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How It Works: A 3-D Printer For Liver Tissue

The first commercial 3-D bioprinter, Organovo's NovoGen MMX Bioprinter, is manufacturing functional liver tissues that will soon help biochemists test new drugs. Here’s a look at the printing process.<p><b>Step 1</b>: Engineers load one syringe with a bio-ink (A) made up of spheroids that each contain tens …

Team transmits message ‘written’ in molecules

With a new method of molecular communications, scientists sent a signal across several meters of open space, where a receiver decoded it.<p>The …

Atoms

Simple way to make stem cells in half an hour hailed as major discovery

A radical and remarkably easy way to make cells that can grow into any tissue in the body has been developed by scientists in Japan.<p>The feat has been hailed as a major discovery by researchers familiar with the work, and if it can be repeated in human tissue, could lead to cheap and simple …

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 …

No More Knife: The Stem-Cell Shortcut To Injury Recovery

Stephan Drake was halfway down a backcountry ski run in Alaska last March, filming with Sweetgrass Productions and Patagonia, when he aired over a steep spine onto an unexpected wind crust. The snow grabbed his right ski and Drake felt the unmistakable <i>snap!</i> of his knee ripping apart as he rolled …

Medicine

U.S. FDA approves 'Star Wars' robotic arm for amputees

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a robotic arm for amputees that is named for the “Star Wars” character Luke Skywalker and can perform multiple, simultaneous movements, a huge advance over the metal hook currently in use.<p>The DEKA Arm System is pictured in …

Star Wars

Scientists confirm existence of elusive 117th element

After four years of painstaking research, the discovery of the periodic table's 117th element has been confirmed. Element 117, otherwise known as ununseptium, was originally discovered back in 2010 by a group of American and Russian physicists with the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR). …

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 …

Reading the minds of the ‘dead’

Thousands of patients remain trapped in a vegetative state between life and death. Three scientists are working to free them, as Roger Highfield reports.<p>“Imagine you wake up, locked inside a box,” says Adrian Owen. "It's a perfect fit, down to every last one of your fingers and toes. It's a strange …

The Brain

Japan Just Approved a New Drug That Can Kill the Flu Virus In Just One Day

As the worst flu season in a decade rages on, a potentially groundbreaking new drug that can kill the flu virus in just one day has won regulatory …

You could soon be manufacturing your own drugs—thanks to 3D printing

Forget those long lines at the pharmacy: Someday soon, you might be making your own medicines at home. That’s because researchers have tailored a 3D …

Why we shouldn't be concerned that the Y chromosome is becoming extinct

The Y chromosome may be a symbol of masculinity, but it is becoming increasingly clear that it is anything but strong and enduring. Although it …

An MIT professor says this 1996 logic puzzle may be the hardest brain teaser on the internet

Are you itching to test your smarts? You've come to the right place. The Harvard Business Review may have published this logic puzzle back in 1996, but people are still scratching their heads over it today. (If you prefer numbers over words, find the missing one in this puzzle.)<p>Mathematician …

CRISPR gene editing moved into new territory in 2017

Scientists reported selectively altering genes in viable human embryos for the first time this year. For nearly five years, researchers have been …

Genetics

This Startup Has a New CRISPR Enzyme -- And Says It Will Give It Away For Free

A startup says it has discovered a new CRISPR enzyme for editing DNA, one of the hottest areas in biotech. Naturally, it is going to give it away for free.<p>Wait, what?<p>“This is a true gift we’re giving to the community because I truly believe this technology is so important that holding it or …

Dragonfly Eye: Artificial Intelligence Machine Can Identify 2 Billion People in Seconds

Yitu Technology unleashes 'Minority Report' style artificial intelligence facial recognition algorithm that can identify billions of people in mere …

Nanoparticles detect and track cancer months before traditional imaging techniques

A team from Rutgers University has devised a ground-breaking new method for detecting tiny cancerous tumors. Using light-emitting nanoparticles the …

Cancer

Designing Antiviral Proteins via Computer Could Help Halt the Next Pandemic

As Bill Gates sees it, there are three main threats to our species: nuclear war, climate change, and the next global pandemic.Speaking on pandemic …

It's Possible to Keep Schrodinger's Cat Alive Without Ever Opening The Box

Just keep shaking it.<p>Researchers have used an artificial atom to show it's possible to keep Schrödinger's cat alive indefinitely, but also accelerate …

Quantum Physics

A World First CRISPR Trial Will Edit Genes Inside the Human Body

Uninvasive CRISPR<p>A new CRISPR trial, which hopes to eliminate the human papillomavirus (HPV), is set to be the first to attempt to use the technique …

Genetics

Microsoft Plans to Have a DNA-Based Computer by 2020

Moore’s Law will run out soon. This is the idea that computer processing power doubles every 18 months. Some scientists say they can even see our …

Why Data Analysts Can’t be Beaten by Artificial Intelligence

There are many jobs in this world that are at risk of being either taken over completely or becoming heavily reliant upon artificial intelligence …

Here’s how often IBM’s Watson agrees with doctors on the best way to treat cancer

And in data presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting, IBM Watson Health gave a snapshot of how it's playing out so far.<p>The studies looked at concordance rates, or how often Watson for Oncology reached the same course of treatment as the cancer doctors at different cancer …

Artificial Intelligence May Replace Humans In Multiple Areas Of Business

In the recent past, artificial intelligence has gained huge momentum in transforming our activities, in respect to our business and work place. In a …

Artificial Intelligence

Google’s New AI Is Better at Creating AI Than the Company’s Engineers

Google’s AutoML<p>One of the more noteworthy remarks to come out of Google I/O ’17 conference this week was CEO Sundar Pichai recalling how his team had …

Artificial Intelligence

Robots could wipe out another 6 million retail jobs

Robots have already cost millions of factory jobs across the nation.<p>Next up could be jobs at your local stores.<p>Between 6 million to 7.5 million existing jobs are at risk of being replaced over the course of the next 10 years by some form of automation, according to a new study this week from by …

Robot Performs First-Ever Surgery Inside Human Eye

In a medical first, surgeons have used a robot to operate inside the human eye, greatly improving the accuracy of a delicate surgery to remove fine membrane growth on the retina. Such growth distorts vision and, if left unchecked, can lead to blindness in the affected eye.<p>Currently, doctors perform …

Medical Technology

Scientists Are Trying to See Our Dreams

Magazine<p>Who can capture dreams? Researchers try, making videos from brain scans and dreamscapes from machine learning.<p>Do androids, as sci-fi novelist Philip K. Dick asked, really dream of electric sheep? The purpose and meaning of dreams have long been debated. Now scientists are getting closer to …

Machine Learning

AI Predicts Heart Attacks Better Than Doctors

Doctors have gotten very good at determining which of their patients are at high risk for a heart attack. But new research suggests that artificial intelligence may be even better — and that widespread use of AI could save many of the lives now lost to heart disease, the leading killer in the …

Medicine