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Leonardo’s Brain: What a Posthumous Brain Scan Six Centuries Later Reveals about the Source of Da Vinci’s Creativity

One September day in 2008, <b>Leonard Shlain</b> found himself having trouble buttoning his shirt with his right hand. He was admitted into the emergency room, diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer, and given nine months to live. Shlain — a surgeon by training and a self-described “synthesizer by nature” …

Understanding the mechanisms of CRISPR-Cas gene editing

Now, in a paper published in Molecular Cell, North Carolina State University researchers and colleagues examine six key molecular elements that help …

Chemists Find A New Chemical Bond

Forming it requires replacing atoms' electrons with more exotic sub-atomic particles.<p>Fresh evidence suggests there exists a type of chemical bond that nobody has ever seen before, <i>Chemistry World</i> reports.<p>Not that they haven't looked. In the early 1980s, chemists searched for--but couldn't …

Chemistry

Why do we have blood types?

More than a century after their discovery, we still don’t know what blood groups like O, A and B are for. Do they really matter? Carl Zimmer investigates.<p>When my parents informed me that my blood type was A+, I felt a strange sense of pride. If A+ was the top grade in school, then surely A+ was …

Medical Research

Secret machine could solve Apple’s sapphire glass woes

Apple has been struggling to produce enough sapphire displays in time for the iPhone 6, but after going straight to the source of the freakishly indestructible glass – GT Advanced Technologies – MIT has learned of the company’s plans to use a giant machine that may solve all of Apple’s sapphire …

This Startup Wants To Turn Everyone Into An Urban Planner

Developers and designers often start building, but forget who they are really building for. This Dutch company is bringing the art of listening back into the city planning process.<p>Inside a sprawling vacant building in an Amsterdam shipyard, a startup called City Works (De Stedenfabriek) is working …

Stanley Miller's forgotten experiments, analyzed

Stanley Miller, the chemist whose landmark experiment published in 1953 showed how some of the molecules of life could have formed on a young Earth, …

A CRISPR Way To Fix Faulty Genes

Scientists from many areas of biology are flocking to a technique that allows them to work inside cells, making changes in specific genes far faster — and for far less money — than ever before.<p>Now you can essentially change a genome at will to almost anything you want. The sky's the limit. - Craig …

Out Today: The First Catalog Of All The Proteins In The Human Body

Say hi to the proteome.<p>Two teams of scientists are publishing today first drafts of the human proteome. The proteome is a catalog of all of the different proteins the human body makes. This is a big accomplishment. How big? Let’s look at some numbers from just one team:<p>The scientists in this team …

An Iranian developer's entrancing game about his culture and the mathematics of art

When 21-year old Mahdi Bahrami took the stage at this year's Experimental Gameplay Workshop, the audience was entranced by his game <i>Engare</i>.<p>Projected onto a large screen to a crowd of hundreds of people, Bahrami showed solutions to his geometric, ancient Iranian art-influenced puzzle game. "So you …

Virus programmed to unlock and kill cancer - Futurity

Bioengineers have designed a virus that on its own is benign. When it encounters certain enzymes, however, it "unlocks" to kill cancer.

Cancer

Nano-Robots That Compute With DNA Installed Into Living Cockroach

Gives a whole new meaning to the term "computer bug."<p>Scientists have inserted DNA-based nanobots into a living cockroach, which are able to perform logical operations. Researchers say the nanobots could eventually be able to carry out complex programs, to diagnose and treat disease.<p>These DNA …

Nanotech

DNA Nanobots Enter Living Organism For First Time - Human Trials Within 5 Years?

In the coming decades, a radical upgrading of our body’s physical and mental systems, already underway, <b>will use nanobots to augment and ultimately</b> …

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StoreDot smartphone battery 'charges in 30 seconds'

A smartphone battery has been developed that can charge up almost as quickly as you can say 'nanotechnology'<p>An Israeli start-up has unveiled a battery that can be charged in less than 30 seconds.<p>StoreDot demonstrated their pioneering progress at Microsoft's Think Next symposium in Tel Aviv by fully …

Technique measures how the proteins in your body vibrate - Futurity

Researchers have for the first time observed in detail the vibrations of lysozyme, an antibacterial protein found in many animals.

Tech and Science

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Science

Cheaper Micro-sized Particle Accelerators Are Now Possible

Researchers ditch radio-frequency technology and use a different method to make tabletop accelerators feasible.<p>The Large Hadron Collider, the 17-mile ring that led to the discovery of the Higgs Boson, is a massive and impressive piece of technology. Yet the enormity and cost of these colliders …

How To Make Your Own (Floating!) Concrete Boat

Rock the boat using the physics of buoyancy<p>The Greek polymath Archimedes is said to have solved the mystery of buoyancy in a bathtub. Even if the story is apocryphal, his principle isn't: If an object weighs less than the water it displaces, it won't sink.<p>Even concrete can float. Materials …

New, Incurable Botulinum Strain Has Top Secret DNA

This is the first time scientists have kept a DNA sequence secret because of terrorism concerns.<p>It's one of the most toxic substances known to science. You would die from inhaling 13/1,000,000,000 of a gram of it. And some folks inject small amounts of it in their faces to get rid of their …

Bioengineering

Qualcomm builds learning computer chip inspired by human brain

Computer technology still lags far behind the abilities of the human brain, which has billions of neurons that help us simultaneously process a plethora of stimuli from our many senses. But Qualcomm hopes to shrink that bridge with a new type of computer architecture modeled after the brain, which …

New hope for treating cancer? Patterns seen in 12 types of tumors

Examining the molecular profiles of tumors from 12 different types of cancers, scientists working with the National Institutes of Health-backed Cancer Genome Atlas said Thursday they had found striking similarities between tumors originating in different organs.<p>Their discoveries, made possible by …

Herpes Virus Shoots DNA Into Human Cells With Crazy High Internal Pressure

Herpes, having a blast.<p>Scientists have long theorized that herpes viruses are so stuffed with genetic material that infecting a host cell is as easy as popping a balloon. Or exploding a powder keg. The internal pressure within the virus is so great, it explodes its genetic material straight out of …

The 25 Best Nerd Road Trips

Twenty-five curious, mysterious, or otherwise beguiling destinations to satisfy your inner science-history geek<p>In the past 16 months, writers Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley have toured 150 of the built, natural, and virtual landscapes of the United States, collecting images and interviews. They …

Cancer from a physicist's perspective: a new theory of cancer

Super Sugar Keeps Naked Mole Rats Cancer-Free

Although they are quite ugly and confined to a life underground, naked mole rats have at least one attribute that other animals, even humans, might …

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