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Vegetative-state patient responds to therapy

<b>A man in France has regained some degree of consciousness after being in a vegetative state for 15 years.</b><p>Doctors treated the 35-year-old, injured in a car accident, with an experimental therapy that involved implanting a nerve stimulator into his chest.<p>Within a month, he could respond to simple …

Researchers unite in quest for ‘standard model’ of the brain

Modelled on big physics projects, the International Brain Lab will bring together some of the world’s pre-eminent neuroscientists to probe a single …

See a Biologist Brave Eel Shocks in the Name of Science

Who wins when an electric eel goes up against a human's arm in the lab? The answer: Science.<p>Most people would do everything possible to avoid getting zapped by an electric eel. But lately, Kenneth Catania, a biologist at Vanderbilt University, has been willingly tempting one of these creatures to …

Biology

Game of Thrones to shoot multiple endings of final season to stop story leaks

<b>Multiple endings will be filmed for the final episode of Game of Thrones to stop the storyline leaking.</b><p>HBO's President of Programming Casey Bloys says even the stars of the show won't know how it ends.<p>"I know in Game of Thrones, the ending, they're going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody …

23andMe Is Digging Through Your Data for a Parkinson's Cure

In 2006, when personal genomics company 23andMe launched from its offices in California, it charged $1,000 for a home spit kit, and its top …

Genetics

Game of TOR — The Target of Rapamycin Rules Four Kingdoms

The 2017 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, announced September 6, recognizes Michael N. Hall of the University of Basel for his discovery …

This miracle weed killer was supposed to save farms. Instead, it’s devastating them.

BLYTHEVILLE, ARK. — Clay Mayes slams on the brakes of his Chevy Silverado and jumps out with the engine running, yelling at a dogwood by the side of the dirt road as if it had said something insulting.<p>Its leaves curl downward and in on themselves like tiny, broken umbrellas. It’s the telltale mark …

Agriculture

Firing of Neurons Changes the Cells that Insulate Them, Says Study

<b>San Francisco, CA (Scicasts)</b> — Through their pattern of firing, neurons influence the behaviour of the cells that upon maturation will provide …

‘20 seconds of burning’: Friends partly blinded after watching solar eclipse warn of dangers

It was a clear day when Louis Tomososki's science teacher mentioned that a partial solar eclipse would be visible from their hometown of Portland, Ore., that afternoon.<p>So after classes let out, Tomososki, then 16, found Roger Duvall, his friend since the fourth grade and a fellow science buff. The …

Solar Eclipse

Does the world need polymaths?

<b>Two hundred years ago, it was still possible for one person to be a leader in several different fields of inquiry. Today that is no longer the case. So is there a role in today's world for the polymath - someone who knows a lot about a lot of things?</b><p>"The winner of the 1964 Nobel Prize winner in …

China launches brain-imaging factory

Hub aims to make industrial-scale high-resolution brain mapping a standard tool for neuroscience<p>Neuroscientists who painstakingly map the twists and …

Cancer-fighting T cells are smarter, stronger than experts thought

Scientists studying the body's cancer-fighting T cells have a serious problem: When they culture them in the lab, the T cells sit around at …

NAD Deficiency, Congenital Malformations, and Niacin Supplementation

Major congenital malformations occur in at least 2% of human births. There are relatively few identified causes. The origins of most malformations …

Analysis of Plasma Epstein–Barr Virus DNA to Screen for Nasopharyngeal Cancer

Analysis of circulating DNA derived from cancer cells, which is frequently known as a "liquid biopsy," is being evaluated as a tool in the care of …

'Sea bug' creatures behind bloody attack on Melbourne teen's legs identified as amphipods

The creatures behind an alarming incident in Brighton over the weekend have been identified as amphipods, and they usually don't go around attacking …

The 5 Smartest Companies Analyzing Your DNA - MIT Technology Review

As gene sequencing technology gets faster and cheaper, companies are finding more ways to commercialize DNA, from offering disease-specific genetic …

Omega Ophthalmics is an eye implant platform with the power of continuous AR

Google and other tech companies have come up with glasses and contact lenses for the purposes of AR, but Omega Ophthalmics is taking a much more invasive approach by using surgically implanted lenses to create a space for augmented reality inside the eye.<p>It sounds wild, but lens implants aren’t a …

The American Scientists Stepping Up to Run for Office

<i>This story originally appeared on Mother Jones and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>There’s something different about the crop of Democrats …

Affordable Care Act

University says prominent Japanese cell biologist committed misconduct

University of Tokyo investigated anonymous allegations of manipulated images in papers by Yoshinori Watanabe.<p>An investigation at the University of …

Cybersecurity for the travelling scientist

Virtual private networks, tracking apps and 'burner' laptops: how to protect sensitive data when you take your research on the road.<p>Mark Gerstein has …

Your kitchen sponge harbors zillions of microbes. Cleaning it could make things worse

That sponge in your kitchen sink harbors zillions of microbes, including close relatives of the bacteria that cause pneumonia and meningitis, …

Editing human embryos with CRISPR is moving ahead – now’s the | Cosmos

The announcement by researchers in Portland, Oregon that they’ve successfully modified the genetic material of a human embryo took some people by …

DNA testing startup Helix just launched its app store for genetics

DNA testing startup Helix has launched an “app store” for your genetic code with a number of partners offering tests on its new platform.<p>The company …

'Mind-blowing' cows hold clue to beating HIV

<b>Cows have shown an "insane" and "mind-blowing" ability to tackle HIV which will help develop a vaccine, say US researchers.</b><p>In a first for immunisation, the animals rapidly produced special types of antibody that can neutralise HIV.<p>It is thought cows evolved a supreme immune defence due to their …

Why do dogs love us? Geneticists hunt for DNA clues

Who's the good boy gene? Who's the good boy gene?<p>In an effort to explain how dogs evolved into the brazen, adorable mooches we know and love, scientists have identified a few genetic mutations that may be behind their friendly personalities. The new research is part of a broader push to understand …

Algorithm spots abnormal heart rhythms with doctor-like accuracy

While not all arrhythmias are fatal or even dangerous, it's still a cause for concern. Some, after all, could cause heart failure and cardiac arrest, and a lot of people with abnormal heart rhythms don't even show symptoms. A team of researchers from Stanford University might have found a way to …

How science got women wrong

<b>Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong.</b> By Angela Saini. <i>Beacon Press; 280 pages; $25.95. Fourth Estate; £12.99.</i><p>FOR much of history women were treated …

Qatar blockade hits helium supply

Researchers braced for shortages as Gulf state forced to close its refineries.<p>Scientists fear they may be forced to halt experiments or shut down …

Our obsession with eminence warps research

Many decisions about whose work is recognized are at least partially arbitrary, and we should acknowledge that, argues Simine Vazire.<p>We can quantify …

Biology of single cells shines a light on collaboration

New tools for exploring the individual characteristics of cells are attracting researchers from other disciplines.<p>The street-light effect is often …