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Pacific ocean now warming 15 times faster than in past 10,000 years

Posted in Science on 2nd Nov, 2013 02:36 AM
by AlexMuller
A study finds the ocean is taking in heat at the most rapid rate in thousands of years, yet another indicator of global warming.

Brushing Your Teeth Could Prevent Heart Disease

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Nov, 2013 04:29 AM
by AlexMuller
Taking care of your gums by brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits could help hold heart disease at bay.

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.

Can Marine Life Survive More Acid Oceans?

Posted in Science on 11th Nov, 2013 11:34 PM
by AlexMuller
As the seas absorb more carbon dioxide, their pH drops.

Construction of the SeaOrbiter slated for spring 2014

Posted in Science on 18th Nov, 2013 11:35 PM
by AlexMuller
It has been well over a decade since the SeaOrbiter was first dreamed up. Thirty years of research has gone into the project, and still it does not exist.

A precise new quantitative brain scan measurement method

Posted in Science on 19th Nov, 2013 11:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Can quantify the volume of specific brain tissues, a critical measurement of the progression of brain diseases.

English seas get new marine conservation zones

Posted in Science on 22nd Nov, 2013 12:41 AM
by AlexMuller
The government has announced it will create 27 new marine conservation zones to protect wildlife in the seas around the English coast.

Google Makes Talking To Your Computer Slightly Less Crazy With Speech Search Chrome Extension

Posted in Software on 28th Nov, 2013 02:00 AM
by AlexMuller
Google has a new Chrome extension released today that brings a recently introduced mobile feature to the desktop.

Cholesterol 'fuels' breast cancer

Posted in Medicine on 1st Dec, 2013 12:16 AM
by AlexMuller
A by-product of cholesterol can fuel the deadly growth and spread of breast cancer, according to a group of scientists.

Obesity is Inflammatory Disease, Rat Study Shows

Posted in Medicine on 9th Dec, 2013 12:25 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have found abnormal amounts of an inflammatory protein called PAR2 in the fat tissues of overweight and obese rats and humans.

Stress gene linked to heart attacks

Posted in Medicine on 20th Dec, 2013 12:59 AM
by AlexMuller
A stress gene has been linked to having a higher risk of dying from a heart attack or heart disease.

'Massive' reservoir of melt water found under Greenland ice

Posted in Science on 23rd Dec, 2013 01:55 AM
by AlexMuller
The aquifer, which covers an area the size of Ireland, could yield important clues to sea level rise.

Google Wants To Build The Ultimate Personal Assistant

Posted in Business on 26th Dec, 2013 01:11 AM
by AlexMuller
Google Engineering Director Scott Huffman presented a pretty compelling overview of the direction Google is taking in search.

Fish Fluorescence Widespread: 180 Species Found To Glow

Posted in Science on 11th Jan, 2014 05:43 AM
by AlexMuller
Fluorescence is surprisingly common in many different kinds of fish.

Respirator concept could give you your own set of gills

Posted in Hardware on 19th Jan, 2014 12:06 AM
by AlexMuller
Called the Triton, this diminutive respirator is designed to offer you an indefinite stay under the waves.

Seafloor Marine Life Face Major Threat from Climate Change

Posted in Science on 19th Jan, 2014 10:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Creatures which live deep beneath the ocean surface are likely to be badly hit by climate change over the next century, a new study says.

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.

Adapting to Sea Level Rise Could Save Trillions by 2100

Posted in Science on 5th Feb, 2014 03:07 AM
by AlexMuller
Coasts are home to more than 1 billion people across the globe and up 310 million of those live in a 100-year floodplain. $11 trillion in assets also sit below the 100-year flood mark.

'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.

Deep-sea mining 'must responsibly respect ecosystems'

Posted in Science on 19th Feb, 2014 03:11 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have made an impassioned plea for humanity to pause and think before making a headlong rush to exploit the deep sea.

Theory on origin of animals challenged:

Posted in Science on 19th Feb, 2014 03:15 AM
by AlexMuller
Studies show that animals can live and grow even with very limited oxygen supplies.

New Paper-Based Urine Tests Could Detect Cancer and Heart Disease

Posted in Medicine on 26th Feb, 2014 04:35 AM
by AlexMuller
Diagnosing cancer and heart disease generally requires extensively trained personnel and expensive instruments.

Selective nanopores in graphene dramatically improve desalination and purification

Posted in Science on 2nd Mar, 2014 01:16 AM
by AlexMuller
subnanoscale pores in a sheet of graphene could lead to ultrathin filters for improved desalination or water purification.

A piece of a tree could make an excellent, cheap water filter

Posted in Science on 3rd Mar, 2014 12:39 AM
by AlexMuller
Diseases can thrive in the waters of developing nations, to the point that having a water filter can literally be a matter of life or death.

Europe-wide flood losses to 'increase four fold' by 2050

Posted in Science on 3rd Mar, 2014 11:48 PM
by AlexMuller
According to the most accurate model yet developed, flood damage losses across Europe are expected to increase four fold by 2050.

Alzheimer’s Kills Six times more than previsously believed

Posted in Medicine on 8th Mar, 2014 01:17 AM
by AlexMuller
Alzheimer’s Kills Six times more than previously believed which is as Many People as Cancer and Heart Disease.

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.

Cat-To-Human TB transfer Possible, Say Health Officials

Posted in Science on 31st Mar, 2014 01:53 AM
by AlexMuller
Cat-to-human tuberculosis transmission was confirmed in two people in England.

New water desalination tech makes ocean water drinkable

Posted in Science on 12th Apr, 2014 02:46 AM
by AlexMuller
Incredibly this technique requires little more than a store-bought battery.

