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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 […]



The pharmacy of the future will see robots come to the rescue of humans

November 14th, 2019 at 11:39 am » Comments Off

High technology is changing the way pharmacies operate – and how customers get served It looks like a normal pharmacy in a normal Johannesburg shopping mall. But behind the scenes at the Morningside Dispensary, a revolution is underway It may not be getting the attention that politicians get when they talk of the Fourth Industrial […]



Precious metal flecks could be catalyst for better cancer therapies

September 22nd, 2019 at 1:15 am » Comments Off

Tiny extracts of a precious metal used widely in industry could play a vital role in new cancer therapies. Researchers have found a way to dispatch minute fragments of palladium — a key component in motor manufacture, electronics and the oil industry — inside cancerous cells. Scientists have long known that the metal, used in […]



First long-distance heart surgery performed via robot

September 14th, 2019 at 1:39 am » Comments Off

In a feat of networking, engineering, and medicine, a doctor performed a heart procedure while standing 20 miles from his patient. A doctor in India has performed a series of five percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures on patients who were 20 miles away from him. The feat was pulled off using a precision vascular robot […]



‘Extraordinary’ breakthroughs in anti-Aging research ‘will happen faster than people think’

September 3rd, 2019 at 11:58 am » Comments Off

People 50 and older have a lot to look forward to, according to Juvenescence’s Greg Bailey—mainly that we won’t be aging as fast or poorly as our parents. “Science fiction has become science,” said the UK-based anti-aging biotech’s CEO about the company’s completing its $100 million Series B round of financing last week. “I think […]



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