Abishek Gunasekaran

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Researchers Make Artificial Cells That Can Replicate Themselves

To better understand how life might have started on Earth<p>Scientists have a pretty good theory for how life on Earth began: Meteorites that bombarded our planet brought simple carbon-based compounds called amino acids. Eventually, slowly, these chemicals combined to make cells, which were then able …

Watch a living wearable be 3D printed

A video showcasing the creation of a 3D printed biological wearable, that could theoretically generate drugs, fuel and food when exposed to sunlight, …

New research suggests that body posture during sleep may affect the efficiency of the brain’s self-cleaning process<p>The human brain can be compared to something like a big, bustling city. It has workers, the neurons and glial cells which co-operate with each other to process information; it has …

Neuroscience

The ethics of 'gifted' genes: are we on the road to Gattaca?

Recent research out of the UK has identified a genetic 'general academic achievement factor'. Does this pave the way for genetically testing babies …

These Genetically Engineered Bacteria Send Out A Signal When Water Gets Polluted

A team of young scientists in Canada is developing a fascinating way to sense when water is contaminated. Their box, called the FRED or Field Ready Electrochemical Detector, contains “tunable” bacteria that react in the presence of unwanted substances. The device generates a electrical signal that …

Spanish Olive Farmers Find An Amazingly Low-Tech Alternative To Poisonous Insecticides

These fly traps get rid of a destructive pest, without the chemicals.<p>Next time you drizzle olive oil on your salad, give a thought to the larvae of the olive fly, which love olives as much as you do. Every year in Catalonia, Spain, farmers have to fight these pests so they don’t ruin the year’s …

3D Printed Fish Can Detect And Remove Toxins From Liquid

And could one day become medicine that you swallow<p>We all know that eating fish is good for your health, but what about fish shaped robots?<p>In a study published this month in <i>Advanced Materials</i>, researchers from UC San Diego announced that they'd figured out a way to 3D print tiny microrobots in the …

Your 'biological age' can now be read in a drop of blood

A simple blood test can now be used to estimate your 'biological age'.<p>Biological age, unlike chronological age, looks at how your body id developing …

Driverless cars will revolutionise motoring, claim the manufacturers. But is the greatest danger that they will be too safe?<p>In the BMW museum at the company’s solidly futuristic headquarters, next to the old Olympic stadium site in Munich, you can view a century of evolving mechanical desire. BMW …

University of California

How Gadi Amit is putting the future of wearables under your skin

<i>This article was first published in the October 2015 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted</i> …

What Your DNA Says About Medieval History

A new study uses genetic data from living people to trace millennia-old migration patterns.<p>Earlier this year, researchers from Oxford University published a study showing how the slave trade and colonization shaped the genetics of North and South America.<p>Analyzing more than 4,000 DNA samples from …

Anthropology

These Little Solar-Powered Boxes Will Mean You Always Have A Signal On Your Phone

Once these roll out, mobile dead zones in cities could soon be a thing of the past.<p>In the not-so-distant future, cities might be blanketed with solar-powered antennae sprouting off buildings, street posts, and billboards. The gadgets can fill in mobile dead zones block by block and simultaneously …

Trying To Change, Or Changing The Subject? How Feedback Gets Derailed

Pour yourself a cup of tea, turn your (right) ear toward your speakers and take a listen to the very first episode of the Hidden Brain podcast. We're talking a lot about feedback. First, we'll hear from author Sheila Heen about a common communication problem that pops up in many relationships.<p>Then, …

Social Sciences

Meet the robot modelled on a flea, an inchworm and origami

Despite recent advances in AI, if someone says "robot" most of us are likely to think of C-3PO, Ava from <i>Ex Machina</i> or the emotionally -- but not …

Breakthrough: Huge new genome discovery shakes human medicine

The human genome has been sequenced, a discovery that has scientists cheering and ethicists fretting about what's next for humanity.<p>It’s a term …

Genetics

Lizzie Velasquez: My Anti-Bullying Story

I was born with a rare congenital disease that only two other people in the world have. And I was bullied for it and branded ‘the world's ugliest …

Google says its voice search system is now more accurate, especially in noisy places

If you’ve noticed Google doing a better job of understanding what you say using speech recognition on your smartphone lately, you’re not crazy. Google’s voice search has indeed become more accurate, thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, the tech company announced today.<p>“Today, we’re happy …

How to Set Goals and Meet Them: 8 Steps for Success

Are you having a hard time achieving your goals? It can be easy to lose sight of the bigger picture when you’re wrapped up in the busy day-to-day of …