Alzheimer's and Cancer Link Found using biomedical data and supercomputing.

Posted in Software on 22nd Apr, 2014 05:12 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists witness 'a new era of digital biology' using biomedical data and supercomputing.

Agreement reached on deep sea mining

Posted in Business on 26th Apr, 2014 01:03 AM
by AlexMuller
The project will extract ores of copper, gold and other valuable metals from a depth of 1,500m.

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.

Humans caused nearly 90 percent of sea level rise

Posted in Science on 20th May, 2014 06:11 PM
by AlexMuller
Human generated emissions are largely responsible for warming the top layer of the ocean over the past four decades, causing water to expand and sea level to rise.

"Heart disease-on-a-chip" could usher in an age of personalized medicine

Posted in Hardware on 26th May, 2014 12:36 AM
by AlexMuller
Harvard scientists have created the world's first lab-grown sample of functioning human heart tissue that has a cardiovascular disease.

Using Google Street View to Study the Great Barrier Reef

Posted in Software on 26th May, 2014 11:11 PM
by AlexMuller
The team pilots a motorized camera rig that mounts three cameras for a 360-degree view of the sea floor, and records nearly a mile of the floor at a time.

Genetic test for heart disease risk rolled out in UK

Posted in Science on 28th May, 2014 11:57 PM
by AlexMuller
A test for a preventable form of heart disease is being rolled out in the UK.

Coral reefs are better at coping with rising sea temperatures than we thought

Posted in Science on 31st May, 2014 11:09 PM
by AlexMuller
It was found that certain types of coral are able to adapt to tolerate higher sea temperatures by changing the genes they express.

Google sets up 'right to be forgotten' form after EU ruling

Posted in Business on 2nd Jun, 2014 01:15 AM
by AlexMuller
Google has launched a service to allow Europeans to ask for personal data to be removed from online search results.

Modern ocean acidification is outpacing ancient upheaval: Rate may be ten times faster

Posted in Science on 5th Jun, 2014 01:41 AM
by AlexMuller
The oceans are on track to acidify at least as much as they did in ancient times, only at a much faster rate.

Centenarians 'outliving diseases of old age'

Posted in Medicine on 7th Jun, 2014 02:26 AM
by AlexMuller
Centenarians have found a way to beat the common diseases of old age, such as cancer and heart disease, research suggests.

What’s The World To Do About Water?

Posted in Science on 9th Jun, 2014 05:59 PM
by AlexMuller
The world's water problem, and how to solve it.

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.

What Happens To A Human Who Spends A Month Under The Sea?

Posted in Science on 10th Jun, 2014 11:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Fabien Cousteau and his team are setting out to break the record for living in an underwater habitat.

Bacteria help explain why stress and fear trigger heart attacks

Posted in Medicine on 12th Jun, 2014 12:54 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists believe they have an explanation for the axiom that stress, emotional shock, or overexertion may trigger heart attacks in vulnerable people.

A shot against heart attacks?

Posted in Medicine on 13th Jun, 2014 01:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Harvard researchers say simple 'genome editing' may dramatically lower risk of such crises in future.

Search program aims to teach itself everything about any visual concept

Posted in Software on 15th Jun, 2014 01:46 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have created a computer program that they claim “teaches everything there is to know about any visual concept.”

Futuristic sea vessel could explore indefinitely

Posted in Science on 16th Jun, 2014 12:16 AM
by AlexMuller
SeaOrbiter: An underwater home, laboratory and observation hub.

Look Out, Great White Sharks May be Making a Comeback

Posted in Science on 16th Jun, 2014 12:22 AM
by AlexMuller
Great white sharks are among the largest, most widespread predators in the ocean.

Expansion of US marine protected zone could double world reserves

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2014 03:54 AM
by AlexMuller
The US plans to create the world's biggest marine protected area (MPA) in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

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.

How stress damages the heart

Posted in Medicine on 24th Jun, 2014 12:08 AM
by AlexMuller
For the first time scientists have found a direct biological link between stress and inflammation of blood vessels which can lead to heart attacks.

Mini lab grown human hearts could hold cure for heart disease

Posted in Medicine on 26th Jun, 2014 11:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Tiny hearts that are only one millimeter in diameter could hold the key to curing heart disease.

A self-powered artificial cardiac pacemaker

Posted in Hardware on 28th Jun, 2014 03:36 AM
by AlexMuller
A research team from Korea has developed a self-powered artificial cardiac pacemaker operated semi-permanently by a flexible piezoelectric nanogenerator.

'Immediate protection' needed for Pitcairn's marine bounty

Posted in Science on 28th Jun, 2014 11:58 PM
by AlexMuller
"Immediate protection" is required for the waters of the Pitcairn Islands, home to one of the world's most valuable collections of marine species.

Caribbean coral reefs 'could vanish in 20 years'

Posted in Science on 2nd Jul, 2014 10:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Healthy coral reefs have declined by about 50% in the past 40 years.

Google reinstates 'forgotten' links after pressure

Posted in Business on 4th Jul, 2014 06:48 PM
by AlexMuller
After widespread criticism, Google has begun reinstating some links it had earlier removed under the controversial "right to be forgotten" ruling.

Physicists reveal random nature of metastasis

Posted in Medicine on 20th Jul, 2014 04:59 AM
by AlexMuller
The spreading of a cancerous tumour from one part of the body to another may occur through pure chance instead of key genetic mutations, a new study has shown.

How to prevent diseases of aging

Posted in Medicine on 26th Jul, 2014 04:52 AM
by AlexMuller
By 2050, the number of people over the age of 80 will triple globally, which could come at great cost to individuals and economies.

