Mike Slater

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Mysterious source of illegal ozone-killing emissions revealed, say investigators

A mysterious surge in emissions of an illegal ozone-destroying chemical has been tracked down to plastic foam manufacturers in China, according to an on-the-ground investigation published on Monday.<p>The chemical, trichlorofluoromethane or CFC-11, has been banned around the world since 2010 and is a …

Pollution

'Carbohydrates are killing us'

<b>ANALYSIS/OPINION:</b><p>This year, more than 610,000 Americans will die from heart disease. It’s the leading cause of death for both men and women.<p>For …

Diabetes

Some Black Holes Erase Your Past and Give You Unlimited Futures

"In some cases, one can live forever in a universe unknown."<p>Imagine, for a moment, that our species has perfected interstellar space travel and we can visit anywhere we want in the universe. There will be a lot of interesting places to check out and astrophysical phenomena to investigate, but a …

One Of The World's Most Sensitive Dark Matter Experiment Is Being Constructed

A multi-institutional collaboration led by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California, known as Super Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) SNOLAB, is leading the hunt for dark matter into new directions. On top of this, the experiment being constructed by the collaboration will be one of the …

Dark Matter

Power-multiplying exoskeletons are slimming down for use on the battlefield

The technology has been long-anticipated by military commanders.<p>Dashing around a battlefield in the bulky robo-armor Tom Cruise wore in <i>Edge of Tomorrow</i> won't cut it in the real world. For starters, it’s way too big. And the energy required to power something that size—via a gas engine strapped to …

Tom Cruise

Man, Crows Are Even Smarter and Scarier Than We Thought

They seem to be able to learn from each others' tools.<p>As humans, we love to think we have a monopoly on brain power. But the more we learn about the …

Birds

The Universe Is Chock-Full Of Filthy 'Space Grease'

There’s enough greasy matter in the Milky Way for 40 trillion trillion trillion packs of butter, according to a new study of the space between the stars.<p>In the research, published in the <i>Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society</i>, a team of Australian and Turkish astronomers found that there …

Universe

Poliovirus shows promise as a new weapon in the war against brain cancer

You may think of viruses as unthinking, unfeeling agents of disease, but in recent years, researchers have found that with a little tinkering, they can be used in our arsenal of therapeutics to target and kill cancer cells.<p>Though attempts to use viruses as cancer-destroying agents haven't yet found …

Immunotherapy

Aliens May Be Rearranging Stars to Fight Dark Energy, Awesome Study Suggests

How to dominate the universe in three easy steps …<p>Step 1: Harvest all of your planet's resources.<p>Step 2: Harvest all of your nearest star's …

Dark Matter

DARPA's reconfigurable wheels switch from tires to tracks in 2 seconds

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is responsible for ensuring the US is ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to next-gen tech. Now, it's coming for your car's wheels... sort of.<p>DARPA researchers have come up with the Reconfigurable Wheel Track (RWT), a technology that's …

GMC Sierra

The new weapon to fight cancer

SCIENTISTS at Perth’s Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research have discovered a new weapon in the fight against 90 per cent of cancers.<p>Associate …

Cancer Cells

Growing evidence implicates herpes viruses in Alzheimer's

Beyond the chicken pox and flu, viruses are increasingly believed to play a role in other serious diseases, like cancer and brain diseases. Case in …

Alzheimer's Disease

BCG vaccine can reverse Type 1 diabetes to almost undetectable levels, eight-year study shows

The BCG vaccine against tuberculosis can reverse Type 1 diabetes to almost undetectable levels, an eight-year study has shown.<p>US researchers found that just one jab, followed by a booster four weeks later, brought down average blood sugar levels to near normal within three years, and the effect …

Diabetes

Common vaccine can reverse advanced cases of diabetes, study says

A breakthrough was announced Thursday for people living with Type 1 diabetes.

Diabetes

Synthetic blood will keep trauma victims alive for up to 48 hours

Despite numerous advances in emergency medical care over the past decade, humans are still susceptible to bleeding out like Hefty bags filled with vegetable soup. This is especially problematic when people are seriously injured in remote areas or combat operations. Some 17,000 people die from …

Could coffee replace insulin injections for diabetics?

The days of the insulin pen may be numbered. According to researchers in Switzerland, the future of diabetes treatment will not be a shot in the arm after a meal, but a shot of espresso instead.<p>The scientists hope to transform the lives of diabetics who need regular jabs with an implant that …

Diabetes

The Diabetes Cure That Most Insurance Companies Won't Pay for

For 15 years, Erez Benari’s struggle with his type 2 diabetes had been a losing one. A software engineer at Microsoft in Seattle, Washington, Benari …

Diabetes

New form of matter may lie just beyond the periodic table

Currently, the heaviest element on the periodic table is oganesson, which has an atomic mass of 294 and was officially named in 2016. Like every …

Physics

UC Berkeley finally scores a win with two CRISPR patents

by Kristin Houser June 14, 2018 Enhanced Humans 5042<p>Before CRISPR can transform our world, it’s gotta get out of court.<p>There’s been a legal battle …

Are Space And Time Quantized? Maybe Not, Says Science

Throughout the history of science, one of the prime goals of making sense of the Universe has been to discover what’s fundamental. Many of the things we observe and interact with in the modern, macroscopic world are composed of, and can be derived from, smaller particles and the underlying laws …

Quantum Mechanics

Targeting Inflammation May Protect and Restore the Brain after Stroke

New therapeutic approaches directed at the post-stroke immune response show promise in mice

Medical Research

Neuronal activity sheds light on the origin of consciousness

Consciousness is everything people experience — from the taste of chocolate to the pain of a migraine, the disappointment of failing an exam to the …

Statins enhance efficacy of venetoclax in blood cancers

Yet another health benefit of statins<p>Statins, common drugs used for the treatment of high cholesterol, may have found another potential application. …

Trump was right. The rest of the G7 were wrong | George Monbiot

He gets almost everything wrong. But last weekend Donald Trump got something right. To the horror of the other leaders of the rich world, he defended democracy against its detractors. Perhaps predictably, he has been universally condemned for it.<p>His crime was to insist that the North American Free …

Globalization

Dementia-related brain damage reversed in mice using 20-year-old asthma drug

A fascinating new study from researchers at Temple University has successfully reversed cognitive impairments in mice with dementia. The research …

Neuroscience

Gastric bypass "surgery in a pill" points to inspired new treatment for diabetes

While gastric-bypass, or bariatric, surgery can be a very successful weight-loss treatment option for those suffering from obesity, it has also been …

Diabetes

Bacteriophages: Are they an overlooked driver of Parkinson's disease?

June 10, 2018 - Atlanta, GA - In the first study of its kind, researchers from the New York-based Human Microbiology Institute have discovered the …

Forget the Blood of Teens. This Pill Promises to Extend Life for a Nickel a Pop

Nir Barzilai has a plan. It’s a really big plan that might one day change medicine and health care as we know it. Its promise: extending our years of …

Albert Einstein

Get a shot, say goodbye to stress. Could it be that easy?

A one-stop shot for stress?<p>A new study out of the University of Colorado suggests that it could be that easy — if future clinical trials replicate …

South Carolina

Cellular recycling extends health and life expectancy in mammals

Building on two decades of research, scientists at University of Texas Southwestern have found that enhancing autophagy, a process of natural …