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THE most insidious thing about cancer is its tendency to spread. A lone primary tumour can be tackled by knife or radiation beam, as well as drugs, …

3D printing pen lets surgeons draw cells on damaged bones, speeding recovery

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: University of Wollongong<p>A “bio pen” that allows surgeons to draw layers of healing cells on damaged bones and …

How to dress for the Antarctic - video

Before embarking on his epic voyage to Antarctica, Guardian science correspondent <b>Alok Jha</b> presents a personal fashion guide to extreme cold weather clothing; from base layers to balaclavas, and Merino wool to Gore-tex - just expect to spend a small fortune on hi-tech fabrics

London's perfect Grammar

The big music story of 2013 hasn't been the emergence of a bright new artist or genre. When people look back on this year they'll think of Robin Thicke's creepy uncle routine, Miley Cyrus giving oral pleasure to builders' hardware or Kanye West's Nietzschean rants about his fiancée's bottom. This …

New Water-Repellant Surface Destroys Water

Damn near everything is water-resistant, but water-repellant is quickly replacing it as top dog in the crusade to avoid water at all costs. A new …

Depression may accelerate the aging process of our cells, study finds

Depression harms more than just the mind: research has linked the ailment with a host of physical conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Now, fascinating new research suggests that depression might also accelerate the aging process at a cellular level.<p>In a study published …

Patient in vegetative state 'paid attention' to sounds

<b>A patient in a vegetative state was able to pay attention to sounds in his surroundings, a study found.</b><p>An analysis of brain activity in 21 patients and eight healthy volunteers showed one of the patients could pick out individual sounds.<p>The University of Cambridge researchers say the finding marks …

The Parallels Between The Budget Crisis and Healthcare Associated Infections

Over the last few weeks, the United States was gripped with a crisis that led to a government shutdown and a near default of the country’s debt. Although the overall impact of the event was averted through a last minute agreement, there has been no resolution to the problem that has so far cost …

An Interactive Map Of The Brain

Time to play "name that cortex."<p>Can you point out the small squiggle of gray matter that makes up the brain's motor cortex? Or how about the eye fields, which control visual attention and eye movements? No? Take a look at this handy interactive infographic created by Open Colleges, an Australian …

Scientists discover DNA body clock

A US scientist has discovered an internal body clock based on DNA that measures the biological age of our tissues and organs.<p>The clock shows that while many healthy tissues age at the same rate as the body as a whole, some of them age much faster or slower. The age of diseased organs varied hugely, …

How to Make Perfect Scrambled Eggs

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today: Three ways to get your perfect scrambled eggs -- whatever your version of perfection may be.</i><p>Scrambled eggs and toast: sounds like an ascetic breakfast, …

Pulses of light turn on cancer 'death signal' - Futurity

Researchers have created a peptide—a small piece of protein—that when linked to a light-responsive dye …

Body clock 'reset button' found

<b>Drugs that rapidly tweak the body clock in order to avoid jet lag and the pains of shift work have moved a step closer after research in Japan.</b><p>The team at Kyoto University has found the clock's 'reset button' inside the brain.<p>Their study, published in the journal Science, showed the button could be …

How Having Three Parents Leads To Disease-Free Kids

A newly approved procedure lets scientists gather DNA from three people, then use it for in vitro fertilization.<p>This summer, government health officials in the United Kingdom made headlines by announcing that they will let scientists create babies with DNA from three different people. The procedure …

New programming language could code DNA to deliver drugs and detect diseases

The University of Washington envisions a future where our bodies will be tuned to heal us just as easily as software is built to entertain us — and it's come up with a method that could eventually turn this idea into a reality. University researchers have developed a programming language that …

This pen-size microscope spots cancer 'seeds' in blood - Futurity

A small, hand-held microscope could make it easier to noninvasively spot seed cells that can …

The big money has moved from developing psychiatric drugs to manipulating our brain networks<p>The psychiatric drug age may have reached its peak. Although mind-altering medications are being prescribed in record numbers, signs of a radically new approach to understanding and treating mental illness …

As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't matter why any woman wants to end her pregnancy. If it's to select for sex, that's her choice<p>When you talk about being pro-choice, sex selective abortion is often slung at you as the triumphant gotcha. "You love women so much you want them to be in charge of what …

The Case Of The Girl Who Couldn't Feel Pain

A team of European researchers finds the genetic mutation responsible for a subject's inability to feel pain.<p>"Index Subject 1"—the anonymous girl or woman who participated in this new study—is unusual in a couple of ways. For one thing, she cannot feel pain. It's a dangerous condition for her. …

What human faces might look like in 100,000 years

Since we humans are prone to launching chemical weapons, unwittingly killing off the bee population or other factors that could lead to our extinction, it may be presumptuous to imagine what we'll look like in 100,000 years. But designer and researcher Nickolay Lamm has speculated anyway, …

Breast cancer treated just as well by short radiotherapy course, say experts

Giving breast cancer sufferers a shorter course of radiotherapy is just as effective, according to researchers who say it will reduce side effects for women being treated.<p>Radiotherapy delivered over three weeks is at least as effective and safe as that received over five weeks of treatment, though …

Cost study calls for fewer breast cancer screenings - Futurity

When public health budgets are constrained, mammography screening should begin later and occur less frequently, …

Scientists discover life after brain death

The brain may live on after what's long been considered brain death. New research from the University of Montreal finds that there's a deeper state of coma beyond what doctors have been considering to be the final line. Traditionally, when an EEG recording — a measurement of electrical activity …

Researchers find gears in nature – on planthopper insects

Gears may seem like a purely human invention. And yet the basic interlocking mechanismfound inside grandfather clocks and car steering systems has now turned up in the remarkably powerful legs of young planthopper insects.<p>The discovery, published in Friday's edition of the journal Science, provides …