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MIT lab builds self-assembling robot cubes

Today, MIT researchers unveiled a new kind of robot called M-blocks, a group of self-assembling cubes with no external moving parts. The M stands for "modular," which means the cubes can form themselves into whatever shape scientists require, in contrast to more specialized robots like rovers or …

This Water Droplet Maze Is Mesmerizing

Watch it in action. Plus: learn something about the Leidenfrost effect.<p>Have you heard of the Leidenfrost effect? If not, it's about to be your favorite effect. If yes, same.<p>The basic idea is, when a liquid comes in contact with something really hot--about twice as hot as the liquid's boiling point, …

Top 4 keys to mastering moon phases

The most important key is to think of the moon as a world in space, with a day and night side.<p><b>Why does the moon seem to change its shape every night?</b> …

Brazilian scientists to test AIDS 'vaccine' on monkeys

Brazilian scientists have developed an HIV vaccine and plan to begin testing on monkeys later this year, a sponsor institution has said.<p>Known as the HIVBr18, the vaccine against the virus that causes AIDS was developed and patented by a team from the Medicine Faculty of the University of Sao Paulo, …

How Pigs on Antibiotics Are Making Superbugs Stronger

Meanwhile, genome detective work could uncover new weapons in the war on bugs<p>Methicillin-resistant <i>Staphylococcus aureus,</i> (MRSA) a nasty strain of bacteria that resists most antibiotics, probably developed its defenses while spending time down on the farm, a new study says. It has been thought that …

Deadly Piglet Virus is Spreading in United States

The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) is sweeping U.S. hog farms and killing piglets. There is no cure. The disease is only deadly to piglets …

On the Microbial Frontier, Cheaters Rarely Prosper

Despite their single-cell status, microbes are capable of striking feats of cooperation: They can secrete polymers that enable them to stick together …

Scientists to begin making super strains of H7N9 bird flu, funded in part by US government

A deadly new strain of bird flu called H7N9 has killed at least 43 people and infected a total of 134, mainly in western China, according to the World Health Organization. The outbreak in humans has slowed down since the virus was first detected in March, thankfully. But things on the virology …

The Rise Of Bloodsucking Insects You Can't Just Swat Away

Steamy days, sultry nights and swarming bugs all make up the thrum of life in the heart of summer. But more and more, our summers are assaulted by the bloodsucking kind of bugs, namely mosquitoes and ticks.<p>More than a nuisance, new species can impact our health and indicate larger environmental …

MERS Virus Update

EU medicines regulator says no to farmers’ blanket use of antibiotic

A medicine used by veterinarians for more than 50 years should be restricted, according to European medical experts, amid fears that overuse of …

20 food bugs join huge genome database - Futurity

UC DAVIS (US) — Scientists have sequenced the genomes of 20 microorganisms that cause food …

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Bacteria That Cause Gum Disease Linked To Alzheimer's

Wreaking havoc in your mouth and head<p>Could Alzheimer's disease originate in your mouth?<p>It sounds like a strange idea, but scientists have recently found one small clue that dental bacteria may play a role in some cases of Alzheimer's.<p>A team of researchers from the U.K. and the U.S. found …

Herpes Virus Shoots DNA Into Human Cells With Crazy High Internal Pressure

Herpes, having a blast.<p>Scientists have long theorized that herpes viruses are so stuffed with genetic material that infecting a host cell is as easy as popping a balloon. Or exploding a powder keg. The internal pressure within the virus is so great, it explodes its genetic material straight out of …

Researchers Find Biggest Viruses on Earth. They Have Named Them Pandoravirus

Mimiviruses, which are extremely large viruses, were discovered about ten years ago. The discovery prompted the scientific community to reconsider …

Sudden outbreak of measles linked to vaccine fears in the 1990s

Fears that vaccines cause autism led to an explosion of measles cases this year in southwest Wales, according to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. Between November and July, 1,219 people in southwest Wales contracted the measles, compared with 105 cases in all of Wales in 2011, according to the report.<p>The</i> …

