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The ultimate US road trip? Scientist devises nerdy tour of 47 national parks

In a month that the US National Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday, a road trip fanatic has devised a remarkably nerdy way to see each and every one in a single epic holiday.<p>Randy Olson, a data scientist at the University of Pennsylvania, has used a combination of genetic algorithms and …

Study Shows What Happens When You Swap Fat For Sugar

Nothing good.<p>Ever wandered down the 'health foods' aisle of your local grocery store? If it’s anything like the one near me, it’s full of 'low-fat', …

Goodbye to Allergies? Scientists Discover How to Trick Body's Immune System

If you suffer from allergies or asthma, you may be able one day to say goodbye to all those temporary treatments and over-the-counter drugs. …

Immunotherapy

3D printing in gel shows how scientists could print human organs

While scientists have had success in the past printing structures like "bionic ears," a clear path to making functional internal organs and tissue hasn't really emerged. However, researchers at the University of Florida in Gainesville have developed a way of printing complex objects in gel, a …

Water on Mars: What Does It Really Mean?

A new find of liquid water fuels hopes that life may yet exist on the red planet.<p>It’s tempting to say that the announcement of liquid water on the surface of Mars heralds a new era in Martian exploration.<p>You might think that the first human explorers on Mars will park next to a salty stream and use …

Habitats

Why NASA Didn't Just Send Over A Rover To Look For Water On Mars

Mars is basically a pretty arid place, so it's pretty astonishing that the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was able to spot signs of liquid water on the planet's surface.<p>But even more astonishing in a way is that one of the places where signs of water was spotted is a mere 50 kilometers from where …

Healthful eating is smart way to sustain brain power, study finds

It's official, no matter where you live: Healthful eating is among the best ways to protect your aging brain against slippage. Conversely, a diet that skimps on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and fish and includes lots of fried foods, red meat and alcohol is highly likely to pave a road to …

What would you see in a black hole?

What would it be like to fly a spacecraft into a black hole? Marcus Woo investigates.<p>Something about a black hole just pulls you in. Sure, its gravity is so strong that not even light can elude its grasp. But, there's something else, something harder to pinpoint. Maybe it's a black hole's absolute …

New drug could reverse the damage of multiple sclerosis

A new experimental drug, called anti-LINGO-1, has been found to repair myelin, radically improving nerve signalling<p>A new drug could reverse the damage of multiple sclerosis, curing balance and vision problems for sufferers, researchers believe.<p>The disorder occurs when myelin, the fatty material …

Jeff Bezos Says Blue Origin's BE-3 Rocket Engine Is Ready for Flight

Blue Origin, the spaceflight company created by billionaire Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, says that its hydrogen-fueled BE-3 rocket engine is ready for flight testing after years of development.<p>"The BE-3 has now been fired for more than 30,000 seconds over the course of 450 tests," Bezos said in a …

Space Travel

This Sleeve Will Help Save Pitchers' Arms

Motion tracking technology could keep players on the mound for just the right amount of time<p>Problem:<p>Hurtling fastball, after curveball, after slider puts incredible strain on a pitcher’s arm, which, over time, can cause painful tears in the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). To make matters worse, …

'Guitar Hero'-Style Videogame Helps Stroke Victims Recover

Rehabilitating with games is more fun, and it works better<p>Of the 700,000 people who suffer from strokes every year in the United States, only 10 percent fully recover. The rehabilitation process can be long and challenging, especially for older victims in more fragile states of health. Researchers …

Saturn Moon Just Got More Interesting in Hunt for Alien Life

Particles spewed from its ice-encrusted ocean hint at the same kind of chemistry that might have jump-started Earth’s biology.<p>Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus has tantalized scientists for years as a place where life could exist (in theory), and the case is now stronger with new evidence of hot springs …

Astronomy

Stem Cell Test Screens For Dangerous Drug Side Effects

Animal tests can only get you so far<p>A new test could help researchers understand how patients might respond to an unpredictable type of drug called a biologic. The test uses stem cells to give a more accurate prediction for how the drugs will affect a person's entire body, not just specific cells, …

