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Scientists create ‘chemical gardens’ that can be used as bone substitute materials

February 16th, 2020 at 12:34 pm » Comments Off

A new way of making bone-replacement materials that allows for cells to grow around and inside them has been developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham. The team adopted a novel approach called chemobrionics, in which chemical components are controllably driven to react together in specific ways, enabling the self-assembly of intricate bio-inspired structures. […]



An algorithm that can spot cause and effect could supercharge medical AI

February 15th, 2020 at 12:26 pm » Comments Off

The technique, inspired by quantum cryptography, would allow large medical databases to be tapped for causal links Understanding how the world works means understanding cause and effect. Why are things like this? What will happen if I do that? Correlations tell you that certain phenomena go together. Only causal links tell you why a system […]



Smart bandage detects infections, auto-releases antibiotic

February 10th, 2020 at 12:28 pm » Comments Off

THE SMART BANDAGES SHORTENED WOUND-HEALING TIMES IN MOUSE STUDIES. A colorful new weapon has emerged in the war on antibiotic resistance. On Wednesday, researchers in China published a study in the journal ACS Central Science detailing their creation of a new kind of smart bandage. At first, when you apply it to a wound, the […]



Will robots make doctors obsolete? Nothing could be further from the truth

January 28th, 2020 at 12:29 pm » Comments Off

“Doctor, will they replace you with a robot?” The question takes me by surprise but I suppress my instinct to laugh. His life has been marked by mental illness and cancer. The first diagnosis presented after a series of missed opportunities as he cycled through woeful visits that ignored his symptoms. Finally, one doctor listened […]



New Harvard study fights fat with salty, icy injections

January 19th, 2020 at 8:58 pm » Comments Off

Injecting an icy saline slurry into fat deposits could be a new fat-reduction technique It sure sounds like a pop-up ad you’d see online, but scientists have created and tested a new treatment that melts away belly fat. The new technique, developed by researchers from Harvard and the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), involves injecting an […]



Scientists have created an artificial retina implant that could restore vision to million

January 18th, 2020 at 5:59 pm » Comments Off

Scientists have developed a retinal implant that can restore lost vision in rats, and are planning to trial the procedure in humans later this year. The implant, which converts light into an electrical signal that stimulates retinal neurons, could give hope to millions who experience retinal degeneration – including retinitis pigmentosa – in which photoreceptor […]



Scientists use stem cells from frogs to build first living robots

January 16th, 2020 at 1:14 pm » Comments Off

Researchers foresee myriad benefits for humanity, but also acknowledge ethical issues Be warned. If the rise of the robots comes to pass, the apocalypse may be a more squelchy affair than science fiction writers have prepared us for. Researchers in the US have created the first living machines by assembling cells from African clawed frogs […]



Quantum computing : Solving problems beyond the power of classical computing

January 2nd, 2020 at 12:08 pm » Comments Off

Quantum computers will lead to vast improvements in drug discovery, weather forecasting and supply chain optimisation. Weather forecasting today is good. Can it get better? Sure, it can, if computers can be better. This is where quantum computers come into the picture. They possess computing capacity beyond anything that today’s classical computers can ever achieve. […]



The AI doctor will see you now

December 25th, 2019 at 12:03 pm » Comments Off

A lightbox showing a mammogram xray Advances in neural networks and other techniques promise to transform health care while raising profound questions about our bodies and society. AI software can identify early signs of breast cancer long before the disease can be diagnosed by conventional means. When MIT professor Regina Barzilay received her breast cancer […]



Israeli scientists find way to treat pancreatic cancer in 14 days

December 12th, 2019 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

Cancerous cells forming a lump in the pancreatic tissue The tumor in one mouse that was injected with human cancer cells completely disappeared. A new treatment developed by Tel Aviv University could induce the destruction of pancreatic cancer cells, eradicating the number of cancerous cells by up to 90% after two weeks of daily injections […]



Exclusive: Humans placed in suspended animation for the first time

November 26th, 2019 at 1:46 pm » Comments Off

Doctors have placed humans in suspended animation for the first time, as part of a trial in the US that aims to make it possible to fix traumatic injuries that would otherwise cause death. Samuel Tisherman, at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, told New Scientist that his team of medics had placed at […]



The world’s first Gattaca baby tests are finally here

November 19th, 2019 at 12:15 pm » Comments Off

The DNA test claims to let prospective parents weed out IVF embryos with a high risk of disease or low intelligence. Anxious couples are approaching fertility doctors in the US with requests for a hotly debated new genetic test being called “23andMe, but on embryos.” The baby-picking test is being offered by a New Jersey […]



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