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The Search for a Perfect Male Birth Control Pill - MIT Technology Review

Somewhere in Martin Matzuk’s collection of two billion chemicals, he hopes, is one that might safely make a man temporarily sterile—the elusive “male …

Contraception

LiveScience

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What Are Algae?

Algae are a diverse group of aquatic organisms that have the ability to conduct photosynthesis. Certain algae are familiar to most people; for …

Inside the ‘black box’ of human development

Researchers will soon have the means to study embryos beyond the 14-day legal limit. Does the potential for advances in medicine outweight ethical concerns?<p>It is not birth, marriage or death, but gastrulation that is truly the most important time in your life.”<p>When the eminent embryologist Lewis …

Genetics

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10 Questions that Will Change the Way You Think About Your Problems

<i>It’s not about having all the answers – it’s about asking the right questions.</i><p>The saying “She who teaches others, teaches herself” is very true, not …

4 Steps for Overcoming Fear and Anxiety

I never realized how pervasive my fear and anxiety was until I finally broke free of it. Looking back I can see it had a silent grip on me in so many …

Mindfulness

Piebald mystery solved: scientists discover how animals develop patches

Researchers hope mapping how mutated gene produces animals’ white patches may lead to medical advances<p>Scientists have solved what shall henceforth be known as the piebald mystery: by discovering the origins of the broad white patches that can adorn the belly and head fur of cats, dogs and farm …

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Plants 'do maths' to control overnight food supplies

<b>Plants have a built-in capacity to do maths, which helps them regulate food reserves at night, research suggests.</b><p>UK scientists say they were "amazed" to find an example of such a sophisticated arithmetic calculation in biology.<p>Mathematical models show that the amount of starch consumed overnight is …

University of London

Study: LinkedIn Positioned To Become First Global Economic Graph, Business Platform On Par With Google And Facebook

LinkedIn is positioned to become the first global economic graph with the ability to mine the transactions of an emerging data economy. That’s the conclusion of a study by faberNovel, which has published the results of its work with a detailed 127-slide report titled: LinkedIn, The Serious …

18-Year-Old Photographer’s Spectacular Conceptual Self-Portraits

Eighteen-year-old Laura Williams joins the ranks of fellow young, extremely talented photographers such as Alex Stoddard and Kyle Thompson in creating spectacularly surreal and expressive self-portraits. The Cambridge, England native's photograph entitled <i>Invisible</i> recently went viral, with over …

Photography

3D model of a nerve terminal in atomic detail

The electrochemical jelly inside your head contains something like one quadrillion synapses, the junctions at which nerve cells talk to one other by converting electrical signals into chemical ones and then back again. They have two components (sometimes three): the nerve terminal of one cell, …

The Future Of Medicine Is In Devices You Swallow

A simple version of this already exists: a biotech company called Proteus Digital Health has actually created a primitive version of just such a …

Step to Parkinson's stem cell therapy

<b>Stem cells can be used to heal the damage in the brain caused by Parkinson's disease, according to scientists in Sweden.</b><p>They said their study on rats heralded a "huge breakthrough" towards developing effective treatments.<p>There is no cure for the disease, but medication and brain stimulation can …

Telomere extension turns back aging clock in cultured human cells, study finds

Researchers delivered a modified RNA that encodes a telomere-extending protein to cultured human cells. Cell proliferation capacity was dramatically …

Sea slug has taken genes from algae it eats, allowing it to photosynthesize like a plant

How a brilliant-green sea slug manages to live for months at a time "feeding" on sunlight, like a plant, is clarified in a recent study published in</i> …

Science Is Beautiful: The Human Body Under The Microscope

A new book showcases the magnificent micro-world<p><i>Science Is Beautiful</i>, a new book by Colin Salter, is a compilation of images that show what the human body looks like under a microscope. With an artistic eye, the book showcases cells, microbes, and more. Here are some of our favorite images from</i> …

Crystals

Can scientists engineer drought-tolerant plants?

As the<p>California droughtenters its fourth year, scientists are trying to genetically engineer plants that survive on less water.<p>After adding a new piece of genetic code to their DNA, tomatoes and other plants were able to hold on to more water and survive for as many as 12 days without …

Los Angeles

We Can Predict When People Are Going To Die From Their “DNA Clock”

Scientists have discovered a human “biological clock” based on certain changes to genes, called DNA methylation. These are important for the …

Genetics

Blood test predicts risk of dementia

Scientists say a new biomarker that predicts the risk of developing dementia can be detected with a simple blood test—a test they hope will be …

New study reveals the global impact of debris on marine life

Endangered species at risk from plastic entanglement and ingestion<p>Nearly 700 species of marine animal have been recorded as having encountered …

Research

Solving a Museum’s Bug Problem With Legos

An entomologist from London is using his favorite childhood toy to build a device that holds fragile insect specimens.<p>The Natural History Museum in London has a gargantuan task ahead: the mass digitization of its sprawling collections. Over the next five years, the museum plans to scan more than 20 …

Natural History Museum

Close two-thirds of the ocean to make fishing better and fairer

The high seas – the area outside any country’s national waters – cover nearly two-thirds of the oceans and are largely ungoverned. Some fishers do …