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Scientists peek inside the mind of Maxwell’s demon

Scientists probe information retained by Maxwell’s demon.

Quantum Mechanics

11 New Facts Science Has Revealed About The Body

We're just scratching the surface.<p><b>1.</b> Hundreds of genes spring to life after you die - and they keep functioning for up to four days. Together with an …

Immune System

Can we really eat invasive species into submission?

The tale of a giant Amazon fish reveals the promise and peril of “invasivorism”.<p>LAS PEÑITAS, Bolivia—Before he’d ever seen a paiche, fish trader Eric Salazar had heard the giant Amazonian fish could grow up to 10 feet long, weigh 400 pounds and eat a man whole. The paiche, or <i>Arapaima gigas</i><i>,</i> is the …

Biodiversity

Umbilical cord blood cells could ease symptoms in autistic children, study claims

A study observed the children over six and 12 months following the blood infusion.<p>Cells from umbilical cord blood have been tested as a method of …

In Defense of the Reality of Time

Physicists and philosophers seem to like nothing more than telling us that everything we thought about the world is wrong. They take a peculiar …

American trees are migrating west, and no one knows why

That's weird, because scientists have long predicted that the effects of climate change would send species towards the poles in search of familiar climates, but since 1980, more eastern trees have been moving west instead of north.<p>And at this stage, it's not entirely clear why.<p>And the fact that …

Ecology

Myths About The Sun That Turned Out To Be Wrong

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Jack Fraser.</i><p>Well, a lot of people used to think (and many laypeople still do) that the sun is a …

When scientists saw the mouse heads glowing, they knew the discovery was big

Kari Alitalo had studied lymphatic vessels for more than two decades. So he knew that this network, which carries immune cells throughout the body and removes waste and toxins, didn’t extend into the brain: This had been accepted wisdom for more than 300 years. “Nobody questioned that it stopped at …

Neuroscience

Earth - There are diseases hidden in ice, and they are waking up

Throughout history, humans have existed side-by-side with bacteria and viruses. From the bubonic plague to smallpox, we have evolved to resist them, and in response they have developed new ways of infecting us.<p>We have had antibiotics for almost a century, ever since Alexander Fleming discovered …

Biology

Stephen Hawking's strange law of entropy is making atoms on Earth act like black holes

A bizarre discovery has revealed that cold helium atoms in lab conditions on Earth abide by the same law of entropy that governs the behaviour of …

I’m an MIT professor who used math to help treat diabetes

When people ask me why I, an applied mathematician, study diabetes, I tell them that I am motivated for both scientific and human reasons.<p>Type 2 diabetes runs in my family. My grandfather died of complications related to the condition. My mother was diagnosed with the disease when I was 10 years …

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 …

Scientists genetically modified ants using CRISPR to show how their societies evolved

CRISPR, the gene-editing tool that promises to cure disease, create superbabies, and breed designer animals, just led to a breakthrough in evolutionary biology research.<p>In a new study, researchers at Rockefeller University report that they successfully engineered the first genetically modified …

Biology

Cracking the Brain’s Codes - MIT Technology Review

In <i>What Is Life?</i> (1944), one of the fundamental questions the physicist Erwin Schrödinger posed was whether there was some sort of “hereditary …

Neurophilosophy

Nose Shape Linked To A Person's Ancestral Climate, Says Study

The shape of a person’s nose is determined by the climate of the place his or her ancestors originally came from. This is because noses are …

Scientists to begin revolutionary CRISPR trial on humans

CRISPR has been seemingly all over the place and there’s quite a dispute about the fame, glory and the millions of dollars to be made with this …

Genetic Engineering

Prehistoric 'Aspirin' Found in Sick Neanderthal's Teeth

Evidence of pain-killers is just one intriguing detail pulled from a closer look at the DNA in ancient tooth plaque.<p>It’s a good thing that Neanderthals didn’t have tartar-control toothpaste.<p>What looks to us like unsightly buildup has turned out to be a goldmine for microbiologists who study human …

Scientists Finally Observed Time Crystals—But What the Hell Are They?

My first question was, “What is a time crystal?” Harvard graduate students Soonwon Choi, Joonhee Choi and postdoctoral researcher Renate Landig all …

This Lab-in-a-Box Could Make Gene Therapy Less Elitist - MIT Technology Review

Jennifer Adair carried out her first gene therapy experiment several years ago. A cancer treatment, it involved collecting blood from a patient, and …

Genetic Engineering

Scientists Have Found ‘Time Crystals,’ A Bizarre New Form Of Matter

How much do we know about time? Not much, if you think about it. For the thing we value most of all, we’re largely ignorant of what time is and how time works (at least from a physics standpoint). But we’re slowly learning that time is much stranger than we thought, to the point where its oddities …

Coldest Place In The Universe? NASA Wants To Create It On ISS With Future SpaceX Cargo Mission

In the relative vacuum of outer space, it is very, very cold but even the coldest known place in the universe is not the coldest it can theoretically …

IBM somehow crammed data into a single atom

The research breakthrough isn't yet practical, but it's the direction the industry is headed. Imagine storing 26 million songs in your smartwatch.<p>In the never-ending quest to improve computing technology, IBM has just taken a big step smaller: It's found a way to store data on a single atom.<p>A hard …

Quantum Mechanics

Autism News: Mapping Of Genomes Leads To Breakthrough Study On Disorder

A new study on Autism released Tuesday reveals 18 new candidate genes. Previously, researchers had identified 42 genes that they knew played a role …

Comprehensive Atlas of Long Noncoding RNAs Yields Surprising New Role | GEN

Click Image To Enlarge +<p>While it was once believed that genes regulated biological functions almost exclusively by being transcribed to coding RNAs …

Why Do Some People Get Autism? Genes Linked to Development Of Spectrum Disorder Also Improve Brain Power, Scientists Say

Is autism becoming more prevalent because it’s good for the future of humanity? New research suggests evolution is favoring the disorder: A study in</i> …

Iron nanoparticles could bring organs back from a deep freeze

According to researchers at the University of Minnesota (UM), over 60 percent of the hearts and lungs donated for transplantation every year need to …

Particles

Teenager's sickle cell reversed with world-first therapy

<b>A French teenager's sickle cell disease has been reversed using a pioneering treatment to change his DNA.</b><p>The world-first procedure at Necker Children's Hospital in Paris offers hope to millions of people with the blood disorder.<p>Scientists altered the genetic instructions in his bone marrow so it …

Medicine

New path suggested for nuclear fusion

Controlled nuclear fusion has been a holy grail for physicists who seek an endless supply of clean energy. Scientists at Rice University, the …

Chemistry

The Hidden Link Between Autism and Addiction

It’s believed that people on the spectrum don’t get hooked on alcohol or other drugs. New evidence suggests they do.<p>Shane Stoner’s addiction began in 2008. He lost a factory job, his parents divorced, his father died—and then a relative introduced him to heroin. “I felt like heroin gave me …

This Speck of DNA Contains a Movie, a Computer Virus, and an Amazon Gift Card

Meet the storage format that never goes obsolete.<p>In 1895, the Lumiere Brothers—among the first filmmakers in history released a movie called <i>The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station</i>. Just 50 seconds long, it consists of a silent, unbroken, monochrome shot of a train pulling into a platform full …

Genetics