Sea Level Rise in the Tropical Pacific Ocean isn't Natural:

Posted in Science on 28th Jul, 2014 01:48 AM
by AlexMuller
Human Activity is to Blame.

Against the biological clock:

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Aug, 2014 11:46 PM
by AlexMuller
A gameplan to end age related diseases.

Google to prioritise secure websites

Posted in Business on 7th Aug, 2014 11:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Google has said it will give preference to more secure websites in its search rankings from now on.

Tidal power generator unveiling hailed as landmark

Posted in Hardware on 7th Aug, 2014 11:18 PM
by AlexMuller
A full-scale tidal power generator aimed at showing the potential for renewable energy has been unveiled in Pembrokeshire.

Heart disease giving way to cancer as top killer of men

Posted in Medicine on 21st Aug, 2014 12:39 AM
by AlexMuller
Parts of Europe are reaching a "tipping point" where cardiovascular disease is no longer the leading cause of death, a study shows.

Chemicals from sunscreen are poisoning the ocean

Posted in Science on 22nd Aug, 2014 12:41 AM
by AlexMuller
When beachgoers go for a dip, the traces of sunscreen that wash off into the ocean poison phytoplankton, the microscopic plant life that anchor the marine food web.

'Widespread methane leakage' from ocean floor off US coast

Posted in Science on 25th Aug, 2014 01:27 AM
by AlexMuller
There are concerns that these new seeps could be making a hitherto unnoticed contribution to global warming.

Antarctic coastal waters 'rising faster'

Posted in Science on 1st Sep, 2014 07:42 PM
by AlexMuller
Melting ice is fuelling sea-level rise around the coast of Antarctica, a new report in Nature Geoscience finds.

DARPA plans to shrink brain interface and organ control electronics to the size of nerve fibers

Posted in Hardware on 5th Sep, 2014 03:01 AM
by AlexMuller
The initial goal will be improving the quality of life for US soldiers and veterans.

Aubrey de Grey: Technological miniaturization could increase our lifespans

Posted in Hardware on 5th Sep, 2014 03:11 AM
by AlexMuller
The miniaturization of technologies will eventually result in them dominating medical treatments, enabling us to live longer.

Climate change could leave sharks and other fish unable to hunt

Posted in Science on 12th Sep, 2014 12:26 AM
by AlexMuller
We found that the acidification of their water disrupted the fish's ability to perceive different chemical cues, or their sense of smell

Longevity gene in fruit flies hints at coming genetic discoveries to slow aging

Posted in Science on 12th Sep, 2014 11:02 PM
by AlexMuller
With the increasing incidence of age-related diseases, like Alzheimer’s and cancer, it’s not just about prolonging life, but prolonging health too.

Artificial spleen cleans up blood

Posted in Medicine on 15th Sep, 2014 12:35 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed a high-tech method to rid the body of infections, even those caused by unknown pathogens.

First ban on shark and manta ray trade comes into force

Posted in Science on 15th Sep, 2014 12:41 AM
by AlexMuller
All trade in five named species of sharks is to be regulated from now on, in a significant step forward for conservation.

Predicting the spread of disease with Google Earth

Posted in Software on 15th Sep, 2014 12:44 AM
by AlexMuller
In the film Minority Report, PreCrime police combine psychic premonitions with search and surveillance technology to prevent murders before they occur.

Four Enormous Projects That Could Save Coastal Cities in Our Flooded Future

Posted in Science on 16th Sep, 2014 07:58 PM
by AlexMuller
The tides are rising. The only question that remains is how, and whether, we prepare our cities for it.

Obama creates vast Pacific Ocean marine reserve

Posted in Science on 26th Sep, 2014 09:58 PM
by AlexMuller
US President Barack Obama has signed a memorandum to expand a vast marine reserve in the Pacific Ocean.

Heart disease warning factors 'missed by many adults'

Posted in Medicine on 30th Sep, 2014 12:29 AM
by AlexMuller
Many adults in the UK are unaware of the risk factors for heart disease, according to a new poll.

New treatments show promise in prolonging human lifespan, but when can you get it?

Posted in Medicine on 2nd Oct, 2014 07:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Millions of people are taking anti-ageing drugs every day; they just don't know it.

Big robot fleet takes to UK waters

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Oct, 2014 08:01 PM
by AlexMuller
A fleet of marine robots is being launched in the largest deployment of its kind in British waters.

Why the war between Google and Europe is only getting worse

Posted in Business on 4th Oct, 2014 02:37 AM
by AlexMuller
European policy makers have hammered the search giant in recent years over privacy and antitrust issues.

Satellites detect 'thousands' of new ocean-bottom mountains

Posted in Science on 4th Oct, 2014 11:59 PM
by AlexMuller
It is not every day you can announce the discovery of thousands of new mountains on Earth, but that is what a US-European research team has done.

Different depths reveal ocean warming trends

Posted in Science on 5th Oct, 2014 10:31 PM
by AlexMuller
The deeper half of the ocean did not get measurably warmer in the last decade, but surface layers have been warming faster than we thought since the 1970s.

Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches New Record Maximum

Posted in Science on 8th Oct, 2014 12:37 AM
by AlexMuller
The upward trend in the Antarctic, however, is only about a third of the magnitude of the rapid loss of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean.

Glucosamine promotes longevity by mimicking low-carb diet

Posted in Science on 8th Oct, 2014 12:46 AM
by AlexMuller
The widely used food supplement glucosamine promotes longevity in aging mice by approximately 10 percent due to improved glucose metabolism.

