AlexMuller
'This means that early, engaging musical experiences can have a more global effect on cognitive skills.'

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter by NASA May Have Found Evidence of Volcanic Eruptions

Posted in Science on 8th May, 2016 07:09 PM
by AlexMuller
With the help of mineral-mapping, scientists found evidences that there were volcanic activities on Mars billions of years ago.

Antibody therapy opens door to potential new treatment for HIV

Posted in Science on 9th May, 2016 04:39 PM
by AlexMuller
In aclinical trial, researchers gave participants with a single dose of 3BNC117, a so-called broadly neutralizing antibody capable of fighting a wide range of HIV strains.

Climate change: survival of the oldest species?

Posted in Science on 9th May, 2016 05:14 PM
by AlexMuller
The logic is relatively simple: The reason they’re so old is that they’ve been tested by environmental shifts before and have come out on top.

Researchers develop electronic devices that can melt in the brain

Posted in Hardware on 10th May, 2016 05:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Bioresorbable devices promise to help eliminate the risks, cost, and discomfort associated with surgical extraction of current devices.

NASA is observing how microbes adapt aboard the ISS

Posted in Science on 12th May, 2016 12:15 AM
by AlexMuller
The effort will allow for the development of methods for minimizing any danger created by the microbes during lengthy missions.

SpaceX's Dragon returns to Earth brimming with microgravity research samples

Posted in Hardware on 12th May, 2016 07:01 PM
by AlexMuller
The Dragon completed its round trip to the ISS, splashing down with more than a tonne of valuable scientific samples in tow.

Cryosat spacecraft's ice vision is boosted

Posted in Hardware on 13th May, 2016 10:35 PM
by AlexMuller
European scientists have found a way to super-charge their study of the ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland.

Dreaming brain rhythms lock in memories

Posted in Medicine on 13th May, 2016 10:42 PM
by AlexMuller
REM sleep is the phase during which, at least in humans, dreams take place; The question of whether it is important for settling new memories has been difficult to answer.

Shooting stars show Earth had oxygen eons before we thought

Posted in Science on 13th May, 2016 11:03 PM
by AlexMuller
The scorched remains of 60 micrometeorites have survived 2.7 billion years in Western Australia. They are the oldest space rocks ever discovered on Earth.

Space mission observes magnetic fields of Earth and sun

Posted in Science on 14th May, 2016 09:35 PM
by AlexMuller
How magnetic reconnection takes place, a critical step in understanding space weather.

NASA's NIAC Program looks to fund futuristic space concepts

Posted in Science on 15th May, 2016 05:33 PM
by AlexMuller
A self-assembling space habitat, a deep sleep chamber for shuttle astronauts, and a protective magnetic force field are the latest projects NASA is embarking on.

Cancer samples from dead patients sought for new study

Posted in Science on 15th May, 2016 05:56 PM
by AlexMuller
The aim is to find out how tumours develop and spread and what happens during the final stages of the disease.

Clinical Trial Will Attempt to Bring Braindead Humans Back to Life

Posted in Medicine on 16th May, 2016 03:19 PM
by AlexMuller
A health watchdog organization has approved a new trial that will attempt to revive technically dead humans using their own stem cells.

MinXSS CubeSat deployed from ISS to study sun's soft X-rays

Posted in Science on 18th May, 2016 12:16 PM
by AlexMuller
CubeSats are a new, low-cost tool for space science missions.

Evidence of ancient tsunamis on Mars

Posted in Science on 20th May, 2016 10:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Such events could only have occurred more than three billion years ago when the planet was wetter and warmer.

Cooling and time in the dark preserves perovskite solar power

Posted in Science on 21st May, 2016 05:05 PM
by AlexMuller
A research breakthrough potentially removing one roadblock to commercialization for this promising technology.

Melting glacier could raise sea levels by almost 3 metres

Posted in Science on 22nd May, 2016 11:03 AM
by AlexMuller
The study published in the journal Nature looked at the retreating ice levels of the Totten Glacier, a glacier in eastern Antarctica roughly the size of France.

