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U.S. and Exxon Spar Over Russia Sanctions Violation

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday imposed a $2 million fine on Exxon Mobil Corp. for what it called a “reckless disregard” of U.S. sanctions on Russia while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the oil giant’s chief executive, a finding the company immediately began to …

The CIA Has Finally Admitted It Was Involved In The 1953 Iranian Coup

Hot on the heels of admitting that Area 51 really does exist, the CIA has finally admitted to another widely known secret: that the agency played a key role in the 1953 overthrow of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq after he sought to nationalize the Iranian oil industry.<p>Like the Area 51 …

CIA document maps Area 51 location

LAS VEGAS — The CIA is acknowledging in the clearest terms yet the existence of Area 51, the top-secret Cold War test site that has been the subject of conspiracy theories for decades.<p>The recently declassified CIA documents have set Area 51 buffs abuzz, though there's no mention of flying saucers, …

Why The U.S. Is Building A High-Tech Bubonic Plague Lab In Kazakhstan

When Kazakhstan's Central Reference Laboratory opens in September 2015, the $102-million project laboratory will serve as a Central Asian way station for a global war on dangerous disease.<p>In 1992, Dr. Kanatjan Alibekov, a biologist from the Soviet Union, boarded a flight in Almaty, then …

Gray Matter: A Venturi Pump That Shoots Fire

A pump that goes from blow to suck with no moving parts<p>When you blow air across the top of a straw dipped in soda, liquid rises up the tube. This might seem strange, but a Venturi pump—named after the Italian physicist who invented it—takes advantage of the same effect, simply by virtue of its …

Baby talk: newborns recall words heard in the womb, research shows

Don't save the baby talk until you've got a newborn to coo at: new research offers provocative evidence that an unborn fetus can not only hear sounds from the outside world, but is actually capable of recalling specific words in the days following birth.<p>In a study out of the University of Helsinki …

When I think, you move: researchers achieve brain-to-brain interface

It might sound rather frightening to have your arm move involuntarily, controlled by some unseen puppet master — but for researchers at the University of Washington, it represented a major breakthrough in human-to-human brain interfaces. Using a non-invasive brain-to-brain setup, a researcher in …

Life as We Grow It: The Promises and Perils of Synthetic Biology

Programming Life<p>Densmore says the three parts necessary for any engineering project, be it computer chips or living cells, are clear: Figure out what …

Scientists Grow Teeth Using Stem Cells - Harvested From Urine?

Adults lose teeth due to poor hygiene, aging, disease or accidents. Traditionally, prosthetics are used to replace part or all of a lost tooth. But …

Mouse Skin Cells Transformed Into Viable Eggs, Sperm And Babies

A similar treatment for infertile human couples is still decades off.<p>You may have begun as a spark in your parents' eyes, but in the Kyoto University lab of Katsuhiko Hayashi and Mitinori Saitou, baby mice begin life as… skin cells.<p>After a decade of work, the two biologists have developed a way to …

Three-person IVF: UK government backs mitochondrial transfer

The government is to push ahead with plans that would allow doctors to prevent major childhood diseases by creating IVF babies that have genetic material from three people.<p>The controversial procedure, called mitochondrial transfer, uses a snippet of DNA from a healthy female donor to prevent …

Scientists have figured out why naked mole rats don’t get cancer

In all the years that biologists have studied the naked mole rat, they’ve yet to detect a single incidence of cancer. That’s <i>amazing</i>. And pretty …

Neural Dust is a Step Towards Nexus

The team that brought us the first neurally remote controlled beetle has a new paper out today proposing a huge step forward in brain-computer …

Life Begins at 90 as Nonagenarians Show Sharp Brainpower

When it comes to brain power, 90 may be the new 80.<p>Those surviving past the age of 90 today are living longer and are mentally sharper than …

This glowing blue death worm could hold the key to human longevity

In an eerie discovery, we've found that dying worms emit an intense, blue glow that begins in their intestines before radiating outward into their …

Worms' Bright Blue Death Could Shed Light On Human Aging

Last year, researchers at University College London's Institute of Healthy Ageing were looking through their microscopes when they saw something amazing.<p>David Gems, professor of biogerentology, was part of the team looking for answers to big questions about human aging in small, squishy little …

How Biological Patents Promote Research And Save Lives

Patenting viruses doesn't restrict research--it gives an incentive to do more research.<p>In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that people can't patent isolated human genes, which it considers a product of nature, but they can patent something exceptionally similar: cDNA, a synthesized copy from …

Dare to Be 100: How Fast Do We Age?

Some of us seem old at 50. Others are still frisky at 90. The heterogeneity of old folks is taken by some to be one of the identifying characteristics of the aging process. I gave a major lecture, "The Plasticity of Aging," on this topic last July at Trinity College in Dublin.<p>Most old people are …

Researchers Finally Ask Henrietta Lacks's Family If They Can Study Her Cells

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>It's taken 62 years, but researchers finally asked Henrietta Lacks's family for consent to use her …

Matter over mind: scientists begin to observe and manipulate memories

New techniques could help with neurological disease, but how far should they go?<p>If we had the technology to rewire our brains to help remember certain things and forget others, it could help millions of people struggling with neurological conditions, from Alzheimer’s to post-traumatic stress …

Why Not Everyone Gets Alzheimer's

Scientists are a step closer to understanding why not everyone develops Alzheimer's as they get older.<p>While the exact cause of Alzheimer's is still not completely understood, it's generally observed that people with the condition have a buildup of plaques called amyloid-beta in their brains, as …

Cooking cancer cells with the help of a nanodiamond thermometer

Cells don't have tongues. They don't have armpits and they don't have ears. This all makes it quite difficult to measure their temperature. Thermometers are a critical tool for much scientific research and medicine – but their use at the smallest scales has so far been limited. Inside our body's …

5 Body Parts Scientists Can 3-D Print

Mouse heart thumps with new human cells - Futurity

U. PITTSBURGH (US) — Scientists report stripping the cells from a mouse heart, replacing them …

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Not Science Fiction: A Brain In A Box To Let People Live On After Death

Scientists believe it may be possible in the future for human brains to survive death in robotic bodies. but would we want to?<p>I recently had the unusual experience of seeing three renowned scientists discuss whether it’s possible to remove a human brain from a body, put it in a tank, and give it a …

How To Build Your Own DIY Centrifuge

Get a lab-grade centrifuge (normally $2,000) for 50 bucks.<p>For any garage-ista ready to tackle molecular biology, the centrifuge is an essential laboratory tool. Its super-rapid spin supplies the right G-forces to neatly separate biological materials—including cells, proteins, and DNA—from a liquid. …

DARPA Wants To Build A Computer That Mimics The Human Brain

The research group wants to develop machines with the capability for higher brain function.<p>The Department of Defense's research arm, DARPA, already has a lot of things on its wish list this year, but go ahead and add one more: a computer with the same brain capabilities as a mammal.<p>DARPA wants to …