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Injecting Electronics Into Brain Not as Freaky as it Sounds

No need to wait for the cyborg future—it’s already here. Adding to a growing list of electronics that can be implanted in the body, scientists are working to perfect the ultimate merger of mind and machine: devices fused directly to the brain.<p>A new type of flexible electronics can be injected …

Speed-of-light computers made possible by ultra-tiny 'beamsplitter'

Computer engineers at the University of Utah announced a breakthrough on Monday, potentially paving the way for supercomputers that process data …

Electronic skin makes your body a computer

<b>(CNN) —</b> A patch of gold, just a few centimeters wide and light as a feather, could reveal your innermost thoughts and feelings.<p>This is the premise of Professor John Rogers' Biostamp. By attaching flexible, miniature sensors to the user's temple, he has been able to track brain waves in real time …

Brainwaves

Heart muscle cells regrown in medical research breakthrough

Unlike animals such as the salamander and the zebrafish, humans are unable to easily regenerate heart cells, making it difficult to recover from the permanent damage caused by heart attacks.<p>But scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and the Victor Chang Institute in Sydney have …

Medical Research

Don’t Stop Daydreaming: Why a Wandering Mind Is Good for You

If you can’t get through this article without checking your Facebook, walking to the fridge, scrolling through your phone, and choosing something on …

Experimental new HIV treatment may prevent infection

Monkey studies may lead to HIV vaccine<p>Researchers say that they have developed an HIV treatment capable of blocking infection in monkeys for more than 40 weeks after being administered. The results, reported today in <i>Nature</i>, appear so promising that the researchers believe it may be able to work as …

Man-made DNA can now store data for millions of years

Swiss scientists have discovered encasing DNA in glass and chilling it down can preserve data encoded in it for millions of years, moving them closer …

Genetics

Microscopic gold tubes can both detect and destroy cancer cells

There's no doubt that doctors would prefer to treat cancer as soon as they spot it, and it looks like nanotechnology might give them that chance. Researchers at the University of Leeds have successfully tested gold nanotubes that are useful for both imaging and destroying cancer cells. Since the …

Low-fat diet advice was based on undercooked science

Damning report says the 1977 Dietary Goals for the United States should never have been introduced<p>For decades, the accepted dietary wisdom has been to eat a low-fat diet, minimizing the intake of saturated fat in particular. This has been the official advice from the United States since 1977 and …

Discovering your inner GPS

The ability of birds to navigate their way back to their nests, often more than thousands of miles each year, is fascinating. Arctic terns, which have the longest migration distance known, travel from their Arctic breeding grounds to overwinter on the Antarctic coast: an annual roundtrip of over …

The Ongoing Quest For The ‘Brain’ Chip

To some they’re the holy grail of computing; computer chips that work like the brain — opening up a wealth of possibilities from artificial intelligence to the ability to simulate whole artificial personalities.<p>To others they are another in a long list of interesting but unpractical ideas not too …

An Odd Hypothesis About Bubbles Could Finally Lead to Nuclear Fusion

Nuclear fusion is the dream of energy scientists the world over, because it promises limitless, clean electricity. Most efforts to kickstart the …

Physics

Age of Happiness: The people who refuse to grow old