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Controversial New Theory Suggests Life Wasn't a Fluke of Biology—It Was Physics

The biophysicist Jeremy England made waves in 2013 with a new theory that cast the origin of life as an inevitable outcome of thermodynamics. His …

Biology

'Micromotors' alter your gut's chemistry to safely deliver medicine

There's a reason diabetics can't take their insulin orally (for the time being): stomach acid is super effective at dissolving it and similar large proteins, like antibiotics. But rather than force patients to pound pints of Maalox or chew a tub of Tums before taking their medicine, a team of …

Researchers Have Officially Discovered a New Kind of Chemical Reaction

New Reactions<p>The chemical processes which govern combustion, cloud formation, and climate change are extremely complex. And it appears that some new …

Cold comfort: How chilling the lungs could beat heart attacks

HERE’S a fact that might chill the cockles of your heart: if your ticker stops, you have less than 5 minutes to get it going again before your brain …

Medicine

Researchers discover new class of chemical reaction

A new study led by Michael P. Burke, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Columbia Engineering, has identified the significance of a new …

Nobel Prize

How Do Goldfish Survive Winter? They Make Alcohol

Animals produce plenty of weird compounds. Take, for example, squid ink, skunk spray or even hagfish slime. But one of the strangest animal-produced …

Biology

Genetic drivers of deadly brain cancer uncovered

Scientists have uncovered a variety of genetic mutations that, in combination, can fuel the development of glioblastoma, which is an aggressive, …

Research Check: can even moderate drinking cause brain damage?

Research reported last week found “even moderate drinking” could “damage the brain”. Considering 78% of Australians over 14 years old drink alcohol, …

The Brain

Astronomers just achieved something Einstein said was impossible

Albert Einstein himself believed it couldn't be done.<p>A few decades after he published his theory of general relativity, a colleague asked the famous physicist whether the concept could be used to calculate the weight of a star. Theoretically, yes, was his reply. If one star passed in front of …

Physics

We’re One Step Closer To Knowing Why There’s More Matter Than Antimatter In The Universe

The Standard Model of particle physics has been the predominant means of explaining what the basic building blocks of matter are and how they …

Scientists develop phagocytic protocells capable of the targeted delivery of enzymes

Researchers at the University of Bristol have designed a community of artificial cell-like droplets that collectively displays a simple form of …

Nanotech