Leonel Arrieta Rodríguez

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Radio galaxies: the mysterious, secretive “beasts” of the Universe

Most pictures of galaxies that you see, such as the beautiful images from the Hubble Space Telescope, are optical images. These are made using …

Quantum Mechanics Illustrated Intuitively By Neutron Scattering

Quantum mechanics is one of the central pillars of modern physics. This mathematically complex theory which allows the properties and laws of matter …

Nanotubes assemble! Rice introduces ‘Teslaphoresis’

Scientists at Rice University have discovered that the strong force field emitted by a Tesla coil causes carbon nanotubes to self-assemble into long …

Physicists discover new properties of superconductivity

New findings from an international collaboration led by Canadian scientists may eventually lead to a theory of how superconductivity initiates at the …

Why We Can't Look For Life In The Waters Of Mars

Protecting alien sites from Earth contamination<p>Mars isn’t the dry wasteland it looks like. There’s water in them thar rocks, according to NASA. Just this morning, the space agency announced that the mysterious, dark streaks that show up on Mars during the spring and summertime are in all likelihood …

First UK patient receives stem cell treatment to cure loss of vision

A patient has become the first in the UK to receive an experimental stem cell treatment that has the potential to save the sight of hundreds of thousands of Britons.<p>By December, doctors will know whether the woman, who has age-related macular degeneration, has regained her sight after a successful …

Immune System

How the brain encodes time and place

When you remember a particular experience, that memory has three critical elements — what, when, and where. MIT neuroscientists have now identified a …

Smart cells teach neurons damaged by Parkinson’s to heal themselves

As a potential treatment for Parkinson’s disease, scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have created smarter immune cells …

By 2100, Earth Will Have an Entirely Different Ocean

A complete guide to the hotter, higher, trashier, fish-free oceans of the near future.<p>The ocean is in the midst of a radical, manmade change. It can seem kind of crazy that one of the most immense properties on Earth—the ocean washes over 71 percent of the planet—could be completely transformed by …

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, …

Medicine

DeepMind: inside Google's super-brain

<b>The future of artificial intelligence begins with a game of Space Invaders.</b> From the start, the enemy aliens are making kills -- three times they …

GREECE: 'Fasten your seat belts'

Last week Greece decided to combine the four debt payments it owed to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in June — worth about €1.5 billion ($1.66 billion, £1.09 billion) collectively — into one, which will be due at the end of the month.<p>That delayed for three weeks the payment that was owed …

Dinosaur fossils preserve apparent red blood cells, collagen | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - They looked, as one researcher said, like “rubbish,” eight seemingly inconsequential Cretaceous Period dinosaur fossils that sat in a London museum’s collection for more than a century after being found in Canada’s Alberta province.<p>An ungual claw from an indeterminate …

Paleontology

Chimps could cook if we gave them the chance, says research

A new study suggests that chimpanzees have the cognitive skills to cook foods<p>Could chimpanzees be capable of cooking a meal? A new study suggests so.<p>The research, published in one of the <b>journals of the Royal Society</b>, reveals that the animals possess the cognitive skills to emulate the cooking …

Evidence Found Of A Particle That Is Its Own Antiparticle

In the future, the exotic particle could go into quantum computers.<p>There's a particle that physicists theorize exists that acts simultaneously as both matter and antimatter. Whoa! The particle is called the Majorana fermion, and a team of physicists is announcing today that it's seen some evidence …

Physics

Researchers Chemically Control A Mouse’s Mind For Science

The first results from Obama’s BRAIN initiative<p>One minute the mouse was starving, and the next it turned away from its food, leaving it untouched. Its sudden bursts of activity were counteracted with just as sudden bouts of lethargy. This mouse was acting strange, and it wasn’t by accident--it was …

Neuroscience

Where Uniqueness Lies - Issue 1: What Makes You So Special

If you dropped a dozen human toddlers on a beautiful Polynesian island with shelter and enough to eat, but no computers, no cell phones, and no metal …

For The First Time, Researchers Edit The Genes Of Human Embryos

Rumors that this research was underway turn out to be true<p>Rumors have been buzzing for months that a team of Chinese researchers was intending to edit the genes of a human embryo. According to a study published this week in <i>Protein & Cell</i>, the rumors are true. And though the researchers took pains, …

Genetics

How a Toronto professor’s research revolutionized artificial intelligence | The Star

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF.—Three summers ago, at the age of 64, Geoffrey Hinton left his home in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood to become an intern at …

Artificial Intelligence

Stray Dog Spontaneously Joins Swedish Team Competing in 430-Mile Amazonian Race

Right before a four-person Swedish team was scheduled to hike, kayak, and bike a grueling 430-mile endurance race through the Amazon rainforest, they sat down for a quick meal together. That's when teammate Mikael Lindnord noticed a tattered, miserable-looking stray dog. Feeling sympathy for the …

Amazon River

This Toothbrush Cleans Your Teeth With Nanotechnology

Designer Kosho Ueshima collaborated with Japanese technology company Yumeshokunin to create an incredible toothbrush that uses nanotechnology to clean your teeth–no toothpaste necessary. The brush’s bristles–which are 0.178 millimeters thick–are coated in mineral ions, and when passed over your …

Memex In Action: Watch DARPA Artificial Intelligence Search For Crime On The 'Dark Web'

Of late, DARPA has shown a growing interest in open sourcing its technology, even if its most terrifying creations, like army robot wildcats designed to reach speeds of 50Mph, are understandably kept private. In a week’s time, the wider world will be able to tinker with components of the military …

Artificial Intelligence

Meet the man building an AI that mimics our neocortex – and could kill off neural networks

<b>Special report</b> Jeff Hawkins has bet his reputation, fortune, and entire intellectual life on one idea: that he understands the brain well enough to …

First baby born from IVF technique which eliminates inherited disease

A pioneering IVF technique allows babies at risk from inherited illnesses to be born free of disease<p>The first baby has been born in Europe from a new IVF procedure that checks embryos for devastating genetic disorders.<p>Lucas Meagu was at high risk of inheriting a rare form of muscular dystrophy …

Genetics

Sometimes You Just Need Pudding; Here Are 11 Recipes

Chocolate, vanilla, rice, and tapioca—we love all pudding equally. Here are 11 great recipes for it.<p><b>There's something very comforting about pudding</b>, whether it is of the chocolate or rice variety. It's just you, a bowl, and a spoon, ya know? We feel you. Here are 11 recipes to satiate that need.

Breakfast

Woolly Mammoth DNA Successfully Spliced Into Elephant Cells

But don’t expect mammoth clones anytime soon<p>A group of researchers are getting closer to bringing the extinct woolly mammoth back to life. Geneticist George Church’s lab at Harvard University successfully copied genes from frozen woolly mammoths and pasted them into the genome of an Asian …

Genetics

The Large Hadron Collider sets its sights on dark matter

There is no shortage of superlatives that can be applied to the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, though many are strange and unusual. For a start, the huge underground device, which batters beams of protons into each other at colossal energies, can fairly claim to be the coolest place on Earth. …

Physics

Scientists grow ‘mini-lungs’ to aid the study of cystic fibrosis

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have successfully created ‘mini-lungs’ using stem cells derived from skin cells of patients with cystic …

You may be your germs: Microbe genes slipped into human DNA, study says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Evolutionary diagrams usually connect humans and monkeys with common primate ancestors, but now, scientists say there's a missing link that deserves a spot on that family tree -- our bacteria, fungi, and viruses.<p>Though most of our genes come from primate ancestors, many of them slipped into …

Biology