Beth Ann Reiser

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How It Works: A 3-D Printer For Liver Tissue

The first commercial 3-D bioprinter, Organovo's NovoGen MMX Bioprinter, is manufacturing functional liver tissues that will soon help biochemists test new drugs. Here’s a look at the printing process.<p><b>Step 1</b>: Engineers load one syringe with a bio-ink (A) made up of spheroids that each contain tens …

Experimental Tool Uses Light To Tweak The Living Brain

<b>Listen · 4:34</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>When President Obama announced his BRAIN Initiative in April, he promised to give scientists "the tools they need to get a dynamic picture of the brain in action."<p>An early version of one of those tools already exists, scientists say. It's a …

Babies remember melodies heard in womb, study suggests

Newborn babies can remember melodies played to them while they were in the womb, according to a study.<p>Scientists found that the brains of babies who heard a specific melody just before birth reacted more strongly to the tune immediately after they were born and at four months.<p>In the study involving …

The Ultimate Euro Festival Guide

Last night, a DJ saved your life. This morning, she (or he) is going to save your summer. While we can't do much about muddy wellies, soggy sleeping …

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Ladies, Let's Be Honest: Flats Are Overrated

When it comes to picking a sensible shoe, we all know to avoid high heels. Instead, we've come to love the ballet flat, singing its praises for its functionality, comfort and versatility.<p>But we think it's time to get real about something, something we bet many women are thinking every day: Ballet …

10 Reasons You're Breaking Out — And How To Stop It

Illustrated by Emily Kowzan.<p><i>We always imagined the secrets to perfect, glowing skin were kept tight in some Hollywood vault, accessible only to the</i> …

Sew Easy: Make This Twisted Turban Headband

Need a bold hair accessory to take your ‘do up a notch? This twisted turban headband requires minimal sewing and can be made from fabric scraps you already have lying around your home.<p>WHAT YOU’LL NEED<p>Read More<p>any fabric (for e.g. silky stripey fabric)<br>• scissors<br>• Sewing needle & thread<p><b>Ready to make?</b> …

Get Perfectly Undone J.Crew Hair at Home

The man behind the covetable hair releases a product line<p>Brent Lavett is one of the talents responsible for that perfectly undone J.Crew hair lusted after in the brand's photos and catalogue shoots. Those loose chignons and beach waves, which so perfectly work with a chambray oxford and a crystal …

What Are Genetically Recoded Organisms?

Researchers have developed a new kind of genetic engineering that may be safer, with the power to make never-before-seen types of protein.<p>On a genetic level, all of life on Earth speaks the same language. We've all got DNA and/or its close cousin, RNA. All of our genetic material is composed of the …

Antibiotics Can't Keep Up With 'Nightmare' Superbugs

We're used to relying on antibiotics to cure bacterial infections. But there are now strains of bacteria that are resistant to even the strongest antibiotics, and are causing deadly infections. According to the CDC, "more than 2 million people in the United States every year get infected with a …

Apple Unveils New iPads

Plus other stuff—but mostly iPads.<p>Today in Cupertino, Calif., Apple CEO Tim Cook and a few other bigwigs took the stage to announce some new stuff. What kind of stuff? New, slightly better iPads; a new, slightly better operating system; and a grab bag of other bite-size announcements. Here's what …

Alzheimer's plaque coats sleepless brains - Futurity

Seniors who don't sleep well are more likely to have beta-amyloid, a biomarker for Alzheimer's, coating their brains, say researchers from Johns …

Brain waves differ in teens with ADHD - Futurity

EEG tests show that the brain waves of teenagers with subtypes of ADHD differ from each other and from teens who do not have ADHD, a UC Davis study …

Millions of TB cases going undetected, says WHO

<i>Posted on behalf of Meera Senthilingam.</i><p>Around 3 million people who were infected with tuberculosis (TB) in 2012 were not picked up by global health …

