Valerio Bianchi

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Replace Your Eyeballs With Synthetic Ones

Vision would no longer have to be #nofilter<p>Our eyes are such elegant, complex, specialized organs that their existence seems almost hard to believe--Darwin himself called their evolution “absurd.” But that doesn’t mean they’re perfect; eyes sometimes don’t focus correctly, they break down over …

How International Guidelines For Lab Mice May Interfere With Cancer Research

A new study examines the effects of standard lab temperatures on mice used in cancer studies.<p>Given the choice, a mouse wouldn't keep his house at what's considered "room temperature" for people. Mice are smaller. They lose heat faster. They generally like hanging out in places that are about 30 …

More Than 800,000 Scientific Papers In One Beautiful Infographic

Check out some of the most important research in any field at a glance<p>ArXiv is an online archive that stores hundreds of thousands of scientific papers in physics, mathematics, and other fields. The citations in those papers link to one another, forming a web, but you're not going to see those …

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 …

All Europeans are related if you go back just 1,000 years, scientists say

A genetic survey concludes that all Europeans living today are related to the same set of ancestors who lived 1,000 years ago. And you wouldn't have to go back much further to find that everyone in the world is related to each other.<p>"We find it remarkable because it's counterintuitive to us," …