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If You Transplant a Human Head, Where Do You Get the Body?

Two years ago, the controversial Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero made a brazen announcement: In December 2017, for the first time in history, he …

The Strange and Gruesome Story of the Greenland Shark, the Longest-Living Vertebrate on Earth

Greenland sharks are among nature’s least elegant inventions. Lumpish, with stunted pectoral fins that they use for ponderously slow swimming in cold and dark Arctic waters, they have blunt snouts and gaping mouths that give them an unfortunate, dull-witted appearance. Many live with worm-like …

Molecular nanosubmarines can target and kill specific cancer cells

In 2015, scientists from Rice University revealed they had created light-driven nanosubmarines. These tiny molecular machines were activated by …

3D-printed human muscles and tissues are now truly possible

Do you hear what I hear? Because what I hear is the whizzing sound of medical progress at the hands of some pretty incredible 3D-printing …

Needle-less system to draw blood patented by Google

Google has an active branch within the organization that works on a variety of life science issues, like the contact lenses that are being developed …

Startup to begin editing humans' DNA in 2017

We're not quite ready to alter human DNA on a massive scale, but there are means to edit genes in some parts of the body such as eyes to correct …

Biologists have found a gene that controls brain repair

When a person suffers a stroke, portions of their brain go through an acute lack of oxygen, and very quickly neurons begin to die. Called cerebral …

MIT develops WiFi with X-ray vision, can see a human through walls

Advancements in technology have eased my apprehension towards aging. Seriously, autonomous cars may be a boon for all members of society, but it will …

Harvard researchers create insect-sized robot that can both fly and swim

Sorry MIT, but you're not the only university in Massachusetts bringing sci-fi technology to reality. Recently, researchers from Harvard's …

First cancer-killing virus finally approved by FDA

Most accepted cancer treatments in modern medicine come with a lot of collateral damage. Cancer cells are simply more susceptible to radiation and …

We Could Finally Be Close To Wiping Out HIV From The Body

HIV has a nasty habit of lying dormant in certain populations of cells, invisible to the immune system and to any drugs we try and attack it with. …

There’s a Mystery Machine That Sculpts the Human Genome

Geneticists can’t see this machine, but they can see its works—and they say it might be the key to reshaping the genome.<p>Genomes are so regularly represented as strings of letters—As, Gs, Cs, and Ts—that it’s easy to forget that they aren’t just abstract collections of data. They exist in three …

Genetics

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Immune System

Stem cells from human skin turned into kidney tissue

Scientists in Australia succeed in growing 'organoids' comparable to early stage of a baby's kidneys that have collecting ducts and filtering units …

Future wearables could be sensors you ingest and implant, Jawbone CEO says

Jawbone CEO Hosain Rahman (right) chats with Recode's Kara Swisher about wearables. Shara Tibken/CNET<p>HALF MOON BAY, California -- The future of …

Researchers use AR to bring your coloring book to 3D

Coloring is cool. There, I said it! Whether you’re eight or eighty years old, there’s always a delightful zen that can be achieved when you take out some crayons and flex your creativity in a coloring book.<p>The folks at Disney Research have captured that zen and added a little extra whimsy to it — …

Jaw-dropping images give us a first glimpse of Mars' liquid water

For years, a team of NASA scientists had pondered over the enigmatic dark streaks lining the inner and outer faces of craters on the Martian surface, shown below.<p>But no longer.<p>NASA announced the answer to the conundrum Monday: The streaks are evidence of flowing water.<p>Most mysterious about these …

Engineers Create A Titanium Rib Cage Worthy Of Wolverine

At first glance, the metallic device almost looks like a high-tech bike pedal. Or maybe the latest cooking gadget for zesting lemons. Or, perhaps, it's a secret weapon for X-Men superhero Wolverine.<p>But look again.<p>Doctors in Spain say this is the world's first 3-D-printed rib cage, made entirely …

Newly discovered frog species looks exactly like Kermit

I've always found it fascinating when researchers discover entirely new species. Not only does it serve as a helpful reminder that there's still so …

Cebrennus rechenbergi: Cartwheeling Spider Discovered in Morocco | Biology | Sci

<b>A newly discovered species of spider, scientifically named Cebrennus rechenbergi, can flip like a gymnast.</b><p>The Moroccan flic-flac spider, <i>Cebrennus</i> …

Mice implanted with human brain cells become smarter

It turns out that a type of cell found in the human central nervous system that had previously been thought little more than a sort of "housekeeper" …

Lab-grown spinal cords

Researchers in Germany have grown complete spinal cords in a Petri dish.<p>Mo Costandi<p>As regenerative medicine and stem cell technologies continue to …

Man injects Bitcoin wallet NFC chips into his hands

Chalk this one up to sounding both a little crazy and a little brilliant. 10 days ago, a Dutch man had a NFC chip implanted into each of his hands to …

The Insane New Technology Harnessing The Ultimate Green Energy Source: The Human Body

Forget about your smartphone or your Google Glass: The most sophisticated piece of machinery that any of us tote around on a regular basis is the human body. But despite their valiant attempts — we will always have a soft spot for our mood rings and our hypercolor shirts — scientists haven’t <i>always</i> …

9,300-Year-Old Bison Mummy Found In Siberia Is 'Exceptionally' Preserved

The withered, but well-preserved carcass of an Ice Age Steppe bison has been uncovered in the frozen lowlands of Siberia after being entombed in ice …

Tiny robotic scallops can swim through blood and eyeball fluid to fix you up

For years now, scientists have been trying to develop microscopic robots that can swim through bodily fluids and repair damaged cells or deliver …

This face-tracking projection is the craziest thing you'll see today

We've seen a whole bunch of projection-mapping videos, but this demo raises the bar, training the projection to recognize a model's face and follow her as she moves it. The result is basically real-life CGI — a real-time layer of animated light that's inseparable from the object itself. People say …

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