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New Theory Suggests That Parallel Worlds Exist And Could Help Explain Quantum Mechanics

<b>Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online</b><br>When most people think of parallel worlds, their thoughts instantly turn to sci-fi TV shows such …

What Your Birthday Says About Your Mood And Personality, According To Science

Astrologers and other spiritual types are typically the only people to believe in a connection between a person's birthday and their personality. But according to a recent study, there's scientific evidence that indeed, the season of your birth may have some impact on who you are.<p>Researchers from …

The pacemaker of the future might be made of heart cells

A new technique uses gene therapy to create "biological pacemakers" in pigs<p>Cardiologists in Los Angeles have developed a gene-therapy technique that allows them to transform working heart-muscle cells into cells that regulate a pigs’ heartbeat. This procedure, described today in the <i>Science</i> …

Algae cell 'switch' also controls tumor growth - Futurity

A new discovery about algae could improve biofuel production, as well as offer a new model organism for studying tumor growth.

Scientists discover pain receptor on T-cells

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered that T-cells – a type of white blood cell that learns to …

Biological Collections Are Vital to Preserving Species in the Face of Climate Change

Among the many different resources that scientists will use to try to forestall some of the effects of climate change, the nation's treasure trove of preserved plants, animals, and microscopic organisms is undoubtedly one of the least known to most people. But these biological collections represent …

A Mind-Controlled Robotic Hand With A Sense Of Touch

Getting closer to lifelike<p>Denis Aabo Sørensen lost his left hand nine years ago, while handling fireworks. Since then, he has used prosthetic hands, but never one like this. Last year, a team of European engineers created for him a prosthetic hand that connects directly to the remaining nerves in …

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Amputee feels again with bionic hand

An amputee is the first in the world to feel the sensations of touch using a prosthetic hand<p>Dennis Aabo Sørensen is the first amputee in the world to feel sensory-rich information with a prosthetic hand wired to nerves in his upper arm.<p>In tests, Mr Sørensen could grasp objects intuitively and …

Birth Of Memory: Why Kids Forget What Happened Before Age 7

Recently, my nearly-4-year-old niece suffered the kind of childhood accident every parent dreads: she fell off her bike and broke a front tooth high above the gum line. The resulting pain and eventual extraction were a harrowing experience for her parents, but fortunately the little girl emerged …

Star-hop: Pegasus to Andromeda galaxy

Tonight, try star-hopping to the famous Andromeda galaxy – the large spiral galaxy next-door to our Milky Way – from the <i>Great Square of Pegasus</i>. …

Scientists have created a sugar-powered battery for our smartphones

Gadgets power our lives these days.<p>Just take Tuesday night’s State of the Union where thousands of journalists tweeted their reactions from smartphones across the world.<p>Others watched it on tablet computers.<p>All those devices run on batteries, many of which are toxic, and not especially …

A Little Acid Turns Mouse Blood Into Brain, Heart And Stem Cells

The heart beats in a mouse embryo grown with stems cells made from blood.<p>Credit: Courtesy of Haruko Obokata<p>Back in 1958, a young biologist at Cornell University made a stunning discovery.<p>He took a single cell from a carrot and then mixed it with some coconut milk. Days went by and the cell started …

Genetically modified monkeys created with cut-and-paste DNA

Researchers have created genetically modified monkeys with a revolutionary new procedure that enables scientists to cut and paste DNA in living organisms.<p>The macaques are the first primates to have their genetic makeup altered with the powerful technology which many scientists believe will lead to …