Almost half of all heart attacks are 'silent'

Posted in Science on 22nd May, 2016 11:10 AM
by AlexMuller
Signs of a silent heart attack can include unexplained fatigue and discomfort in the jaw, upper back or arms. Pain can even be mistaken for indigestion.

BioViva Plans an Age Reversal Clinic in Fiji: An unusual project with many unanswered questions

Posted in Business on 23rd May, 2016 11:43 AM
by AlexMuller
Thwarted stateside by the FDA, US anti-aging pioneers are heading to the South Pacific.

Gene helps prevent heart attack, stroke; may also block some effects of aging

Posted in Science on 23rd May, 2016 12:04 PM
by AlexMuller
'Finding a way to reactivate this pathway may have profound implications for health and aging.'

Red dwarf exoplanets not as habitable as once believed

Posted in Science on 26th May, 2016 01:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Computer models suggest that these planets are likely rendered uninhabitable by their super-dense atmospheres.

Common infections might be causing Alzheimer’s disease

Posted in Science on 27th May, 2016 02:14 PM
by AlexMuller
Proteins in the brain leftover from fighting off common infections clump together and create the plaque that is ubiquitously found in Alzheimer’s patients.

Dead Brain Cells May Inhibit Function In Neurodegenerative Disease

Posted in Medicine on 28th May, 2016 08:05 PM
by AlexMuller
A study claims that in neurodegenerative diseases, the brain's cleaning process is impaired.

Aging Stars Can Make New Habitable Zones For Planets

Posted in Science on 29th May, 2016 01:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists searching for life in the universe now have a new target: the once-icy worlds orbiting red giants.

New cancer treatment targets sick cells only

Posted in Medicine on 29th May, 2016 01:27 PM
by AlexMuller
During in vitro tests, the nanoparticles killed around 70 percent of prostate tumor cells while only 10 percent of healthy cells of the same lineage were hit.

MRI scans prove schizophrenic brains attempt self-repair

Posted in Science on 29th May, 2016 01:22 PM
by AlexMuller
The findings point the way to the development of targeted treatments that potentially could better address some of the core pathology in schizophrenia"

Machine Learning’s Next Trick Will Transform How Research Is Done

Posted in Science on 30th May, 2016 03:53 PM
by AlexMuller
For overwhelmed researchers navigating a growing stack of science literature, the value isn’t in having so much new information, but finding insights when they need them.

Scientists to 3D print brain tumors for the first time

Posted in Science on 30th May, 2016 03:59 PM
by AlexMuller
These will be made from stem cells from an incurable and highly aggressive form of brain cancer called glioblastoma, which is the most common tumor type found in adult brains.

Scientists uncover potential trigger to kill cancer

Posted in Science on 31st May, 2016 03:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have discovered a new way of triggering cell death, in a finding that could lead to drugs to treat cancer and autoimmune disease.

This year, we'll sequence DNA in space for the first time

Posted in Science on 3rd Jun, 2016 01:02 AM
by AlexMuller
Kate Rubins, a virologist turned astronaut, heads to the ISS this month to monitor more than 250 experiments, including genetic sequencing.

Body's immune system induced to attack tumors

Posted in Medicine on 4th Jun, 2016 08:10 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have taken a 'very positive step' towards creating a universal vaccine against cancer that makes the immune system attack tumours as if they were a virus.

Tumor-killing virus nearly doubles survival time of brain cancer patients

Posted in Science on 5th Jun, 2016 06:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Instead of directly killing a cancer cell, the virus lays the groundwork for targeted drug strikes.

Pluto's Interactions with the Solar Wind Are Unique

Posted in Science on 5th Jun, 2016 07:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Pluto's atmosphere interacts with the solar wind in a never-before-seen hybrid way, one that's both comet-like and planet-like.

Migraine may increase risk of cardiovascular disease

Posted in Science on 5th Jun, 2016 07:09 PM
by AlexMuller
Research has shown that migraine, especially when it occurs with an aura, is associated with an increased risk of stroke.

