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The Periodic Table Could Soon Be Getting a New Member

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Scientists at Lund University in Sweden announced yesterday that experiments they had conducted …

Australian startup Canva launches a graphic design platform

The software-as-a-service revolution that is transforming the software business has been largely localized to “business” and “productivity” …

Genetic map of cancer reveals trails of mutation that lead to disease

The first detailed map of genetic faults that cause cancers is published today, offering profound insights into the disease.<p>The map describes more than 20 "genetic signatures", or patterns of mutation, that alone or in combination drive 30 different types of cancer, including brain, lung, pancreas …

Getting Heart Surgery? Wait For The Full Moon

Surgeries during a waning full moon have lower mortality rates and shorter hospital stays, according to a new study.<p>It sounds a bit like an old wives tale, but if you're in the market for a cardiac surgery, you may want to keep a watchful eye on the moon.<p>A recent study at Rhode Island Hospital …

FYI: Why Does Lobster Turn Red When You Cook It?

Consider the chemistry.<p>Just a week from now, thousands of people will trek to Rockland, Maine for a festival devoted entirely to the eating of a creature once thought only worthy of "poverty food" and fertilizer. The lobster festival approacheth. In honor of the occasion, a reminder of all that …

The teenage scientist revolutionising cancer detection

Pancreatic cancer 's high death rate is partly blamed on the difficulty of early detection. Teenage scientist Jack Andraka has come up with a cheap and simple way to test for it.<p><i>Over the next month, we’re celebrating technology and innovation in a new series called Bright Sparks. As part of the</i> …

Cancer

Laser Nanosensor Can Detect Bacteria In Minutes

This tiny device could eventually measure tumor cells, too.<p>A new matchbox-sized nanosensor can scan for the presence of bacteria and tell if an antibiotic is effective within a few minutes, rather than the days or weeks that conventional testing methods require.<p>Researchers at EPFL, the Swiss …

Bacterial apocalypse – the bugs are getting cleverer, and we are doing little to stop them

We're all doomed.<p>Well, possibly not. But having recently returned from the American Society for Microbiology annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, …

Lower Antelope Canyon: Skylight

Scientists search for way to help burns victims regenerate skin

British scientists are hoping to find ways to help burns victims regenerate new nerves and skin so that they are only left with minimal scarring.<p>It is believed that at one point humans had the ability to regenerate skin but it was lost over time. The liver still has the ability to regenerate itself.<p>…

How neurons deploy poison to amputate or kill

<b>UNC-CHAPEL HILL (US) —</b> Researchers have uncovered a few surprising details about how neurons fix a faulty connection by amputating an axon.<p>It’s …

Supercomputer Creates Atom-By-Atom Model Of HIV Virus Shell

The envelope in which HIV keeps its genetic material gets an unprecedentedly detailed look.<p>The human immunodeficiency virus' capsid is both a shield and an open backdoor. Located in the center of every HIV particle, the capsid protects the virus' load of genetic material. Once the virus has entered …

Team picks apart structure of HIV’s shell

<b>U. PITTSBURGH (US) —</b> The first description of the 4-million-atom structure of the HIV’s capsid, or protein shell, could lead to new ways to fight the …