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Alzheimer's disease: Scientists close in on how it starts and how to stop it

Scientists identified a sequence of events involving immune cells and proteins that become abnormal in Alzheimer's disease. They suggest that this …

Dementia

Century-old Parkinson's question answered

<b>Scientists say they have found the first direct evidence that the immune system does attack the brain in Parkinson's disease.</b><p>The role of "autoimmunity" was first suggested nearly a century ago, but had not been confirmed.<p>The discovery, in the journal Nature, suggests that drugs to calm the immune …

Unexpected new lung function discovered: Making blood

Our bodies still hold plenty of secrets, and scientists have just uncovered a doozy: the lungs play a key role in producing blood. Until now, this …

Stem Cells

Scientists Just Figured Out How This Bird Can Fly For Months Without Landing

The great frigate can stay aloft for 56 days by riding natural updrafts.<p>Plenty of birds fly vast distances on their migratory trips around planet Earth. But the most amazing of all might the frigate bird, which can stay aloft for <i>two months</i> straight without landing or resting. How the heck do they …

Sewage effluent fights desertification in Egypt

A forestry project in Egypt is using sewage effluent to nurture tree plantations in the desert, preventing desertification. The method has been so …

New Plastic-Free Wrap Keeps Fruit Fresh For More Than a Week Outside The Fridge

See ya, cling film!<p>Our kitchens might be about to get a whole lot more sustainable, with researchers announcing the development of a new type of …

Wood windows? Swedes develop transparent wood material for buildings and solar cells

Windows and solar panels in the future could be made from one of the best—and cheapest—construction materials known: wood. Researchers at Stockholm's …

This Jaw-Dropping Video Shows How VR Could Cross The Uncanny Valley

This week’s announcements at the Game Developers Conference are another sign that we are careening toward the virtual reality era. Hardware from major players like Facebook’s Oculus, Sony and Samsung is in the pipeline, signaling a big bet on the part of some of the world’s top consumer electronics …

Virtual Reality

This mind-blowing hallway mural changes shape as you walk through it

Four Italian graffiti artists recently unveiled a mind-blowing mural that changes as you walk through it. Titled <i>Space Oddity</i>, the work of art is an …

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back.<p>Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound …

Boy has epilepsy 'cured' by robot that created sat-nav of attacks on his brain

Neurosurgeons use robot like one used in car factories to drill electrodes into 15-year-old Billy Whitaker's brain to pinpoint epicentre of attacks<p>A teenage boy has become the first child in the UK to have his epilepsy apparently cured by a robot that created a "sat-nav" of his brain.<p>Billy …

Can a Plant Remember? This One Seems to—Here’s the Evidence

There’s this plant I’ve heard about that had a really bad afternoon a few years ago. It was in its pot bothering nobody and then, suddenly, it fell. Not once, but 56 times. (I’ll explain in a minute.) But it’s a plant. Things happen to plants, and as far as I know, they go on as before. They don’t …

Botany