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RotM: Interview with Marie Hornig

For the current instalment of Researcher of the Month, we spoke to Marie Hornig, a third year PhD student at the Cytology and Evolutionary Biology …

The lecture that changed biology

<b>Sixty years ago this week, one of the greatest British scientists, Francis Crick, gave a lecture in London in which he accurately predicted how genes work, setting the course for the genetic revolution we are now living through. Here, evolutionary biologist Professor Matthew Cobb from Manchester</b> …

Genetics

I Used to Work in a Call Center -- Here's Why Robots Are (Almost) Ready to Take Over Customer Support

In the near future, the AI behind voice services probably will mean that humans in very repetitive customer service roles will be liberated.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The successful development of voice services capable of replacing humans in call centers could …

Artificial Intelligence

Tomato plant turns small worms into cannibals!

For many many years I strongly believed that plants were helpless creatures, slowly trying to make some space for themselves between the concrete …

Can Global warming really ground planes?

On the 20th of June 2017, American Airlines cancelled more than 50 flights to and out of the Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona. …

RotM: Interview with Dr. Suresh Thareja & Dr. Sant Kumar Verma

Curcumin analogues as Aldose Reductase Inhibitors for treatment of diabetic complications<p>For this edition of Researcher of the Month (RotM), we …

Are introverts and extroverts different?

My mother has often worried about the way I seem to enjoy my time. My definition of a good time is at home by myself doing whatever I want with some …

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Customers

Untreatable gonorrhoea on the rise worldwide

Non-profit group helps marshal trial of a new antibiotic in an attempt to beat back resistant infections.<p>Gonorrhoea is becoming as incurable as it …

Medicine

SpaceX successfully completes two Falcon 9 landings in one weekend

This is SpaceX’s lucky 13th landing — and its eighth at sea<p>SpaceX has successfully launched and landed the second Falcon 9 rocket in roughly 48 hours — giving SpaceX two wins in its “weekend doubleheader.” The nearly back-to-back launches are a show of strength for the company that has said it …

Space Travel

Ultra-Thin Camera Creates Images Without Lenses

Traditional cameras—even those on the thinnest of cell phones—cannot be truly flat due to their optics: lenses that require a certain shape and size …

Sleep instead of eating your feelings after work - Futurity

Rest could help you avoid bringing your "negative feelings from the workplace to the dinner table," say researchers.

Sleep

​Is Poop Doping the Next Big Thing?

With recent advancements in studies on the gut biomes of elite athletes, the answer could be yes.<p>Lauren Petersen, a scientist at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut, is one of an elite group of scientists looking at the gut microbiology of athletes. Petersen, who …

Wellness

Climate change contributes to mental illness

It makes us a little nuts<p>Climate change isn’t just bad for the planet and for our bodies. According to a new report by the American Psychological Association, Climate for Health, and ecoAmerica, climate change is bad for our mental health too.<p>“We’re seeing an increasing number of climate-related …

Mental Health

Why Japan’s Rail Workers Can’t Stop Pointing at Things

A seemingly silly gesture is done for the sake of safety.<p>It is hard to miss when taking the train in Tokyo. White-gloved employees in crisp uniforms …

Satnavs 'switch off' parts of the brain

Using a satnav to get to your destination 'switches off' parts of the brain that would otherwise be used to simulate different routes, reveals new …

Tesla to the Rescue? Elon Musk Offers Solution for Australian Blackouts

Can South Australia's power crisis be solved in 100 days? Elon Musk said he thinks so, and he even bet on it.<p>The Tesla CEO took to Twitter on today …

Mission to Venus: NASA and Russia May Explore Hellish Planet Together

NASA scientists are meeting with representatives from the Russian Academy of Sciences' Space Research Institute (IKI) this week, to continue …

How much pee is in our swimming pools? New urine test reveals the truth

It is an antisocial act that normally goes under the radar, but many swimmers have long suspected the truth: people are peeing in the pool.<p>Now scientists have been able to confirm the full extent of offending for the first time, after developing a test designed to estimate how much urine has been …

Swimming

This rare disorder leaves some people without kneecaps

But rare diseases don't get a lot of research funding<p>When Deanne Rue Stephens's three children were born, the first thing she did was count her babies' fingernails. What she found made her heart sink—on all three sets of hands, mostly empty nail beds.<p>Her daughter and two sons had inherited her rare …

Gaten Matarazzo

Is Johnson & Johnson's baby powder safe to use?

The likely reason you are reading this post is because you have come across the news about courts in the United States (US) ordering multinational …

Why Sci-Hub’s story is so crucial to science?

On the 28th of October 2015, Judge Robert Sweet in his ruling at the New York district court declared that the website www.sci-hub.org be blocked …

Apple vs Samsung like patent war in the genomics industry

Remember the year 2012, when all we could hear from the smartphone industry was the on-going litigation between Apple and Samsung. Well, after a …

Solar cells that work in rain

Now, Solar cells that can work in the rain.<br>Image credit: majesticearth.co.au<p>In case you have read my last month’s guest post about harvesting solar …

Generating electricity from flapping tree leaves

Their research findings published in PLoS One have shown that using the currently available technology the prototype could not deliver the energy …

Medicine
Dinosaurs

AI diagnoses skin cancers with dermatologist accuracy | Cosmos

<b>Harmless mole or potential melanoma?</b> A new computer algorithm can make that diagnosis from photos as accurately accredited dermatologists.<p>The system, …

Two Infants Treated with Universal Immune Cells Have Their Cancer Vanish - MIT Technology Review

Doctors in London say they have cured two babies of leukemia in the world’s first attempt to treat cancer with genetically engineered immune cells …

Immunotherapy

India, Israel Officially in Race for First Private Moon Landing

Teams in the U.S. and Japan also have confirmed launch contracts, allowing them to compete for the $20-million Google Lunar X Prize.<p>For five teams racing to reach the moon, it’s March 2018 or bust.<p>In January, X Prize and Google announced that just five of 33 initial teams have secured an …