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All of the major genes causing bowel cancer have been found

A study by London’s Institute of Cancer Research has identified five genes that appear to cause bowel cancer.<p>The researchers say their findings could lead to new treatments for the disease, which is the third most common cancer worldwide.<p>According to a report published in the journal <i>Nature</i> …

Can These Inventions Save Oceans From Our Plastic Habit?

NEWPORT BEACH, California—As a lifelong surfer, Louis Pazos has had an up-close look at the world’s plastics problem. Just about every time he has …

To improve your memory, get moving ... or take a nap

<b>(CNN) —</b> Scientists have unlocked new secrets for boosting memory retention: One involves breaking a sweat, and the other involves taking a snooze.<p>Exercising about four hours after you learn something can improve how well you remember it, according to a small study published in the journal Current …

The Brain

Humans Are Now Causing Species to Artificially Evolve

Extinction isn't the only end game.<p>Species are disappearing at speeds unseen since previous global extinction events, and there's little doubt that humans are to blame. Biologists estimate that dozens of them vanish every single day, which is nearly 1,000 times the rate of extinction levels …

8 Breakthrough Innovations Saving Our Ocean

<b>By Matthew Mulrennan</b><p><b>This post by Matt Mulrennan originally appeared in National Geographic's Ocean Views.</b><p>Our ocean remains the greatest mystery on planet Earth. The ocean takes up 70% of our blue planet, yet we've only explored 5% of it. The ocean suffers from many urgent grand challenges - we …

The Earth's biodiversity could be much greater than we thought

After centuries of study, you’d think we’d have at least a rough idea of how many different species of life exist on Earth. This is becoming even …

Biodiversity

Humans now drive evolution on Earth, both creating and destroying species

When scientists examine the impact of humans on the planet, the focus is mainly on the extinction of species. But increasingly researchers are …

This is how much science says you should exercise to see a difference

You don't have to work out that long to reap the many health benefits of exercise.<p>A study published in the Viewpoints section of JAMA reviewed the …

Yes, it’s possible to plant ‘Inception’-style experiences into people’s brains

Think Chris Nolan’s 2010 blockbuster <i>Inception</i> was total science fiction? Think again.<p>At least, that’s one conclusion we can draw from newly published …

The Brain

Saving the world's rarest parrot with genomics

Off the coast of New Zealand, conservationists are sequencing the genome of kakapo parrots to try and bring the bizarre flightless bird back from the …

Scientists Are Trying to Implant False Visions Into The Mind, Inception-Style

Seeing things that don't exist.<p>Six years ago, <i>Inception</i> wowed everyone with the idea of implanting memories and dreams into the human mind. Now …

A decade of plant biology in space

On this day 10 years ago, Space Shuttle Discovery was launched to the International Space Station carrying ESA's European Modular Cultivation System …

20 Years after Dolly the Sheep Led the Way—Where Is Cloning Now?

It was a glorious day in the hills above Edinburgh, Scotland, when old friends and scientific colleagues Ian Wilmut and Alan Trounson set off on a …

Zapping The Brain's Visual Cortex Can Lead to Improved Vision, Scientists Discover

A quick jolt for temporary super vision.<p>Scientists have discovered that applying an electrical current to the brain can improve people's vision …

What social media 'likes' do to teens' brains

The findings of a study conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles has many people comparing "likes" on social media to sex, but don't …

This Artist Is Biohacking The Body To 3D-Print Fantastical Human Bones

The Regenerative Reliquary project aims to find new ways to grow missing bones–or let people reshape their own.<p>Synthetic bone grafts–made of calcium phosphate ceramics, or from bone harvested from patients or cadavers–are nothing new. But that’s just the most simple vision of what artificial bone …

Higher consumption of unsaturated fats linked with lower mortality rates

Consuming higher amounts of unsaturated fats was associated with lower mortality rates, according to a new study. The researchers found higher …

Scientists may have found a cure for junk food cravings

Imagine not wanting a piece of chocolate or pint of ice cream after dinner. Or never craving a slice of pizza—somehow transforming yourself into one …

Threatened species face extinction owing to ‘God clause’, scientists say

Western Australia’s government could have the power to approve activities that could make a threatened species extinct, under biodiversity laws now before state parliament.<p>The provision has been dubbed “the God clause” by scientists and conservationists, who say giving the environment minister …

Biodiversity

Matrix'-Style Skill Transfer Is Possible With Electrical Brain Stimulation

<i>This article was originally posted on Inverse.</i><p><b>By Yasmin Tayag</b><p>What if becoming a pilot was as simple as putting on a cap?<p>That's the question posed at the beginning of a video from HRL Laboratories, a company attempting to develop <i>Matrix</i>-style brain uploading using electrical brain stimulation …

Revolutionary membrane can keep your heart beating perfectly forever

You're looking at a rabbit's heart beating outside the animal that once hosted it. It's alive, pumping blood on its own thanks to a revolutionary …

University of Illinois

Plastic Bags Versus Microbeads: What is the Biggest Threat to Marine Animals?

If you consider yourself up-to-date with current trends around pollution, you probably already know that plastics have waged a mighty war on our …

Pollution