Gerald Griffin

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For the First Time, Researchers Can Genetically Modify Human Embryos

The UK has given researchers at the Francis Crick Institute permission to edit the genes of early-stage human embryos. This is huge news, not only in …

Scientists use stem cells to grow animal-free pork in a lab

A new study published in the journal <i>Scientific Reports</i> has taken us one step closer to the dream of animal-free meat. (And, no, in case your mind …

Nanofiber matrix sends stem cells sprawling in all directions

Mighty promising as they are, stem cells certainly aren't easy to come by. Recent scientific advances have however given their production a …

US Scientists Have Cautiously Backed Permanent Gene Editing in Humans

A brave new world.<p>In a controversial move, a senior US scientific committee has given the green light to one of the most contentious forms of genome …

Humans Can Now "Print" Genetic Code and Engineer Life

We have learned how to manipulate the code of life. Why this hasn’t received more attention is beyond me.<p>Synthetic Biology is a multidisciplinary …

Ancient jars hold clues about the intensity of Earth’s magnetic field

These jars held more than just supplies<p>Between the eighth and second centuries BCE, potters in the kingdom of Judah (near Jerusalem) made a bunch of jars with official state seals on the handles. They needed to hold supplies, and they wanted people to know who those supplies belonged to. Simple, …

Earth Science

EmDrive: UK scientist claims 'new physics' explains galaxy rotation and theoretical space propulsion

Dr Mike McCulloch says his theory explains why galaxies are not ripped apart, without needing dark matter.<p>British physicist Dr Mike McCulloch, who …

New mechanical metamaterials can block symmetry of motion, findings suggest

Engineers and scientists at The University of Texas at Austin and the AMOLF institute in the Netherlands have invented the first mechanical …

Study: Gut bacteria may play a role in Alzheimer's disease

New research from Lund University in Sweden has shown that intestinal bacteria can accelerate the development of Alzheimer’s disease. According to …

Google Test Of AI's Killer Instinct Shows We Should Be Very Careful

If climate change, nuclear weapons or Donald Trump don’t kill us first, there’s always artificial intelligence just waiting in the wings. It’s been a …

Cell Death Might Be Reversible, and Scientists Are Trying to Find Out Why

It tells us something important about cancer.<p>A mysterious cell process named anastasis (Greek for "rising to life") challenges our idea of life being a linear march towards death, and suggests that cell death can actually be reversed under certain conditions—essentially allowing cells to …

Scientists Have Developed a New One-Dimensional Supermaterial

Move Over, Graphene?<p>When graphene was finally extracted from graphite and discovered to be a potential “wonder material,” researchers were quick to …

Surprise! LIGO Can Also Make Gravitational Waves

We can produce gravitational waves now.<p>It's been almost a year now since the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) announced the …

Fukushima's record-high radiation broke a cleaning robot after two hours

Radiation levels are clocking in at 650 Sieverts per hour<p>A robot sent into a Fukushima reactor to inspect and clean the nuclear plant had to abruptly end its mission after excess radiation fried the robot’s camera. It was the first time a robot had entered the Unit 2 reactor since the 2011 …

Physicists Just Showed That Quantum Entanglement Is a Physical Reality

Of Subatomic Particles<p>The quantum world is full of strange phenomena – phenomena which our understanding of physics can’t make sense of. This is why …

Discovery of time crystals could radically change our understanding of the space-time continuum

Consider a structure that moves not in space but time, crystals that change shape and move perpetually without energy, and always return to their …

Number of Americans renouncing citizenship reaches record high

A record number of Americans abandoned their US citizenship last year, according to official figures.<p>Statistics published by the US Federal Register showed that 5,411 people gave up their nationality, an increase of 26 per cent on 2015.<p>For many the main motivation is tax.<p>Americans are liable for US …

Sorry, Einstein - Physicists Just Reinforced The Reality of Quantum Weirdness in The Universe

There's no avoiding that "spooky action at a distance."<p>One of the strangest phenomena you're likely to come across in all of science is quantum …

How life survives: Researchers confirm basic mechanism of DNA repair

Day in and day out, in our bodies, the DNA in cells is damaged for a variety of reasons, and thus intercellular DNA-repair systems are fundamental to …

Ravens Can Imagine They're Being Spied On, Study Finds

Stay woke.<p>Ravens could be the most woke birds on the planet, based on new research that suggests they're capable of imagining they're being spied on.<p>A new study conducted by a team at the University of Vienna finds that ravens can consider what might be motivating another individual. While the jury …

Lab-made mini-brains are sprouting their own blood vessels

In 2015, scientists at Brown University developed "mini-brains," models of living brains created from 3D cultures of neural cells. Like …

Scientists Have Figured Out How Our Brains Sharpen Our Memories While We Sleep

We snooze to lose.<p>We all know that if we want what we've studied during the day to stick, it's best to get a good night's sleep. And while scientists …

Ancient tissue found in 195 million-year-old dinosaur rib

<b>(CNN) —</b> It might be the oldest soft tissue sample ever found. Researchers discovered ancient collagen and protein remains preserved in the ribs of a dinosaur that walked the Earth 195 million years ago.<p>No, this doesn't mean "Jurassic Park" is about to become a reality. But finding such …

The First Ever Blueprint For a Mind-Bendingly Massive Quantum Computer Has Been Released

"Life will change completely."<p>Scientists chasing the dream of quantum computing - technology that would grant us unprecedented processing power - …

New Results From CERN Could Fill One of The Biggest Gaps in The Standard Model of Physics

How our Universe broke the rules of symmetry.<p>Of the many unanswered questions that stand in the way of the Standard Model of physics being able to …

Scientists Have Turned Cooking Oil Into a Material 200 Times Stronger Than Steel

Deep Fried High-Tech<p>Researchers have found a way to turn cheap, everyday cooking oil into the wonder material graphene – a technique that could …

The universe may be a giant broken hologram

For decades, scientists have been toying with the idea that our Universe is — or once was — a giant hologram, where the laws of physics require just two dimensions, but everything appears three-dimensional to us.<p>As you can imagine, it's not an easy hypothesis to prove, but physicists say they now …

Physics

Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans Could Soon Become a Reality

Speaking Without a Single Word<p>Imagine living in a world in which verbal communication is no longer required, a society in which telepathy is the …