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Researchers 3D Printed Cancerous Tumors to Learn How to Kill Them

Now we can test drugs on actual tumors, not 2D sheets of cells.<p>HeLa cells under a microscope (image not from 3D printing study). Image: Pablo Ramdhor/Flickr<p>For the first time ever, scientists have 3D printed a cancer tumor in order to study how to kill it.<p>Growing cancer cells in a laboratory is …

Toyota Has A Tron Bike

The FV2 is a motorcycle straight out of a 1980s vision of 2050.<p>I have made this comparison before, and perhaps will again, but, damnit, this is a _Tron _bike, right? That is, inarguably, what this is.<p>The FV2 is a concept motorcycle from Toyota, set up only a little ostentatiously at the New York …

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Female Penis, Male Vagina: First Case of Genital Reversal in Nature Reported

Females with penislike genitals and males with vaginalike organs are cases of a new extreme reversal of sex roles researchers have discovered in …

Gene increases cancer risk posed by processed meat

A third of the population should eat less processed meat scientists have warned after finding they carry a gene that puts them at greater risk of bowel cancer<p>Eating processed meat increases the likelihood of developing bowel cancer in a third of the population who carry a specific gene, scientists …

Neurons in the brain tune into different frequencies for different spatial memory tasks

Your brain transmits information about your current location and memories of past locations over the same neural pathways using different frequencies …

Robotic Cubes That Stack Themselves

Like autonomous Legos<p>M-Blocks look unassuming, but they can pivot and jump without external moving parts—a feat engineers have been trying to accomplish for years. Because they’re mobile, the robotic cubes can stack on top of one another autonomously. Their inventors are now working toward the …

Robotics

'Earth's Cousin': Scientists Find Alien Planet That's Most Like Home

Scientists say a world that's 490 light-years away qualifies as the first confirmed Earth-sized exoplanet that could sustain life as we know it — but in an environment like nothing we've ever seen.<p>The planet, known as Kepler-186f, is "more of an Earth cousin than an Earth twin," Elisa Quintana, an …

Habitable Zone

How Gravity And 100-Year-Old Tech Can Help Solve The Energy Storage Problem

Here’s how it works: When solar panels or windmills are pumping out excess power, it can be sent to a set of weighted train cars on a small hill. The …

Clean Energy