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Human brain cells found to boost learning ability in mice

A recent study by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center has revealed new properties of human brain cells known as astrocytes, using them to boost learning ability in mice. Scientists injected the cells — previously seen as relatively unimportant helpers to more central neurons — …

DARPA wants to build low-cost robots that mimic your hand's finest movements

What started as a lofty goal is slowly moving closer to reality, as DARPA continues research on low-cost robotic hands capable of accomplishing everyday human tasks. In yet another show of progress, the agency has released a clip of a robot that can remove a car tire, though it hasn't yet mastered …

It's a gut reaction: how other people's bacteria can cure us – extract

This is a standard party invitation in most respects: there's a map of the neighbourhood, the address and time, and some friendly encouragement to …

How doctors printed my new face

A man has had a new face printed for him after he lost the entire left side of his face in surgery to remove a tumour.<p>When restaurant manager Eric Moger surprised his girlfriend by proposing over Christmas dinner, he could have no idea that less than a year later his life and appearance would be …

3D Printing

Messing with time

It's hardly surprising that I've become very aware of time and how we measure it since beginning work at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. What has …

How smell might be the next big thing in advertising

Smell-O-Vision may be coming to a billboard near you<p>A team of Japanese researchers has been working on developing a new system, the "smelling screen," that releases scents into the air with directional accuracy. Augmenting our audio-visual experiences with odor isn't a new idea — theaters …

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