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10. We'll Discover More "Earths"

If you were even remotely paying attention in 2015, you might have noticed that it was a pretty good year for science. From the waters of Mars to the …

Scientists have made the first fully functional artificial human brain cells

But there is more to the idea behind this synthetic neuron than simply proving that it can be done. The team reckons that in the future, it might be possible to actually use these devices in patients to replace damaged nerves, for example, to help treat injury or disease. They may also have a place …

Neuroscience

Pregnant Popeyes Employee Fired After Stick Up Seeks $5.5M

Last week, Marissa Holcomb, a former manager at a Popeyes restaurant in Texas, was fired by the location's franchise owner following a robbery at gunpoint. Now, according to WUSA9 she's suing the company for $5.5 million. Holcomb, who was pregnant at the time of the robbery, lost her job because …

UCLA Superbugs Reveal Stubborn Resistance Problem

Guest Post by Maryn McKenna<p>The UCLA Health System announced earlier this week that seven patients—two of whom died—became infected by highly drug-resistant bacteria that remained on pieces of medical equipment after disinfection, and 179 more were exposed to the bacteria and are at risk of …

Public Health

iChip: The Future of Antibiotic Discovery

Two weeks ago, a team led by scientists from Northeastern University published a study describing a new class of antibiotics called teixobactin, which they found in the soil of a field in Maine. The Internet subsequently lit up with both excitement and criticism (mostly excitement, though). It’s …