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Scientists hopeful they're closer to HIV vaccine after new imaging insights

Using powerful microscopes, scientists have observed the weaponry of HIV in action and gained key insights that may finally allow researchers to create a vaccine capable of fighting the virus that causes AIDS.<p>The sophisticated imaging technology employs lasers and fluorescent dyes to examine …

Biology

Video: Despite World Ice Loss, Antarctic Ice Cover Reaches Record Size

But the ice is thin.<p>Even as most of the world's ice is melting due to climate change, Antarctica's sea ice grew this year, to cover more ocean than ever in human memory.<p>Researchers maintain a catalogue of satellite images of the frozen Antarctic seas that dates back to the late 1970s. While the …

Six new ways to teach children more effectively

Six groundbreaking new projects will aim to discover how neuroscience can help pupils learn more effectively in the classroom. Here are the experiments:<p><b>Learning Counterintutive Concepts, Birkbeck University of London</b><p>Around 9,000 pupils across 100 primary schools in London, the North West and the …

Addictive and probably carcinogenic: scientist reveals dangers of Daily Mail

While viewed by many as a harmless newspaper read by people who just want to relax and unwind – or perhaps do some recreational experimentation with different ideologies – a new study has provided unquestionable proof that the notorious newspaper actually inflicts considerable damage on all those …

DNA linked to how much coffee you drink

NEW YORK (AP) — How much coffee do you drink every day? One cup in the morning? Or do you gulp it all day?<p>Scientists have long known that your DNA …

Woman gives birth after womb transplant, in medical first

A woman in Sweden has given birth after receiving a womb transplant, the doctor who performed the pioneering procedure said on Friday.<p>The 36-year-old mother received a uterus from a close family friend last year. Her baby boy was born prematurely but healthy last month, and mother and child are now …

It's Thanks to Evolution That No Two Faces Are Alike, Study Finds

Humans' stunning diversity of facial features evolved to make recognition easier, a study says.<p>From bug eyes to aquiline noses, square jaws to chin dimples, no two faces are alike. That diversity may have evolved to make it easier to recognize other people, researchers reported on Tuesday.<p>The shape …

Swedish woman world's first to give birth after womb transplant

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A Swedish woman has become the world’s first to give birth after having a womb transplant, opening up the possibility for thousands of infertile women to have babies, the doctor in charge of the research project said on Saturday.<p>Professor Mats Brannstrom (C), head of a medical …

Isolation and hallucinations: the mental health challenges faced by astronauts

Why the mental health of astronauts is one of the biggest hurdles when it comes to successful space missions<p>The sight of the entire Earth, visible to the naked eye, has had a profound effect on those who have seen it. Astronaut William McCool described it as “beyond imagination”, and many have …

Using Anthrax In The Fight Against Cancer

In the never ending search for cancer therapies, novel technologies are being explored, including the incorporation of the body’s own immune system. One particular area of interest has been the use of antibodies to target specific cancer-associated molecules and block their involvement in oncogenic …

Scientist Gives Himself Fecal Transplant To Try A Hunter-Gatherer's Microbiome

Why a field researcher from America has exposed his colon to the gut microbiome of a tribesman from Tanzania<p>It's not often we encounter a story that begins with a line like this:<p>“AS THE SUN set over Lake Eyasi in Tanzania, nearly thirty minutes had passed since I had inserted a turkey baster into …

Setting Insect Data To Music Helps Scientists Find Patterns

The music let you notice the emergent pattern in cicada-singing right away.<p>Well, it certainly sounds nicer than real cicadas would otherwise. To help them analyze data they had recorded about when cicadas sing, a team of scientists set their data to music. The musical notes—which replace recordings …

Scientists discover pain receptor on T-cells

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered that T-cells – a type of white blood cell that learns to …

Researchers discover a way to tease oxygen molecules from carbon dioxide

(Phys.org) —A small team of researchers with the University of California has found a way break apart carbon dioxide molecules and get carbon atoms …

Stop cancer from spreading without chemo

Researchers are testing a protein therapy that stops breast and ovarian cancer from metastasizing in mice.<p>“The majority of patients who succumb to …

Cancer

Will some coral ‘win’ in a warmer ocean?

While warmer ocean temperatures pose a threat to many coral species, scientists say it’s not all bad news for the world’s coral reefs.<p>A group of …

Global Warming

John O’Keefe, May-Britt and Edvard Moser win Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine – as it happened

We’ve had a late reaction from Hugo Spiers, who as the head of the Spatial Cognition Group at University College London is perfectly placed to explain the research behind this year’s prize. His morning schedule was disrupted by a fire alarm at UCL, but he found time to send us this neat summary:<p>All …

Nobel prize in physiology or medicine for finding brain’s ‘you are here’ cells

Three neuroscientists, including a married couple from Norway, have won the 2014 Nobel prize in physiology or medicine for their discovery of the brain’s internal GPS.<p>Their work, which collectively spans four decades, revealed the existence of nerve cells that build up a map of the space around us …

Every Newly Emerging Disease Like Ebola Begins With a Mystery

One crucial factor in the epidemic spread of Ebola is poverty, says author of a new book about the disease.<p>Though Ebola is unlikely to gain a substantial foothold in the United States, even after the first U.S. diagnosis of an Ebola case this week, author David Quammen argues that our common …