Ocean acidification causes US$1trn of damage a year

Posted in Science on 9th Oct, 2014 08:24 PM
by AlexMuller
Some 400 million people depend on threatened coral reefs for their livelihoods, British scientists warn at UN meeting.

Billionaire Peter Thiel embarks on anti-aging crusade

Posted in Medicine on 9th Oct, 2014 08:28 PM
by AlexMuller
There are a 100,000 people who die every day on this planet, mostly from things related to aging.

The signature of aging in the brain

Posted in Medicine on 12th Oct, 2014 09:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Cognitive decline may be related to one's "immunological age"

Could Climate Change Mean the End of the Seasons?

Posted in Science on 13th Oct, 2014 11:26 PM
by AlexMuller
As climate change causes winters to warm, the world becomes more like the tropics, possibly meaning the end of the seasons as we know them, according to new research.

Sea level rise over past century unmatched in 6,000 years

Posted in Science on 14th Oct, 2014 01:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Research finds 20cm rise since start of 20th century, caused by global warming and the melting of polar ice, is unprecedented.

Dutch team is developing crops fed by sea water

Posted in Science on 20th Oct, 2014 01:00 AM
by AlexMuller
"We don’t see salination as a problem, we see it as an opportunity."

Science chief warns on acid oceans

Posted in Science on 25th Oct, 2014 12:31 AM
by AlexMuller
The UK's chief scientist says the oceans face a serious and growing risk from man-made carbon emissions.

Google CEO Larry Page appoints Sundar Pichai to lead nearly every product at the company

Posted in Business on 25th Oct, 2014 11:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Pichai, head of Android, Chrome and Apps at Google, will become head of core Google products.

Brain scans show cause of seasonal affective disorder

Posted in Medicine on 26th Oct, 2014 09:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists say they have identified the underlying reason why some people are prone to the winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder.

31 days living at the bottom of the sea

Posted in Science on 27th Oct, 2014 11:39 PM
by AlexMuller
We set our sights on the stars as the next great adventure for mankind, and yet we've only managed to explore 5 per cent of the world's oceans.

The world is losing 2,000 hectares of farm soil daily to salt damage

Posted in Science on 29th Oct, 2014 08:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Every day for more than 20 years, an average of 2,000 hectares of irrigated land in arid and semi-arid areas across 75 countries have been degraded by salt.

Are Salt-Loving Super Plants the Saviors of the Planet?

Posted in Science on 1st Nov, 2014 08:35 PM
by AlexMuller
The world's demand for food is set to increase by two-thirds by mid-century. That's where salt-loving plants, called halophytes, can make a difference.

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.

Study Suggests ALS Starts In The Brain

Posted in Medicine on 12th Nov, 2014 08:39 PM
by AlexMuller
It is estimated that at any given time as many as 30,000 Americans may have the condition, but only about 5,000 are diagnosed at any time.

Whole-genome sequences of 17 of the world’s oldest living people published

Posted in Science on 13th Nov, 2014 09:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers unable to find genes significantly associated with extreme longevity.

This Electric Fence System Could Safely Segregate Swimmers and Sharks

Posted in Science on 15th Nov, 2014 06:02 PM
by AlexMuller
The system is assembled by simply stringing a 328-foot cable between a series of risers affixed to the seabed and turning it on.

Antarctic sub gauges sea ice thickness

Posted in Science on 24th Nov, 2014 11:29 PM
by AlexMuller
A novel autonomous sub has acquired the first detailed, high-resolution 3D maps of Antarctic sea ice.

Google will solve its latest EU problem the usual way: By throwing money at it

Posted in Online on 29th Nov, 2014 12:11 AM
by AlexMuller
The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly urging antitrust regulators to strongly consider the breakup of Google.

The Chinese scientific revolution aims to tackle climate change

Posted in Science on 29th Nov, 2014 10:04 PM
by AlexMuller
While in many parts of the world funding for basic research is decreasing, in China things are different. Funding is increasing in critical scientific areas.

Disruptive sounds help aging brain ignore distractions

Posted in Medicine on 29th Nov, 2014 10:50 PM
by AlexMuller
By learning to discriminate a sound amidst progressively more disruptive distractions, we can diminish our distractibility.

Protein structure 'holds key to heart muscle disease'

Posted in Medicine on 30th Nov, 2014 10:52 PM
by AlexMuller
The structure of a key protein implicated in diseases affecting the heart muscle has been uncovered, scientists say.

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

Halving of malaria deaths 'tremendous achievement'

Posted in Medicine on 10th Dec, 2014 09:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Each year, more people are being reached with life-saving malaria interventions.

Virgin is Cancelling its Deep-Ocean Mission

Posted in Science on 15th Dec, 2014 01:45 AM
by AlexMuller
It seems that quietly, and with none of the fanfare surrounding the original launch, Virgin has shelved its current deep-sea project.

Global life expectancy has increased by 6 years since 1990

Posted in Medicine on 19th Dec, 2014 12:27 AM
by AlexMuller
Between 1990 and 2013, global life expectancy increased by nearly 5.8 years in men and 6.6 years in women.

Microplastic deposits found deep in world's oceans and seas

Posted in Science on 19th Dec, 2014 12:49 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have previously been puzzled by why they found much less plastic on the ocean surface than they expected.

Ibuprofen use leads to extended lifespan in several species, study shows

Posted in Science on 20th Dec, 2014 08:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Regular doses of ibuprofen extended the lifespan of multiple species.

