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Scientists are getting closer to a quantum computer — here's why it matters

Over the past few decades, scientists around the world have been working to develop an ambitious new type of device called a quantum computer. And, this week, they took a step closer to that goal.<p>Compared to normal computers, these quantum computers — first theorized in the 1980s, and still in …

A Simple Explanation Of 'The Internet Of Things'

The “Internet of things” (IoT) is becoming an increasingly growing topic of conversation both in the workplace and outside of it. It’s a concept that not only has the potential to impact how we live but also how we work. But what exactly is the “Internet of things” and what impact is it going to …

Optical brain scanner goes where other brain scanners can't

Although DOT technology now is used in research settings, it has the potential to be helpful in many medical scenarios as a surrogate for functional …

Chemists challenge conventional understanding of how photocatalysis works

Photocatalysis—catalysis assisted by light—is a promising route to convert solar energy into chemical fuels. Particularly appealing is the …

Finally, A Use For Tobacco That Doesn’t Kill You: Making Drugs

From producing flu vaccines to a potential cancer drug, scientists are discovering that tobacco plants are useful for things other than getting us addicted.<p>Tobacco is normally bad for our health. Now that could change, as one biotech company starts using it to make vaccines that save …

Modified measles virus destroys cancer in early clinical trial

Promising early results from a clinical trial at the Mayo Clinic out this week suggest that a modified version of the measles virus can be used to target cancer cells and put the condition into remission. Researchers intravenously delivered 10,000 times the typical dosage of measles vaccine to two …

Science explains why octopus arms don't stick together

Amputated octopus arms can't grab octopus skin, and that might be great for robotics<p>Octopus arms can grab onto just about any smooth surface with ease and, for the most part, they do so without communicating their location to the brain. This ability has turned them into darlings of the robotics …

Massive dose of measles vaccine clears woman's cancer

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Mayo Clinic researchers announced a landmark study where a massive dose of the measles vaccine, enough to inoculate 10 million people, wiped out a Minnesota woman's incurable blood cancer.<p>The Mayo Clinic conducted the clinical trial last year using virotherapy. The method …

Mind-controlled prosthetic arm from Segway inventor gets FDA approval

Nearly eight years ago, DARPA, the US Defense Department's advanced research agency, set out to find a better solution for amputees than the metal hooks still widely used today. Now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted its approval to one of the projects that came from that effort: a …

New medical gel grows bone tissue exactly where you need it

Repairing seriously damaged bones is normally a delicate art; while you want to regrow bones quickly, you also have to carefully manage that growth to produce the right shape. Thankfully, Rice University has created a gel that makes it easier to produce only the bone tissue a patient needs. The …

Bacteria hitchhike on proteins to make us sick - Futurity

New research helps explain how bacteria attach to blood proteins to cause a dangerous heart infection in people.

Virus programmed to unlock and kill cancer - Futurity

Bioengineers have designed a virus that on its own is benign. When it encounters certain enzymes, however, it "unlocks" to kill cancer.

Cancer

Magnetic Brain Stimulation May Trump Drugs For Severe Depression

For people with treatment-resistant depression, that is.<p>Drugs are the most common psychiatric treatment for depression. But about 40 percent of people fail to respond to this first-line of antidepressants. What to do? The answer to date has often been more and different drugs.<p>But transcranial …

Cellular 'tweak' gives tiny worms fertility and long life - Futurity

New research with nematodes suggests that it's possible to manipulate the aging process of progeny before they're even born.

Water jets propel cancer cells through tight spots - Futurity

Cancer cells can take in and pump out water and ions to propel the themselves forward. Researchers call this mechanism the "Osmotic Engine Model."

Cancer Cells