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Biotech Firm: We Will 3D Print A Human Liver In 2014

2014 could be a landmark year for an amazing medical technology: human organs built by 3D printers.<p>San Diego biotech firm Organovo promises that its "bioprinting" technology will successfully print a human liver by the end of 2014, the company told Computerworld's Lucas Mearian.<p>Mearian reports:<p>Like …

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The Best- And Worst-Performing Biotech Stocks, Jan. 17 to Jan. 24

These are the best and worst-performing medical and biotech stocks from Jan. 17 to Jan. 24, a period during which the American Stock Exchange’s Biotechnology Index fell 1.6%. This screen includes biotechnology and medical companies traded on the New York Stock Exchange, the Nasdaq or the American …

Android 4.3 update for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition breaks SD card writing, but there is a workaround

The Android 4.3 update for your shiny new Galaxy S4 Google Play edition phone has a minor issue that is frustrating more than a few users. Most apps …

Sun will flip its magnetic field soon, NASA says

The sun is gearing up for a major solar flip, NASA says.<p>In an event that occurs once every 11 years, the magnetic field of the sun will change its polarity in a matter of months, according to new observations by NASA-supported observatories.<p>The flipping of the sun's magnetic field marks the peak of …

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Australian Police Warn Of 3-D Printed Gun Explosions

A 3-D printed pistol created by a New South Wales police department suffered a "catastrophic misfire."<p>Police in the Australian state of New South Wales issued a warning last week about Defense Distributed's Liberator 3-D printed gun. Warning: This gun may explode.<p>Following schematics provided by an …

Scientists Discover Massive Methane-Based Ecosystem

It's only the third cold seep discovered off the U.S. Atlantic Coast, and it could help researchers understand how life exists in harsh environments, including potentially on other planets.<p>Scientists on a research mission sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the National …

Who Was H.M.? Inside The Mind Of The Amnesiac Who Revolutionized Neuroscience

A botched lobotomy left 27-year-old Henry Molaison unable to form new memories. This is how Molaison's personal tragedy became science’s gain.<p>My friend's father was a neurosurgeon. As a child, I had no idea what a neurosurgeon did. Years later, when I was a graduate student in the Department of …

How Tracking The Faces Of Sleepy Truck Drivers Could Save Your Life

Fatigue causes up to 65 percent of truck accidents within the mining industry.<p>Caterpillar, the world's largest manufacturer of construction mining equipment, will start selling eye- and face-tracking technology to keep sleepy truck drivers from getting into accidents.<p>Driver Safety Solution consists …

Supercomputer Creates Atom-By-Atom Model Of HIV Virus Shell

The envelope in which HIV keeps its genetic material gets an unprecedentedly detailed look.<p>The human immunodeficiency virus' capsid is both a shield and an open backdoor. Located in the center of every HIV particle, the capsid protects the virus' load of genetic material. Once the virus has entered …

Eating Yogurt Does Weird Things To Your Brain

How and why are tougher questions.<p>Does what you eat affect your body more, or your mind? Can you just chow down on Big Macs as far as the brain goes, and be pretty much set? Or is there a deeper connection between thinking and food?<p>A new UCLA study that's one part gross to three parts fascinating …

This Bacterium-Sized Bunny Could Be The Future Of Bionic Brains

Scientists in Japan have created a new material that can be shaped into complex, conductive 3-D structures. Get ready for your custom brain electrodes.<p>The rabbit sculpture above is the size of a typical bacterium and is made of a new type of resin that has exciting implications for bionic implants. …

A Generator That Harnesses Energy From Ocean Currents

A working model of the estimated $5-million device could be ready within a year.<p>The magic of ocean currents is that they surround every continent on Earth and they run all day, every day. That's what sets this energy source apart from wind, solar, tidal, or wave—all of which are cyclical, meaning …

The Amazing Potential Of Wave Energy, In Numbers

Some major wave energy installations are planned for the U.K. and the U.S.<p>Plans for the world's biggest wave farm got the go-ahead from the Scottish government, the BBC reported last week. Exactly how big is the farm? It will create more than twice as much energy as nearby homes will be able to use.<p>…

USDA Aims To Grow White Rice With All The Nutrients Of Brown Rice

The rice would help those who suffer from mineral deficiencies in developing countries, but the agency hopes U.S. shoppers will bite, too.<p>In Malaysia, there grow four types of rice with more molybdenum—a mineral that helps rice plants deal with acidic soil—than any other rice on Earth. In other …