New NHS centres to bring in era of DNA-medicine

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Dec, 2014 01:14 AM
by AlexMuller
The NHS is setting up 11 centres to unlock the secrets of DNA and develop tests and drugs to target cancer and genetic disease. DNA project 'to make UK the world leader'

Promising results for Ebola Vaccine

Posted in Science on 25th Dec, 2014 08:34 PM
by AlexMuller
The study is the first to report an Ebola vaccine candidate to be both safe and effective in an African population.

Rapamycin used to boost immune response in humans

Posted in Medicine on 28th Dec, 2014 09:23 PM
by AlexMuller
A rapamycin-like drug could reverse the natural decline that elderly people experience in their ability to fight off infections.

UK Environment Agency: 7,000 properties to be lost to sea

Posted in Business on 29th Dec, 2014 11:31 PM
by AlexMuller
An estimated 7,000 properties around England and Wales will be sacrificed to rising seas over the next century, according to the Environment Agency.

US Cancer Death Rates Have Fallen Significantly

Posted in Medicine on 1st Jan, 2015 10:49 PM
by AlexMuller
There was a 22 percent decline in the average rate of all cancer deaths from 1991 (the year it peaked) to 2011, according to the American Cancer Society.

Ebola: New vaccine trial begins

Posted in Medicine on 6th Jan, 2015 09:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists at Oxford University have begun immunising healthy volunteers with a new Ebola vaccine.

Radical Life Extension is getting more mainstream and is getting more funding

Posted in Business on 13th Jan, 2015 01:11 AM
by AlexMuller
5 years ago the consensus was that aging research was unlikely to lead to anything practical. Now its becoming a hot field.

Greenland Meltwater May Be a Major Contributor to Rising Sea Levels

Posted in Science on 13th Jan, 2015 08:39 PM
by AlexMuller
The massive Greenland Ice Sheet, the second largest ice sheet in the world, has long been considered a threat to global sea level rise.

Sea level rise accelerating more than once thought

Posted in Science on 15th Jan, 2015 07:31 PM
by AlexMuller
The world's oceans are now rising far faster than they did in the past, a new study says.

Oceans facing wildlife Armageddon:

Posted in Science on 21st Jan, 2015 06:22 PM
by AlexMuller
'We are falling off a mass extinction cliff, but we're not there yet'

Huge reserves of freshwater lie beneath the ocean floor

Posted in Science on 26th Jan, 2015 03:42 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists in Australia have reported the discovery of huge freshwater reserves preserved in aquifers under the world's oceans.

Ebola outbreak: Virus mutating, scientists warn

Posted in Science on 29th Jan, 2015 06:42 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers at the Institut Pasteur in France, which first identified the outbreak last March, are investigating whether it could have become more contagious.

By not evolving, deep sea microbes may prove Darwin right

Posted in Science on 4th Feb, 2015 04:34 PM
by AlexMuller
'If evolution is a product of changes in the physical and biological environment, and there are no changes, then there will be no evolution.'

Smartphone HIV and syphilis diagnosis in 15 minutes:

Posted in Hardware on 6th Feb, 2015 04:05 PM
by AlexMuller
A low-cost smartphone accessory that can perform a point-of-care test that detects infectious disease markers.

Seafloor volcano pulses may alter climate:

Posted in Science on 7th Feb, 2015 07:59 PM
by AlexMuller
These underwater volcanoes erupt during the first six months of each year. The pulses, tied to changes in Earth's orbit, and to sea levels, may trigger climate swings.

Type 1 diabetes: Women more likely to die

Posted in Medicine on 7th Feb, 2015 08:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Women with type 1 diabetes face a greater risk of dying from a range of diseases compared with men with the same condition, research suggests.

How changes in the Earth's orbit can affect the Antarctic ice caps

Posted in Science on 9th Feb, 2015 09:37 PM
by AlexMuller
The Earth's orbit, while a concept that is light-years away, is hitting close to home, affecting the stability of Eastern Antarctic ice caps.

Google Knowledge Graph will soon answer your health-related questions directly in search results

Posted in Medicine on 11th Feb, 2015 06:40 PM
by AlexMuller
According to a Google blog post, one out of 20 Google searches are seeking health-related information.

Ocean carbon release 'ended last Ice Age'

Posted in Science on 12th Feb, 2015 06:54 PM
by AlexMuller
Carbon dioxide escaping from the depths of the ocean heralded the end of the last Ice Age, a study suggests.

Smoking’s Toll on Health Is Even Worse Than Previously Thought, a Study Finds

Posted in Medicine on 13th Feb, 2015 05:37 PM
by AlexMuller
However bad you thought smoking was, it’s even worse.

We're Dumping Much More Plastic Into the Ocean Than We Thought

Posted in Science on 14th Feb, 2015 07:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Eight million tonnes is like covering an area 34 times the size of New York's Manhattan Island to ankle depth.

How Silicon Valley is trying to cure ageing

Posted in Science on 16th Feb, 2015 04:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Death has always been considered one of life's real certainties, but now some of the world's top scientists are challenging the assumption.

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.

Japan's Shimizu announced a plan to build an underwater city

Posted in Hardware on 17th Feb, 2015 05:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Shimizu visualized the underwater life in a way that the main part of the city is represented by a dome, which has glass and metal construction deep in the ocean.

'Marvel molecule' could enable treatments for inflammatory diseases

Posted in Medicine on 19th Feb, 2015 07:18 PM
by AlexMuller
It is hoped the molecule will lead to more effective treatments for Alzheimer's disease, to rheumatoid arthritis and motor neuron disease.

Evolution 'favors bigger sea creatures'

Posted in Science on 20th Feb, 2015 06:37 PM
by AlexMuller
The animals in the ocean have been getting bigger, on average, since the Cambrian period; and not by chance.

