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Swinburne uses tiny 'BioSphere' beads to grow stem cells for 3D bio-printed cartilage repair

Apr 20, 2018 | By David<p>Researchers at Australia’s <b>Swinburne University</b> will soon be taking advantage of the possibilities of 3D bio-printing with a …

3D Printing

Pope comforts boy scared that his dead dad isn’t in heaven because he was atheist

<b>The Pope has comforted a grieving boy who was worried his father didn’t go to heaven because he was an atheist.</b><p>The boy, called Emanuele, broke down …

Faith

What is the Commonwealth if not the British Empire 2.0?

Congratulations must go this week to Prince Charles, who has overcome some really tough competition to win Britain’s backing as the best candidate for the role of new head of the Commonwealth. It’s a surprising outcome for such a wide-open recruitment process. I hope other applicants feel assured …

United Kingdom

Widespread changes in transcriptome profile of human mesenchymal stem cells induced by two-dimensional nanosilicates

• Butler SZ, et al.<p>(2013) Progress, challenges, and opportunities in two-dimensional materials beyond graphene.ACS Nano 7:2898–2926.<p>Chen Y,<br>• Tan C,<br>• Zhang …

How Do You Know If A Headache Is Serious? This Is What To Look For

There are headaches and, as any migraine sufferer will tell you, there are <i>headaches.</i> But headaches seem so common that, even if they're painful, most …

Neurology

One machine to rule them all: A ‘Master Algorithm’ may emerge sooner than you think

It’s excusable if you didn’t notice it when a scientist named Daniel J. Buehrer, a retired professor from the National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan, published a white paper earlier this month proposing a new class of math that could lead to the birth of machine consciousness. Keeping up with …

Artificial Intelligence

Yoga for people with back pain

Whenever my lower back gets tight (which happens more often than not after being glued to my work chair for hours on end), I sit on the floor and …

Yoga

Goldman Sachs report: "Is curing patients a sustainable business model?"

In Goldman Sachs's April 10 report, "The Genome Revolution," its analysts ponder the rise of biotech companies who believe they will develop …

Biotechnology

This Cancer 'Vaccine' Cured Tumours in Mice, And Human Trials Have Now Started

Yes!<p>An injectable "vaccine" delivered directly to tumours in mice has been found to eliminate all traces of those tumours, cancer researchers have …

Immune System

If You Thought Quantum Mechanics Was Weird, Check Out Entangled Time

Where the future influences the past.<p>In the summer of 1935, the physicists Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger engaged in a rich, multifaceted and …

Quantum Mechanics

Google futurist and director of engineering: Basic income will spread worldwide by the 2030s

As it becomes apparent that artificial intelligence will replace ever-more jobs in the coming years, a growing number of politicians, nonprofits, and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have started thinking about how we'll cope with a world in which not everyone can — or needs to — work.<p>Basic income …

Singularity

A Dutch 'boy genius' said he could get the ocean to clean itself. Turns out, he's right.

<b>In 2012 — when he was just 18 — Dutch inventor and entrepreneur Boyan Slat gave his first TEDx Talk about cleaning up the ocean .</b><p>In his talk, he laid …

Pollution

A Spooky Quantum Experiment Creates What May Be the Most Entangled Controllable Device Yet

If you’ve read anything about quantum computers, you may have encountered the statement, “It’s like computing with zero and one at the same time.” …

Quantum Mechanics

Extra glass of wine a day 'will shorten your life by 30 minutes'

Drinking is as harmful as smoking, and more than five drinks a week lowers life expectancy, say researchers<p>Drinking will shorten your life, according to a study that suggests every glass of wine or pint of beer over the daily recommended limit will cut half an hour from the expected lifespan of a …

Biomedicine

China has started ranking citizens with a creepy 'social credit' system — here's what you can do wrong, and the embarrassing, demeaning ways they can punish you