Mad Cow Research Hints At Ways To Halt Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ravage the brain in very different ways. But they have at least one thing in common, says Corinne Lasmezas, a neuroscientist and professor at Scripps Research Institute, in Jupiter, Fla. Each spreads from brain cell to brain cell like an …

FDA Approves First Biosimilar Cancer Drug

It's a bold move toward more affordable medicine<p>The Federal Drug Administration approved the first biosimilar product in the United States on Friday. The drug, Zarxio, is now permitted for use in chemotherapy treatments to help patients' bodies produce white blood cells. Zarxio is the generic …

A simple injection could one day stop people from bleeding to death

'100 percent of the rats treated with the polymer survived' a traumatic injury<p>Blood loss kills a lot of people; one-third of deaths related to traumatic injuries are caused by bleeding. But a lab-made polymer could change that, as it was able to stop bleeding in rats whose femoral artery was cut, …

New Injectable Hydrogel Delivers Drugs Without Surgery

Turning six injections into one<p>To treat certain types of medical conditions, such as some forms of vision loss or cancer, patients have to receive drugs through periodic injections. These doctor visits can be time-consuming—sometimes happening once per week—and demoralizing, and the drugs affect …

Soldiers could have their bones copied and 3D printed in case of injury

Experts say that soldiers could be scanned before deploying and a 'twin' kept online so that new bones could be 3D printed if they are injured<p>Soldiers could be scanned before they enter the battlefield and a virtual 'twin' kept online so that new bones could be 3D printed when they get injured, …

What The 2016 Budget Proposal Means For Antibiotics Research

Superbugs are back in the crosshairs<p>Antibiotic resistance poses a greater threat to public health than ever before. Over the next 35 years, an estimated 300 million people around the world could die because of bacteria's growing resistance to treatment. The Centers for Disease Control and …

Mysterious dark matter in inner Milky Way

It’s a tough measurement, but astronomers in Stockholm say they’ve proven dark matter exists in our part of the galaxy.<p>We knew there was dark matter …

Inside The 'Europa Clipper' Mission That NASA Is Planning To Send Past Jupiter

Jupiter's moon is the best candidate for finding extraterrestrial life; here's how we're going to get there<p>On Monday, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden gave an exciting update on the state of America's space agency, detailing the Obama Administration’s proposal to give NASA $18.5 billion for the …

Mars One mission: 100 hopefuls shortlisted for chance to leave Earth forever

The Mars One project aims to put the first humans on the Red Planet by 2024<p>Amateur astronauts hoping to make history by leaving Earth to live on Mars have been shortlisted for the one-way trip of a lifetime.<p>The final 100 candidates from the Mars One project have been whittled down from more than …

Space Science

NASA launches Earth-observing satellite on third try

Amid growing concern about global weather patterns, a rocket roared into space Saturday carrying a NASA satellite that will give scientists new tools to forecast weather, track drought and monitor climate change.<p>The liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California was the third attempt …

Genetics,Biology,Science,Health policy,Health,Public services policy,Politics,Ethics,UK news,Pregnancy,Health & wellbeing,Family,Parents and parenting,Life and style<p>Top world scientists call on government to approve law allowing ‘three-person embryos’ which would remove faulty mitochondrial …

Genetics

Google is making fake human skin to test its cancer-detecting nanoparticles

Last October, Google announced that it was working on magnetic nanoparticles that would seek out cancer cells in the bloodstream and report back to a smart wristband. Now, if this didn't sound bizarre enough, it turns out the search giant is also using synthetic skin to develop the technology.<p>When …

Cancer Cells

Space 2020: What does the future hold?

What will our space ambitions actually look like a decade from now? Three experts tell Richard Hollingham.<p>Space has not been this exciting since the 1960s.<p>Nasa recently launched Orion, its first new spacecraft to carry astronauts since the Space Shuttle, and is developing a massive new rocket to …

Space Science

Fiery star deaths may look different than we thought

Supernovae are the funeral pyres of very massive stars. They forge most of the basic elements we know, including the ones that make up our bodies. But we still don't know exactly how they happen. It's getting a little clearer though, and a new study published today in <i>Science</i> could address part of …

This Is the No. 1 Driver of Diabetes and Obesity

Martha Holmes—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>Martha Holmes—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>Martha Holmes—The LIFE Picture …