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Physics: Scientists Disprove Century-Old Assumption About the Brain’s Neurons

For more than 100 years, physicists have relied on a “neuron computational scheme” that assumed the neurons within our brains are individual …

'Milestone' reached in fighting deadly wheat disease

<b>Scientists say they have made a step forward in the fight against a wheat disease that threatens food security.</b><p>Wheat is a staple food crop, making up a fifth of the calories on our plates.<p>But in many parts of the world, the crop is being attacked by stem rust (black rust), a fungus that can ravage …

North America

New 3D printer will combine all your medications in one personalized pill

We increasingly live in an age of personalized health care, where treatment can be tailored to suit individuals on a person-by-person basis. A new 3D …

Scientists Use Gene Editing To Prevent A Form Of Deafness In Mice

Scientists have now edited genes inside mice to prevent a form of inherited deafness.<p>While cautioning that much more research is needed, the scientists said they hope the technique might someday be used to prevent deafness in children born in families with a history of genetic hearing loss.<p>Before …

Genetics

Light-Triggered Genes Reveal the Hidden Workings of Memory

Susumu Tonegawa’s presence announces itself as soon as you walk through the door of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Picower Institute for …

Scientists announce new gene-editing techniques aimed at common mutations

Genetics is having a moment in the sun. Last year, biologists at the University of Bath in England created mice with neon feet. Scientists edited human embryos for the first time in the United States in August, cutting out a mutation for a heritable heart disease. Earlier this month, research …

Genetics

Elon Musk says he can rebuild Puerto Rico's power grid with solar

<b>Renewable energy entrepreneur Elon Musk says he could rebuild Puerto Rico's shattered electrical infrastructure with his solar energy technology.</b><p>The vast majority of the island territory remains without power, weeks after it was hit by Hurricane Maria.<p>On Twitter, Mr Musk said his technology, which …

Puerto Rico

Fibromyalgia: Surviving an invisible misery

<b>(CNN) —</b> Do you ache all over? Do you find yourself exhausted even after a full night's sleep? Does just the slightest touch on certain spots on your body make you want to scream in pain?<p>You could have fibromyalgia, a painful musculoskeletal disease characterized by widespread muscle pain, …

Pain

The Mediterranean Diet Only Works If You're Rich, Study Says

But you should be probably be a little skeptical of the findings.<p>Sticking to the Mediterranean diet will keep your heart healthy but only if you're wealthy or highly educated, according to a new analysis from Italian researchers. Though some experts question the nuance of those findings.<p>For years, …

These Transparent, Solar Power-Generating Windows Are the World's First

A tech startup on a mission to make modern commercial and housing estates energy neutral has outfitted the headquarters of a Dutch bank with the world's first commercial, fully transparent solar-power-generating windows.<p>The windows have solar cells installed in the edges at a specific angle that …

Clean Energy

EGEB: Massachusetts’ underwhelming energy storage goal, wind power – a decent education, more

<i>Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial and political review/analysis of important green energy news.</i><p>Massachusetts Sets 200 Megawatt-Hour Energy Storage Target – First, great job Massachusetts at putting a toe in the water. Energy storage will mean gas peaker plants aren’t needed. …

Octopuses Do Something Really Strange to Their Genes

It might be connected to their extraordinary intelligence.<p>Octopuses have three hearts, parrot-like beaks, venomous bites, and eight semi-autonomous arms that can taste the world. They squirt ink, contort through the tiniest of spaces, and melt into the world by changing both color and texture. They …

An Unexpected New Lung Function Has Been Found - They Make Blood

Things just got complicated.<p>Researchers have discovered that the lungs play a far more complex role in mammalian bodies than we thought, with new …

Here Are The Ages You Peak at Everything Throughout Life

This makes old age sound awesome.<p>Ageing can seem like a scary prospect, but a wealth of scientific studies have found that youth isn't all it's …

Want to Literally 'Reverse the Aging Process'? Science Says Do This Every Day | Inc.com

