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Ebola Drug Could Be Ready For Human Testing Next Year

Scientists hunting treatments for Ebola and related diseases are trying several approaches. So far, the following have only been tested against the virus in animals:<p><b>Small Molecules:</b> These are drugs that can be put into a pill. BCX4430 is from a class of drugs called nucleoside analogues. These …

Self-Healing Muscles Grown In Lab, Implanted In Mice

The muscles also fluoresce when they contract.<p>No this isn't a joke, etc.: Scientists have grown working muscle fibers in the lab that they were then able to successfully implant into mice. Even better, the muscles can repair themselves, which is a significant step in tissue engineering.<p>"It's the …

Tiny power generator runs on spit

The researchers believe that the emergence of ultra-low-power chip-level biomedical electronics, devices able to operate at sub-microwatt power …

Can you tell how people are feeling from their expressions? Quiz

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You Yawn. She Doesn't Yawn Back. Uh-Oh

You are at a table for two, sitting with your girlfriend or boyfriend, when, for no good reason (you can't help it, you didn't mean to do it), you yawn. It's a big, gaping, jaw-extending, embarrassing yawn and because you didn't cover your face, oh, God, she/he sees it. A second or two goes by, and …

This Is Your Brain On No Sleep

If you’ve been skipping sleep, thinking you’ll make up for it on weekends, here’s some bad news. Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and Peking University have found that chronic sleep loss may actually lead to irreversible damage to and loss of brain cells.<p>“We live in a society where each …

How To Trick Others Into Doing Your Bidding

Soon, they'll be eating out of the palm of your hand.<p>We like to think of ourselves as rational beings, but there are many ways we can be subconsciously influenced. At least, that’s the premise of ABC’s new series <i>Mind Games</i>. Christian Slater and Steve Zahn star as consultants who use psychological …

Meet the hardware, software and science projects bound for the International Space Station this month

After problems forced a delay from a scheduled launch this weekend, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to take off later this month carrying …

Vitamin supplement curbs hearing loss after antibiotics

A dietary supplement may offer protection against hearing loss that sometimes occurs after taking antibiotics, according to research with guinea pigs.<p>…

University of Florida

Restoring order in brain: Brain cell regeneration may alleviate symptoms of Alzheimer's disease

Researchers have discovered that when they re-established a population of new cells in the part of the brain associated with behavior, some symptoms …

Music-making card turns objects into instruments

More Hints That Dad's Age At Conception Helps Shape A Child's Brain

Traditionally, research has focused on women's "biological clock." But in recent years, scientists have been looking more and more at how the father's age at conception might affect the baby, too.<p>A study published Wednesday hints that age really might matter — in terms of the child's mental …

T-cells break the rules when salmonella attacks

The immune system’s T-cells respond differently when the body is attacked by fast-acting bacteria, such as salmonella.<p>The finding could be vital for …

Immunotherapy

This App Trains You to See Farther

Twenty-twenty vision? Big deal. UltimEyes could train your brain to see in 20/7.5.<p><b>When a major league baseball pitcher throws</b> a 95-mph fastball, only about 400 milliseconds—the duration of a blink—pass before the ball rockets over the plate. And a batter gets less than half that time to decide …

The Brain

Monkeys Raised On Omega-3-Rich Diet Have Well-Structured Brains

Eat right and you too can have a healthy monkey brain<p>You may have heard that omega-3 fatty acids are good for you. They are a prime component of the nervous system, and cannot be made by the body--they must be consumed. But just how important are dietary omega-3 fatty acids for brain development …

What Musicians Can Tell Us About Dyslexia and the Brain

Dyslexia is a frustrating disorder that gives otherwise smart people trouble with reading. Nobody knows exactly what causes it, but one popular …

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A Reading Teacher Who Lost The Ability To Read

Here's a medical mystery that begins with a kindergarten teacher. We're not using her full name to protect her medical privacy, so we'll call her M.<p>M. taught reading to 4 and 5-year-olds at a school outside Chicago, but two years ago something happened to her that changed her life: she lost the …

Can flywheel technology drive out the battery from car hybrids?

Consider the hybrid car. Halfway between the traditional motor and the fully electric Nissan Leaf or the Volkswagen e-Up!, they're a nod to green motoring. While retaining a conventional diesel engine, they can harvest kinetic energy from the car's braking motion and use that to power an additional …

When neurons grow too many (or too few) branches

Understanding how neurons grow, connect, and change throughout life may be the Holy Grail in treating many neurological disorders, including autism …

Neuroscience

Monsanto Is Going Organic in a Quest for the Perfect Veggie

Monsanto's new veggies are sweeter, crunchier, and more nutritious—with none of the "Frankenfoods" ick factor. Nicholas Cope<p>In a windowless basement …

Some brain regions stay ‘childlike’ after we grow up

In adults, some brain regions retain a “childlike” ability to establish new connections, potentially contributing to our capacity to learn new skills …

The Brain

Big Pic: An Electronic Membrane Thin Enough To Drape Over Human Hairs

A step toward electronic contact lenses<p>What's this? It's an electronic membrane that's so thin and flexible, it can drape itself over human hairs and continue to work. Yep, those long sticks are hairs. The membrane is one micrometer thick, while the hairs are about 100 micrometers thick.<p>This device …

Implant reduces sleep apnea episodes by 70 percent

A year after having a sleep apnea device implanted, people reported a dramatic reduction in daytime sleepiness, according to a new study.<p>The clinical …

Sleep

Life-hacking the brain: better living through science!

There is something that we all need. You can't touch it, you can't really see it, but you certainly know its effects and feel its loss. In fact, while many despise it and wish they didn't need it, it is cherished most by those who don't have enough.<p>I am of course talking about sleep. With a 3 …

Can I increase my brain power?

What happens when you attach several electrodes to your forehead, connect them via wires to a nine-volt battery and resistor, ramp up the current and send an electrical charge directly into your brain? Most people would be content just to guess, but last summer a 33-year-old from Alabama named …

Y chromosome is not doomed to shrivel away to nothing, say researchers

Reports of the coming death of the male sex chromosome are greatly exaggerated, say scientists, whose work will raise a collective cheer from at least half the population. The fate of the Y chromosome, which carries the genetic switch that sends a developing embryo down the route to maleness, has …