A promising HIV vaccine moves toward clinical trial

Posted in Medicine on 8th Jun, 2016 02:11 AM
by AlexMuller
Oregon Health & Science University is recruiting potential volunteers for the first human tests of its promising HIV vaccine.

Phone cameras could get as sharp as DSLR

Posted in Hardware on 8th Jun, 2016 02:57 AM
by AlexMuller
A new grain-of-sand-sized lens could one day compete with those enormous DSLR lenses to create sharp pictures.

Deep neural networks to help identify, formulate advanced antiaging supplements

Posted in Software on 9th Jun, 2016 11:29 AM
by AlexMuller
A collaboration to identify novel biomarkers of human aging through the use of big-data analytics and AI.

Developing treatments for cancer needs Ebola-level action

Posted in Medicine on 9th Jun, 2016 11:39 AM
by AlexMuller
The hunt for a cancer cure should be treated with as much urgency as the Ebola outbreak, says US Vice-President Joe Biden.

Google moves closer to a universal quantum computer

Posted in Science on 10th Jun, 2016 08:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Combining the best of analog and digital approaches could yield a full-scale multipurpose quantum computer.

MS breakthrough: Replacing diseased immune system halts progression and allows repair

Posted in Medicine on 12th Jun, 2016 05:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Clinical trial suggests chemo and blood stem cell combination therapy should be considered for people with early, aggressive MS.

Research showing why hierarchy exists will aid the development of AI

Posted in Science on 12th Jun, 2016 06:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Connections in biological networks are expensive, and there is therefore an evolutionary pressure to reduce the number of connections.

Sequencing DNA in Outer Space

Posted in Hardware on 12th Jun, 2016 06:53 PM
by AlexMuller
No one has ever tried to decode DNA in space before. Being able to is something that might come in handy.

Ice exoplanets and moons can have habital deep oceans

Posted in Science on 17th Jun, 2016 03:53 AM
by AlexMuller
Water-rich planets are obvious candidates for finding life and have attracted increasing attention in recent years.

Ultrasound Opens the Brain to Promising Drugs

Posted in Medicine on 17th Jun, 2016 04:23 AM
by AlexMuller
Opening the blood-brain barrier with ultrasound helps remove the amyloid-β protein thought to be responsible for Alzheimer’s even without using any drugs.

There could be at least 2 more planets in our Solar System

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2016 03:16 AM
by AlexMuller
New calculations on the data that originally gave rise to the Planet Nine hypothesis, that suggest that the hypothetical extra planet might not be alone.

Exercise four hours after learning 'boosts memory'

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2016 10:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Exercise is known to release proteins that can boost the part of the brain related to memory, and this study suggests the timing of it is crucial.

Statin drugs reduce infection risk in stroke patients

Posted in Medicine on 20th Jun, 2016 01:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Statins reduced the risk of infection by 58 percent.

How Your Workplace Environment Affect Brain Function

Posted in Science on 20th Jun, 2016 01:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Cognitive decline were observed in both men and women exposed to dirty working environments.

Up to half of UK people living in chronic pain

Posted in Science on 21st Jun, 2016 12:06 PM
by AlexMuller
With an ageing population, it is predicted the toll will rise in the future.

Pluto could have liquid sub-surface ocean

Posted in Science on 22nd Jun, 2016 10:52 AM
by AlexMuller
New Horizons it revealed that the dwarf planet might have a liquid ocean sloshing around under its icy crust. According to a new analysis such an ocean likely still exists today.

Stem cell created blood will be scaled up by 2020 to solve blood shortages

Posted in Medicine on 23rd Jun, 2016 11:24 AM
by AlexMuller
Megakaryon has a joint research with Harvard to develop blood outside of the body. Success would eliminate the blood shortages.

Teaching Computers To Reason and Learn by Analogy

Posted in Science on 23rd Jun, 2016 11:40 AM
by AlexMuller
Using a structure mapping system based on analogy, researchers have created a system that allows machines to reason more like humans do.