For eons, people have dreamed that we might one day find some kind of fountain of youth. The scientists at the Mayo Clinic--who don't exactly talk in that kind of mythical language--might well have come up with the next best thing.<p>Short version: Researchers say they've figured out what kind of …

Exercise

Scientists Have Figured Out How Our Brains Sharpen Our Memories While We Sleep

We snooze to lose.<p>We all know that if we want what we've studied during the day to stick, it's best to get a good night's sleep. And while scientists …

A Groundbreaking Gene-Editing Therapy Eliminated Cancer in Two Infants

Two infants diagnosed with an aggressive and previously incurable form of leukemia are now in remission, after British doctors say they cured the …

Knowledge Is Power: The Future of Energy

<i>The ninth part in a weekly series of articles RCP is publishing through Election Day to explore this crucial policy issue and sector of the …

Scientists discover elixir of youth – for mice – and begin tests on humans

Scientists in the US claim to have discovered a natural compound found in avocado, broccoli and cucumber that has “remarkable anti-ageing effects in …

Comment on Peter Diamandis: We’ll Radically Extend Our Lives With New Technologies by Herbys

What makes you think that a longer-living population would be worse for the planet?<br>It is not even clear it would increase population. Population …

Emerging Technology

Have Scientists Found the Cure for Aging?

Imagine if you could slow the aging process by taking a pill. Wouldn't that be awesome? This fantasy isn't part of some utopian future; it's happening now. Meet nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN), which is about to be tested in clinical trials.<p>NMN has been found to slow the aging process in mice, …

Top 8 Ultra-Long Distance Adventure Runs

Challenge your abilities with these iconic runs through the wilds of America.<p>Trail-running is exploding in popularity, and for good reason. What’s not to like about a sport that requires virtually no equipment—except (maybe) shorts and trail running shoes—and allows you to explore vast mountain …

Hiking

Cancer moonshot? It’s not rocket science!

I admit I was surprised to hear that in his recent State of the Union Address President Obama pledged a new ‘moonshot’ in the race to find a cure for cancer, led by Vice President Biden at ‘mission control’. The message was: if we all work together in a targeted effort, and give researchers at the …

Cancer

Humans and Neanderthals had sex a lot earlier than scientists thought

Some humans may have left Africa over 100,000 years ago<p>An analysis of the genome of a Siberian Neanderthal, published today in <i>Nature</i>, reveals for the first time that humans contributed DNA to the Neanderthal genome about 100,000 years ago; that's 50,000 years earlierthan the previous estimate. The …

The tragic fate of the people who stop sleeping

A handful of families are cursed with “fatal insomnia”, a cruel disease that leads to months of sleepless nights and terrible exhaustion. Will a controversial cure save their lives?<p>Silvano was on a cruise ship when the family curse struck. An elegant 53-year-old with striking red hair who enjoyed …

Medical Journals

Wine and Berries Are Nature's Viagra, Says Science

A new study suggests that foods high in flavonoids, like currants and red wine, may help prevent erectile dysfunction and reliance on Viagra.

Research

Control of CRISPR, biotech’s most promising breakthrough, is in dispute

A futuristic gene-editing technology holds almost fantastical promise to turn biologists' wildest dreams into reality. The technology called CRISPR could one day be used to delete the HIV virus from patients' cells, create a limitless supply of organs for transplant and produce better crops. …

Genetics

Gene editing treats disease in mice

<b>Researchers in the US have used gene editing to treat mice with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.</b><p>A team at Duke University used a system known as CRISPR-Cas9 to delete DNA that was preventing cells from producing a protein essential for muscle function.<p>And a virus was used to deliver DNA alterations …

Scientists Say This Strategy Can Help You Learn Anything Fast

We've been studying all wrong.<p>In his book <i>Fluent Forever</i>, opera singer Gabriel Wyner suggests that one of the best ways to learn a new language is to …

This man's potentially huge medical breakthrough can't get funding, so he's trying something desperate

Killing Sickness/Skye Gould for Tech Insider<p>Four years ago, Todd Rider was on top of the world. The MIT-trained bioengineer had developed a radical …

Medicine