A new fifteen-minute Ebola diagnostic test approved

Posted in Medicine on 20th Feb, 2015 06:49 PM
by AlexMuller
The first rapid blood test for Ebola has been approved for use by the World Health Organization.

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.

Google developing knowledge based trust score for websites

Posted in Business on 2nd Mar, 2015 11:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Instead of counting incoming links, the system, which is not yet live, counts the number of incorrect facts within a page.

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.

New threats to wild bees identified

Posted in Science on 6th Mar, 2015 05:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Wild bumblebees are becoming infected with many of the diseases found in honeybees looked after by bee keepers.

Radical Vaccine Design Effective Against Herpes Viruses

Posted in Medicine on 10th Mar, 2015 09:35 PM
by AlexMuller
New thinking about vaccine design has helped researchers forge ahead in developing a potential vaccine for this common infection.

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.

Genetics firm plans research unit to find disease cures

Posted in Medicine on 13th Mar, 2015 12:39 AM
by AlexMuller
Personal genetics firm 23andMe is planning to use its database of health information to research possible cures for a range of diseases.

Why do cells rush to heal a wound? Mysteries of wound healing unlocked

Posted in Medicine on 15th Mar, 2015 05:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Research has discovered how cells know to heal a wound, opening the door to new treatments for diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Megascale Desalination

Posted in Hardware on 16th Mar, 2015 08:30 PM
by AlexMuller
The world’s largest and cheapest reverse-osmosis desalination plant is up and running in Israel.

Scientists discover how to change human leukemia cells into harmless immune cells

Posted in Medicine on 19th Mar, 2015 07:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers found a method that can force dangerous leukemia cells to mature into harmless immune cells.

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.

Google investigation dropped by US regulators

Posted in Business on 22nd Mar, 2015 12:23 AM
by AlexMuller
Google narrowly escaped being prosecuted by the US government over its dominance of the internet search industry.

UK to Create World's Largest Marine Reserve

Posted in Science on 23rd Mar, 2015 01:13 PM
by AlexMuller
The UK is planning to create the world's largest marine reserve in the South Pacific, offering unprecedented protections to the more than 1,200 species that live there.

Neuroscientists pinpoint cell type in the brain that controls body clock

Posted in Science on 26th Mar, 2015 12:46 AM
by AlexMuller
Could lead to treatments for jet lag, neurological problems, and metabolism issues, but one simple solution is to not use electronic devices before sleep.

Antarctic ice shelf thinning is speeding up

Posted in Science on 28th Mar, 2015 12:15 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have their best view yet of the status of Antarctica's floating ice shelves and they find them to be thinning at an accelerating rate.

Why a long night's sleep may be bad for you

Posted in Medicine on 29th Mar, 2015 06:34 PM
by AlexMuller
Many of us try to get 8 hours of sleep each night. This is widely assumed to be the ideal amount; but some experts now say it's too much, and may actually be unhealthy.

Genetics breakthrough is a game changer for type 1 diabetes research

Posted in Medicine on 30th Mar, 2015 10:08 PM
by AlexMuller
Knowing the causative genes is a crucial development in predicting who might develop Type 1 diabetes and how to prevent it.

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.

Oceans might take 1,000 years to recover from climate change

Posted in Science on 4th Apr, 2015 07:21 PM
by AlexMuller
'We have to come to terms with the things that we are going to sacrifice if we do not reduce our greenhouse gas footprint.'

Oxygen-depleted oceans had key role in mass extinction

Posted in Science on 5th Apr, 2015 12:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Changes in the chemical balance of the ocean were crucial in the end-Triassic extinction, during which half of all plant, animal and marine life on Earth perished.

The skin cancer rise is 'linked to the package holiday boom'

Posted in Medicine on 6th Apr, 2015 11:36 PM
by AlexMuller
A boom in cheap package holidays in the 1960s is partly behind the "worrying rise" in skin cancers in pensioners, Cancer Research UK suggests.

First human clinical trial starting for drug that can turn off the gene that causes Huntington’s disease

Posted in Medicine on 8th Apr, 2015 07:39 PM
by AlexMuller
A groundbreaking new drug in the treatment for Huntington's disease.

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.

Ebola Vaccine Sees Early Success in Human Trials

Posted in Medicine on 14th Apr, 2015 10:55 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers are saying that there is hope that ebola will soon never resurface in epidemic proportions again, as a vaccine was found to be effective in human trials.

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'

Google search changes will promote mobile-friendly sites

Posted in Online on 20th Apr, 2015 04:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Most internet traffic is now from mobiles. Websites that do not pass Google's mobile-friendly test will feature less prominently on its search engine results.

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.

Child malaria vaccine: Final trials bring hope

Posted in Medicine on 24th Apr, 2015 07:54 PM
by AlexMuller
Final clinical trials of a malaria vaccine, the first to reach this stage, suggest it could help protect millions of children against malaria.

MIT invention turns salt water into drinking water using solar power

Posted in Science on 26th Apr, 2015 11:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Winners of the Desal Prize have been announced, part of a competition to see who could create an affordable desalination solution for developing countries.

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.

Vaccine patches for measles could be here by 2017

Posted in Medicine on 29th Apr, 2015 06:31 PM
by AlexMuller
The highly anticipated technology could save thousands of lives per year.

Should Google be allowed in examinations?

Posted in Online on 30th Apr, 2015 08:54 PM
by AlexMuller
It is inevitable search engines such as Google will be allowed in public examinations, including GCSEs and A-Levels, the head of an exam board says.

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.

