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Scientists Explore Ties Between Alzheimer's And Brain's Ancient Immune System

Beer has fueled a lot of bad ideas. But on a Friday afternoon in 2007, it helped two Alzheimer's researchers come up with a really a good one.<p>Neuroscientists Robert Moir and Rudolph Tanzi were sipping Coronas in separate offices during "attitude adjustment hour" at Massachusetts General Hospital, …

Dementia

An Ancient Virus May Be Responsible for Human Consciousness

You've got an ancient virus in your brain. In fact, you've got an ancient virus at the very root of your conscious thought.<p>According to two papers …

Biology

The first American CRISPR trial in humans will target cancer

A First in the U.S.<p>CRISPR is currently humanity’s most effective and efficient gene-editing tool, and the technology is no longer just limited to …

Puerto Rico is taking a big step toward revamping how it gets power — and it could be a model for the rest of the US

The lights are still out in more than half of Puerto Rico.<p>After Hurricane Maria struck the US territory on September 20, a crippling blackout descended over its 3.4 million residents, cutting communication between loved ones, spoiling food and life-saving medications, and nixing access to banks and …

Caribbean

Scientists coax human stem cells into becoming touch neurons

Sense of Touch<p>Sensory interneurons, the cells that give us our sense of touch, allow us to experience the world through tactile experiences that can …

Stretching The Boundaries Of Cell Biology

Throughout their lifetimes, the cells in our bodies have a number of decisions to make. Should they divide and multiply? If they’re stem cells, what …

The next phase of artificial intelligence will replace inventors

This is the century of artificial intelligence. The scientists and engineers driving artificial intelligence forward will undoubtedly have a greater …

Artificial Intelligence

Researchers find a single gene plays a major role in the mental effects of aging

The Mental Effects of Aging<p>As animals get older, the electrophysiology of their hippocampal connections begins to degrade. A new study appears to …

The long wait for fusion power may be coming to an end

Some experts think commercial fusion reactors could begin operation as soon as 2030.<p>Renewable energy sources like solar and wind account for a growing share of the world’s electric power. That’s no surprise, given concerns about the carbon emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants and their …

Nuclear Energy

Crispr Isn’t Enough Any More. Get Ready for Gene Editing 2.0

In fewer than five years, the gene-editing technology known as Crispr has revolutionized the face and pace of modern biology. Since its ability to …

Genetics

Physicists Just Discovered a Way to Track Unobserved Quantum Particles

What we see is only a fraction of the picture.<p>One of the underlying principles of quantum theory is that quantum objects can exist as waves or …

The US has reached the last stage before collapse

In <i>The History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire</i>, Edward Gibbon luridly evokes the Rome of 408 A.D., when the armies of the Goths prepared to descend upon the city.<p>The marks of imperial decadence appeared not only in grotesque displays of public opulence and waste, but also in the collapse …

Big Ideas

Research for cognitive disorders could lead to the creation of brain-enhancing drugs

Brain Boost<p>A quick fix that can elevate the average Joe to Albert Einstein-levels of intelligence is a staple of sci-fi (see: <i>Limitless</i>, <i>Flowers for</i> …

This $40 Device Adds Gigabit Ethernet to Your House Without Having to Install Anything

Even if you have fastest Wi-Fi, wired internet connections yield much faster streaming speeds, and allow you to watch your programs without …

‘I want to help humans genetically modify themselves’

Former Nasa biochemist Josiah Zayner became an online sensation by conducting DIY gene therapy on himself. He explains why he did it<p>Josiah Zayner, 36, recently made headlines by becoming the first person to use the revolutionary gene-editing tool Crispr to try to change their own genes. Part way …

Arrow of Time: How Physicists Reversed the Quantum Clock and Showed How to Unbake a Cake

A fundamental assumption we make about time is that it moves in only one direction—forward. We call this the “arrow of time.” In November, physicists …

Watch SpaceX’s last launch of 2017 live right here

This past year has been a great one for SpaceX. The company has sent rocket after rocket skyward, completing missions for a number of clients …

Bracing for EV shift, NGK Spark Plug ignites all solid-state battery quest

NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) - Facing the eventual demise of gasoline engines, the world's biggest maker of spark plugs is turning its focus to a component it believes will be just as vital in the coming era of electric vehicles - next-generation all solid state batteries.<p>Japan's NGK Spark Plug Co has …

The first CRISPR clinical trial could begin in 2018

CRISPR Clinical Trial<p>In a monumental development for the field of gene-editing, a pharmaceutical company has applied to run the first CRISPR clinical …

These Quantum Droplets Are the Most Dilute Liquids in the Known Universe

A team of physicists in Barcelona has created liquid droplets 100 million times thinner than water that hold themselves together using strange …

17 Great Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

Some are new, some are staff favorites, but all are terrific—and you’ll love at least one.<p>1 of 17<p>If Oddball Families Make You Smile<p>Advertisement<p>2 of …

Books

Nanoscopic hyperlensing made of natural crystal allows us to see viruses on the surface of cells

Hyperlensing Nano-vision<p>Research from Vanderbilt University and other participating institutions have devised a new lensing technology that allows …

Scientists discover a way to prevent stem cell loss and improve tissue regeneration

Stem Cells and Aging<p>The stem cells found within the average adult human are capable of restoring dying cells while also fixing damaged tissue. …

Scientists just took a giant leap forward in the quest to create artificial life

New, Semi-Synthetic Life<p>At the core of all life on Earth is the molecule deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). From the different combinations of DNA’s …

Google AI built ‘AI child’ more advanced than anything humans have ever made

A Google supercomputer has created an “AI child” which can outperform its man-made rivals.<p>The incredible machine named NASNet becomes smarter through …

Elon Musk's Formula for Successfully Growing Companies Faster

There is no denying the many ways in which Elon Musk is unique. There is also no denying the fact that you can learn something beneficial from him.<p>Co-Founder of E2M Solutions Inc.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Elon Musk needs no introduction.<p>Let me start by saying I am …

Elon Musk

Scientists have found the first ever anti-aging genetic mutation

Genetic Fountain of Youth<p>The genes of a small Indiana Amish community may hold the secret humans have pursued for much of living memory: the key to …

Genetics

Brain implant boosts memory for first time ever

New memory prosthesis could be a game-changer for dementia care.<p><i>In brief: A professor built a brain implant that can reportedly improve short-term memory by 15 percent and working memory by 25 percent. The device could prove life-changing for the growing segment of the population impacted by</i> …

Alzheimer's Disease

Puerto Rico's 'Gentle Killer Bees' Could Prevent the Bee Apocalypse

This new breed of bees is exactly what farmers need.<p>Filed Under Biology, Colony, Diseases, Food & Health<p>Through a series of events that seem more …

Insects