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The next frontier in 3-D printing: Human organs

The emerging process of 3-D printing, which uses computer-created digital models to create real-world objects, has produced everything from toys to jewelry to food.<p>Soon, however, 3-D printers may be spitting out something far more complex, and controversial: human organs.<p>For years now, medical …

Lab-made muscle repairs itself in supermouse

Duke University researchers create living skeletal muscle that looks and acts very much like the real thing -- even down to repairing itself. Then they attack it.<p>I get to write about a lot of cool scientific breakthroughs here at Crave, but rarely do I get to report on a story from the cutting edge …

These genetically modified mosquitos have been launched on a mission to end dengue fever

One thing South America doesn’t need is more mosquitos. Or does it?<p>The Global Post reveals how scientists in Brazil have deliberately released millions of genetically modified insects in an effort to disrupt mosquito breeding cycles. The whole goal is to stop the spread of dangerous dengue fever — …

'Promiscuous' Molecules Are Duping Druggists

Researchers have too many PAINS in their assays<p>When researchers are looking to treat a disease, a common method is to find a protein associated with the ailment and find a way to render it useless. Often, scientists will swamp the protein in thousands of chemicals and see what sticks--literally. …

Belief in alien life varies widely by religion - Futurity

A new book by astronomer David Weintraub takes a closer look at what the world's major religions have to say about extraterrestrial life.

Discovery of new molecule suggests origins of life may reside in interstellar space

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) group of radio telescopes have discovered a carbon-based molecule with a …

This 3-D Printed Bioplastic Windpipe Saved A Baby's Life

The infant's 3-D printed trachea will fully absorb into his body in two to three years.<p>We've seen plenty of 3-D printed medical implants for patients that require replacement tissues, but this use of 3-D printed biopolymer to augment and correct an existing tissue highlights just how amazing the …

Cloned Human Embryo Study Comes Under Fire

An anonymous commenter has pointed out four different problems in last week's breakthrough paper.<p>A week ago, scientists from Oregon Health and Science University and the Oregon National Primate Research Center announced that they had successfully used human skin cells to clone embryonic stem cells. …

Number Of Published Cancer Studies That Can't Be Reproduced Is Shockingly High

Half of cancer scientists have failed to reproduce the findings of other researchers, according to an anonymous survey.<p>In an anonymous survey taken by scientists at a prestigious cancer center, more than half of the respondents said they'd failed to reproduce published scientific findings at least …

Got A Wound? Science Says Rub Some Dirt In It

Antibacterial clays can kill antibiotic-resistant E. coli and MRSA, researchers found.<p>The colloquial medical advice "rub some dirt in it" appears to have some merit. Researchers at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute have been experimenting with different clays, and it appears in …

FYI: Do Parasites Get Parasites?

Parasites of parasites—sometimes called hyperparasites—seem to be quite common. In fact, parasites of parasites are themselves prone to parasites, leading to what might appear to be an endless progression of interspecies abuse.<p>Studies in the lab and field have identified some of these elaborate, …

This Bacterium Can Do Division, Compute Logarithms And Take Square Roots

MIT researchers engineered bacterial cells to function as living calculators.<p>A group of engineers from MIT have created analog calculators out of living cells, according to a paper published online in <i>Nature</i> yesterday. By tweaking the genes of bacterial cells, the researchers were able to create …

Scientists Create First Cloned Human Embryo

The process that created Dolly the sheep in 1996 has now been proven successful in humans.<p>Human cloning has arrived. For the first time, scientists have made an embryonic clone of a person, using DNA from that person's skin cells. In the future, such a clone could be a source of stem cells, for …

Rats Show Regret After Wrong Choices, Scientists Say

Researchers studied brain areas involved in decision making, evaluating outcomes.<p>Could've, should've, would've. Everyone has made the wrong choice at some point in life and suffered regret because of it. Now a new study shows we're not alone in our reaction to incorrect decisions. Rats too can feel …

The Brain

What you need to know about 3D-printed organs

Sure, 3D printers that can spit out chocolates, create shoes, handcraft cars and help astronauts sound fun and magical, but a lot of scientists are working to make models that aren't just fun. They're developing 3D printers that can also save and change lives by printing out functional human …

X doesn't mark the spot: real shape of chromosomes revealed

Time to revise the high school biology textbooks: contrary to their typical portrayal as being precisely X-shaped, chromosomes are in fact much more complex — and much messier looking. That's the finding of a new project that relied on DNA sequencing to produce accurate 3D images of chromosomes.<p>A …

Part two: A virologist's tale of Africa's first encounter with Ebola

<i>Peter Piot, currently director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, has become one of the world’s most respected epidemiologists</i> …

The 10 Commandments of Small Space Living

Is your small space starting to get a bit cramped, a little claustrophobic? Maybe you're downgrading to a more petite pad and you're feeling a little …

Small Spaces

Organizing Hacks! 22 New Ways to Store Beauty Products

Even a small amount of makeup can make your bathroom or vanity look messy and cluttered. Here are 22 unconventional ways to organize your beauty products using things you probably already own. Who knew a mini loaf pan could be so useful?<p><b>1. Use a spice rack as a shelf for your perfume bottles.</b><p><b>2.</b> …