The Chinese state is setting up a vast ranking system system that will monitor the behaviour of its enormous population, and rank them all based on their "social credit."<p>The "social credit system," first announced in 2014, aims to reinforce the idea that "keeping trust is glorious and breaking …

Internet

Supplemental Multivitamin Nutrients You Should Be Concerned About

If you are one of the 50 percent of Americans that take one or more supplements regularly, then you should be aware that certain ingredients in …

How to ghost your internet provider with a secret IP address

Two new projects just launched that could hinder internet-service providers’ ability to eavesdrop on their customers, helping internet users protect …

Information Security

A Sports Scientist Says We've Been Planking Wrong This Entire Time—Here's Why

No matter where you're doing them—TRX class, yoga, Pilates, or on your own—planks are hard. They should be, considering they engage major muscle …

Exercise

A Personal Trainer Reveals the Biggest Myths About Losing Body Fat

When it comes to losing weight and shedding body fat, it's easy to get confused by all the information we're bombarded with on the internet every day. Scrolling through social media, reading blog posts, and hearing about the latest health crazes all give you mixed messages about how to actually …

Fitness

Use the Pilates Wall Roll Down for Correcting Your Posture

Wall roll down is a simple way to practice using your abs to achieve the articulated curve of the spine that we use so much in Pilates. It stretches …

Yoga

We Just Found a Game-Changing Weapon Against Drug-Resistant Superbugs

A whole new class of antibiotics.<p>Scientists have identified a new class of antibiotic that could help us fight the scourge of deadly superbugs, …

Microbiology

If a Nuclear Bomb Explodes Nearby, Here's What You Should Do

Whatever you do, don't get into a car.<p>The first thing you'd see if a nuclear bomb exploded nearby is a flood of light so bright, you may think the …

Particles

Scientists Who Said CRISPR Is Dangerous Can't Even Replicate Their Own Results

We're not surprised (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻<p>An alarming study that claimed the gene-editing technique CRISPR could produce hundreds of unexpected mutations in …

Genetics

For Many Strokes, There’s an Effective Treatment. Why Aren’t Some Doctors Offering It?

It was one of those findings that would change medicine, Dr. Christopher Lewandowski thought.<p>For years, doctors had tried — and failed — to find a treatment that would preserve the brains of stroke patients. The task was beginning to seem hopeless: Once a clot blocked a blood vessel supplying the …

Medicine

Holding plank for a long time is pointless, fitness professor claims

Holding plank for ever-increasing periods of time has become a staple of many gym classes. Fitness experts claim that staying at the top of a push-up builds core, strengthens back muscles, tones the arms and teaches endurance.<p>But one sports scientist suggests that holding the position for any …

Pain

Most treatment for lower back pain harmful and unnecessary, finds study

Current treatments including opioids, injections and surgery to treat lower back pain – the leading cause of disability globally – are useless, …

Pain

Back pain is being 'mismanaged' with ineffective and harmful treatments, experts warn

A team of international health experts has accused the medical fraternity of "mismanaging" back pain and providing "ineffective and harmful" …

Monash University

Coffee Fights Disease and Extends Your Life, Especially If You Drink It This Way

Coffee is the ultimate super-food, especially if you know the right way to drink it.<p>As I explained last month, a meta-analysis of 127 studies revealed that drinking two to four 8 ounce cups of coffee each day results in enormous health benefits. The consensus of these studies is that coffee:<p>Reduces …

Coffee

Bad news: Omega 3s don't confer any significant health benefits; good news: They're mostly harmless

40+ years ago a pair of Danish scientists acquired the mistaken belief that Greenlanders had a very low incidence of heart disease (turned out that …

Holistic Medicine

Antihistamines linked to fertility problems in men

Animal studies suggest the anti-allergy drugs may affect the production of male sexual hormones<p>Common allergy drugs have been linked to fertility problems in men.<p>Antihistamines are often used to relieve symptoms of allergies such as hay fever, hives, conjunctivitis and reactions to insect bites or …

Biomedicine