Steven Baudoin

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How insects could feed the world

At first, my meal seems familiar, like countless other dishes I’ve eaten at Asian restaurants. A swirl of noodles slicked with oil and studded with shredded chicken, the aroma of ginger and garlic, a few wilting chives placed on the plate as a final flourish. And then, I notice the eyes. Dark, …

New drug makes brain cancer cells explode

Cells belonging to the most aggressive form of brain cancer are blown to smithereens<p>By screening over 1,000 different types of molecules, scientists have managed to identify a compound that can literally blow up tumor cells belonging to the most aggressive form of brain cancer — glioblastoma …

The Bugs In Your Stomach Define You As Much–If Not More–Than Your Genes

“The three pounds of microbes [we carry] may be more important for some health conditions than every gene in our genome,” Knight says. We share 99.9% …

Biology

Apocalypse NAO: Are Robots Threatening Your Immortal Soul?

Last week, a Christian college in Matthews, North Carolina unveiled something unprecedented: a humanoid robot whose sole mission is to explore the ethical and theological ramifications of robotics.<p>Expectations, however, should be managed. The bot in question isn’t a clattering machine assembled in …

Robotics

NASA plans a robotic mission to search for life on Europa

It looks like it's finally going to happen, an actual mission to Jupiter's icy moon Europa — one of the the solar system's best candidates for …

Born To Swim?

Try this to trigger one of the cutest reflexes around. Just blow into a baby’s face and watch him or her gulp air, close eyes, and stop whatever they’re doing. Parents have used this as a way to get their little ones to stop crying – but it’s also the path to swimming.<p>The response is what’s known …

Scuba Diving

Environment: News & features

A Second Baby May Have Been Cured Of HIV

The treatment that cured an infant of the virus last year may have put a second child into remission. The baby, doctors hope, may even be cured.<p>One of last year's biggest health stories came from the case of a Mississippi child apparently cured of HIV: treated with an anti-retroviral drug cocktail …

Genetically engineered white blood cells could be the future of HIV treatment

Scientists have successfully modified the white blood cells of 12 patients living with HIV, making their cells resistant to the retrovirus and improving the study participants' overall ability to fight off infection. The researchers achieved this result through a gene editing technique, described …

New Wearable Device Could Protect Against HIV and Pregnancy

This intravaginal ring will be the first of its kind to begin clinical trials.<p>If a sexually active woman wants to protect herself from unwanted pregnancy and HIV using a single method, she has always been limited to condoms. A new paper, released today in PLOS ONE details a first-of-its-kind device …

Northwestern University

Beautiful Science at the British Library – in pictures

A new exhibition at the British Library in London celebrates the ability of a gorgeous graphic to tell the story of data, revealing an important truth about our world. Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight – which runs from 20 February to 26 May – explores how scientific maps and …

First Study Of LSD's Psychotherapeutic Benefits In Four Decades Breaks Research Taboo

Today <i>The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease</i> published results from the first study of LSD’s therapeutic potential in humans to appear in more than four decades. The controlled, double-blind study, which was conducted in Switzerland under the direction of Swiss psychiatrist Peter Gasser, measured …

Why People Born in Winter Might Live Longer

An analysis of Swedes shows that those who gestated and were born during warmer times were more likely to die of cold-induced heart attacks.<p>Extreme cold kills more people than extreme heat, and it does so in a variety of ways.<p>You could freeze to death. You could be spending more time inside, …

Cosmos Reboot: Geek TV at Its Very Best

There can’t be many people left who doubt that Neil deGrasse Tyson is science’s greatest celebrity. His day job as director of New York’s spectacular …

Screws Made From Silk Could Be Used In Surgical Implants

Home-spun medicine<p>We've mentioned this before, but one of the coolest candidates for Material of the Future is silk. It's insanely tough, and in the human body, doesn't put the same strain on tissue that metal does. It can also harmlessly degrade in the body over time, which it makes it handy for …

Medical Technology

There Are 10 Times More Fish In The Sea Than We Thought

Good news for fish. And humans who like fish.<p>There are plenty of fish in the sea, as the saying goes. But how many? New research suggests that our previous estimates of fish abundance were off by a factor of at least 10. According to a study published in February in the journal <i>Nature …

Five-tonne dinosaur species discovered

Fossilised remains of what scientists believe was the largest terrestrial predator ever to have roamed Europe have been found in Portugal.<p>The dinosaur, a new species named <i>Torvosaurus gurneyi</i>, was up to 10m (33ft) long and weighed between four and five tonnes.<p>Its head measured 1.15m from front to …