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Your gut microbes may give melanoma treatment a boost

Having the right balance between good and bad microbes in the gut may improve the likelihood that immunotherapy successfully treats melanoma, which …

How to Become a Data Scientist Without a Degree

This article will explore what it’s like to be a Data Scientist, the skillset required, and how to acquire these skills using mostly free or cheap …

Data Science

The 100 best nonfiction books of all time: the full list

After two years of careful reading, moving backwards through time, Robert McCrum has concluded his selection of the 100 greatest nonfiction books. Take a quick look at five centuries of great writing<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his 100 greatest nonfiction books list The 100 best novels written in …

Literature

Would you trade your privacy for a car? You might have that choice in the future

We’re all used to the tech business model that provides zero-dollar access to services in exchange for our data.<p>From the streaming music catalog of …

Scientists Inject Information Into Monkeys’ Brains Using Electricity

It may sound like a scene from a science-fiction movie, but scientists have found a way to insert information into monkeys’ brains using electrical …

Collaboration Kills Creativity, According to Science | Inc.com

The notion that collaboration makes people more creative has become conventional wisdom in the business world. Here's a typical example:<p>Collaboration has recently emerged as the defining characteristic of creativity and growth in nearly all sectors and industries. The singular genius who works …

Creativity

One of The Biggest Evolution Experiments Ever Has Followed 68,000 Generations of Bacteria

And it's still going.<p>Scientists have spent the past 30 years carefully tracking evolution across more than 68,000 generations of <i>E. coli</i> bacteria - …

Biology

A brief etymology of particle physics

How did the proton, photon and other particles get their names? Over the years, physicists have given names to the smallest constituents of our …

Physics

The meaning of life in a world without work

As technology renders jobs obsolete, what will keep us busy? Sapiens author Yuval Noah Harari examines ‘the useless class’ and a new quest for purpose<p>Most jobs that exist today might disappear within decades. As artificial intelligence outperforms humans in more and more tasks, it will replace …

Virtual Reality

Drivers gear up for world’s first nanocar race

Chemists will navigate molecular wagons along a tiny golden track.<p>Six teams from three continents are preparing for a unique race on a polished gold …

Evidence Suggests Early Exposure to Antibiotics Might Lead to Long-Term Behavioural Changes

The mice showed increased anxiety and aggression.<p>Researchers have found that giving low doses of a common antibiotic to pregnant mice and their …

Healthier gut bacteria and weight loss achieved through magnetic brain stimulation

For several years now, researchers have been building on a series of studies that have displayed links between non-invasive, deep Transcranial …

A Bizarre Physics Law Is Making Superfluid Helium Behave Like an Actual Black Hole

"It points to a deeper understanding of reality."<p>Of all the laws of physics, this is arguably one of the strangest - scientists have discovered that …

Scientists Want to Build a Super-Fast, Self-Replicating Computer That "Grows as It Computes"

Well, that's intimidating.<p>Scientists say it's possible to build a new type of self-replicating computer that replaces silicon chips with processors …

This Is Big News For Diabetics And Biotech Investors

A paper published in <i>Cell</i> has taken the scientific world by storm. Its premise is so transformational, it’s being discussed by everyone from nutritional biologists to stem cell scientists. Investors and life extension advocates also have good reason to take note.<p>The title is, “Fasting-Mimicking Diet …

Diabetes

Next Wave of Antibacterials May Kill with Physics, Not Chemistry — NOVA Next | PBS

In 2015, a team of scientists from China, Britain, and the U.S. found several populations of bacteria that had survived a death sentence. In samples …

Microbiology

Bacteria's sneaky way to spread by getting you to eat more

You no doubt know that the Salmonella strain of bacteria can cause you to become seriously ill. But new research shows that the stomach-distressing …

The Pit In Your Stomach is Actually Your Second Brain

The world is so much bigger and more interesting than we can see with our naked eyes. If we could, we could watch cells grow, morph, and split again over and over again on the backs of our own wrists--or the billions of foreign cells living in and among our own, forming what scientists are …

Teaching Computers to Recognize Sick Guts: Machine Learning and the Microbiome

January 12, 2017 / By Tiffany Fox<p><i>San Diego, Calif., Jan. 12, 2017 —</i> A new proof-of-concept study by researchers from the University of California San …

Machine Learning

Circadian rhythms and the microbiome: Disrupting daily routine of gut microbes can be bad news for whole body

<b>(Getty/azgAr Donmaz)</b><p>This offers one pathway to explain a Pandora’s box of possible adverse health effects from aspects of modern life<p>Richard G. "Bugs" Stevens<p>December 25, 2016 12:30am (UTC)<p><i>This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.</i><p>We’ve known that bacteria …

Microbiology

Research in worms provides a model to study how the microbiome influences disease in humans

The billions of microorganisms living within the human digestive tract appear to play a significant role in health and disease, notably metabolic …

Microbiome

New Evidence Suggests Parkinson's Might Start in The Gut, Not The Brain

We might have been wrong about Parkinson's this whole time.<p>A new study adds to a growing body of research that suggests we might have been thinking …

The circadian rhythm of our microbes

Like most life on Earth, our gut microbes have their own circadian rhythm. Disrupting that daily routine can be bad – and keeping it in balance can …

Microbiology

Most Extensive Reengineering of an Organism's Genetic Code Now Complete

Synthetic biologists report the most far-reaching rewiring yet of a bacterial genome. The feat, described today in <i>Science</i>, involved repurposing 3.8% …

CRISPR 101: A crash course on the revolutionary gene editing tool that’s changing the world

For something that’s been called “a household name for molecular biologists,” many of you have probably never heard of CRISPR, and don’t know why you …

How Scientists Plan to Grow Cities Out of Living Organisms

Imagine a future where there is no need to cut down a tree and and reshape that raw material into a chair or table. Instead, we could grow our …

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Can this woman cure ageing with gene therapy?

Biotech boss Elizabeth Parrish has tried out her company’s anti-ageing gene therapy with, she says, amazing results. Too good to be true?<p>Elizabeth Parrish is CEO of BioViva, a Seattle-based biotech company working to develop treatments to slow the ageing process. In April, the company revealed that …

Genetics

Chinese Scientists Will Use CRISPR Gene Editing on Humans for the First Time

Augmented humans are coming next month.<p>A team of Chinese scientists is planning to use a CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing treatment on humans for the first time next month. The procedure at Sichuan University's West China Hospital in Chengdu will attempt to treat lung cancer in patients where chemotherapy, …