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Google Glass: Surgery Tool Of The Future?

A surgeon transmitted the first Google Glass video of a live surgery to colleagues and med students across town.<p>We've been waiting for a while to figure out what practical uses will come out of Google Glass, besides, of course, making dudes look silly. And aha! A surgeon at The Ohio State …

Brain-to-brain communication is not a conversation killer

It's a milestone breakthrough you would think came straight from science fiction, but a recent study conducted by the University of Washington claims to have demonstrated direct brain-to-brain communication between humans. Via an elaborate internet setup between two labs, scientist Rajesh Rao sent …

Miniature brains grown in test tubes – a new path for neuroscience?

Scientists have grown miniature human brains in test tubes, creating a "tool" that will allow them to watch how the organs develop in the womb and, they hope, increase their understanding of neurological and mental problems.<p>Just a few millimetres across, the "cerebral organoids" are built up of …

Age-related memory loss and the protein that may reverse it

Memories are just about the most precious piece of intangible property that we have — they contain a person's history, personality, and most deeply held beliefs — but there's an inevitable decline in our ability to retain them as we age. That's the problem being addressed by scientists at the …

A bigger fish for palaeontogists to fry…

An international team of scientists has uncovered the remains of the world's largest fish. The 50ft <i>Leedsichthys problematicus</i> swam the oceans of the Jurassic era more than 160m years ago, sweeping up shoals of plankton through giant, mesh-covered gills. <i>Leedsichthys</i> was eventually wiped out by the …

You can now track sharks off the East Coast in real time

An ambitious project means anyone can now track the movements of almost 50 sharks in realtime. Some 47 sharks have been tagged with an array of sensors that allow scientists to accurately plot their position. The data is then fed into the OCEARCH Global Tracker, which updates the sharks' location …

Hot ash can turn into lava miles from eruption - Futurity

Viscosity may explain why ash from supervolcanoes is hot enough to turn it into flowing …

Scientists grow mini human brains from stem cells | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have grown the first mini human brains in a laboratory and say their success could lead to new levels of understanding about the way brains develop and what goes wrong in disorders like schizophrenia and autism.<p>A cross-section of an entire organoid showing development …

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FYI: What Are Cruise Missiles, And How Do They Work?

Everything you ever wanted to know about this retro-'90s weapon, which the Obama administration might use against Syria's government.<p>The Obama administration is considering what sort of military action to take, if any, against the government of Syrian President Bashar al Assad, which stands accused …

8 Popular Tooth Myths Debunked

Nothing but the tooth.<p>You've probably heard that Coke can dissolve a tooth or that bleaching your teeth weakens them. But what's the truth behind these tooth myths?