Gene Machine

A pipe that copies DNA using the heat of a lightbulb.<p>Biology's equivalent of an office copier is a PCR machine. PCR, short for polymerase chain reaction, is now a staple in crime-scene forensics, heredity tests, and organism hijacking. It's a mind-boggling feat. Among billions of base pairs that …

Turn Your Smartphone Into A Digital Microscope

More like cell-fies! Ha ha, right? Right?<p>Do you have $10 and a few minutes and a burning need for a microscope? You do.<p><i>But why would I need a microscope?</i> you say.<p>You do! Examine plant cells, check out the sharpness of your knives, or just take some awesome photos. It's easy to make and looks rad …

Doctors assume patients want antibiotics - Futurity

Too often physicians prescribe unnecessary antibiotics based on the mistaken perception that patients want them, a new Cardiff University study finds.

Your brain would be less brainy without these proteins - Futurity

A USC study identifies proteins that allow neural stem and progenitors cells to differentiate into neurons and glia when the brain is forming.

Vitamin B2 Can Be Used To 3-D Print Medical Implants

The essential vitamin found in many foods could be used to create non-toxic scaffolds for custom medical implants.<p>Riboflavin, or vitamin B2, a vitamin commonly found in cottage cheese, green veggies and meat, could be used to 3-D print medical implants that are more compatible with the human body, …

The trickle-down case for designer babies

Our pick of the week from around the web, including the decline of Wikipedia, biology’s brave new world and an astronaut fact-checking the film Gravity.<p>Death in space<br>Olaf Stampf | Spiegel | 23 October 2013<br>An astronaut fact-checks the film "Gravity". Getting a puncture in your space-suit isn’t all …

A faster, cheaper way to predict stem cells' future - Futurity

University of Toronto researchers have developed a method that can rapidly screen human stem cells and better control what they will turn into.

Why Engineers Want To Put B Vitamins In 3-D Printers

Almost every day it seems there's a new use for 3-D printing.<p>In medicine, the printers are already making prosthetic hands, hearing aid cases and parts of human ears.<p>But the materials used in some 3-D printing processes could be toxic to humans, particularly if the products get inside the body. So …

Cells to Civilizations by Enrico Coen | book review

Is there a grand unifying theory that encompasses all life? For example, do genes share anything in common with modern human civilisations? Yes they do, if you believe British plant biologist Enrico Coen's argument that the diverse processes share something fundamental.<p>In his most recent book, …

Humans and rats adapt to errors the same way - Futurity

People and rats may think alike when they’ve made a mistake—and when they try to …

An Interactive Map Of The Brain

Time to play "name that cortex."<p>Can you point out the small squiggle of gray matter that makes up the brain's motor cortex? Or how about the eye fields, which control visual attention and eye movements? No? Take a look at this handy interactive infographic created by Open Colleges, an Australian …

Scientists Have Found A Way To Make Marijuana Un-Fun

An anti-dopamine drug could block the addictive rush associated with THC.<p>Researchers from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the University of Massachusetts Medical School have found a way to block the dopamine rush associated with THC, the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana, in order to …

What's Creepy, Crawly And A Champion Of Neuroscience?

Soon you'll be able to direct the path of a cockroach with a smartphone and the swipe of your finger.<p>Greg Gage and his colleagues at Backyard Brains have developed a device called the RoboRoach that lets you control the path of an insect.<p>It may make you squirm, but Gage says the device could …

Scientists discover DNA body clock

A US scientist has discovered an internal body clock based on DNA that measures the biological age of our tissues and organs.<p>The clock shows that while many healthy tissues age at the same rate as the body as a whole, some of them age much faster or slower. The age of diseased organs varied hugely, …

WHO agency: Air pollution causes cancer

LONDON — What many commuters choking on smog have long suspected has finally been scientifically validated: air pollution causes lung cancer.<p>The International Agency for Research on Cancer declared on Thursday that air pollution is a carcinogen, alongside known dangers such as asbestos, tobacco and …

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