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The 2013 Microscope Images of the Year

The yawning trap of a carnivorous plant has taken First Prize in the 2013 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition. Igor Siwanowicz, a …

First Study Of LSD's Psychotherapeutic Benefits In Four Decades Breaks Research Taboo

Today <i>The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease</i> published results from the first study of LSD’s therapeutic potential in humans to appear in more than four decades. The controlled, double-blind study, which was conducted in Switzerland under the direction of Swiss psychiatrist Peter Gasser, measured …

Wellcome image awards 2014: life in extreme close-up - in pictures

Beautiful, strange and occasionally alarming pictures from the shortlist for this year’s Wellcome image awards – which celebrate the very best in science photography and imaging – from an x-ray of a bat to a micrograph of a kidney stone. The exhibition opens on 12 March at three science centres and …

New drug makes brain cancer cells explode

Cells belonging to the most aggressive form of brain cancer are blown to smithereens<p>By screening over 1,000 different types of molecules, scientists have managed to identify a compound that can literally blow up tumor cells belonging to the most aggressive form of brain cancer — glioblastoma …

One Goat’s Million-Dollar Blood Is Fueling Cancer Research

In the quest to create a device to detect how cancer moves throughout the body, researchers discovered that one specific goat’s blood was key to success. Then that blood became very, very precious.<p>Once there was a goat living somewhere in North America. The goat, fed, kept warm, lived out its life …

Sleep cycles: Why do some people stay up late and others get up early?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora.</i><p><b>Answer by Suzanne Sadedin, Ph.D. in zoology from Monash University:</b><p>Advertisement<p>Your sleep cycle is …

Kinect-Equipped Digital Mirror Shows Your Innards

This new installation marries biomedical imaging and Microsoft Kinect technology to show a person’s body–organs and all–as it moves in real time.<p>In the past, we’ve written about the powerful (and potentially embarrassing) accuracy of Microsoft Kinect, but one thing the Kinect couldn’t offer via its …

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White matter might matter much more than we thought

Changes in the brain's myelin distribution might be an unrecognised form of neuronal plasticity.<p>Look up ‘myelin’ in any neuroscience textbook and you’ll find something along these lines: It is a fatty substance that forms a sheath around axons, and gives the fibre bundles their white appearance …

Ecstatic states

In the Vietnam War, Bob Walker had been a helicopter mechanic, and he’d watched as his best friend was decapitated by an incoming helicopter’s propeller blade. Ever since then the 69-year-old Paradise, CA vet has struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder — a psychological condition that …

Installing the world's first electronic spine

In <i>The Washington Post</i> this week, reporter Jim Tankersley follows a team of doctors as they install one of the world's first electronic spine replacements, dubbed the Neurobridge. The patient is paralyzed from the chest down, but researchers hope the Neurobridge can restore control of his hands. A …

Invention Awards 2014: 360-Degree Infrared Vision

A thermal radar system with a panoramic view<p>Michael Dortch was building video surveillance trailers for industrial parks in Colorado when his clients started asking for near-omniscient views of their properties. They wanted to see intruders in the dark from all angles, but such coverage required up …

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Scientists can trace your ancestors to within 30 miles using DNA

You might know where your forebears lived a few generations prior, but how about the exact village they came from -- <i>1,000 years</i> ago? Thanks to DNA sequencing, it's now possible to find that out in many cases according to researchers from the University of Sheffield in the UK. The aptly-named GPS or …

New super-heavy Element 117 confirmed by scientists

Atoms of a new super-heavy element the as-yet-unnamed element 117 have reportedly been created by scientists in Germany, moving it closer to being officially recognized as part of the standard periodic table.<p>Researchers at the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research, an accelerator laboratory …

Scientists uncover a secret of aging: Young blood helps restore elderly mice

A group of studies focused on properties of blood linked to rejuvenation, and human clinical trials are coming soon<p>Three studies, two from Harvard and one from Stanford, track the miraculous ability of young blood to rejuvenate both mental and physical abilities in aging mice. Harvard reported …