Genetically modified flourescent fish could help the early detection of cancer

Cancer detecting fluorescent fish and mini pigs are just some of the animals on display at the Bio Taiwan 2013 Exhibition.<p>The animals are being used to help advance medical investigation in key areas such as cancer research.<p>Liver genes in the fish are modified and dyed to help monitor cell growth, …

Say Hello To The World's Largest Known Virus

Let's hope it's friendly.<p>The viruses that we're most familiar with, like the influenza virus, are small and simple. Influenza is about 100 nanometers across, and has only 13 genes. But scientists are beginning to realize that there's no reason a virus needs to be that small or that simple--and in …

Attention, Men: HPV Vaccine Effective Against Oral Infections Too

HPV vaccines have always been advertised as protecting women, but a new study shows they also work against an infection that causes a throat cancer that's much more common in men.<p>The same vaccine that protects women from cervical cancer also prevents an oral infection that sometimes leads to throat …

World's Biggest Virus May Have Ancient Roots

Researchers have discovered the largest virus ever, and they've given it a terrifying name: <i>Pandoravirus</i>.<p>In mythology, opening Pandora's Box released evil into the world. But there's no need to panic. This new family of virus lives underwater and doesn't pose a major threat to human health.<p>"This is …

Brain-eating amoebas thrive in US lakes as global warming heats waterways

These deadly invaders from the deep are showing up in surprising locations<p>It’s a fatal infection without an effective treatment, and one that strikes in a decidedly gruesome manner: An amoebic organism lurking in water is inadvertently inhaled during a swim on a hot summer’s day. From there, it …

Man bites dog: a new rabies antidote could save 55,000 lives per year

Reducing cost is critical<p>When someone is bitten by a rabid animal in the US, it still makes the news. Maybe not national news, but incidents of people being bitten by bats and dogs and raccoons — even if no one dies — still merit local headlines. And the prospect of rabies is enough to send …

Two men had all traces of HIV infection removed following a bone marrow transplant

We've seen several breakthroughs in HIV treatment this year — early treatment "functionally cured" a child and helped fourteen adults go off HIV drugs — and now researchers from Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital have discovered another advancement. At the International AIDS society conference, …

Algae outbreak covers Chinese beach with record 11k square miles of slime

China is in the seventh year of a gargantuan algal bloom off the coast of the eastern city of Qingdao, and this year's growth set a record: green sludge covers 11,158 square miles, more than twice the previous record of 5,109 square miles. Such algal blooms are caused by an excess of nutrients in …

Poison-proof mosquitoes might trigger a deadly crisis for thousands

Amid warnings of a looming malaria battle, new website puts the threat of insecticide resistance in stark relief<p>An <i>Anopheles stephensi</i> mosquito feeds on a human. The species is a common malaria carrier, and has grown increasingly resistant to pesticides in some regions. (Photo credit: Wikimedia …

HIV used to treat deadly genetic diseases in children

Italian researchers say it's too early to say whether their technique offers a full cure, but early signs are encouraging<p>HIV kills nearly two million people every year, but scientists in Italy say they've found a way to use the virus to actually save lives. In a pair of studies published today in …

Mysteries of 'obesity gene' revealed, could yield new ways to fight hunger

An obesity gene that affects one in every six people could be partially treated thanks to a new study that's finally determined how it works. Researchers led by Rachel Batterham at University College London were looking into an obesity gene, known as FTO, and found that it caused people with a …

Harmful Parasites In Cat Poop Are Widespread

That cat poop can pose a health risk to humans no longer surprises us.<p>Some cats carry a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii<i>.</i> Infected cats shed embryonic <i>T. gondii,</i> called oocysts, in their feces.<p>These oocysts are easily transmitted to humans, and researchers have explored their possible link to …

Are Antibiotics On The Farm Risky Business?

You've probably seen the labels on meat in the store: "Raised without antibiotics." They're a selling point for people who don't like how many drugs are used on chickens, turkey, hogs and beef cattle.<p>Activist groups, as well as prominent medical organizations, are calling for stricter rules on how …