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Researchers make a spinach leaf pump like a human heart

Just when you thought it was safe to eat a salad researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have shown that a decellularized spinach leaf can be turned into a vascular network that could help doctors regrow organs. The project, featured in the journal Biomaterials, is about as proof-of-concept …

Biomedical Engineering

66% of Cancers Are Caused by DNA Error, Not Environment or Lifestyle, Finds Johns Hopkins Study

We usually attribute cancer to inherited genes such as the BRACA1 or BRACA2 mutations, responsible for breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer. Or else, …

An Experiment That Blinded Three Women Unearths The Murky World Of Stem Cell Clinics

A clinical study that vanished into thin air. Ethics reviewers with checkered disciplinary records. Three ruined lives.<p><b>The story began</b>, like so many in biotechnology, with an upbeat press release: Up to 100 patients with a progressive form of blindness would be treated with cells extracted from …

New York Times

Paper pumps power portable microfluidics, biomedical devices

Biomedical engineering researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed …

Neuroscience

Surgeons use a home-use 3D printer to help in bone fracture operations

416shares<p>Research from the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Department of Orthopaedics at Harvard Medical School, MA, …

3D Printing

Lab-grown mini-organs help model disease, test new drugs

To the naked eye, the little globs of cells are undifferentiated masses, smaller than sesame seeds. Put them under a microscope, though, and these …

Stem Cells

Scientists Brace for a Lost Generation in American Research

Private funding isn't enough to offset the president's proposed budget cuts, they say.<p>The work of a scientist is often unglamorous. Behind every headline-making, cork-popping, blockbuster discovery, there are many lifetimes of work. And that work is often mundane. We’re talking …

Stem Cells

AliveCor raises $30 million for its credit card-sized heart monitor and app

Gadgets are fun to use, but they rarely get FDA clearance to be marketed as medical devices. AliveCor wants to change that with a tiny EKG monitor that connects to an app. The medtech company announced today that it has raised an additional $30 million in funding to help track heart-related …

Three blinded after dubious stem cell treatment injected into their eyeballs | Ars Technica

Patients signed up after seeing clinical trial on govt. site, but didn’t enter a trial.<p>Ars has reported before about the predatory ways of …

Cell Biology

11 Tiny Things To Do That Take Less Than 1 Minute & Can Change Your Entire Day In Huge Ways

I've often found that the things that make the biggest difference in my daily life are the ones that require the smallest actual adjustments. That's …

7 Tips for Achieving Your Goals From a Productivity Expert

The beginning of a new year is quickly approaching, which makes now the perfect time to take stock of your priorities and set goals for your future. …

Regenerative Medicine

Toshiba just lost its CEO to a huge accounting scandal

Toshiba Corp (TOSYY) said Tuesday its chief executive and president Hisao Tanaka will step down after an independent investigation found he had been …

IT

The top 20 countries as ranked by reputation

Iraq, Iran, and Russia find themselves in the headlines daily because of their ongoing military conflicts, human-rights violations, and oppressive regimes.<p>Unsurprisingly, a report issued Thursday by the Reputation Institute ranks those countries among the least reputable countries in the world.<p>On …

Human Rights

Facebook, Google, Dell, HP, eBay back Samsung in patent war with Apple

Silicon Valley companies rally around Samsung with supporting statement arguing that Apple’s patent litigation is damaging to the industry<p>Google, Facebook, Dell, HP, eBay and a collection of other large Silicon Valley companies have sided with Samsung in its battle over patents with Apple.<p>The …

Silicon Valley

A scientist who studies psychopaths found out he was one by accident — and it completely changed his life

A neuroscientist at the UC Irvine School of Medicine, Fallon (not to be confused with Jimmy Fallon, the popular TV host) first began studying the brains of murderers, rapists, and other criminals in the mid-1990s, when his university got its first PET brain-imaging machine. But he didn't start …

Psychology