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Dengue virus exposure may amplify Zika infection

Previous exposure to the dengue virus may increase the potency of Zika infection, according to research from Imperial College London. The early-stage laboratory findings, published in the journal Nature Immunology, suggests the recent explosive outbreak of Zika may have been driven in part by previous exposure to the dengue virus. read more

Antibodies that are effective against both dengue and Zika viruses

Scientists from the Institut Pasteur and the CNRS [1], in collaboration with Imperial College London and the University of Vienna, Austria, have identified antibodies that can efficiently neutralize both the dengue virus and the Zika virus. Show More Summary

Dengue Virus Exposure May Amplify Zika Infection

Previous exposure to the dengue virus may increase the potency of Zika infection, according to research from Imperial College London.

Special Mushrooms Prove Highly Effective in Treating Depression

A new unprecedented study suggests that psilocybin, found in magic mushrooms, may be successful in treating depression. Nature reported how scientists from the Imperial College London studied 6 men and 6 women in an open label trial to find out the safety and feasibility of treating patients with psilocybin. Each of the participants had spent an average of […]

Inside a photon prison, a light-and-matter hybrid is born

Scientists at Cambridge University and the Imperial College London have trapped photons inside a tiny gold cavity, forcing it to interact with matter to form a hybrid state. This unique mixture – or "strong coupling" – of light and matter,...Show More Summary

Genome sequencing helps determine end of tuberculosis outbreak

Using genome sequencing, researchers from the University of British Columbia, along with colleagues at the Imperial College in London, now have the ability to determine when a tuberculosis (TB) outbreak is over. read more

Me in London, Cambridge

Over the next week I’ll give these talks on Age of Em: May 15, 12:50pm, TEDx Imperial College, London, UK. May 17, Jesus College Effective Altruists, Cambridge, UK. I’ll also talk in Paris May 18, but that is by invitation … Continue reading ?

Mechanisms of persistent infection for the human T-cell leukemia virus

Joint research between scientists from Kumamoto University, Japan and Imperial College London, UK has revealed the mechanisms of persistent latent infection of the human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1). This is an important achievement...Show More Summary

7 students have built a simple probe to mimic live disasters in a distant room

In 2015, seven students from Imperial College of London turned to IBM for help with a class project. Their assignment? Design something in just four weeks that could help emergency workers in the real world.  The team decided to build an...Show More Summary

This Tea Could Help Humans Conquer Mars

Synthetic biology researchers at Imperial College London have manipulated the bacteria in fermented kombucha tea to engineer material for building shelters on Mars. Take that, Earl Grey.

How Chilling With Brian Eno Changed the Way I Study Physics

At the annual Imperial College quantum gravity cocktail hour, a young theoretical physicist met an unlikely inspiration. The post How Chilling With Brian Eno Changed the Way I Study Physics appeared first on WIRED.

Health academics back EU remain campaign

A group of leading academics from the School of Public Health at Imperial College London says the UK must remain in the EU in order to protect the health of UK residents. Also at risk following a vote to leave the EU, says the group,...Show More Summary

E-cigarette use in UK almost doubled in 2 years, says Europe-wide study

The number of people in the UK who have tried e-cigarettes has almost doubled in just two years, according to a new study. The research, from scientists at Imperial College London, examined e-cigarette use - and attitudes to the devices...Show More Summary

Magic-mushroom drug lifts depression in first human trial

last monthHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Nature Magazine reports that researchers from Imperial College London gave psilocybin to 12 people with depression. All the patients showed "a marked improvement in their symptoms." From Nature: Researchers from Imperial College London gave 12 people psilocybin, the active component in magic mushrooms. Show More Summary

Study Suggests Psychedelic Mushrooms Might Help Severe Depression

last monthLifestyle / Fashion : The Cut

A new study could offer hope for people struggling with depression, as well as for researchers trying to investigate controlled substances as possible treatments.Scientists from Imperial College London recruited 12 volunteers with severe depression for a study published in Lancet Psychiatry. They'd been depressed for an average of 18 years ... More »

Scans reveal babies of mothers with gestational diabetes have more body fat

Babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes have more body fat at two months of age compared to babies born to healthy mothers, says a new study. Scientists from Imperial College London used MRI scanning to measure body fat in 86 babies - they took these readings shortly after birth, and again when the babies were 8-12 weeks old. read more

Repairing damaged cartilage with a man-made bio-glass

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Pioneering technologies like 3D printing have had a huge impact on the medical world, and now a unique material developed by researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Milano-Bicocca could lead to all-new implants for replacing damaged cartilage, including discs between vertebrae. Show More Summary

Public is rational about radiation; the industry isn’t

Malcolm Grimston, a senior research fellow at Imperial College in the UK, gave a fascinating talk to the Canadian Nuclear Association’s February 2016 meeting. His message includes powerful suggestions for people who are excited about the prospects of using nuclear energy to solve some of humanity’s most wicked problems. Show More Summary

Psychedelic scans show LSD’s effect on the brain for first time

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Researchers at the Imperial College of London have for the first time mapped the effects of LSD on the brain using fMRI and other scans while patients were under the influence of the drug. The images show the remarkable neurologicalShow More Summary

You Can Tell a Lot about an Animal by Its Snout

3 months agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

(Photo: Tom Phillips) What's in a snout? A lot. Jon Tennant, a doctoral researcher at Imperial College London, surveyed the shapes of the snouts of different cud-chewing animals. He found that both blunt and pointed snouts offer particular advantages.

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