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Deep-Sea Dwellers Make A Natural Antibiotic

Humans aren't the only species that try to get rid of bacteria<p>On hot vents deep underneath the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, there lives something unusual: a gene that fights bacteria. The gene belongs to a microscopic organism, scientifically named <i>Aciduliprofundum boonei</i>, that lives in the extreme …

Blood test could pick up risk of cancer five years in advance, say Harvard scientists

Harvard University has found that mutations in blood indicate that a person is at higher risk of developing cancer<p>A blood test could determine a person's risk of developing blood cancer five years before any signs of the disease emerge, scientists at Harvard University have discovered.<p>Researchers …

Nanotube film could replace defective retinas

A promising new study suggests that a wireless, light-sensitive, and flexible film could potentially form part of a prosthetic device to replace …

Nanotech

'Pain in a dish': Scientists create living model of human nerve cells

Scientists have created a miniature model of human pain in the form of nerve cells growing in a laboratory dish that respond to the discomfort of hot …

Scientists create new tool for exploring cells in 3-D

Researchers can now explore viruses, bacteria and components of the human body in more detail than ever before with software developed at The Scripps …

Why Time Can't Go Backward: Physicists Explain

“<i>Time is what keeps everything from happening at once,</i>” wrote Ray Cummings in his 1922 science fiction novel “The Girl in the Golden Atom,” which …

Light-bending silicon strips are the key to super-fast computers

No, that's not a barcode you're looking at -- instead, it's the likely future of computing. Stanford University researchers have developed an optical link that uses silicon strips to bend light at right angles, which future processors will likely need to transmit data at super-fast speeds. The key, …

Researchers link chromosome region to duplication of gene on X chromosome appears to cause excessive growth

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have found a duplication of a short stretch of the X chromosome in some people with a rare disorder …

Who Owns the Biggest Biotech Discovery of the Century? - MIT Technology Review

Last month in Silicon Valley, biologists Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier showed up in black gowns to receive the $3 million Breakthrough …

Genetics

Engineer Reimagines Solar Energy With Stick-On Panels

In Xiaolin Zheng's version of the future, installing solar panels could be as simple as applying a sticker.<p><i>Editor's Note: Xiaolin Zheng is one of National Geographic's 2014 Emerging Explorers, part of a program that honors tomorrow's visionaries—those making discoveries, making a difference, and</i> …