Even an imperfect Malaria vaccine can reduce Malaria cases by 36%

Posted in Medicine on 3rd May, 2015 08:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Given that there were an estimated 198 million malaria cases in 2013, this level of efficacy potentially translates into millions of cases of malaria in children being prevented.

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.

Google launches all-out assault on mobile advertising

Posted in Business on 6th May, 2015 08:12 PM
by AlexMuller
'We’ve hit an inflection point; There are now more Google searches on mobile than on desktop in ten countries, including the U.S. and Japan.'

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.

The Ebola virus can 'live on in eyes of survivors'

Posted in Medicine on 8th May, 2015 10:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Ebola can persist in the eye and lead to further damage.

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.

Fossils fill evolutionary gap between fish and 4-legged beasts

Posted in Science on 10th May, 2015 09:58 PM
by AlexMuller
How did fish evolve into four-legged beasts that roam the land? A key part of that mystery has been solved by fossils found on a Nova Scotia beach.

Smarter, cheaper technologies for improved point-of-care medicine in remote areas

Posted in Software on 12th May, 2015 01:58 AM
by AlexMuller
Novel technologies offer simple biosensing required to provide healthcare in remote areas, where there is minimal diagnostic infrastructure.

Antarctica's Ice Attacked from Above and Below

Posted in Science on 13th May, 2015 09:49 PM
by AlexMuller
This is the first time that melting from below has been found to be a culprit in the Antarctic Peninsula's vanishing ice shelves.

Insomnia Can Weaken the Heart, Cause Stroke

Posted in Medicine on 14th May, 2015 08:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Insomniacs face a much higher risk of stroke than restful sleepers, according to a recent study.

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"

The world's first ocean cleaning system will be deployed in 2016

Posted in Science on 29th May, 2015 09:40 PM
by AlexMuller
There are five gigantic patches of swirling plastic throughout the Earth's oceans, known as gyres.

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.

Google Street View now takes you under the sea

Posted in Online on 6th Jun, 2015 12:58 AM
by AlexMuller
The new underwater panoramic views reveal the beauty beneath the sea but also call attention to the damage being done to Earth's oceans.

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.

Quest to Mine Seawater for Lithium Advances

Posted in Science on 8th Jun, 2015 11:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Predicted lithium shortages for batteries are leading to novel technologies for recovering the element.

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.

Ebola crisis in Guinea 'has set back malaria fight'

Posted in Medicine on 25th Jun, 2015 12:38 AM
by AlexMuller
Malaria deaths since the Ebola outbreak began will far exceed the number of Ebola deaths in the country, which now stand at 2,444.

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.

Wave generator supplies US electrical grid for the first time

Posted in Science on 7th Jul, 2015 11:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Though it can only produce 20 kilowatts, the DoE said that similar devices could eventually provide large amounts of clean power to coastal cities.

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.

The Global Warming 'Pause' Never Actually Happened

Posted in Science on 10th Jul, 2015 05:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Earth’s extra heat has spent the last 10 years sinking into the vast depths of the equatorial Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Smoking 'may play schizophrenia role'

Posted in Science on 10th Jul, 2015 05:42 PM
by AlexMuller
Smoking could play a role in the development of schizophrenia. The team at King's College London say smokers are more likely to develop the disorder and at a younger age.

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.

Ocean warming due to climate change is unstoppable

Posted in Science on 17th Jul, 2015 11:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Seas will continue to warm for centuries even if manmade greenhouse gas emissions were frozen at today’s levels, say scientists.

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.

A new study suggests that plankton keeps our planet cool

Posted in Science on 21st Jul, 2015 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
Microscopic organisms that float in the oceans known as plankton may be helping our planet against the damaging effects of climate change.

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.

Malaria vaccine gets 'green light'

Posted in Medicine on 25th Jul, 2015 12:01 AM
by AlexMuller
The world's first malaria vaccine has cleared one of the final hurdles prior to being approved for use in Africa.

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.

A drug that dramatically lowers cholesterol approved by the FDA

Posted in Medicine on 27th Jul, 2015 12:47 AM
by AlexMuller
The drug is controversial because it is expected to cost about $14,000 a year.

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.

Ebola vaccine trial proves 100% successful in Guinea

Posted in Medicine on 1st Aug, 2015 12:41 AM
by AlexMuller
Rapid development and testing of the drug may bring current epidemic in west Africa to an end and control future outbreaks, experts say.

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 are building a better sweet potato to fight blindness.

Posted in Science on 14th Aug, 2015 04:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Vitamin A deficiency is the leading cause of preventable blindness in children.

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.'

Heat release from stagnant deep sea helped end last Ice Age

Posted in Science on 16th Aug, 2015 08:16 PM
by AlexMuller
The build-up and subsequent release of warm, stagnant water from the deep Arctic Ocean and Nordic Seas played a role in ending the last Ice Age within the Arctic region.

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.

Google has consulted with geneticists on mosquito project; next Alphabet moonshot?

Posted in Business on 17th Aug, 2015 11:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Alphabet may soon take a crack at a longtime obsession of biological researchers: Deploying genetically modified mosquitoes to fight disease.

A diagnostic platform capable of detecting over 30 Diseases in a Single Drop of Blood

Posted in Medicine on 18th Aug, 2015 11:23 PM
by AlexMuller
A diagnostic platform capable of assessing an individual’s real-time immune system response to specific diseases.

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.

How We’re Battling Virtual Reality's Dreaded Simulator Sickness

Posted in Games on 24th Aug, 2015 11:34 PM
by AlexMuller
To an unfortunate subpopulation of people, virtual reality’s side effects are no joke. The eyestrain and stomach upset can be severe.

