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Laser pulses keep superconductors working at higher temperatures

1 hour agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

An international team of scientists led by the Max Planck Institute in Hamburg, Germany, has found a new mechanism allowing superconducting materials to maintain their properties at much higher temperatures than was previously possible. Show More Summary

Mechanism that unwinds DNA may function similar to an oil rig 'pumpjack'

DNA is unwound by a type of “pumpjack” mechanism, similar to the way one operates on an oil rig, a team of scientists suggests. This finding is based on new close-up images of the proteins that unwind DNA inside the nucleus of a yeast cell and could offer insight into ways that DNA replication can go awry and trigger disease.

Celematix And 23andMe Team Up To Understand The Genetic Roots of Infertility

Through the partnership, the companies are hoping to develop new screening tests. One in eight couples struggles to conceive, according to the CDC. But though it's a common problem, scientists are still far away from understanding how a person's genes impacts their fertility. Read Full Story

Dangerous bacteria molecules discovered in processed foods

8 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Everyone knows that processed foods aren't exactly good for the human body, but a new study by researchers at the University of Leicester has shed more light on exactly why that's the case. The scientists have detected dangerous molecules...Show More Summary

Cryopreservation Works for Frozen Rabbit Brains

Using a new technique, scientists have cryonically frozen a rabbit’s brain and successfully recovered it in what is described as “near-perfect condition.” Aside from winning these researchers a cash prize for developing the best way to do this, what does this mean for the future of cryonically...

Radical CO2 removal projects could be a risky business

Radical new ways of removing CO2 from the atmosphere could prove to be a risky business -- according to an environmental scientist at the University of East Anglia. Techniques put forward include growing crops to be burned in power stations,...Show More Summary

New hope in global race to beat malaria parasite's deadly new resistance

Scientists have made a major breakthrough in the global search for a new drug to beat the malaria parasite's growing resistance to first-defence treatments. The deadly mosquito-borne malaria parasite kills around 450,000 children every year. Show More Summary

Gravitational Wave Discovery Would Open 'New Window On The Universe'

11 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

Albert Einstein hypothesized a century ago that gravitational waves exist, and rumors have been swirling for months that scientists have detected them. We could be just hours away from confirmation that they have.   Scientists and journalists...Show More Summary

Gravitational Wave Discovery Would Open 'New Window On The Universe'

11 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

Albert Einstein hypothesized a century ago that gravitational waves exist, and rumors have been swirling for months that scientists have detected them. We could be just hours away from confirmation that they have. Scientists and journalists...Show More Summary

TSRI Study Reveals New Link Between Brain and Fat-Burning Circuit

A new study in animal models, led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute, is the first to show that oxygen sensing in the brain has a role in metabolism and sensing an organism's internal state.

Scientists write document explaining Zika Virus, urge vigilance

Public concerns about Zika have triggered scientists to write a new Extension document to explain the virus. Meanwhile, state mosquito control agencies and the Florida Department of Health monitor local areas for diseases and for these mosquito species.

There’s Hope for New Energy in the Wind and the Air

13 hours agoNews : Truthdig

By Tim Radford / Climate News Network Scientists can now make energy by filtering carbon from the air with immense wind turbines. But commercial viability remains a challenge.

Electric-car battery materials could harm key soil bacteria

The growing popularity of battery-powered cars could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but they are not entirely Earth friendly. Problems can creep in when these batteries are disposed of. Scientists, in a new study in ACS' journal...Show More Summary

Computer Analysis Reveals the Stunning Complexity of the Star Wars Expanded Universe

14 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The Star Wars expanded universe is huge. Really huge. Like, you just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly huge it really is. To grasp the full extent of this hugeness, a team of data scientists used a new computer program to analyze it, revealing some unexpected things about the extended saga. Read more...

Teaching neurons to respond to placebos as potential treatment for Parkinson's

Scientist have discovered a way to make neurons respond to a placebo (a medically ineffective treatment), in the same way as they would to medically effective treatment, according to a new study.

New source of mutations in cancer discovered

Recently, a new mutation signature found in cancer cells was suspected to have been created by a family of enzymes found in human cells called the APOBEC3 family, report scientists. Mutations are the replacement of DNA bases known as Adenine (A), Cytosine (C), Guanine (G) and Thymine (T) with other bases. Show More Summary

Engineering researchers use laser to 'weld' neurons

A method of connecting neurons, using ultrashort laser pulses -- a breakthrough technique that opens the door to new medical research and treatment opportunities -- has been developed by scientists. Neurons are cells in the nervous system that are responsible for transferring information between the brain and the rest of the body. Show More Summary

Study offers treatment hope for sleep disordered breathing

People with a condition that causes them to stop breathing in their sleep could be helped by new research. Scientists have gained fresh insights into the signals that regulate breathing during sleep, when oxygen levels are low. The study...Show More Summary

Sharks Attacked More People Than Ever Last Year

18 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

Sharks set a new record for the largest number of unprovoked attacks in a single year, according to an annual global count. And while that may sound scary, scientists say it comes as no surprise. "Sharks plus humans equals attacks," said George Burgess, curator of the International Shark Attack File, in a statement. Show More Summary

Cockroach inspires robot that squishes down to crawl through cracks and crevices

For most people, the cockroach doesn't inspire anything but the shivers and a mild sense of revulsion. For scientists at the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley), however, the insect has inspired a whole new way of thinking about robots. Show More Summary

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