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Cosmic dawn: astronomers detect signals from first stars in the universe

‘Revolutionary’ observations suggest the first stars appeared 180m years after the big bang – and may hold information on dark matter<p>Astronomers have detected a signal from the first stars as they appeared and illuminated the universe, in observations that have been hailed as “revolutionary”.<p>The …

Dark Matter

Still Thirsty? It's Up To Your Brain, Not Your Body

When the body gets dehydrated, the brain tells us to start chugging fluids. But what tells us when to stop?<p>The answer appears to be a brain circuit that acts like a water meter, constantly measuring how much fluid we are taking in, a team reports Wednesday in the journal <i>Nature</i>.<p>"This is amazing," …

Obama Administration

First light which ever shone in universe picked up by astronomers in 'revolutionary' breakthrough

The first light which ever shone in the universe has been detected by astronomers scouring the skies for the earliest stars.<p>Using a simple radio antenna positioned in the quietest place on Earth - the western Australian desert - scientists picked up a signal of the long-sought ‘cosmic dawn.’<p>The …

Sure Genomics wants to sell private genetic profiles for $2,500, but it’s really testing the FDA

Full genome sequencing with optional genetic counseling<p>Sure Genomics, a startup based in Utah, launched a genetic testing service today that costs a whopping $2,500 upfront, with an additional $150 subscription fee that guarantees DNA analysis updates every six months. The price is unusually high …

Molecular Biology

Australia scientists develop 'bionic spine' which could help paralysed patients walk

Device can be inserted in the brain – without brain surgery – and could allow paralysed patients to operate robotic limbs “using thought alone”<p>Scientists in Australia have developed a “bionic spine” which could enable people with spinal cord injuries to walk again by controlling a tiny paper …

Genetically modified monkeys created to help scientists study autism

Monkeys that develop autism-like symptoms could be used to identify brain circuits involved in common autistic behaviours and test new treatments<p>Genetically modified (GM) monkeys that develop symptoms of autism have been created to help scientists discover treatments for the condition.<p>The macaques …

Autism

This Consumer Wearable Is Powering Next-Gen Prosthetics

Johnny Metheny lost his arm to cancer in 2008. He then underwent procedures to reroute nerves in the remainder of his stump and to attach a metal …

Wearable Tech

First head transplant successfully carried out on monkey, claims surgeon

WARNING: Graphic picture. Italian surgeon Dr Sergio Canavero claims the first head transplant has been carried out on a monkey<p>A surgeon claims to have carried out the first head transplant on a monkey ahead of plans to attempt the controversial procedure on a human by the end of next year.<p>Italian …

Dissolvable wireless sensors monitor brain injury

Researchers have developed biocompatible brain implants that can monitor brain injury before completely dissolving<p>An international team of researchers has developed a miniaturized wireless electronic device that can monitor temperature and pressure when implanted into the brains of mice, and then …

Nanotech

Is 'antivirulence' the answer to failing antibiotics? - Futurity

Do we have to kill bacteria to fight bacterial infections? Chemist Tim Wencewicz says the answer may help us find alternatives to failing antibiotics.

Medicine