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A Chicagoland hospital is adding a new test to its annual checkup — and it could be the future of medicine

A Chicagoland hospital system has added something new to its patients' annual checkups: the option to get a genetic test.<p>Until now, DNA tests have tended to live either in the consumer realm or through referrals to specialists when a patient brings it up.<p>NorthShore University HealthSystem wants to …

Physicists discover new form of light that could power quantum computers

It's possible to create a new form of light by binding the properties of photons and electrons, physicists have claimed.<p>The theoretical model was …

Darpa-funded implant travels to the brain via blood vessels

This neural-recording device, which is implanted into the brain through blood vessels, will make it easier to control artificial limbs from the brain.<p>…

The First Successful Demonstration Of Brain-To-Brain Communication In Humans

For the first time ever, neuroscientists have demonstrated the viability of direct — and completely non-invasive — brain-to-brain communication in …

The Brain

This Distant Galaxy Appeared Just 400 Million Years After the Big Bang

NASA scientists have captured a remarkable glimpse of a primordial compact galaxy that came into existence at a time when the Universe was …

Universe

Paralysed man walks again - and the answer was under his nose

An attack of sinusitus led to Darek Fidyka, a paralysed Polish fireman, walking again. Medical breakthroughs can work in mysterious ways<p>Science often turns on serendipity. Breakthroughs have emerged from a whimsical fascination with folklore (Edward Jenner heard that cowpox-infected milkmaids could …

Multi-tasking nanoparticle both seeks and destroys cancerous cells

Nanoparticles hold great potential as a way of both detecting cancer cells and delivering the drugs to treat them. One hurdle that has proven …

From OM To OMG: Science, Your Brain, And The Productive Powers Of Meditation

Using fMRI scans, we can now see what meditation does to the brain. The author suggests it can lead to a happier, more productive, and creative life. And even two minutes a day can do wonders.<p>Ever since my dad tried to convince me to meditate when I was about 12, I’ve been fairly skeptical of this …

This Pill Can Stop HIV

So why is no one taking it?<p>The drug that could end the HIV pandemic is already here. Branded Truvada, this pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) prevents HIV infection by blocking the virus’s ability to replicate. “It’s a big deal,” says Robert Grant, a leading HIV/AIDS investigator at the University of …

Inside the cell, an ocean of buffeting waves

Conventional wisdom holds that the cytoplasm of mammalian cells is a viscous fluid, with organelles and proteins suspended within it, jiggling …

Alopecia sufferers given new treatment hope with repurposed drug

Treatment with a drug normally used for a bone marrow condition has completely reversed baldness caused by alopecia in three patients, scientists in the US have announced. The sufferers had lost at least a third of the hair on their heads, and each regained total hair regrowth within five months of …

Tracks on Mars? NASA spots rolling stone

NASA has discovered tracks on Mars, but they weren't left there by aliens or Elvis. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter peered down to the Red Planet's surface in the middle of July and spied a strange dotted path left by a rather large tumbling rock.<p>The path looks like it could have been laid down by …

Imaging

Researchers fully 'delete' HIV from human cells for the first time

So far, HIV has eluded a cure because it installs its genome into human DNA so insidiously that it's impossible for our immune system to clear it out. While current treatments are effective, a lifetime of toxic drugs is required to prevent its recurrence. But researchers from Temple University may …

How DNA Scissors Can Perform Surgery Directly On Your Genes

These gene-slicers may help tackle HIV, Alzheimer's, and brain cancer.<p>Jay Johnson’s DNA was cut into pieces. Tiny molecular scissors chopped it into slices the cell couldn’t readily repair. The cell did its best at a speedy patch-up job, but the gene was left effectively useless. As the battered …

This Algae-Powered Building Actually Works

The BIQ algae-powered building has been operating for over a year. It’s faring well so far.<p>Does it make sense to power buildings with algae? That’s the question that arises with the Bio Intelligent Quotient (BIQ) building, in Hamburg, Germany, which has now been operating for more than a year. …

