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Australia's Cyber-Security Scientists Think The US Presidential Hack Is A New Step In 'Internet Terror'

The Australian Centre for Cyber Security at the University of New South Wales Canberra has flagged the cyber-attack on the U.S. Presidential election as a major escalation in “internet terror” directed at the liberal democracies by non-state actors, and possibly by states themselves. More »      

Gene "reboots" stem cells to slow or reverse the aging process

4 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Aging affects everyone, so it's no surprise that fighting it gets so much attention from scientists. A new study, centering on an embryonic stem cell gene known as Nanog, was found to restore the regenerative properties of adult stem cells, which naturally diminish over time. Show More Summary

Potential New Superfood: Cockroach Milk

A team of scientists from India, France, Japan, Canada, and the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. have found that cockroach milk crystals, a nutrient dense substance found in the stomachs of young cockroaches, contain three times as much energy as the equivalent amount of cow's milk. Show More Summary

Newly discovered virus a prime suspect in often-fatal beak disorder spreading among birds

SAN FRANCISCO (July 26, 2016) - Scientists have uncovered a fascinating new clue in the global mystery surrounding wild birds with grossly deformed beaks. A team of researchers from the California Academy of Sciences, University of California San Francisco (UCSF), and the U.S. Show More Summary

Study Identifies Neural Circuits Involved in Making Risky Decisions

New research sheds light on what's going on inside our heads as we decide whether to take a risk or play it safe. Scientists located a region of the brain involved in decisions made under conditions of uncertainty, and identified some of the cells involved in the decision-making process. Show More Summary

International search reveals genetic evidence for new species of beaked whale

An international team of scientists who searched out specimens from museums and remote Arctic islands has identified a rare new species of beaked whale that ranges from northern Japan across the Pacific Ocean to Alaska's Aleutian Islands.

Clones Age Normally, So Relax

13 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

It’s been 20 years since the birth of Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult. Because Dolly died prematurely, scientists have worried that cloning accelerates the aging process. But a new analysis of 13 cloned sheep—including a batch of Dolly’s genetic duplicates—shows this isn’t the case. Read more...

Scientists Identify Novel Genes Linked to Motor Neuron Disease

Published today in Nature Genetics, the study reveals three new risk genes for ALS and one of these - C21orf2 - increases an individual's risk of developing the dis-ease by 65 per cent. These results could aid the development of personalised treatments for people with ALS by using gene therapy - an approach which involves replacing faulty genes or adding new ones.

Sociologists pilot sketching as way to unlock new data

Sketching is being piloted as a research tool by social scientists.

Pulse of the People: Building a Better Human With Science? The Public Says, No Thanks

17 hours agoHealth : NYTimes: Health

A new survey shows distrust of scientists, a suspicion about claims of progress and discomfort with the idea of meddling with human abilities.

New Report Rekindles Old Question: Are All Research Cells Identical?

Unsuspected differences in commercial cell lines commonly used for experiments may undercut a generation of breast cancer research, scientists said Tuesday.

Mystery Human Ancestor Found in Australasia

Scientists have long understood that when early human ancestors migrated from Africa to the Asia-Pacific region, they bred with two other hominins upon their arrival; the Neanderthals and the Denisovians. But a new genomic analysis has uncovered that in South and Southeast Asia, early humans arriving from...

Flu vaccine may reduce risk of death for type 2 diabetes patients

The flu vaccine may reduce the likelihood of being hospitalised with stroke and heart failure in people with type 2 diabetes, according to new research. The study, from scientists at Imperial College London, also found patients who received the influenza vaccination had a 24 per cent lower death rate in the flu season compared to patients who weren't vaccinated. read more

Spiders spin unique phononic material

HOUSTON - (July 25, 2016) - New discoveries about spider silk could inspire novel materials to manipulate sound and heat in the same way semiconducting circuits manipulate electrons, according to scientists at Rice University, in Europe...Show More Summary

New nontoxic process promises larger ultrathin sheets of 2-D nanomaterials

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., July 25, 2016 - A team of scientists led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a novel way to produce two-dimensional nanosheets by separating bulk materials with nontoxic liquid nitrogen. Show More Summary

Chinese Scientists Look to Cure Lung Cancer With Genetic Engineering

There is a new tool in the biotechnology tool belt that may revolutionize the way medicine treats a host of diseases. It is called CRISPR-Cas9. CRISPR uses a bacterial enzyme to precisely edit DNA, and scientists all over the world are using it to transform cells in hopes that one day these genetically-altered cells may […]

Why Massive Zika Spread is Unlikely at the Olympics

yesterdayHealth : Healthland

Scientists are predicting low numbers of new infections among tourists

Aging can drive progress, say scientists

Twenty years from now, the number of retired persons worldwide will have grown by 600 million, almost double the current number. Life expectancy will have increased, bringing new economic challenges. Yet the growing number of seniors can also stimulate important breakthroughs in medicine, biotechnology, nanotechnology, cognitive sciences and robotics, say scientists.

New nontoxic process promises larger ultrathin sheets of 2-D nanomaterials

Scientists has developed a novel way to produce two-dimensional nanosheets by separating bulk materials with nontoxic liquid nitrogen. The environmentally friendly process generates a 20-fold increase in surface area per sheet, which could expand the nanomaterials' commercial applications.

Scientists Are Closer Than Ever to Growing a Tomato That Ripens But Doesn't Rot

Keeping a tomato flavorful and firm past a few days is no easy task, as anyone who has made the catastrophic mistake of sticking a tomato in the fridge can attest. Now, new research could finally give us a much longer span of time to eat that tomato. Read more...

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