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Three-person embryos: how the mitochondrial donation battle was won

Prof Doug Turnbull successfully communicated difficult and controversial research with scientific accuracy, but in simple terms. His triumph shows why public engagement is crucial to science<p>If you have been following the debate about whether to allow the new IVF technique of mitochondrial donation, …

Genetics

Scientists strike back at Church of England over DNA transfer trials

MPs’ vote this week is ‘last chance’ for UK to pioneer mitochondrial gene therapy, warns scientist<p>One of the most prominent supporters of a DNA technique designed to eradicate a range of inherited diseases has angrily condemned Church of England claims that MPs were being rushed into a vote to back …

Genetics

Sleep: How to nap like a pro

We’ve all heard of the merits of power naps, says Tiffanie Wen, but are there good and bad ways to sleep during the day?<p>Growing up, sleep was considered paramount in my family home. My siblings and I didn’t have many house rules – bedtimes were flexible, we had free reign over microwaved TV dinners …

Sleep

Elon Musk plans satellite network

Next venture by founder of electric car firm Tesla aims to bring internet coverage to the billions who do not have it<p>After shaking up the automotive world with his electric car venture, entrepreneur Elon Musk has set his sights skywards in a bid to bring the internet to the billions who still lack …

Nixie wearable camera drone wins Intel's $500,000 tech challenge

Wearable camera drone Nixie is the winner of Intel's Make it Wearable competition, scooping a prize of $500,000 (£313,000) at a ceremony held in San …

Do I Only Use 10% of My Brain?

Scientists Have Discovered an On/Off Switch For Ageing Cells

Image: mopic/Shutterstock<p>In our bodies, our cells are constantly dividing in order to replenish our lungs, skin, liver and other organs. But most …

Biology

The 7 Most Important Fitness Tracker Measurements

How they work and what healthy data looks like<p>In early 2015, Apple will release its first major product since 2010 -- a health tracker dubbed Apple Watch -- that will reportedly log a litany of biometric information using 10 different sensors. The wrist device has the same aesthetic as the Nike …

Here's how doctors will test Apple's new patient tracking features

Apple briefly hinted last week that hospitals would soon try out HealthKit's patient tracking technology, and we now know how those experiments are going to work. According to <i>Reuters</i>, both Duke University and Stanford University are weeks away from launching trial programs that will let doctors …

Google Glass makes doctors better surgeons, Stanford study shows

One of the ripest markets for Google Glass and Glass-based apps may be healthcare. While patient care has become increasingly data-driven, doctors need a way to receive the data while remaining hands-on with patients.<p>Can wearables in the OR improve clinical outcomes? Although it makes sense, …

The secret to acing exams

In tests that offer a choice of answers, you can exploit hidden patterns to get full marks if you know how, says William Poundstone.<p>Our fates in school and beyond are decided by pop quizzes, final exams, drivers’ exams, and professional exams. Many are true-or-false, or multiple-choice. If you get …

Mathematics

How Lizard Tails Could Help Scientists Study Human Limb Regeneration

Prosthetic technology is getting insanely good. But what if we just didn't need it any more? What if we could simply program our genes to regrow …

10 Digital Health Trends for the Next 20 Years

The Digital Health Revolution is upon us. Here are the ten trends that will impact each and everyone of us in the coming years to help us live healthier, stronger and smarter lives, for longer.

Biowearable could give real-time disease updates

Biomedical engineers are taking a cue from the technology industry, creating a wearable that will alert diabetics to subtle but important changes in …

'The End of SeaWorld'

SeaWorld, as we know it today, is over. It's only a matter of time. The company is finished. Here's why.<p>1. The SeaWorld brand is now tarnished, at best. Toxic? Likely. The brand represents the torture of whales for an increasing population of concerned citizens. If you love whales (and who …

Rocket recycling: watch SpaceX's Falcon 9 fly back to Earth

Back in mid-July, one of SpaceX's two-stage Falcon 9 rockets blasted off from Cape Canaveral to deposit a series of 6 Orbcomm satellites in low earth orbit. In case you're not <i>terribly</i> familiar with how these things work, it's the rocket's first stage (and its 9 Merlin 1C engines) that does most of …

This woman has spent almost a year underwater. Here’s why she’s your new hero

Forget what you’ve been told. The main problem the ocean faces is not acidification. It’s not overfishing. It’s not dead zones, dying reefs, or great …

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