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Scientists Have Made The Most Human-Looking Lab-Grown Ear Yet

It may not look like something you'd want to have sticking out of your head.<p>Nevertheless, its geometry is closer to life than a previous effort at bioengineering an outer ear, its creators say.<p>In 1997, a team of surgeons from the Children's Hospital in Boston earned fame for engineering a small ear …

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First Robot Phlebotomist: Veebot is a Blood Drawing and IV Inserting Robot

IEEE Spectrum reports on Veebot, which has developed the first robot phlebotomist. Veebot's robot can draw blood and insert IVs. A human patient …

Japan approves landmark stem cell trials

Japan's government has given its approval to the world's first clinical trials using stem cells harvested from a patient's own body.<p>Health Minister Norihisa Tamura signed off on Friday on a proposal by two research institutes that will allow them to begin tests aimed at treating age-related macular …

Medicines To Fight White Plague Are Losing Their Punch

You probably don't think about tuberculosis much. Why would you? The number of cases in the U.S. is at an all-time low.<p>But TB has returned with a vengeance in some parts of world, and there have been some troubling outbreaks here at home, too.<p>Many of the cases come with a deadly twist. They're …

No Child Left Behind overhaul passes

The House approved on Friday a rewrite of federal education law that would dramatically scale back the federal government’s role in education.<p>The chamber approved what amounts to a repeal of the No Child Left Behind Act on a largely partisan 221-207 vote. The Student Success Act would end the …

New Big-Nosed Horned Dinosaur Found in Utah

Nasutoceratops titusi is a distant relative of Triceratops, study says.<p><b>Paleontologists have discovered a new dinosaur, a Triceratops relative with a supersize schnoz that once roamed present-day Utah.</b><p><i>Nasutoceratops titusi</i> belonged to a group of horned dinosaurs called ceratopsids, large four-legged …

Scientists: Like Proust, Apes Have Autobiographical Memory

In <i>Remembrance of Things Past</i>, Marcel Proust marvels at how the taste of "plump little cakes called 'petites madeleines'" brought forth memories of Sunday mornings at Combray when he walked into to his aunt Léonie's bedroom to say good morning.<p>Proust describes what scientists came to term an …

After seven years of tinkering, farmer perfects 'panda cow'

ROY, Wash. — John Bartheld has been breeding miniature cows on his farm for seven years, hoping to recreate black and white markings in the pattern of a panda to make a "panda cow."<p>He succeeded on June 28 when Peanut was born. From most angles, Peanut looks like the endangered Chinese bear with a …

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Tyler The Creator Creates Mountain Dew Spot Starring His Goat Alter Ego

Some new kind of level has been achieved in soft drink marketing with this Mountain Dew spot, directed by Tyler the Creator.<p>The Odd Future …

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Expat appeals UAE sentence after rape charge

A Norwegian woman has spoken out about the 16-month prison sentence she received in Dubai after reporting a rape incident to police in March this year.<p>Marte Deborah Dalelv was visiting Dubai on a business trip from Qatar, where she worked as a decorator, when she was raped. The 25-year-old reported …

China Harvests the Majority of Its Organs From Executed Prisoners

This practice, done without consent, highlights the problems with the country's legitimate organ donation system.<p>On the morning of July 12, Zeng Chengjie, a businessman and real estate developer from China's Hunan Province, was executed by firing squad. Mr. Zeng, 55, was convicted of illegal …

Earth’s Gold Forged in Stellar Collisions

<b>Until today, astronomers believed that all the gold on Earth, and in the universe, was forged in ancient supernova explosions. But new evidence points to a far more violent birth for this most precious metal.</b><p>The new culprit is the cataclysmic collision of two neutron stars. The impact produces a …