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Could villains clone themselves to take over the world?
3 months ago

Could villains clone themselves to take over the world?

If asked about clones, most people think of evil sci-fi characters. However, in real life, the word “clone” often has broader, far more positive applications. Just as office workers replicate …
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Do blind people have better hearing?
3 months ago

Do blind people have better hearing?

The sensation of sound occurs when the vibrations from sounds enter our ear and cause little hairlike structures – called hair cells – within our inner ear to move back …
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Gene editing protects pigs from killer virus
3 months ago

Gene editing protects pigs from killer virus

Researchers have used gene editing to successfully breed pigs that are resistant to a deadly virus.

Coronaviruses, highly contagious and widespread viruses known for their distinctive microscopic halos, are responsible …
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These 3D-printed parts ‘remember’ how we use them
3 months ago

These 3D-printed parts ‘remember’ how we use them

Researchers have developed 3D-printed devices that can track and store their own use—without batteries or electronics.

Cheap and easily customizable, 3D-printed devices are perfect for assistive technology, like prosthetics or …
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Lab-grown retinas reveal how the real things form
3 months ago

Lab-grown retinas reveal how the real things form

Biologists have grown human retina tissue from scratch to learn how the cells that let us see in colour are made.

The work may lay the groundwork for therapies for eye …
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Just like humans, more cats and dogs are living with chronic health conditions
3 months ago

Just like humans, more cats and dogs are living with chronic health conditions

About 15m people in England have a long-term health condition, such as diabetes, persistent pain or arthritis.

Living with this type of a health problem can have a huge impact on a …
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Guided by CRISPR, prenatal gene editing shows proof-of-concept in treating disease before birth
3 months ago

Guided by CRISPR, prenatal gene editing shows proof-of-concept in treating disease before birth

For the first time, scientists have performed prenatal gene editing to prevent a lethal metabolic disorder in laboratory animals, offering the potential to treat human congenital diseases before …
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Nanoparticles to treat snakebites
3 months ago

Nanoparticles to treat snakebites

Venomous snakebites affect 2.5 million people, and annually cause more than 100,000 deaths and leave 400,000 individuals with permanent physical and psychological trauma each year. Researchers reporting in PLOS …
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3D printing coral reefs can create new habitat – but it doesn’t tackle human destruction
3 months ago

3D printing coral reefs can create new habitat – but it doesn’t tackle human destruction

Coral reefs are vanishing from the world’s oceans. At least three quarters of these tropical marine habitats are severely threatened globally and in 2016 alone, the Great Barrier Reef lost up …
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Does the brain really feel no pain?
3 months ago

Does the brain really feel no pain?

The brain has no nociceptors – the nerves that detect damage or threat of damage to our body and signal this to the spinal cord and brain. This has led …
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Obesity: hamsters may hold the clue to beating it
3 months ago

Obesity: hamsters may hold the clue to beating it

The global obesity crisis shows no signs of abating, and we urgently need new ways to tackle it. Consuming fewer calories and burning more energy through physical activity is a proven way …
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Have asthma and a pet? Re-homing your cat or dog may not be necessary
3 months ago

Have asthma and a pet? Re-homing your cat or dog may not be necessary

A study from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital analyzed environmental exposures, like pet and secondhand smoke, to determine if they have a role in asthma control among children whose …
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Big data method could speed up the hunt for new drugs
3 months ago

Big data method could speed up the hunt for new drugs

Researchers have discovered a new anti-epileptic drug target and a whole new approach that promises to speed up the discovery of future drugs to treat debilitating diseases, including epilepsy.

The …
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3-D bioprinting of living structures with built-in chemical sensors
4 months ago

3-D bioprinting of living structures with built-in chemical sensors

An international team of researchers led by Professor Michael Kühl at the Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen has just published a breakthrough in 3D bioprinting. Together with …
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A self-powered heart monitor taped to the skin
4 months ago

A self-powered heart monitor taped to the skin

Scientists have developed a human-friendly, ultra-flexible organic sensor powered by sunlight, which acts as a self-powered heart monitor. Previously, they developed a flexible photovoltaic cell that could be …
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Vegan dogs: should canines go meat free?
4 months ago

Vegan dogs: should canines go meat free?

Over the last ten years, it’s estimated there has been a 360% rise in veganism in Britain – around 542,000 people have “gone vegan”. As a nation of animal lovers, with …
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Environmental DNA sniffs out sharks
4 months ago

Environmental DNA sniffs out sharks

A white shark’s acute sense of smell allows it to detect a potential meal several miles away. Now, using environmental DNA (eDNA), scientists—and someday, perhaps, any curious person—can sniff them …
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Tiny crystals could slash the cost of x-rays
4 months ago

Tiny crystals could slash the cost of x-rays

Since the 1890s, X-ray imaging technology has been widely used for many applications, including medical diagnostics, homeland security, national defense, advanced manufacturing, nuclear technology, and environmental monitoring.

Modern X-ray imaging …
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Three things we can all learn from people who don’t use smartphones or social media
4 months ago

Three things we can all learn from people who don’t use smartphones or social media

Many of us spend hours every day tethered to our devices, pawing at the screen to see if it will deliver a few more likes or emails, monitoring the world …
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Worried about AI taking over the world? You may be making some rather unscientific assumptions
4 months ago

Worried about AI taking over the world? You may be making some rather unscientific assumptions

Should we be afraid of artificial intelligence? For me, this is a simple question with an even simpler, two letter answer: no. But not everyone agrees – many people, including …
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