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'Super tumor suppressor' found to prevent pancreatic cancer

A new study affirms that not all gene mutations are bad, after uncovering a mutation that appears to give a known tumor suppressor gene a boost …

The $1 Pocket Microscope

The super-cheap Foldscope carries on a centuries-long tradition of simple, curiosity-enabling microscopes.<p>It took about six months for the jungle to kill Aaron Pomerantz’s microscope.<p>Pomerantz, an entomologist working with Rainforest Expeditions, had been doing fieldwork in the remote Tambopata …

Microscopy

First almost fully-formed human brain grown in lab, researchers claim

Research team say tiny brain could be used to test drugs and study diseases, but scientific peers urge caution as data on breakthrough kept under wraps<p>An almost fully-formed human brain has been grown in a lab for the first time, claim scientists from Ohio State University. The team behind the feat …

Neurophilosophy

Biotech Company Is Developing Transplantable Pig Organs For Humans

Pigs are good for more than just bacon<p>Every year, around 8,000 people die waiting for an organ transplant. There just doesn't seem to be enough human organs available for those who need them. Biotech company United Therapeutics has been investigating ways to grow pig organs to be used in humans, …

Cell Biology

Owls use 'stealth technology' to help capture prey

Study reveals that owls’ flight feathers absorb aerodynamic sound and suppress vibrations, allowing them to swoop on their quarry in perfect silence<p>Owls are equipped with highly developed stealth technology that helps them swoop on prey undetected, a study has shown.<p>The nocturnal hunters have …

Birds

10 genetic mutations and evolutionary traits found in Africa, with their surprising advantages - and downsides

AFRICANS are more genetically diverse than the rest of the world combined.<p>Modern humans evolved in Africa about 200,000 years ago, and began moving …

Sub-Saharan Africa

The 'Great Energy Transition' is already underway, according to a new book

In a new book, noted environmentalist Lester Brown says the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources is not only unstoppable, but will happen much faster than anyone expected.<p>“I think we're going to see a half-century of change compressed into the next decade,” Brown says. “And this is …

Renewable Energy

25 daily habits that will make you smarter

In the Quora thread, "What would you do to be a little smarter every single day?", readers shared the habits they follow to fuel their brains.<p>Here are some simple actions that could help you become a smarter person.<p>Think about how to reduce poverty, how to solve a daily problem you have, …

Success

Sound Drop Could Be Our Next Generation Headphones

Headphones are one of greatest inventions that change dramatically the way we listen our music. However, rapid trend has raised a question: what …

Industrial Design