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Cellular Compound May Extend Lifespan Without Need For Strict Dieting

Every day, our cells manufacture small amounts of a molecule that, in higher doses, might be the key to leading a longer, healthier life. A team of researchers has found that this molecule boosts the lifespan of worms by more than 50%, raising the possibility that it will increase human …

Scientists design a collider that turns light into matter

Ever since the 1960s, when the food synthesiser made its appearance in <i>Star Trek</i>, the idea of a machine that could seemingly make something from nothing has been the kind of tech we dream about. But the actual technology may not be as implausible as previously thought.<p>In 1934, Gregory Breit and John …

Scientists discover how to turn light into matter after 80-year quest

Imperial physicists have discovered how to create matter from light - a feat thought impossible when the idea was first theorised 80 years ago.<p>In …

How sex chromosomes evolve

The human Y chromosome barely resembles what it once was some 200 million years ago. To understand how sex chromosomes change so dramatically over …

Blocking Pain Receptors Extends Lifespan, Mouse Study Suggests

Scientists have found a way to beat back the hands of time and fight the ravages of old age, at least in mice. A new study finds that mice bred without a specific pain sensor, or receptor, live longer and are less likely to develop diseases such as diabetes in old age. What’s more, exposure to a …

Trial Drug Reverses Alzheimer’s Disease in Mice

Another step towards the cure for Alzheimer’s happened at Saint Louis University, where researchers were able to reverse symptoms in mice. What does …

Strange Findings on Comb Jellies Uproot Animal Family Tree

Complete sequence of comb jelly genome reveals a separate course of evolution.<p>A close look at the nervous system of the gorgeously iridescent animal known as the comb jelly has led a team of scientists to propose a new evolutionary history: one for the comb jelly, and one for everybody else.<p>"It's a …

Bioengineer is working to make E. coli fight obesity, depression

Scientists have made great strides in cataloging the human microbiome, the collection of tiny organisms that live on and in our bodies. Now some researchers want to put those microbes to work.<p>At the forefront of this effort is Jeff Tabor, a synthetic biologist in the Department of Bioengineering …

What Happens When Mice Eat Nothing But Powdered Food

Possible hints of the consequences of a long-term Soylent diet<p>A new study has found that eating powdered food for weeks on end gave mice higher blood pressure, higher levels of glucose in the blood, and higher levels of certain hormones in the blood. That's compared to mice who ate the exact same …

The Life Cycle Of Ideas

How scientific concepts rise and fall<p>Every scientific idea has its day. Theories are born and experiments are designed; results are put to the test, then disproved or accepted as canon. As scientists discuss an idea, they cite the paper that proposed it in their own work. Then, as the conversation …

Smashing Physics | Life & Physics | Jon Butterworth

Brout & Englert; Higgs; Hagen, Guralnik & Kibble. All came up with the same great idea independently. This also happened to me and Stephen Marsden<p>Anyone who has been within a 10 metre radius of me recently, or follows me on social media, will be aware I have a book out this week. Roughly speaking …

Stanley Prusiner: 'A Nobel prize doesn't wipe the scepticism away'

A scientific truth triumphs not by convincing its opponents but because its opponents eventually die, said influential physicist Max Planck. For Nobel prize-winning neurologist Stanley Prusiner, the quotation is "so mean" that he doesn't like to use it. "But it is absolutely true," he says.<p>Prusiner …

Muscular dystrophy drug approval 'recommended' in EU

<b>A drug to treat a particular form of Duchenne muscular dystrophy has been given the green light by the European Medicines Agency and could be available in the UK in six months.</b><p>Translarna is only relevant to patients with a 'nonsense mutation', who make up 10-15% of those affected by Duchenne.<p>The …

This Explains Everything: 192 Thinkers on the Most Elegant Theory of How the World Works

Every year since 1998, intellectual impresario and <i>Edge</i> editor <b>John Brockman</b> has been posing a single grand question to some of our time’s greatest thinkers across a wide spectrum of disciplines, then collecting the answers in an annual anthology. Last year’s answers to the question <b>“What scientific</b> …