Algae

Our Incredible Immune System

The human body is a biological marvel. Tasked to protect it is our immune system, which is responsible for detecting and neutralizing a wide variety …

Hitachi Invents Waterproof Glass 'Disk' That Can Store Data Forever

A simple square of glass may hold the key to the vexing problem of storing data indefinitely. Developed by Hitachi, the technology prints a binary …

Engineering

Kinect-Equipped Digital Mirror Shows Your Innards

This new installation marries biomedical imaging and Microsoft Kinect technology to show a person’s body–organs and all–as it moves in real time.<p>In the past, we’ve written about the powerful (and potentially embarrassing) accuracy of Microsoft Kinect, but one thing the Kinect couldn’t offer via its …

Meet Kepler-186f, the most 'Earth-like' planet ever found

Sifting through observations from tens of thousands of distant stars, astronomers say they have discovered the first definitive Earth-sized planet that orbits in a habitable zone where water could exist in liquid form — a necessary condition for life as we know it.<p>Experts don't know if the planet, …

Planetary Habitability

Solar plane aims for round-the-world flight

A team planning the world's first round-the-world solar-powered flight has unveiled a new version of their unique aircraft.<p>Two Swiss pioneers will attempt the flight next year, in an aircraft they say can stay in the air indefinitely.<p>Al Jazeera's Phil Lavelle reports from Brussels.

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5 most incredible discoveries of the week

A microbe that nearly made the Earth a dead zone and an intriguing ocean discovery on a moon of Saturn highlight the list:<p>1. Villain That Nearly Killed All Life on Earth Is ... Tiny: Name your favorite culprit for the mass extinction that wiped out nearly every life form on Earth 250 million years …

Map Of The Developing Human Brain Shows Where Problems Begin

A high-resolution map of the human brain in utero is providing hints about the origins of brain disorders including schizophrenia and autism.<p>The map shows where genes are turned on and off throughout the entire brain at about the midpoint of pregnancy, a time when critical structures are taking …

How an Underappreciated iOS 7 Feature Will Change the World

A curious download hit Apple’s App Store this week: a messaging app called FireChat.<p>It’s a new kind of app because it uses an iOS feature unavailable until version 7: the Multipeer Connectivity Framework. The app was developed by the crowdsourced connectivity provider Open Garden and this is their …

Networking

Disorder of neuronal circuits in autism is reversible, new study suggests

People with autism suffer from a pervasive developmental disorder of the brain that becomes evident in early childhood. Medical researchers have …

Where Gravitational Waves Are Found: Behind The Scenes At BICEP2

A scientist stationed in Antarctica tells about the biggest scientific discovery of the year, and how to have fun at the Pole.<p>The astronomical instrument BICEP2 was deployed at the South Pole in 2009 to look for evidence that would support the theory of inflation, which tries to explain how the …

Richest 1 Percent Hold 46 Percent Of The World's Wealth

Oct 9 (Reuters) - Global wealth has risen by 68 percent over the past 10 years to reach a new all-time high of $241 trillion and the United States accounts for nearly three quarters of the increase, Credit Suisse said in its World Wealth Report.<p>Average global wealth has hit a peak of $51,600 per …

In Ariz., A Solar Plant That Powers 70,000 Homes Day Or Night

Outside Phoenix, Ariz., on Wednesday, a power company turned on one of the largest solar power plants of its kind in the world. But unlike other solar farms, this plant continues giving power to 70,000 Arizona households long after the sunset.<p>The Solana plant uses 3,200 mirrors that are tilted so …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Planet Without A Star Found

Poor thing!<p>The planetary world keeps getting stranger. Scientists have found free-floating planets — drifting alone, away from stars — before. But the “newborn” PSO J318.5-22 (only 12 million years old) shows properties similar to other young planets around young stars, even though there is no star …