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Interconnected rats' brains create organic computer

Scientists have been experimenting with brain-to-brain interfaces for years. Miguel Nicolelis, a neurobiologist at Duke University Medical Center, in particular, has been making strides with his research on the subject. His team recently created a "Brainet" or a network of interconnected brains …

Sequencing the RNA of sperm may better diagnose a man's infertility

The method could greatly benefit couples who are having trouble getting pregnant<p>There’s a new, more reliable method for figuring out if a man’s infertile. The discovery could help couples struggling to conceive to spend less time and money on fertility treatments that don’t work.<p>In a new study …

Genetics

Eating human brains helped Papua New Guinea tribe resist disease, research shows

The cannibalistic practice helped the Fore tribe develop genetic resistance to a mad cow-like disease. This is useful for scientists studying diseases like dementia<p>Research involving a former brain-eating tribe from Papua New Guinea is helping scientists better understand mad cow disease and other …

Dementia

Teilchenbeschleuniger schafft Weltrekord

13 Teraelektronenvolt - noch nie sind bei einem Experiment Teilchen mit solcher Wucht aufeinandergeprallt wie jetzt am Europäischen …

Don't Inject Yourself With Baby Mouse Blood Cells Just Yet

Young blood may have healing properties, but we don't know why<p>You might be under the impression that young blood is the fountain of youth. A number of studies conducted in older mice (and, once, humans) over the past 10 years have shown benefits from transfusions of young blood, or parabiosis, …

Harvard

Your Microbiome May Hold Keys To Cancer Treatment

The answer has been inside you all along<p>Today, the field of oncology is exploring new and diverse ways to fight cancer, from antibodies to vaccines to cracking the genetic code. All of these biological elements affect how cancer starts and how doctors can treat it. But according to a review …

Microbiology

Three patients fight cancer with genetically tailored vaccines

Activating dormant cancer-fighting cells<p>Researchers are making progress toward a new way to fight cancer, combining genetic sequencing with the power of vaccinations. Genetically tailored vaccines were used to provoke an immune response in three patients with advanced forms of skin cancer, …

Immunotherapy

You may be your germs: Microbe genes slipped into human DNA, study says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Evolutionary diagrams usually connect humans and monkeys with common primate ancestors, but now, scientists say there's a missing link that deserves a spot on that family tree -- our bacteria, fungi, and viruses.<p>Though most of our genes come from primate ancestors, many of them slipped into …

Biology

Cancer makes body grow weaker by 'imitating diabetes', scientists discover

Around a fifth of cancer deaths happen when patients become too weak to withstand chemotherapy and radiotherapy<p>Cancer cells cause the body to waste away by simulating diabetes, research has found, meaning new treatment could help sufferers stay strong for longer.<p>The research, conducted on fruit …

For cancer risk, some BRCA mutations are more dangerous than others

Doctors have long recognized that women with mutations in two particular genes – BRCA1 and BRCA2 – have a higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Now they are starting to figure out which mutations are worse than others.<p>They have even discovered that some of these mutations may reduce a woman's …

A single dose of a new HIV drug weakens the virus for 28 days

The antibody-based drug might reduce people's need for antiretrovirals<p>A new class of HIV drugs might be around the corner. By injecting people infected with HIV with a single dose of antibodies, researchers were able to reduce the presence of the virus in the blood of study participants — for 28 …

Medicine

Brain-Implanted Compasses Let Blind Rats Navigate A Maze

Paving the way for bionic humans<p>Some animals--such as pigeons--come with built-in compasses. Others, it seems, can be retrofitted. Researchers in Japan have managed to wire digital compasses, like the one in your smartphone, to the brains of blind rats. The rats learned to use the compass to find …

Neurology

Aluminum-Ion Batteries Are Flexible, Fast-Charging, And Won't Catch On Fire

But don't expect to find them in Costco just yet<p>Almost all of the electronic devices that we carry around with us all day now rely on one key, but increasingly antiquated, technology: the lithium-ion battery. A mainstay of rechargeable power for the last couple decades, this battery technology has …

