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3D printed thyroid gland implanted into mice

November 5th, 2015 at 6:51 pm » Comments Off

With new advancements happening on a regular basis in the world of bioprinting, it’s hard to determine just which company is furthest ahead.  Is it Organovo, the publicly traded company already working to create 3D printed mini kidneys with Australian researchers? Or is it one of the many research institutions making advancements in 3D printing ear drums, blood […]

Researchers develop new test that detects all viruses that infect people and animals

October 23rd, 2015 at 5:58 pm » Comments Off

There are some 320,000 unique mammalian viruses, according to estimates by virologists, and likely exponentially more existing on the planet today. Determining an accurate number would require billions more dollars and a great deal more manpower than is currently given to the study of viruses. Though a handful of viruses live in and on our bodies at […]

Innovation in Medicine through tiny sensors

September 11th, 2015 at 6:04 pm » Comments Off

A professor of ophthalmology at the University of California San Francisco, Sretavan treats nerve damage related to glaucoma, a disease that’s the leading cause of irreversible blindness. It affects approximately 70 million people worldwide. Glaucoma is a complex eye disease without a direct cause. Physicians measure pressure inside the eye to assess glaucoma risk. But […]

Learning the Language of Monkey Talk

December 21st, 2014 at 6:24 pm » Comments Off

After applying linguistic tools to the calls of monkeys, researchers now think they can understand what our primate relatives are saying Fiona Macdonald – Researchers have used human linguistic tools to translate the language of Campbell’s monkeys (Cercopithecus campbelli), primates found in western Africa. For years primatologists and linguists have been studying their advanced language […]

Surprising huge diversity in aging revealed in nature

December 8th, 2014 at 1:34 pm » Comments Off

Not all species weaken and become more likely to die as they age. Most people would probably describe aging as when we our in our youth we are strong and healthy and then we weaken and die. But, in nature, the phenomenon of aging shows an unexpected diversity of patterns and is altogether rather strange, […]

Why is lab-grown beef better than ranchers raising cows?

October 3rd, 2014 at 11:42 am » Comments Off

If they can grow muscle, can they make meat? Modern Meadow is a startup based in Brooklyn, New York. They are aiming to commercialize leather and meat products that are not made from slaughtered animals but brewed in cell-culture vats. If it works, and if the market embraces the resulting products, it would lead to […]

A mouse with a human speech gene learns faster

September 21st, 2014 at 8:51 am » Comments Off

The humanized gene actually improved the animal’s behavior rather than messing up the system. According to a new study, mice that receive a human version of a speech and language gene display accelerated learning. Don’t expect these findings to lead to a rush of smarter, “uplifted” animals—though they might just reveal something new and fascinating about […]

Scientists turn bad memories into good ones in mice

September 4th, 2014 at 10:42 am » Comments Off

“Now we can go inside the brain and change the way the mice reacts to a memory.” Memories can be good, bad, or neutral. And now, they can be changed from good to bad, and vice versa, from within the brain—in genetically engineered mice, at least.    

Bird sound used to create beautiful 3D animations

August 23rd, 2014 at 8:42 am » Comments Off

Andy Thomas creates “audio life forms” from bird sounds. The sound of chirping and singing birds can be enough to inspire a feeling of peace and tranquility. Australian multimedia artist Andy Thomas specializes in  creating “audio life forms” and such dulcet tones have inspired something more in him: curiosity about what they might look like as sound-driven […]

New transparent solar cells can be used on windows, smartphone screens to produce solar energy

August 22nd, 2014 at 12:54 pm » Comments Off

Transparent solar cell. Developed by researchers in Michigan State University, a new material, called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator, can be used to cover anything that has a flat, clear surface. Transparent solar cell technology has been attempted before, but the energy the cells produced was poor and the materials they were made out of […]