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In Experimental Treatment, Stem Cells Could Restore Woman's Sight

She’s the first of 10 patients to undergo the procedure<p>Last month, a 60-year-old woman in England received an experimental treatment to restore her vision, according to a press release from Moorfields Eye Hospital in England where the surgery took place. She and the other nine patients who will …

Stem Cells

This Is What Traveling To Mars Does To Your Brain

Isolation study results reveal astronauts would be stressed and bored<p>Future Mars astronauts will have more to contend with than just the unforgiving, vacuumous expanse of space separating Earth from the Red Planet (140 million miles, on average). In an experiment meant to simulate a journey to …

Space Science

DARPA Gives MIT Lab $32 Million To Program Living Cells

Pushing synthetic biology to the next level<p>Yesterday, the Broad Institute Foundry, a synthetic biology laboratory at MIT, announced its new contract with DARPA. The lab will receive $32 million for engineering cells to find better treatments for disease, make new biofuels, or create fabrics woven …


Russia Shows Off Robotic Cockroach

Say, is this house bugged?<p>The secret roach’s name was Death's Head, aka Blaberus Cranifer, and it came from Russia on a mission. It is a small, mechanical beast, styled after the death's head cockroach. According to Russian state-owned Sputnik news site, it was built in seven months by a group at …


Fermilab's giant magnet begins its journey into the quantum badlands

Two years ago, a huge magnet made its way from Brookhaven, New York to Fermilab, Illinois, via Florida and the Mississippi. And that’s not the strangest thing about it.<p>Infinitesimally small particles, such as the electrons in our wires and the muons that bombard us from space, are tiny magnets. …


ICC to try Islamist leader for destruction of Timbuktu tombs

In a landmark case for cultural crimes, a radical Islamist leader will face trial in The Hague for the destruction of historic tombs in the ancient city of Timbuktu.<p>The case, the first ever war-crimes prosecution in The Hague for acts of cultural destruction, could set a precedent for further …