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6 Ways Big Data Is Driving Personalized Medicine Revolution

Researchers are poised to make huge advances in medicine, particularly in how we treat cancer and arthritis. See how big data and IT are contributing.<p>…

Apocalypse Pig: The Last Antibiotic Begins to Fail

I mentioned on Monday that this past week was intended by the CDC, WHO and other health authorities to be a global awareness week for antibiotic resistance. Alarming news that came out of China at the end of the week certainly created new awareness of resistance, but possibly not what the …

Scientists Claim to Solve Riddle of Life's Chemical Origins

The question of how life got its start on Earth is a tricky one. Life as we know it needs a genetic mechanism like DNA or RNA to record blueprints for proteins, but proteins are required for the replication of DNA in the first place — and none of that is likely to happen without a cell membrane …

12-Piece McNuggets, Hold the Antibiotics

McDonalds wants out of the antibiotics business. Today, the fast-food chain announced plans to eliminate antibiotics from chicken in its U.S. …

Agriculture

Microsoft say their newest learning system beats humans — and Google

Microsoft Research has outdone itself again when it comes to a trendy type of artificial intelligence called deep learning.<p>In a new academic paper, employees in the Asian office of the tech giant’s research arm say their latest deep learning system can outperform humans by one metric.<p>The Microsoft …

Reaching the Rich World’s Poorest Consumers

Poverty is not just an emerging-market problem. In the United States more than 45 million people, or 15% of the population, are officially poor, according to the Census Bureau. What’s more, this percentage has increased every year but one (2006) since the 21st century began. At 16%, Japan is doing …

Innovation

Harnessing The Immune System To Fight Cancer

When Barbara Marder was diagnosed with lung cancer three years ago, she had part of her right lung removed, went through a round of chemotherapy and tried to move on with her life.<p>"I had hoped that everything was fine — that I would not create difficulty for my children, that I would get to see my …

Slime mould and researcher set to play piano duet | @GrrlScientist

A single-celled organism will perform a piano duet with a computer musician at Plymouth University on 1 March 2015. The public is invited<p>A scientist and a single-celled organism will perform a piano duet at <i>Biomusic</i>, the 10th Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival. Professor of Computer Music, …

What plastic can learn from steel in a circular economy

Virgin metal companies said steel recycling would never get very far. It did. So can plastic follow in its footsteps?<p>The global plastics industry generates over 280m metric tons in waste every year (pdf). The majority ends up in landfills, incinerators or as marine and land litter.<p>The US …

Sustainability

Telomere extension turns back aging clock in cultured human cells, study finds

Researchers delivered a modified RNA that encodes a telomere-extending protein to cultured human cells. Cell proliferation capacity was dramatically …

Genetics

Essential Oils Might Be the New Antibiotics

Faced with increasingly drug-resistant bacteria, scientists and farmers are now looking to plant extracts to keep people and animals healthy.<p>Essential oils often evoke thoughts of scented candles and day spas, but their benefits beyond relaxation are less well-known. Essential oils are ultimately …

Paula Hawkins on Why Her Book The Girl on the Train Is Being Called 'The Next Gone Girl'

As Rachel takes the commuter train to London every morning, she daydreams about the lives of an attractive couple she often sees breakfasting on …

Books

What are the risks of DIY synthetic biology? – Science Weekly podcast

Are safety measures adequate in the burgeoning field of synthetic biology – which involves the creation of novel biological systems – in particular among amateur enthusiasts? Continue reading...

Cholera Bacteria Kill Each Other With Spears To Steal DNA

The Highlander film series is about a race of immortal warriors who try to behead each other with swords, so they can steal the powers of their fallen rivals.<p>This is basically the same story but instead of badly accented Scotsmen with katanas, we have diarrhoea-causing bacteria with syringes. And …

Why You've Never Heard of the Vaccine for Heroin Addiction

Every week, the chemist Kim Janda at the Scripps Research Institute gets at least one email—from an heroin addict or a person who loves a heroin …

Drug Addiction

Europe’s olive trees threatened by spread of deadly bacteria

Bacteria that is destroying ancient olive groves in the Apulia region of southern Italy is very likely to spread to other areas of Europe, says report<p>First it was Europe’s ash trees under threat from disease. Now it’s the continent’s olives in the firing line. A killer pathogen that has established …

Project Anywhere: digital route to an out-of-body experience

It might look like a scene from <i>Minority Report</i>, but Constantinos Miltiadis’s hi-tech gear is science fact, not fiction. Created for a postgraduate thesis at ETH university, Zurich, and dubbed Project Anywhere, his proof-of-concept kit conjures a truly immersive digital experience using a …

Virtual Reality

New class of antibiotic could turn the tables in battle against superbugs

The powerful antimicrobial teixobactin was discovered using a new technique that could speed up the discovery of new antibiotics to tackle resistance<p>Scientists have discovered a new class of antibiotic using a revolutionary procedure hailed as a game changer in the hunt for medicines to fight …

Discovery of Bowhead whale genes offer hope of extending human life

Genome for the world's longest-living mammal may hold key to 200-year lifespans<p>Scientists mapping the genome for the world's longest-living mammal, …

Why Buddhist Teacher Pema Chödrön Says There's No Need For Self-Improvement (VIDEO)

The start of a new year is a natural time to reflect on where you've been and where you want to go. But before you start making a resolution list of self-improvements, watch this "Super Soul Sunday" clip with world-renowned Buddhist teacher and best-selling author Pema Chödrön. As one of the first …

Bird Flu Return: Hong Kong Confirms First Deadly Case of Winter

A woman is critically ill in Hong Kong with the lethal H7N9 strain of bird flu, the first confirmed case in the city this winter, Hong Kong government officials said. The city's influenza pandemic response level was elevated to "serious."<p>The woman, 68, was admitted to a hospital on Thursday after …

The most psychedelic, detailed images of nerve endings.

Scientists have published the most detailed pictures ever of nerve endings in mice, applying a decade-old technique known as SNAP-tagging to living neurons for the first time. The resulting images show individual nerves, touch receptors, and hair follicles stained in brilliant fluorescent colors …

The Big Future: Can we conquer infectious disease?

With ambitious vaccine projects taking on the flu virus, Ebola, and other significant threats to human health, will our future be less sick? Is it possible we'll never be felled by the flu again?<p>The future of the flu<p>Scientists are working on an ambitious effort at a global flu vaccine — so seasonal …

Inside The Near-Future World Where All Our Data And Machines Are In Constant Communication

Intelligent, predictive, and adaptive, a network of robotic minds will soon start changing every aspect of how we live.<p>The insurance drone skims above the roadway, humming softly as it tracks your car. Multiple failed login attempts caused by an out-of-date token have prevented the vehicle from …

Erin Gee Makes Feminist Robots That Respond to Human Emotion

The new media artist hooked some method actors up to biofeedback sensors, mapped the data to correspond to particular lights and sounds, and, in essence, made it so the robots reflect a live emotional, human performance.<p>I don't really know what I expected going into my conversation with Erin Gee, a …

Why the world needs to start getting serious about its use of antibiotics

<b>A recent report showed that 10 million people around the world could die every year in 2050 because many diseases are growing increasingly resistant</b> …