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Aircraft safety: Should planes have parachutes?

Parachutes capable of carrying entire aircraft exist, so why aren’t they installed on more planes? Wouldn’t they save lives in emergencies, wonders Katia Moskvitch.<p>John Farese’s plane engine quit without a sputter, and he began to plummet.<p>Farese, a US lawyer with 42 years experience flying his 1978 …

Aviation

Wriggling worm is breakthrough for artificial life

Early efforts to construct an artificial life form in a software model have reached a milestone as a digital worm begins to squirm in the same way that real animals are observed to<p>An ambitious project to recreate an entire roundworm, cell by cell, in a software model has reached a crucial …

Biology

Acupuncture reduces chemo hot flashes for women - Futurity

Acupuncture and similar pinprick sensations may relieve hot flashes and pain caused by breast cancer chemotherapy treatment, a new study shows.

Breast Cancer

'Super-clone' E. coli could be worse than hospital superbug - Futurity

Virulent, drug-resistant forms of E. coli emerged from a single strain of the bacteria, and may have a far greater impact that the so-called MRSA …

Moon Contributed to Titanic Sinking?—'Once-in-Many-Lifetimes' Coincidence

Several very unusual factors related to the moon, and thus the ocean’s tides, all lined up at once before the Titanic’s sinking, which may have …

Titanic

Can A Human Fall In Love With A Computer?

Short answer: love conquers all.<p>The film <i>Her</i>, which opens across the country this month, tells a love story between a man and some software. It may seem far-fetched, but researchers say it’s plausible. If so inclined, they could stitch together existing systems into one irresistible romance …

Artificial Intelligence

The Humanoids Are Here: The Walking, Climbing, Driving Robots of the DRC

It’s entirely possible that the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) will be a complete mess. The goal of this two-year Pentagon-funded competition is beyond ambitious—to develop robotic first responders, able to operate in Fukushima-like situations, human-centric environments that have become disaster …

Cloning technique produces human stem cells for the first time

Researchers say they have finally managed to use cloning technology to make human embryos and grow stem cells from them in the hopes of making perfectly matched grow-your-own tissue transplants.<p>They used a human egg cell and parts of a human skin cell to grow a very early human embryo, then …

Heart monitor in a bandage - Futurity

STANFORD (US) — Engineers hope the technology they developed for their ultra-sensitive, paper-thin heart monitor …

Stanford University

'Simple path' from fish hips to 4-legged walk - Futurity

MONASH U. (AUS) — The evolution of the complex, weight-bearing hips of walking animals from …

Hips

Could an app replicate the placebo effect?

New research shows deception isn't needed to induce healing effects with fake meds<p>Daniel Jacobs believes in the placebo effect, the well-documented but not well-understood phenomenon in which sick patients sometimes feel the same healing effects from swallowing a sugar pill that they would from …

Arteries may thicken faster in polluted air - Futurity

U. MICHIGAN (US) — Long-term exposure to air pollution appears to speed up hardening of …

Pollution

Breast cancer biology differs in older women - Futurity

U. NOTTINGHAM (UK) — Breast cancer in women over 70 has a less aggressive and …

Breast Cancer

Scientists develop bacteria that needs caffeine to survive and reproduce

Scientists at the University of Texas and the University of Iowa have created a synthetic bacteria that grows thanks to one of humankind's favorite stimulants — caffeine. According to a report from <i>Quartz</i>, this bacteria can be added to any caffeinated beverage and it'll grow according to the levels …

3D scans reveal hair and facial features of unborn babies

These three dimensional scans of babies while still in the womb are some of the most detailed ever achieved, revealing details including hair, skin texture and even facial expressions.<p>The high definition scanning technology uses multiple beams of ultrasound and state of the art software to build a …

Pregnancy

Scientists Build Hollow Virus For Cheaper Vaccines

This foot-and-mouth virus has a stable exterior, but no genetic material in its interior.<p>Call it hollow-hearted. Researchers have built a mimic of the outer capsule of the foot-and-mouth disease virus. Inside, where the virus' genetic material normally lives, is empty.<p>Such synthetic virus-like …

The science behind the new foot-and-mouth disease vaccine

A paper describing a new synthetic vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) was all over the news this week and rightly so — it's an impressive …

Human brain cells found to boost learning ability in mice

A recent study by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center has revealed new properties of human brain cells known as astrocytes, using them to boost learning ability in mice. Scientists injected the cells — previously seen as relatively unimportant helpers to more central neurons — …

It's a gut reaction: how other people's bacteria can cure us – extract

This is a standard party invitation in most respects: there's a map of the neighbourhood, the address and time, and some friendly encouragement to …