Implanted carbon nanotubes could help diagnose medical conditions

Posted in Science on 25th Aug, 2015 11:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have been on the lookout for efficient ways to identify molecules in the body, because their levels can be indicative of dozens of different health conditions.

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.

One-meter rise in sea levels inevitable, NASA says

Posted in Science on 28th Aug, 2015 11:45 PM
by AlexMuller
We don't know whether it will happen within a century or somewhat longer, but the rise will have a 'profound impact' around the world.

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.

Google now offers search information cards on more than 900 diseases

Posted in Science on 3rd Sep, 2015 11:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Google is making it possible for users to find out more about health conditions that may be plaguing them or their community.

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.

Life expectancy climbs worldwide but people spend more years living with illness and disability

Posted in Medicine on 5th Sep, 2015 12:47 AM
by AlexMuller
Global life expectancy has risen by more than six years since 1990

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.

Malaria: '700 million cases' stopped in Africa

Posted in Science on 18th Sep, 2015 12:33 AM
by AlexMuller
'Global malaria control is one of the great public health success stories of the past 15 years.'

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 tech converts sea water into drinking water in minutes

Posted in Science on 19th Sep, 2015 04:57 AM
by AlexMuller
Purifying dirty water is a notoriously difficult and expensive process, which is why a newly invented and ultra-cheap water cleaning process is looking so promising.

Jardiance, a Diabetes Drug, Cut Cardiovascular Deaths by 38%, Study Says

Posted in Medicine on 19th Sep, 2015 04:37 PM
by AlexMuller
A widely used modern diabetes drug has been shown to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease.

A new process for studying proteins associated with diseases

Posted in Science on 20th Sep, 2015 10:08 PM
by AlexMuller
Could pave the way for new drugs for a myriad of diseases, including cancer.

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.

Why America’s Top Mental Health Researcher Joined Alphabet

Posted in Science on 23rd Sep, 2015 03:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Psychiatric drugs haven’t improved much in recent decades, and searches for the genetic causes of common forms of mental illness haven’t yielded clear answers either.

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.

Rare 'healthy' smokers lungs explained

Posted in Medicine on 28th Sep, 2015 08:48 PM
by AlexMuller
The mystery of why some people appear to have healthy lungs despite a lifetime of smoking has been explained and the findings could lead to new drugs to improve lung function.

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.

More than half of Google searches now happen on mobile devices

Posted in Online on 9th Oct, 2015 10:27 AM
by AlexMuller
At some point this summer, Google said, there was a tipping point: Now the majority of web searches happen on mobile devices.

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.

Google Turning Its Lucrative Web Search Over to AI Machines

Posted in Business on 26th Oct, 2015 11:42 PM
by AlexMuller
Making its systems smarter and better able to deal with ambiguous queries is one of the ways Google can keep a grip on time-starved mobile users.

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.

Meningitis jab in Africa a 'stunning success'

Posted in Medicine on 10th Nov, 2015 11:38 PM
by AlexMuller
In 2013 there were just four cases across the entire region, which once faced thousands of deaths each year.

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.

Google’s app for Android and iOS can now answer complex questions

Posted in Online on 19th Nov, 2015 06:44 PM
by AlexMuller
The app is now better at understanding complex questions. In particular, the Google app can now handle superlatives, ordered items, and dates.

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.

SAROS is a portable unit that turns seawater into drinking water

Posted in Hardware on 21st Nov, 2015 05:59 PM
by AlexMuller
A North Carolina startup has come up with a method of desalination powered by the sea itself.

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.

Xprize with $7M in prizes to map the ocean floor with robots

Posted in Hardware on 16th Dec, 2015 12:53 AM
by AlexMuller
"Ninety-five percent of the deep sea remains a mystery to us; We have better maps of the surface of Mars than we do of our own seafloor."

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.

Google is hard at work on a next generation chatbot

Posted in Online on 29th Dec, 2015 12:09 AM
by AlexMuller
Many people consider Google Now to be the best virtual assistant. Building A.I into a messaging platform makes a world of sense for Google.

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.

The World’s First Dengue Fever Vaccine Is Coming to 3 Countries

Posted in Medicine on 1st Jan, 2016 10:03 PM
by AlexMuller
A third of the world’s population is at risk of contracting Dengue Fever, a miserable virus that’s a leading cause of illness and death in the tropics.

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.

Cancer deaths hit lowest rate in 25 years

Posted in Medicine on 13th Jan, 2016 12:00 AM
by AlexMuller
Better prevention and early diagnosis have played a big part.

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.

Ebola: $5m vaccine deal announced

Posted in Medicine on 21st Jan, 2016 01:49 PM
by AlexMuller
The deal commits pharmaceutical company Merck to keeping 300,000 vaccines ready for emergency use or further clinical trials.

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.

Cancer death rates down by 10% in 10 years in the UK

Posted in Medicine on 4th Feb, 2016 07:26 PM
by AlexMuller
The cancer death rate for men fell by 12% and for women 8% between 2003 and 2013.

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.

New nanotechnology can detect the biomarkers of cancer and other diseases

Posted in Hardware on 14th Feb, 2016 04:21 PM
by AlexMuller
"We envision this as a potential first-line, noninvasive diagnostic to detect anything from cancer to the Ebola virus"

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.

Sea level rise from ocean warming underestimated

Posted in Science on 16th Feb, 2016 06:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Thermal expansion of the oceans as they warm is likely to be twice as large as previously thought, according to researchers.

Cancer researchers claim 'extraordinary results' using T-cell therapy

Posted in Medicine on 16th Feb, 2016 06:52 PM
by AlexMuller
More than half of terminally ill blood cancer patients experienced complete remission in early clinical trials.

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."