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Hybrid crystals fuse semiconductors and metal - Futurity

Tomorrow's computers and electronics will require extremely small, high-quality circuits. A new hybrid material could pave the way.

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How Killer Fungus Burns Up Bats From the Inside

Hibernating bats with white-nose syndrome expend twice as much energy as healthy ones, a new study says.<p>A deadly invasive fungus has been wiping out hibernating bats for years in the U.S., eating away at their wings and muzzles. But it's been unclear exactly how the interloper kills its victims, …

Zoology

'Cyborg' spinal implant could help paralysed walk again

It might seem like science fiction but a new implant which attaches directly to the spine could help paralysed people walk again<p>Paralysed patients have been given new hope of recovery after rats with severe spinal injuries walked again through a ‘groundbreaking’ new cyborg-style implant.<p>In …

Bad luck, bad journalism and cancer rates

The big science/health news story this week is about cancer rates, with news outlets splashing headlines like “Two-thirds of adult cancers largely ‘down to bad luck’ rather than genes” (for example, here) or “Most cancer types ‘just bad luck’” (here). (I’m not even going to look to see what the</i> …

Cancer

Compound keeps virus sealed in its 'pocket' - Futurity

A class of compounds may help fight a virus that leaves children with serious respiratory infections and might be linked to polio-like symptoms.

For The First Time, SpaceX Will Land A Rocket After Launch

New year, new reusable spacecraft<p><b>Update, January 6, 2015:</b> At the last minute (literally), the launch was scrubbed due to a problem with the rocket's second-stage actuators. SpaceX is now hoping to launch on Friday at 5:09am Eastern.<p><b>Original Post:</b><p>Elon Musk is starting off 2015 with a bang – or …

Researchers Create Artificial Organs That Fit In Your Hand

Great balls of cells! Scientists are developing mock human organs that can fit in the palm of your hand.<p>These organs-on-a-chip are designed to test drugs and help understand the basics of how organs function when they are healthy and when they are diseased.<p>For instance, you have your gut-on-a-chip …

Microbiology

New Frog Species Reproduces Like No Other

There’s not really a good time to bring up amphibian mating habits at the dinner table. I figured that I was probably safe given that I was surrounded by scientists, but, all the same, I tried to make sure that no one was raising a fork to their mouths when I blurted out “You guys! There are <i>frogs</i> …

Unexpected Life Found In The Ocean's Deepest Trench

The Mariana Trench cuts a 1,500-mile incision in the bottom of the Pacific Ocean near the island of Guam. That's where an international team of scientists has just spent over a month sending probes down to the deepest place on Earth.<p>The scientists were stunned by the amount of life they found …

A Sticky Sensor That Attaches To Internal Organs

Capable of measuring electrical activity when affixed to rats' hearts<p>Eww, what's that on this guy's hand? It's a sticky sheet designed to attach electronic sensors onto organs in the body. See how the sheet holds up a 100-yen coin?<p>A team of researchers based at several Japanese universities made …

Superfluid Helium Can Leak Through Glass And Climb Out of Its Container

This incredible video proves that helium isn't just a voice-raising gas. In its superfluid state it also defies gravity, has zero friction and can …

Rocket Fuel from Human Waste

Getting rid of human waste has been a problem for NASA since the earliest days of space exploration. That’s why the U.S. space agency is funding …

Computer programs 'mutate' to outlast viruses - Futurity

A showdown between computer programs and viruses shows that simplicity is not always the best strategy for longterm survival.

What moves Death Valley’s sliding stones?

People used to think that strong winds caused the rocks to move across Death Vally’s Racetrack Playa. Turns out, it’s not.<p>The video above – from the …

Genetically Modified Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire

A project to save the chestnut tree is gaining momentum—and opponents<p>Roasting chestnuts on an open fire is supposed to be one of the quintessential Christmas experiences. But I'd never tasted nor smelled a roasted chestnut until I got into the genetics lab of William Powell at the College of …

NASA Is 3-D Printing Tools In Space Like Crazy

Wrenches, and sample containers, and extruders, oh my<p>Astronauts on the ISS began printing objects on a specially-designed 3-D printer last month. They started small; the first object printed was a component of the printer itself, emblazoned with the logos of NASA and Made in Space, the company that …

Tree ring study shows California’s drought worst in 1,200 years

Scientists say California’s drought is being driven by low (but not unprecedented) precipitation and record high temperatures.<p>Scientists studying the …