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We finally know how your tongue tells your brain what you're tasting

They used to keep you alive, but now they just give you a sweet tooth.<p>What makes candy taste sweet and coffee taste bitter, and not the other way around? In a study published this week in <i>Nature</i>, researchers identified the secret ingredient that keeps our tastes distinct.<p>We already knew two parts of …

Neuroscience

Researchers can now bioengineer lungs with the original blood vessels intact

Deep Breath<p>A group of researchers at Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science have successfully developed the first functional …

Artificial wombs could soon be a reality. What will this mean for women?

Technology is well on the way to realising ectogenesis, improving premature baby survival and increasing fertility options. But it also has other, more frightening, implications<p>We are approaching a biotechnological breakthrough. Ectogenesis, the invention of a complete external womb, could …

Medicine

Massive black hole discovered near heart of the Milky Way

Astronomers find evidence of enormous black hole one hundred thousand times more massive than the sun in a gas cloud near the galaxy’s centre<p>An enormous black hole one hundred thousand times more massive than the sun has been found hiding in a toxic gas cloud wafting around near the heart of the …

Black Holes

F.D.A. Approves First Gene-Altering Leukemia Treatment, Costing $475,000

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the first-ever treatment that genetically alters a patient’s own cells to fight cancer, a milestone that is expected to transform treatment in the coming years.<p>The new therapy turns a patient’s cells into a “living drug,” and trains them to …

Cancer

Shailene Woodley to Leave ‘Divergent’ Series, Report Says

TRIS! NO!<p>Ever since it was announced that the fourth <i>Divergent</i> movie might be heading straight to television, fans have speculated as to whether or not the original cast — including star Shailene Woodley — would be making an appearance. After all, this is a major switch for the series, given that …