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The Multiverse For Non-Scientists

When you think about the Universe, most people think about the vastest depths of space, to the limits of what humanity has ever observed, and of everything that ever was or will be. But even with as vast as the Universe is:<p>containing hundreds of billions of galaxies,<br>• each with billions or even …

A neurosurgeon calls this basic fact about the brain 'too strange to understand'

In his new book, "Do No Harm," Marsh vividly describes a brain surgery in which he's looking for a tumor that needs to be excised. "The idea that my [tool] is moving through thought itself, through emotion and reason, <b>that memories, dreams and reflections should consist of jelly, is simply too</b> …

Consciousness

Injectable electronic brain nets could give us a window into the mind

Shooting up with a syringe full of electronics is no longer an off-brand cyberpunk fantasy — in fact, it could be a valuable scientific procedure. In this week's issue of <i>Nature Nanotechnology</i>, a Harvard research group is showing off a thin mesh that could track brain activity with less invasive …

The Brain

There's New Evidence for an Alternate Theory of the Origin of Life

How the building blocks of life helped build each other.<p>Four billion years ago, primordial Earth was a hellish wasteland, and life as we know it didn't exist. But scattered across a radiation soaked, asteroid-pummeled planet, steaming cauldrons of cosmic chemicals were busy cooking up life's …

Game-Changing Discovery Links the Brain and the Immune System

Reprinted with permission from Science is Beautiful © 2014 by Batsford, an imprint of Pavilion Books Company Limited<p>Reprinted with permission from …

Immune System

Statins could halve risk of dying from cancer, says major study

Heart attack drugs significantly increased chances of survival from common cancers such as bone, breast, bowel and ovarian, researchers found<p>Statins, the cheap drugs taken by millions to protect against heart attacks, may help cut the death toll from cancer, according to two American studies.<p>The …

Mystery of our 145 ‘alien’ genes: Scientists discover some DNA is NOT from our ancestors – and say it could change how we think about evolution

Humans contain ‘alien’ genes not passed on from our ancestors, researchers have discovered.<p>The say we acquired essential ‘foreign’ genes from …

UCLA Medical School's 'Guest Artist' Is Helping To Teach Doctors About Disease

Ted Meyer, Scarred for Life: Meyer uses block-print ink to transform human scars into vibrant colorful abstractions in his "Scarred for Life" series, inviting others to share the physical remnants of their survival stories.<p>Ted Meyer is the guest artist at the David Geffen School of Medicine at …

Medicine

Amputees control bionic legs with their thoughts

Amputees can control their bionic prosthetic limbs with their minds, thanks to tiny implanted myoelectric sensors (IMES) developed by Icelandic orthopedics company Ossur and surgically placed in a patient’s residual muscle tissue.<p>Ossur implanted tiny sensors in the residual muscle tissue of two …

Muscle

Low glucose ‘delivery’ may intensify Alzheimer’s

A deficiency in the protein that moves glucose across the brain’s protective blood-brain barrier appears to intensify the neurodegenerative effects …

How To Make A Laser-Sighted Blowgun For Only $3

Broken window repairs not included<p>Blowguns are profoundly simple weapons. A tube for darts, powered by the shooter's lungs, is enough to guide silent projectiles swiftly through the air, embedding a narrow point in wood, concrete or whatever else is on the receiving end.<p>In February 1939, <i>Popular</i> …

San Mateo County

New map of human genetics contains clues for Alzheimer's and cancer

Getting a handle on the epigenome<p>Alzheimer's disease may involve the immune system, and researchers might have figured out how to pinpoint the origin of a cancer that has spread prior to diagnosis. These are just some of the findings reported today in a series of studies published in the <i>Nature</i> …

Genetics

Star

Lea Thompson Says Marvel Has a "Slight Appetite" For 'Howard the Duck' Reboot<p>Howard the Duck 6 hours ago<p>Howard the Duck<p>Did Flashpoint Batman Just …

Could an injection stop brain damage in minutes?

Recent tests show that injectable nanoparticles can quickly neutralize a process that occurs after traumatic injuries, such as a stroke.<p>When such …

What not to wear: Do doctors need a dress code?

Most patients want to see their doctor dressed in a white lab coat or a suit. But fancy threads take a back seat to scrubs when it comes to emergency …

Birth Control Pill Risks May Now Include Brain Cancer

Taking any drug is a matter of weighing the benefits and risks, and when it comes to birth control, women may now have one more factor to …

Brain scans could better predict your future

<b>(CNN) —</b> Forget horoscopes or fortune tellers. There's a new way to tell your future, and it involves a much more reliable medium: human neuroscience.<p>A new study looks at over 70 scientific publications about brain scans such as functional magnetic resonance imaging or electroencephalography, …

Research

All about the cannabinoids

Much has been made recently about a specific variety of cannabis known as Charlottes Web. There was a young epileptic girl in Colorado named …

New pulsed-magnetic method uses nanorods to deliver drugs deeply in the body | Kurzweil

A new treatment technique applies quick magnetic pulses to ferromagnetic nanorods to delivery therapies to exact locations in the body in real time …

Family Medicine

Both primary care and specialty care physicians reported that their compensation increased slightly in 2013. Primary care physicians reported $232,989 in median compensation, and specialists reported $402,233 in median compensation, as reported by MGMA (Medical Group Management Association). How …

Human Brain Cells Implanted To Create Intelligent Supermouse

<b>Eric Hopton for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online</b><p><i>“Are you a man or a mouse?” In the future, the answer may not be quite so easy.</i><p>Scientists from the …

Sleep Deprivation Is Killing You and Your Career

The next time you tell yourself that you’ll sleep when you’re dead, realize that you’re making a decision that can make that day come much sooner. Pushing late into the night is a health and productivity killer.<p>According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, the …

Scientists create lab-grown spinal cords

Photograph: RIKEN CDB<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/11/26/1417001524832/97ca2784-409e-4ef2-a284-5e7bd4a3cc0f-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: RIKEN …

Twins with rare genetic disorder could hold clue to cure for Ebola

Chris Hempel has spent the last eight years fighting for the lives of her twin girls. Her 10-year-old daughters, Addi and Cassi, both have …

HIV discovery offers new lead in finding cure

French scientists have reported finding a genetic mechanism by which they believe two men were spontaneously cured of HIV, a breakthrough that could lead to a new approach in the fight against AIDS.<p>Scientists at Institute of Health and Medical Research in Paris tested 1,700 people diagnosed as …

You Know the ‘You’re Not Alone’ Feeling? Scientists Found Out What’s Happening in the Brain

You know the feeling. It’s the one where the hairs on your arm stand up and when you’re sure you can feel someone watching you but turn around and find no one there — at least no one you can see.<p>Is something otherworldly causing this sensation or is something biological happening?<p>While there might …

Google Genomics can store your entire genome online for a mere $25 a year

Google's been working on its latest project for about a year and a half ago: it's service that will store entire copies of genome. This isn't something Google Drive can cope with - decoding DNA involves a lot of data. According to <i>Technology Review</i>, in raw data, one person's genome weighs in at …

10 Ideas That Are About To Revolutionize Medicine

No, we're not talking about robot surgeons, implantable memory-augmentation devices, or doctors wearing Google Glass. The game-changing innovations on this list are more than distant dreams or inventions no one really knows what to with yet. Most should be available as early as 2015.<p>Every year, the …

Medicine