NASA's Laboratory Rover, Curiosity, Discovers Unexpected Mineral on Mars

Posted in Science on 23rd Jun, 2016 11:54 AM
by AlexMuller
A finding that may alter our understanding of how the planet evolved.

Heart Drug Could Limit Diabetes Blindness

Posted in Science on 24th Jun, 2016 05:58 PM
by AlexMuller
There are an estimated 422 million people globally who have been diagnosed with diabetes. One of the most common complications of the disease is vision loss.

Secret behind success of breakaway cancer cells uncovered

Posted in Science on 25th Jun, 2016 08:26 PM
by AlexMuller
A breakthrough in our understanding of how cancer cells are able to spread around the body and form deadly new tumors.

Research finds technique for early detection of Alzheimer's in animals

Posted in Medicine on 25th Jun, 2016 08:32 PM
by AlexMuller
The work paves the way for a human trial with the technology, which could lead to a noninvasive means of detecting the disease.

What did Earth’s ancient magnetic field look like?

Posted in Science on 25th Jun, 2016 08:38 PM
by AlexMuller
New work suggests Earth’s ancient magnetic field was significantly different than the present day field, originating from several poles rather than the familiar two.

An ocean lies a few kilometers beneath Saturn's moon Enceladus's icy surface

Posted in Science on 25th Jun, 2016 08:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Strong heat production in Enceladus's deep interior may power the hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor.

Brexit big blow to UK science, say top British scientists

Posted in Science on 25th Jun, 2016 09:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Leave vote sparks concerns over losing £1bn a year in funding and closing doors on researchers from EU countries.

Long visits to nature linked to improved mental health, study finds

Posted in Science on 26th Jun, 2016 12:32 PM
by AlexMuller
People who visit parks for 30 minutes or more each week are much less likely to have high blood pressure or poor mental health than those who don’t.

Human Clinical Trials of the Anti-Aging Compound NMN to Start in Japan

Posted in Science on 27th Jun, 2016 03:11 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers to test in humans the safety and effectiveness of a compound that is on the verge of being proven to reverse some effects of aging.

Ancient Mars Was Even More Earth-Like Than We Imagined

Posted in Science on 28th Jun, 2016 02:09 PM
by AlexMuller
New findings from NASA’s Curiosity Rover provide evidence that significant amounts of oxygen once permeated the atmosphere of ancient Mars.

Texting Produces an Entirely New Kind of Brain Wave Pattern

Posted in Science on 29th Jun, 2016 04:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The discovery shows that smartphones are literally altering the way our minds work.

Marijuana compound removes alzheimer’s plaque from brain cells, study finds

Posted in Medicine on 30th Jun, 2016 04:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Alzheimer’s disease may now be added to a list of diseases with promising treatment from cannabis, a new study says.

We Can Now Tell a Person’s Age Range From Crime Scene Blood

Posted in Science on 30th Jun, 2016 05:40 PM
by AlexMuller
The team is working to narrow down the age range to within a span of two or three years.

Researchers detect 'Healing' in the Antarctic ozone layer hole

Posted in Science on 1st Jul, 2016 02:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers say they have found the first clear evidence that the thinning in the ozone layer above Antarctica is starting to heal.

Discovery of a powerful defense against free radicals that contribute to aging and diseases

Posted in Medicine on 1st Jul, 2016 03:04 PM
by AlexMuller
A new University of Michigan study outlines the discovery of a protein that acts as a powerful protectant against free radicals.

Current stimulation to the brain partially restores vision in patients with glaucoma and nerve damage

Posted in Medicine on 1st Jul, 2016 03:28 PM
by AlexMuller
There is now more light at the end of the tunnel for patients with low vision or blindness following glaucoma and optic nerve damage.

Emerging strain of honeybee virus proves even more deadly

Posted in Science on 1st Jul, 2016 09:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Viral infections have been identified as a major factor in the continued decline of bee colonies.

