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Ras Labs Is Testing Futuristic Muscle Material That Could Make Robots Feel More Human

Synthetics startup Ras Labs is working with the International Space Station to test “smart materials” that contract like living tissue. These “electroactive” materials can expand, contract and conform to our limbs just like human muscles when a current moves through them – and they could be used to …

ELABELA identified as potential hormone for regenerative medicine

<i>Hormone found to be critical in promoting growth of human embryonic stem cells, paving way for improved regenerative medicine and cell-based therapies</i><p>…

Google confirms Life Sciences as the first new company under the umbrella of Alphabet

It will work on contact lenses that can monitor your health and magnets that swim in your blood<p>Google co-founder and Alphabet president Sergey Brin published a blog post this morning announcing Life Sciences as the first new company created under the Alphabet umbrella. The move was expected, as …

Engineers Create A Titanium Rib Cage Worthy Of Wolverine

At first glance, the metallic device almost looks like a high-tech bike pedal. Or maybe the latest cooking gadget for zesting lemons. Or, perhaps, it's a secret weapon for X-Men superhero Wolverine.<p>But look again.<p>Doctors in Spain say this is the world's first 3-D-printed rib cage, made entirely …

Bionic Eyes, Stem Cells and Gene Therapy: 3 Cutting Edge Cures for Blindness

Scientists have long known that while our eyes do most of the heavy lifting of sight—taking in particles of light, bending and refracting them, …

Beyond The $1K Genome: DNA ‘Writing’ Comes Next

The “$1,000 genome” has been one of the most visible tech goals in the last 10 years, even sporting its own XPrize for a short time. It refers to the ability to “sequence,” or de-code, the total genetic information encoded in the DNA (genome) of a single human, at a cost of $1,000. It’s a daunting …

Genetics

Peter Thiel Backs Biotech “Unicorn” Fighting Cancer Stem Cells - MIT Technology Review

In 2002, Scott Dylla, a skinny postdoc with a Minnesota accent, answered a Craigslist ad for a room for rent in Palo Alto. Although he couldn’t …

Stem Cells

Comment on Gene Editing Is Now Cheap and Easy—and No One Is Prepared for the Consequences by Mike Taylor

Isn’t it funny, those who claim to know the most, end up talking the least sense.<br>You’re a prime example of that.

Why DNA editing needs to stop

In April 2015, a paper by Chinese scientists about their attempts to edit the DNA of a human embryo rocked the scientific world and set off a furious debate. Leading scientists warned that altering the human germ line without studying the consequences could have horrific consequences. Geneticists …

Genetics

Alcoa makes a big bet on 3D printing

Aluminum giant Alcoa sees a big future in shaping metal with 3D printers.<p>The company said Thursday that it’s investing $60 million to create a …

Alcoa

Tattoos to 3D printing: five inventions that will revolutionise healthcare

People know more about their car than their own health. With these technologies, that is about to change<p>Most people know they are sick or their health is at risk because of symptoms – pain, temperature, swelling, rash etc. These are the alarm bells that drive people to doctors. However, new …

Inventions

Is this the bicycle of the future?

The Specialized FUCI combines the traditional bicycle with design features taken from cars and motorbikes to create a tantalising vision of what bike riding could soon entail<p>Since the invention of the chain driven 'safety bicycle' in the 1880s, the fundamental design of bikes hasn't changed very …

Breakthrough in 3D-printing? MIT unveils device molding 10 materials at once

A group of MIT scientists says they have developed the world’s first 3D-printer capable of making ready-to-use objects from 10 different materials at …

3D Printed Micro-Fish Robots May Soon Join The Fight Against Disease, Inside Our Bodies

Professors Shaochen Chen and Joseph Wang of the Nano Engineering Department at the University of California, San Diego have 3D printed tiny robots – thinner than the width of a human hair — they’re calling micro-fish, that may one day be used to treat a variety of human ailments.<p>These micro-fish …

UC San Diego

Gene therapy rescues dying cells in the brains of Alzheimer's patients

New clinical trial data suggest that nerve growth factor gene therapy is safe for extended periods of time<p>An experimental gene therapy reduces the rate at which nerve cells in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients degenerate and die, according to new results from a small clinical trial, published in …

Alzheimer's Disease

This ultraviolet printer is 100x faster than ordinary 3D printers

Regular 3D printers are just 2D printers on repeat, according to Californian chemist Jason Rolland. So his company, Carbon3D, created a machine that …

A Chip That Mimics Human Organs Is the Design of the Year

Earlier this year, Paola Antonelli, the senior curator of design and architecture at the Museum of Modern Art, added an intriguing object to the …

Biohackers Inject Night Vision Into Human Eyeballs

Science for the Masses, a California-based group of biohackers, successfully induced night vision on one of their own by injecting Chlorin e6 into a …

An exciting new technique could repair the human body like we've never been able to before

Medical conditions from type 1 diabetes to heart disease to deafness are the result of damage to particular cells in the body.<p>If those damaged cells …

Why scientists can now modify DNA

With a few easy tweaks, scientists can cut-and-paste DNA inside living cells, thanks to a promising new technique that could make possible everything …

Genetic Engineering for Our Babies Is Real

When most people think about genetically modified organisms, Chipotle corn or apples that don’t brown come to mind. But the “O” in GMOs doesn’t only …

From Cyborgs to Nanobots: 5 Ways Scientists Hope to Achieve Immortality for Humanity

Is immortality within our reach? Maybe not yet, but we are definitely trying. While the new film “Self/Less” features an interesting science fiction …

Comment on How Tiny Lab-Grown Human Brains Are Giving Big Insights Into Autism by Neuroscience: Top Articles and News | Giant Leap

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Neuroscience

IWC Connect Is Another Swiss Watchmaker's Answer To The Smartwatch

IWC Connect is an electronic module that will be included on some IWC watch straps, adding fitness tracking functionality to IWC watches, as well as …

Betterment vs. Wealthfront

As I explained in previous posts, I’m on a quest to roll over my old 401(k) into the best retirement account I can find. My account currently stands …

CRISPR: The Technology Behind Human Embryo Editing

The startling research paper detailing the first-ever attempt to edit the genome of human embryos has aroused a great deal of interest and some alarm, but the nature of the DNA editing technique, known as CRISPR, is not so widely known.<p>Also not so widely known is the technique’s peculiar history, …

Five Robo Advisers, Five Very Different Portfolios

So-called robo advisers aim to make it simple to invest in a portfolio that is low in cost and also suited to one’s needs and risk tolerance. Users typically fill out a short questionnaire online and then get a suggested portfolio of exchange-traded funds that provide exposure to multiple asset …

How do I invest my first $1,000?

So, you want to invest. Fantastic! Ideally, you are young and ready to reap the returns (you know, 45 years from now), but it’s never too late to …

Eleven James, The 'Netflix Of Luxury Watches,' Adds New $149 Per Month Option

Eleven James is essentially a subscription rental service for luxury watches founded in 2013 by Mr. Randy Brandoff, a watch lover and former Netjets executive. In early 2014, Eleven James went live with an ambitious goal – to disrupt the deeply traditional timepiece industry when it came to …