David Hirschberg

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No, Octopuses Don't Come From Outer Space

Like Fox Mulder, I want to believe.<p>I want to believe the conclusions of a new paper that says octopuses are actually space aliens whose frozen eggs …

Biology

The Origin, History, Evolution & Future of the Universe

<b>SPECIAL REPORT:</b> Our universe is both ancient and vast, and expanding out farther and faster every day. This accelerating universe, the dark energy …

Universe

The Universe: Big Bang to Now in 10 Easy Steps

Photo Credit: Subaru/ P. Capak (SSC/Caltech)<p>Slide 1 of 22<p>Introduction<p>The broadly accepted theory for the origin and evolution of our universe is the …

Universe

He Was Dying. Antibiotics Weren’t Working. Then Doctors Tried a Forgotten Treatment.

Steffanie Strathdee hunched over her laptop, fretting. She barely noticed the kittens asleep next to her or the serene Buddha figure across the …

Microbiology

Largest ever microbiome study offers novel insights into gut bacteria and human health

The American Gut Project – a global, crowdsourced citizen science effort – has published the first results from one of the biggest gut microbiome …

Biology

This ocean path will take you on the longest straight-line journey on Earth

If you want to go on the longest boat ride in the world, but you don’t have a rudder, what route would you take? Five years ago, a reddit user …

Earth Science

Study of bat natural immunity to Marburg virus may shed light on human disease

Scientists examining the genome of Egyptian fruit bats, a natural reservoir for the deadly Marburg virus, have identified several immune-related …

Biology

Crispr’d Food, Coming Soon to a Supermarket Near You

For years now, the US Department of Agriculture has been flirting with the latest and greatest DNA manipulation technologies. Since 2016, it has …

Genetics

MIT’s New Invention Harvests Energy from Changes in Ambient Temperature

When two different materials have different temperatures, the temperature gradient causes the charge carriers to move from the hotter material to the …

OnePack, Most Functional Backpack for Everyday Life & Travel

As busy professionals, we often find ourselves with too many items to conveniently carry, especially during business trips of 2 or 3 days when a …

Star Trek-like Biosensors For Super Fast and Accurate Diagnostics

University Professor of Applied Physics Stephen Arnold and his team at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering have made a discovery …

Nanotech

These tiny robots could be disease-fighting machines inside the body

Nanobots could provide cancer treatment free from side effects.<p>Call it another case of science fiction becoming scientific fact. Researchers have long dreamed of developing tiny robots that could roam about inside our bodies, delivering drugs with unprecedented precision, and hunting down and …

Nanotech

Rubber ducks may be haven for nasty germs

<b>BERN, Switzerland —</b> Scientists have the dirt on the rubber ducky: Those cute yellow bath-time toys are — as some parents have long suspected — a …

Passive Detection of Atrial Fibrillation Using a Commercially Available Smartwatch

Key Points<p><b>Question</b> How well can smartwatch sensor data analyzed by a deep neural network identify atrial fibrillation?<p><b>Findings</b> In this cohort study …

'Feeling' Recreated in Amputees' Robotic Arms—Here's How

The discovery may help amputees feel more control over their artificial limbs.<p>When it comes to moving your limbs, you don’t need to see to believe. Intuitively, you know where your limbs are, as well as the positions they’re making.<p>This kind of awareness, called kinesthesia, is missing from …

Researchers track Chinese space station as it falls

A defunct Chinese space station, Tiangong-1, is expected to fall to Earth any day now—on March 31, give or take a few days. When it does, it will be …

Space Exploration

Genome Sequencing Adds 5 New Neanderthals to the Human Family Tree

Now there's more 'Neanderthal DNA that can be identified in present-day people.'<p>At-home DNA testing is supposed to give people insight into their …

Scientists figured out how to make an IPA without the hops

Beer wouldn’t be possible without the fabulous fungus that is yeast, which converts sugars into alcohol through fermentation. Scientists from the University of California-Berkeley have figured out how to make the microbe do double duty and add hoppy flavors to a lab-made pale ale that didn’t …

Contact lens with built-in telescope could help people with blinding disease

<b>(CNN) —</b> Lights, mirrors, action! Scientists are developing smart contact lenses embedded with miniscule mirrors that can magnify your vision by almost three times.<p>The 1.55mm-thick lenses incorporate a thin reflective telescope made of mirrors and filters; when light enters the eye it bounces off …

Macular Degeneration

Early Humans Mated With Neanderthal Relative Denisovans At Least 2 Times

A new study revealed that ancient humans mated with the Denisovans not just once. Denisovans are related to the more famous hominids species, the …

Scott Kelly: NASA Twins Study Confirms Astronaut's DNA Actually Changed in Space

Astronaut Scott Kelly’s DNA was altered by a year in space, results from NASA’s Twins Study have confirmed. Seven percent of his genes did not return …

Lassa fever: The killer disease with no vaccine

<b>Since the beginning of the year, Nigeria has been gripped by an outbreak of a deadly disease. Lassa fever is one of a number of illnesses which can cause dangerous epidemics, but for which no vaccine currently exists.</b><p>Lassa fever is not a new disease, but the current outbreak is unprecedented, …

Disease

Wearable tech aids stroke patients

<b>Scientists in the US are developing wearable sensors to speed up the recovery of stroke patients.</b><p>The sensors are able to send information to doctors continuously.<p>The team developing the system says it could allow therapists to more closely monitor the effectiveness of their care.<p>Details of the …

Wearable Tech

Massive space travel discovery stuns scientists

Researchers have developed a "happy suit" that could keep astronauts mentally and physically health on long space journeys.<p>Scientists are working on …

New CRISPR tools can detect infections like HPV, dengue, and Zika

Meet SHERLOCK and DETECTR<p>Scientists are harnessing the same technology behind the powerful gene-editing tool CRISPR to develop cheap devices that can quickly diagnose infections. These systems, described in new research, have the potential to revolutionize how we detect and respond to viruses like …

If Someone Tells You We Shouldn't Eat Genetically Modified Food, You Can Show Them This!

Next time you bite into a slice of watermelon or a cob of corn, consider this: These familiar fruits and veggies didn’t always look and taste this …

Why CRISPR-Edited Food May Be in Supermarkets Sooner Than You Think

In September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture gave the green light to a version of the plant <i>Camelina sativa,</i> an important oilseed crop that had …

CRISPR Isn't Just for Gene Editing Anymore

Five years ago, when researchers first discovered that bacterial immune systems could be hijacked to edit DNA in living creatures, it was big news. …

Skydio's R1 is a $2,500 selfie drone that flies itself

Using 13 cameras the autonomous flying camera will track your moves and dodge obstacles at high speeds.<p>Thirteen eyes, the brain of a self-driving car and a 4K-resolution camera to record your every move. And it flies.<p>No, it's not a creepy surveillance robot (though I'm sure it could be), but …

Drones

This Electronic Skin Can Help Amputees Sense Temperature And Pressure On Their Prosthetic Limbs

Close<p>With their muscles severed, people with limb amputation cannot sense the forces applied to their artificial limbs.<p>A malleable, self-healing, and …