Heather Dawson-MacLeod

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Automatic Diary App Rove Hits Android

Automatic ‘diary’ app Rove has been gradually iterating on iOS for some time, and today it’s made the leap to Android.<p>Rove is designed to bridge the gap between apps like Facebook’s Moves (that track your activity) and those like Timehop that present old memories in an attractive way. It logs the …

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S.F. at loss over Rat Girl’s rodent hoarding (video)

First, there was Batkid. Now, sadly, there is “Rat Girl” — and she’s contributing to a skin-crawling public health problem in San Francisco.<p>KTVU’s David Stevenson reports that a troubled San Francisco woman has been “breeding” rats and letting them loose into the city for years.<p>Identified only as …

Saying 'I do' all day long at City Hall

Each weekday at San Francisco's City Hall, volunteers for the county clerk perform up to six weddings every hour near the stairs and in the Ceremonial Rotunda. Some couples are dressed in full wedding regalia; others are in T-shirts and jeans. On May 9, between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., these were …

The mystery of motion sickness - Rose Eveleth

Although one third of the population suffers from motion sickness, scientists aren’t exactly sure what causes it. Like the common cold, it's a …

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A nice, bright smile: Scientists use lasers to regrow teeth | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have come up with a bright idea - literally - to repair teeth.<p>A dentist extracts a tooth from a patient at a dental clinic in Sabanilla near San Jose in this November 1, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate/Files<p>And they say their concept - using laser light …

For the first time in the lab, researchers see stem cells take key step toward development

The gap between stem cell research and regenerative medicine just became a lot narrower, thanks to a new technique that coaxes stem cells, with …

Our Best Bet for Colonizing Space May Be Printing Humans on Other Planets

"Maybe we will colonize other worlds not with astronauts in space suits, but with bacteria," says NASA's lead engineer on the Curiosity Rover mission.<p>Assuming human deep space travel turns out to be not just incredibly dangerous, but perhaps "crazy idiotic" and "laughable," as Harvard biologist …

Why Google Glass Will Make School Easier For Deaf Kids

Meet the researchers developing apps for planetariums, classrooms and more.<p>About seven years ago, a summer camp for deaf kids visited the planetarium at Brigham Young University in Utah. An American Sign Language interpreter sat on the floor with the kids to translate the show’s narration. The kids …

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June 2014: The Water Issue

Letter From The Editor<p>The Stuff Of Life<p>What To Do About Water<p>What’s The World To Do About Water?• <b><br>Move It:</b> Last Straw: How The Fortunes Of Las Vegas Will Rise Or Fall With Lake Mead• <b><br>Test It:</b> What's In Your Drinking Water? [Infographic]<br>• **Clean It: **Pure Genius: How Dean Kamen's Invention Could Bring …

A Gaming System Starring... Microbes

Pac-Man, but with microbes<p>Videogames may seem like the last place for fruitful work in biotechnology, but Stanford University bioengineer Ingmar Riedel-Kruse has reinvented 1980s classics to enlist living microbes. His custom electronics and augmented-reality software coax microorganisms to play …

What the Synapses in Your Brain Actually Look Like

Without synapses, your neurons wouldn't be able to communicate and your brain would be little more than a ball of meat. Exactly what synapses look …

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, …

Tiny £10m robot hand could transform spina bifida surgery in the womb

Scientists have launched a £10m project to create a tiny surgical robot hand that could transform the treatment of children with spina bifida and other congenital conditions.<p>The aim of the research, which is being carried out by engineers at University College London (UCL) and KU Leuven in Belgium, …

Gay Dads' Brain Activity Pattern Resembles Both New Mothers And Fathers, Study Finds

By Sharon Begley<p>NEW YORK (Reuters) - Having a baby alters new mothers' brain activity, researchers have found, and a new study adds the first evidence of such changes in the brains of gay men raising children they adopted through surrogacy.<p>The men's pattern of brain activity resembles that of both …

Human 'suspended animation' trials to start this month

The researchers behind it don't want to call it suspended animation, but it's the most conventional way to explain it. The world's first humans trials will start at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, with 10 patients whose injuries would otherwise be fatal to operate on. A team of …

Screws Made From Silk Could Be Used In Surgical Implants

Home-spun medicine<p>We've mentioned this before, but one of the coolest candidates for Material of the Future is silk. It's insanely tough, and in the human body, doesn't put the same strain on tissue that metal does. It can also harmlessly degrade in the body over time, which it makes it handy for …

Honda Is Designing Houses, Because Cars And Homes Will All Be Part Of The Smart Grid

The car maker is demonstrating how homes and cars will become part of the same renewable energy system.<p>In the future, auto companies won’t just build cars. They’ll build cars that are part of the energy infrastructure, providing back up storage for the solar panels on your roof, and reinforcing the …

Even Penguins Get The Flu

When you think of bird flu, you may conjure up images of chickens being slaughtered to stem an outbreak, or of migrating ducks, which can carry flu viruses from one continent to the next. Well, it's time to add penguins to your list of mental images.<p>Yes, Adelie penguins, which breed in huge …

Reemergence Of Polio Is A Global Health Risk

After major milestones in polio eradication, the World Health Organization warns that the virus has been regaining ground.<p>As recently as March, the World Health Organization was touting major gains in the battle to eradicate polio: Southeast Asia was deemed polio-free. But meanwhile, in countries …

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Scientists closer to turning human skin cells into sperm cells

Scientists at Stanford University have successfully managed to reprogram human skin cells and turn them into sperm cell precursors. Their findings, published in the journal <i>Cell Reports</i>, show that skin cells of infertile men can be changed into stem cells and take on the characteristics of …

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