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Lab-grown blood, artificial organs – the science transforming our health

The news that scientists have developed blood that can be grown in the laboratory raised hope last week that a powerful weapon had been created to tackle disease. Ensuring that sufficient blood is donated to hospitals is a constant problem for medical services and any new source is to be welcomed, …

Evidence-Based Medicine

End in sight for diabetes injections as scientists develop smart patch

A smart patch which senses rises in blood sugar and delivers tiny amounts of insulin could replace painful injections for diabetics

Millions of people suffering from diabetes could be spared painful injections after scientists invented a smart patch which monitors glucose levels and delivers insulin …


37.2 Trillion: Galaxies or Human Cells?

How many galaxies are there in the observable universe? How many cells are there in the human body?

We know both of these numbers must be really big. But which is bigger?

No one has counted all the cells and all the galaxies one by one, so any number will be an estimate. But estimates are not just …


5 Facts About the Surprisingly Wide World of Animal Mummies

For starters, most mummies are accidental, naturally preserved by lack of oxygen, or, in some cases, bat poop.

Usually when we tell an animal "Stay!" we don't mean for a thousand years.

We're glad it happens, though, because animal mummies have a lot to teach us.

From ancient Egypt or the bogs of …


The First Graphene Light Bulb Is Also the 'World's Thinnest' Light Bulb

On your rapidly diminishing list of things graphene cannot improve, go ahead and cross off "light bulbs." An international team of researchers drawn from Columbia University, Seoul National University, and the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science have for the first time ever …

Light Bulbs

Blind Americans can now ‘see’ with a device that uses their tongues

A new device that helps the blind "see" by using their tongues has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The BrainPort V100, cleared for 250,000 profoundly blind Americans without sensitivity to light, will cost about $10,000, said Robert Beckman, chief executive officer of closely …


This pill ‘safe’ can’t be opened by just anybody

A new theft- and tamper-resistant prescription drug dispenser can only be opened by the right person and only when it’s time for a dose.There are …

Johns Hopkins University

Single-celled sniper uses one eye to hunt

Einstein's entanglement can connect more than two systems, new research suggests

An international team, involving researchers from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, has found evidence that Einstein called …

Albert Einstein

A Convergence of Physics is on the Horizon

We live in a time of profound science discovery — cutting-edge physics, astrophysics and cosmology never seem to be far from the headlines.

The Large …


Getting Smart About Melanoma

Future tech could help you determine when to build mountains out of molehills

It took all of two seconds for the dermatologist to look up at me from her special magnifying scope to tell me that the mole on my left calf had to go. This was two days after my leg began to itch and what I thought was a …


Scientists Are Growing A Human Placenta On A Chip

In order to understand how the organ selectively transmits cells from mother to child

From lungs to brains, organ tissues grown on a lab are telling researchers a lot about how their cells do their jobs. Now researchers are using the technology to better understand the placenta, the temporary organ …


Rearranging jellyfish limbs may lead to self-healing robots

Normally when a jellyfish loses a limb, say to the jaws of a hungry sea turtle, it simply regenerates the lost appendage, no big deal. However, a Caltech research team has been studying a certain jellyfish species that doesn't regrow its limbs but rather rearranges the remaining ones to maintain …


Vaccines in the '60s made people more likely to develop chlamydia — and now we know why

Chlamydia researchers may have solved a 50-year-old scientific mystery. And in doing so, they designed what looks like the most promising candidate for a chlamydia vaccine that we've seen in a long time.

Chlamydia is the most widespread bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the world. In the …


Instead Of Replacing Missing Body Parts, Moon Jellies Recycle

Moon jellies have an unusual self-repair strategy, scientists have learned. If one of these young jellies loses some limbs, it simply rearranges what's left until its body is once again symmetrical.

"We were not expecting to see that," says Michael Abrams, a graduate student in biology at the …


New Flu Drug Gives Your Body More Time To Defend Itself

And it works incredibly well

Dying from the flu can be a lot like drowning. As it progresses, the influenza virus affects the cellular barrier between the circulatory and respiratory systems, allowing other bodily fluids to leak into the lungs and causing them to fail. In the past, flu-fighting …


Robots Can Now 3D-Print Steel Bridges

Coming soon to a park near you ... if you live in Amsterdam

You know that saying "we'll cross that bridge when we come to it"? There's a group in Amsterdam that has decided that's not good enough. Instead, they're planning to 3D print a steel bridge in mid-air.

3D printers are additive technologies …


Here's A Photo Of A Brain Forming A New Idea

And scientists can tell what the idea is about

When a cartoon character has an idea, a light bulb illuminates above his head—a metaphor for how a new thought just seems to click into existence in the human brain. Now neuroscientists at Carnegie Mellon University have captured the brain’s “eureka” …

The Brain

Scientists Emerge From Dome After 8-Month Stay to Test Mars Life

Six scientists who were living under a dome on the slopes of a dormant Hawaii volcano for eight months to simulate life on Mars have emerged from isolation.

The crew stepped outside the dome that's 8,000 feet up the slopes of Mauna Loa to feel fresh air on their skin Saturday. It was the first time …

University of Hawaii

DNA Deciphers Roots of Modern Europeans

For centuries, archaeologists have reconstructed the early history of Europe by digging up ancient settlements and examining the items that their inhabitants left behind. More recently, researchers have been scrutinizing something even more revealing than pots, chariots and swords: DNA.

On Wednesday …


Molecules Reach Coldest Temperature Ever

Physicists have chilled molecules of sodium potassium to just a smidgen above absolute zero — colder than the afterglow of the Big Bang.

Space Science

Is Death an Illusion? Quantum Physics Perspective

Most scientists would probably say that the concept of an afterlife is either nonsense, or at the very least unprovable. Yet one expert claims he has …


Quantum Phase: Time, Parallel Realities and the Brain

Brendan D. Murphy, Guest
Waking Times
The ‘Many Worlds’ TheoryThe eminent physicist and co-founder of string theory, Michio Kaku, has actually …

Quantum Mechanics

Experiment Confirms That Reality Doesn’t Exist If You Are Not Looking at It

Anna LeMind, Guest
Waking Times

According to a well-known theory in quantum physics, a particle’s behavior changes depending on whether there is an …

Scientific Research

Bone could be regrown to treat osteoporosis after breakthrough

Scientist have found that simply switching off one protein can encourage stem cells to start becoming bone

Osteoporosis sufferers have been offered new hope after scientists discovered how to make stem cells grow into new bone.

Scientists at The Scripps Institute in the US have found that a single …


The Human Eye Can See Individual Particles Of Light

A minimum of three, to be exact

As much as we may try, humans can’t see in complete darkness. But even in the presence of just a few light particles, special cells in our eyes activate. For decades researchers have been trying to find out the minimum number of photons our eyes can see. Now …

Scientific Research

How Ancient Spiders Weaponized An Arachnid Version of Insulin

Venom contains powerful and highly targeted neurotoxins, allowing spiders, snakes and other predators to immobilize their prey and make for an easier meal. In many snakes, venom jump-starts the digestive process along with keeping the predator safe from a wriggling, often larger quarry.

Spider venom …