Gene Editing could destroy latent viruses in the human body like herpes

Posted in Medicine on 2nd Jul, 2016 03:34 PM
by AlexMuller
Herpes viruses can be implicated in blindness, birth defects and even cancer, and as yet, we can’t rid ourselves of them.

'Civil war' in immune system can fight disease

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Jul, 2016 07:29 PM
by AlexMuller
The immune system can be trained to attack itself to reverse a devastating autoimmune disease.

Scientists Breakthrough to Better Understanding of Fatal Brain Tumor

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Jul, 2016 07:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Glioma is the most common form of primary malignant brain tumor in adults and is one of the most difficult cancers to treat.

NASA's Super Pressure Balloon glides past flight duration record

Posted in Science on 4th Jul, 2016 02:26 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA and other researchers use what are known as zero pressure balloons to probe the mysteries of the atmosphere, and by extension our world and the universe as a whole.

Cravings for high-calorie foods may be switched off in the brain by a supplement

Posted in Medicine on 4th Jul, 2016 03:38 PM
by AlexMuller
A supplement, based on a molecule produced by gut bacteria, reduces cravings for high-calorie foods, a new study suggests.

Nanoscale discovery could push perovskite solar cells to 31% efficency

Posted in Hardware on 4th Jul, 2016 05:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The efficiency at which solar cells convert photons to electricity has increased more rapidly for perovskite than any other material to date.

Red Planet Impact: Huge Moons May Have Crashed Into Mars

Posted in Science on 5th Jul, 2016 06:38 PM
by AlexMuller
The moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, may be the only survivors of a giant impact that created many short-lived, but now-absent moons.

Brain in a dish to learn more about Alzheimer's disease

Posted in Science on 5th Jul, 2016 07:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have found a way to replicate one of the earliest changes in Alzheimer's disease in a dish. So it should now be possible to find out a lot more about why it happens.

Research finds a link between air pollution and mental disorders in young people

Posted in Medicine on 7th Jul, 2016 06:11 PM
by AlexMuller
While not proving a cause, results show a link between levels of air pollution and amounts of psychiatric medications being dispensed.

Bees suffer from pollution confusion, says new study

Posted in Science on 7th Jul, 2016 06:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Bees look for flowers using their enhanced sense of smell, but air pollutants could be making it harder for them to sniff out possible food sources.

Evolution may have moved at a furious pace on a warmer Earth

Posted in Science on 7th Jul, 2016 06:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Early life forms on Earth are likely to have mutated and evolved at much higher rates than they do today.

NASA works to wake up Curiosity as mission gets two-year extension

Posted in Science on 8th Jul, 2016 05:17 PM
by AlexMuller
On July 2, the nuclear-powered rover experienced some sort of a glitch and stopped most of its tasks as it went through a sequence to make sure it was still operating.

New clues could help scientists harness the power of photosynthesis

Posted in Science on 9th Jul, 2016 04:08 PM
by AlexMuller
"There is intense interest in creating artificial photosynthesis as an alternative energy source"

Dawn maps Ceres craters where ice can accumulate

Posted in Science on 10th Jul, 2016 02:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists with NASA's Dawn mission have identified permanently shadowed regions on the dwarf planet Ceres where ice deposits could exist now.

Do-It-Yourself Brain Stimulation Could Result In Altered Brain Functions

Posted in Medicine on 10th Jul, 2016 02:13 PM
by AlexMuller
tDCS brain stimulation is used for cognitive enhancement and to help anxiety or depression. These devices may do more harm than good.

The mysterious syndrome impairing astronauts’ sight

Posted in Medicine on 11th Jul, 2016 06:03 PM
by AlexMuller
The syndrome could interfere with plans for future crewed space missions, including any trips to Mars.

Blue-eyed humans have a single, common ancestor, a mutation from 6,000-10,000 years ago

Posted in Science on 11th Jul, 2016 06:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have tracked down a genetic mutation which took place 6,000-10,000 years ago and is the cause of all blue-eyed humans.