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The World’s Tiniest Wonders, Revealed Through Photomicrography

Under a microscope, even a toothbrush can be a work of art.<p>Since 1975, Nikon’s Small World Photomicrography Competition has attracted photographers …

Salvador Dalí

These laser microscope pics show synapses firing in amazing detail

To capture high-definition images of nerves firing in the brain, you need some quality lasers. Scottish tech firm M Squared has used cutting-edge …

A Protein Has Been Caught Conducting Electricity, And Scientists Are Really Excited

They have no other explanation.<p>Proteins, the building blocks in every cell, have usually been thought of as blobs of inert organic matter. Now …

Have Scientists Found a Way to 'Turbocharge' the Human Brain?

Science<p>In preliminary research, people learned faster and made fewer mistakes when a particular brain region was electrically stimulated.<p><i>In brief:</i> <i>What if you could improve your mental aptitude and performance by directly stimulating specific parts of the brain? That's what a team of researchers</i> …

Hacking Brain Waves Can Give You an Instant Cognitive Boost, Says Study

"Like three cups of coffee without the jitters."<p>Artificially getting activity in certain parts of the brain to sync up can provide a small mental …

Brainwaves

Scientists discover neuronal effects of psychedelic drugs using human minibrains

Parsing Out Psychedelics<p>New research using human minibrains has revealed that a hallucinogenic compound known as 5-MeO-DMT triggers changes in …

DeepMind announces ethics group to focus on problems of AI

Firm brings in advisers from academia and charity sector to ‘help technologists put ethics into practice’ in bid to help society cope with artificial intelligence<p>Deepmind, Google’s London-based AI research sibling, has opened a new unit focused on the ethical and societal questions raised by …

Artificial Intelligence

Researchers Have Discovered a Previously Unknown Role For The Brain's Hippocampus

Whoa!<p>That sea-horse shaped chunk of grey matter deep inside our skull called the hippocampus has a job on its resume we've never seen before – …

This Tech Startup Is Using AI To Help Researchers Develop Cures Quicker

The increased use of artificial intelligence and machine learning is steadily shifting the paradigm of medical research and treatment, providing researchers real-time access to every white paper and clinical case study conducted on a genetic disorder. Being able to develop such an elaborate …

The Maths of Life and Death: Our Secret Weapon in the Fight against Disease

<i>The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research.</i><p>Maths is the language of …

Scientists Discover Way to Repair Broken DNA

A new study carried out by researchers at Drexel University and Georgia Institute of Technology has revealed how the Rad52 protein is vital in …

Repairs

New concerns raised over value of genome-wide disease studies

Large analyses dredge up 'peripheral' genetic associations that offer little biological insight, researchers say.

Johns Hopkins researchers say they've unlocked key to cancer metastasis and how to slow it

Hasini Jayatilaka was a sophomore at the Johns Hopkins University working in a lab studying cancer cells when she noticed that when the cells become too densely packed, some would break off and start spreading.<p>She wasn't sure what to make of it, until she attended an academic conference and heard a …

The Purpose of Diarrhoea Is Way More Complicated And Important Than We'd Like

Don't fight it.<p>For centuries, scientists have been confounded by one of the messiest aspects of the human experience - diarrhoea, and why exactly we …

This Gene-Editing Breakthrough Could Change Life on Earth

Science<p>The discovery of the gene-editing technology CRISPR came, in part, from Jennifer Doudna, a biochemist at the University of California, Berkeley. “It’s very profound," she told NBC News. "It means that we can control human evolution now."<p>With collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier, Doudna was …

Scientists solve 30-year old mystery on how resistance genes spread

For more than 30 years, scientists have proposed that resistance genes actually originate from the microorganisms producing the antibiotic. Now, …

Scientists Watch DNA Copy And Paste Itself For The First Time

Scientists have watched DNA being copied up-close for the first time, and they say their new window into the replication of genetic material shows it …

New approach to unlock the genetic potential of plant cell wall

Researchers from the University of York and the Quadram Institute have unlocked the genetic secrets of plant cell walls, which could help improve the …

Mel Science launches VR chemistry lessons for kids on Google Daydream

Mel Science, creators of interactive science kits for children, have announced the launch of virtual reality chemistry lessons for Google Daydream, …

High-Res Video Shows Exactly How Proteins Become Untangled

Now we known how Hsp104 pulls apart tangled proteins.<p>If you zoom way way in, it’s apparent that your body is a fine-tuned assembly line, …

Researchers find valuable new clues in fight against multi-drug resistance

Research into yeast, the single-celled organism behind a range of human infections, has led to University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry researchers …

Human Eyes Evolved to See Blood

We're all on red alert.<p>The most important moments in your life probably started with the look on <i>someone else’s face</i>. From the blush of embarrassment …

Scientists Discover a Key to a Longer Life in Male DNA

A common genetic mutation is linked to an increase in life span of about 10 years among men, researchers reported on Friday.<p>The mutation, described in the journal Science Advances, did not seem to have any effect on women. Still, it joins a short list of gene variants shown to influence human …

Scientists Find Genetic Mutation That Could Increase the Male Lifespan

Professor S. Jay Olshansky once told Gizmodo, “In the world of aging sciences, if you want to live a long life, choose long-lived parents.” So …

Albert Einstein

Researchers Have Traced The Genes For Antibiotic Resistance Back to Their Source

"We find the smoking gun."<p>In what could be compared to finding patient zero in an outbreak, researchers have traced genes for antibiotic resistance …

You're Genetically More Like Your Dad Than Your Mom

Happy Father's Day!<p>When a baby is born, three cliché things are done immediately: announcing its gender to the world; counting the kiddo’s fingers …

Neil DeGrasse Tyson's answer to 'What if we could live forever?' will change how you think about time

But what if you could have more time? What if you had all the time you needed to do everything on your list? No, you don't need to wish on a magic lamp — you just need to change how you perceive time and refocus your energies.<p>This is what Neil deGrasse Tyson does.<p>For those unfamiliar with Tyson, he …

Goat testicles in men, human organs in pigs: the past and future of xenotransplantation

The road to growing organs in pigs is paved with ethical questions<p>In 2003, a South Korean company called Maria Biotech announced its newest success: it had created mouse embryos with human cells in them.<p>The idea is that the mice could be born with human cells in all their tissues, and this would …

Yoga and Meditation Can Change Your Genes, Study Says

Yoga and meditation may do more than just help you feel relaxed in the moment. A new scientific review suggests that these and other mindfulness …

Insomnia Is Not All in Your Head - It's Encoded in Your Genes

Not just a psychological condition.<p>Scientists have found new links between insomnia and genetic coding, suggesting that for those who struggle with a …