Clean Energy

Food Poisoning: An Untrackable Illness In A Globalized World

About this time of year, 4 years ago, people in Germany began falling ill with diarrhea, nausea and fever. At first it looked like a small outbreak, though a troubling one: One out of every three victims needed to be admitted to the hospital. Then the outbreak expanded, and expanded again. By June, …

Eureka! Complex organic molecules found in a young star system

Our solar system may not be as special as we thought. A new study of a young star's protoplanetary disk finds the same kinds of complex organic molecules that are found on the comets in our own solar system.<p>The findings, published in the journal Nature, show that the same chemical building blocks …

Sex offending is written in DNA of some men, study finds

Sex offending is written in the genes, an unprecedented study has shown, with the brothers of men convicted of sex crimes five times more likely to commit a rape or assault than the general public.<p>The controversial finding suggests that some men are born with an increased risk of molesting children …

NASA Chief Scientist Is Sure We'll Find Alien Life Within 20 Years

The truth is out there<p>NASA is certain: We’re not alone in this universe.<p>Speaking at a public panel on Tuesday in Washington D.C., NASA scientists discussed the likelihood of finding organic life in our solar system. Given the surprising number of oceans residing throughout our celestial home, they …

Astronomy
The Brain

Tyrannosaur combat - new evidence of clashes between titans

Bitten skull shows damage from both before and after death<p><i>Tyrannosaurus</i> and its relatives enjoy a reputation as bloodthirsty killers, always on the rampage and butchering the nearest, and generally largest, herbivores in the area. This impression is not without a fair bit of exaggeration and the …

Dinosaurs

Mars has belts of glaciers

A thick layer of dust covers the Martian ice. Under the dust, there are glaciers made of frozen water.<p>Mars is known to have distinct polar ice caps, …

Fußball, die Zahl 23 und das Geburtstagsparadoxon

<i>Von 1. bis 20. April bin ich auf Reisen, halte Vorträge in der Pfalz und in Baden-Württemberg und mache auch ein wenig Urlaub. Für die Zeit meiner</i> …

Studien werfen neues Licht auf Entstehung des Mondes

Das zeigen Unterschiede in den verschiedenen Varianten von Wolfram auf Erde und Mond, die ein deutsches und ein US-Team unabhängig voneinander …

Do your genes determine your entire life?

Some scientists claim that new discoveries have proved free will is an illusion. Nonsense, says Julian Baggini<p>Whenever you read stories about identical twins separated at birth, they tend to follow the template set by the most remarkable of them all: the “two Jims”. James Springer and James Lewis …

Genetics

Ants divide knowledge to protect the 'network' - Futurity

Email servers would be harder to hack if they borrowed a simple security protocol from ants, new research suggests.

Biology

Large Hadron Collider Gets Set for Weekend Restart

Physics

A drug-resistant intestinal illness is spreading in the US

The CDC recommends decreasing the use of antibiotics to treat mild forms of Shigellosis<p>A drug-resistant intestinal illness called Shigellosis is spreading in the US for the first time, according to a CDC report released today. The drug-resistant bacteria that causes the illness has infected 243 …

Public Health
Neurophilosophy

No surprise: A key to infant learning is surprise

Baby play just got a little less random.<p>It turns out that infants are natural scientists, spurred by surprises to test primitive hypotheses, according to a study published online Thursday in the journal Science.<p>Eleven-month-old infants who observed something that defied their rudimentary …

To Build Multitasking Robots, Mimic The Human Brain

Brains learn better and forget less when connections are clustered<p>Our brains are complex organs, separated into many parts and units for different functions and computations. According to new research published today in <i>PLOS Computational Biology</i>, this compartmental complexity is what helps us learn …

The Brain