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Mechanobiology: Enzyme micropump autonomously delivers insulin in response to glucose levels

(Phys.org) —For next-generation smart devices, autonomy is key. These devices will be able to power themselves, independently respond to stimuli, and …

Foldscope, A Folding Printable Microscope Created Using Paper That Costs 50 Cents to Make

Stanford University assistant professor and bioengineer Manu Prakash has created a microscope out of what is basically layered cardstock and a …

The Tastiest Breakfast Ever

This morning meal from best-selling author Mark Bittman tastes like apple pie, but it's a whole lot healthier<p>You don't have to swear off meat to boost your health. In his latest cookbook, Mark Bittman explains how eating a plant-based diet—just until dinnertime—can help you shed pounds and feel …

The pill that might give you perfect pitch by altering your brain

Takao Hensch, professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard University, believes that absolute pitch — the ability to identify or sing a specific note without any reference points — is a learned ability, normally only acquirable by humans in a "critical period" early in our lives. In the …

The 5 Rules Of Better, Deeper Sleep

<i>By Nicole Catanese</i><p>You may think your sleep routine is as simple as PJs on, lights out, but really, most of us are not sleeping correctly. And what's worse, letting proper sleep habits fall by the wayside is one of the easiest ways to put your health at risk. It's time for a re-education: Follow …

Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.<p>During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a …

For $10, Convert Your Smartphone into a Microscope with Photo and Video Capabilities

[Update – 10:43AM 10/29/13] We actually built one of these $10 microscope stands. Take a look at the photos we took using it to see how well it works.<p>…

Amazing

Will we ever bring the dead back to life?

Understanding the processes governing death is helping experts try to halt and reverse it. It’s also challenging our ideas about the nature of death itself.<p>Zach Conrad died on a lovely Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. It was 3 June 2012, and the 36-year-old financial analyst had decided to take a …

Medicine

RNA's Secret Life Outside the Cell

For decades, researchers have been finding DNA and its sister, RNA, circulating in the body, outside the safe interior of cells where these molecules …

Circuit Scribe: Instantly Draw Functional Electrical Circuits on a Piece of Paper | Colossal

<p>The folks over at Urbana-based Electroninks Incorporated just launched a Kickstarter project for a new kind of pen that draws fuctional electronic …

21 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2013

If only Isaac Asimov could see us now. There's an old saying that science fiction is really just predicting — or helping prevent — the future.

Children could have DNA tested at birth

Jeremy Hunt wants Britain to become the first country in the world to routinely test children's entire DNA at birth to identify diseases<p>Every child in Britain could have their DNA decoded at birth by the NHS to predict their risk of disease, the Health Secretary has predicted.<p>Jeremy Hunt, the …

Genetics

25 Books That Changed The Course Of History

But what about the lives of an entire generation? Can a book change the future?<p>Miriam Tuliao, assistant director of central collection development at the New York Public Library, helped us come up with a list of 25 books that changed the course of history.<p>From the Torah to Orwell's "1984," these 25 …

Books

Artist Turns Kids’ Drawings Into Real-Life Plush Toys (30 Pics)

Tsao began in 2007 by creating a plush version of a self-portrait that her 4-year-old son kept drawing. After seeing how excited he got at …

Drawing

The secret life of the laboratory: PCR at 30

A new art exhibition on the Polymerase Chain Reaction shows how an anniversary can help us think about how science is done<p>A recently opened art show celebrates a vital yet little-known scientific anniversary. Chain Reaction, at the Sidney Cooper Gallery in Canterbury, marks 30 years of the …

Science

MIT has built a dark-matter hunter out of a modified particle accelerator

Dark matter is estimated to make up a vast majority of the universe's mass, yet no one has ever definitively detected it before. Now researchers from MIT are working to modify a particle accelerator to allow it to test select theories on what dark matter could actually be like. The work, described …

Thermal Wristband Keeps Your Body At The Perfect Temperature

Wristify delivers hot or cool thermal pulses to keep the body comfortable.<p>A group of MIT engineering students wants you to get nice and comfy. They've created a thermoelectric bracelet designed to keep its wearer at the optimal thermal level for personal comfort.<p>Called Wristify, the prototype …

Strange tales from the immune system

Dan Davis's book, The Compatibility Gene, reveals unexpected influences on our lives of the human immune system<p>Dan Davis's The Compatibility Gene tells the story of the discovery of a central component of the immune system, one that affects not only our ability to fight off disease, but also the …

Drug erases brain tumor in mice - Futurity

A re-purposed, FDA-approved drug can stop and ultimately erase human brain tumor cells implanted in …

The Necessity of Silence in Our Lives

<i>Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. -- Jean Arp</i><p>Are we ready to say goodbye to silence? You would think not, but …

Meditation

Wannabe Astronaut Frog Photobombs NASA Rocket Launch

With one strange and fateful leap for frogkind, an amphibian that managed to photobomb a NASA rocket launch is now making the rounds online in a …

10 New And Unexpected Workouts

<i>By PureWow</i><p>There are only so many hours you can spend on a stationary bike before you're ready to swear off spin entirely. And don't even get us started on our park's monotonous running path. Sometimes you need a change of pace. Good news, we've got 10.<p>Check out these super-fun and totally …

How Personalized Will Medicine Get?

<i>Part 2 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Predicting The Future.<p><b>About Nina Tandon's TED Talk</b><p>Wouldn't you rather test to see if those cancer drugs you're going to take are going to work on your cancer?<p>Call it extremely personalized medicine. Tissue engineer Nina Tandon explains how in the future, we'll be …

Will Sequencing Your Genes Change The Way You Live — And Die?

<i>Part 3 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Predicting The Future.<p><b>About Richard Resnick's TED Talk</b><p>In this talk, Richard Resnick shows how cheap and fast genome sequencing is about to turn health care (even insurance, and politics) upside down.<p>Everybody...could live an extra five, ten, twenty years just …

Brain Surgery To Remove Amygdala Leads To Woman's 'Hyper Empathy'

By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer<p>Published: 09/13/2013 07:47 AM EDT on LiveScience<p>In a strange case, a woman developed "hyper empathy" after having a part of her brain called the amygdala removed in an effort to treat her severe epilepsy, according to a report of her case. Empathy is the ability to …

The Paralysis of Over-Analysis

<i>"If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done."</i> -- Bruce Lee<p>In the pursuit of self-help and spirituality, there's a danger of becoming too theoretical, a perpetual student of personal growth. This can be a trick of the ego to keep you the same while giving you the …

Heart attack technique 'could save lives'

<b>A new, relatively simple way of treating heart attacks could save thousands of lives, according to specialists at a Clydebank hospital.</b><p>It involves clearing all narrowed arteries when someone is admitted with a heart attack, rather than just the one which is completely blocked.<p>A trial, involving the …

Medicine

5 Surprising Ways To Get Great Skin

<b>From Mother Nature Network's Starre Vartan:</b><p>There's so much misinformation out there regarding skin care, not to mention plenty of old-wives' tales (some of which are actually right) and lots of well-intentioned bad advice. That's because skin care is tricky, and depends on your skin type. However, …

The 10 Elements of a Soulmate

As the American writer Richard Bach said, "A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are."<p>Ah, soulmates. The epitome of love and partnership. …