How the poliovirus can be used to battle lethal cancers

A technique developed several years ago at Duke University involving an engineered hybrid of poliovirus and rhinovirus has shown great promise in treating a lethal form of brain cancer. A new study released by the team has described in detail how this modified virus both attacks tumor cells and triggers the body’s immune system to do the same, suggesting it could also prove effective against other cancers… Continue Reading How the poliovirus can be used to battle lethal cancers Category: Medical Tags: Cancer Immunotherapy Virus Related Articles: Trained immune cells raise prospect of universal cancer vaccine Groundbreaking gene therapy for cancer approved for use in US – but it’s expensive Flu-fighting cells found in the nose could lead to a universal “one-shot” vaccine Leukometer promises… Read More

Sleep deprivation can rapidly reduce the symptoms of depression

It may sound counter-intuitive, but for decades it has been known that sleep deprivation can rapidly alleviate symptoms of depression. A new meta-analysis from a team at the University of Pennsylvania has examined more than 30 years worth of studies on the strange phenomenon and concluded that sleep deprivation can result in antidepressant effects in up to 50 percent of people… Continue Reading Sleep deprivation can rapidly reduce the symptoms of depression Category: Health & Wellbeing Tags: Depression Sleep Sleeping Related Articles: Simple blood test points doctors towards best drug to treat depression Answering why ketamine helps depression could lead to safer drugs Small study shows probiotics can beat back depression Brain scans could head off depression Program searches for depression in Instagram pics Should we use… Read More

Butterfly wing patterns altered with CRISPR offer insights into evolution of biodiversity

Two newly published complimentary studies have utilized CRISPR genome editing technology to explore how specific genes affect wing pattern variation in butterflies. By selectively knocking out single genes and observing the effects, scientists have uncovered a key insight into how broad biodiversity can evolve… Continue Reading Butterfly wing patterns altered with CRISPR offer insights into evolution of biodiversity Category: Biology Tags: Biodiversity Butterfly CRISPR Evolution Genetics Related Articles: Transparent butterfly wings could inspire low-reflectivity displays One man’s (milk)weed is another’s natural solution to oil spills ChouChou Electric Butterfly – weirdly-realistic fluttering butterflies in jars HTC’s J Butterfly is a plastic, water resistant One (M8) tribute act Butterfly vs shark: nature’s clues to anti-dust materials New butterfly-wing technology could foil counterfeiters Read More

These DNA-sized nanobots are made for walking and sorting molecular cargo

The field of nanotechnology is still in its nascent stages, but recent innovations are increasingly making this science fiction world of tiny robots into a reality. New breakthrough research from a team at Caltech has demonstrated the ability of a robot made of a single strand of DNA to explore a molecular surface, pick up targeted molecules, and move them to another designated location… Continue Reading These DNA-sized nanobots are made for walking and sorting molecular cargo Category: Science Tags: DNA Molecular machines Nanomaterials Related Articles: Molecular nanosubmarines can target and kill specific cancer cells Accidental discovery leads to cheap, reliable way to detect ecstasy World’s smallest car race will take place on a gold chip Scientists create world’s first fully-artificial molecular pump Polarized lasers… Read More

Gallery: The art and architecture of Burning Man 2017

Beginning as a ceremonial bonfire to mark the summer solstice in 1986, Burning Man has grown into a giant annual community and arts event. The festival has transcended its counterculture roots to become an extraordinary celebration of elaborate, and temporary, art installations… Continue Reading Gallery: The art and architecture of Burning Man 2017 Category: Architecture Tags: Art Related Articles: LG doubles up on displays and selfie cams in the new V10 flagship phone Sync bike definitely won’t get mistaken for another LG G4 has an improved display, wider camera aperture and leather back option The Fairphone 2 is an ethical smartphone with a modular build Hands-on with the LG G4 Review: LG G4 Read More

IBM and MIT look to dominate AI research with new $240 million lab

IBM and MIT recently launched a new collaborative research lab designed to propel breakthroughs in the field of artificial intelligence over the next decade. The deal involves a US$240 million dollar investment over 10 years from IBM, one of the largest ever seen between a university and a private company… Continue Reading IBM and MIT look to dominate AI research with new $240 million lab Category: Science Tags: Artificial Intelligence IBM MIT Watson Related Articles: For its next trick, IBM’s Watson tackles your taxes Man-machine collaboration at heart of new Artificial Intelligence XPrize IBM’s Watson can now debate any topic IBM’s Watson lends hospital staff a helping hand IBM’s Watson gets chatty to act as a sounding board IBM’s Watson gets a job in customer service Read More

Molecular nanosubmarines can target and kill specific cancer cells

In 2015, scientists from Rice University revealed they had created light-driven nanosubmarines. These tiny molecular machines were activated by ultraviolet light and based on earlier work from Nobel laureate Bernard Feringa, whose ground-breaking research won the prize for chemistry in 2016. These single-molecule machines have now been shown to be able to target, and drill into, specific cancer cells, paving the way for a variety of highly targeted future nanomedicine treatments… Continue Reading Molecular nanosubmarines can target and kill specific cancer cells Category: Biology Tags: Cancer Molecular machines Molecules Related Articles: Accidental discovery leads to cheap, reliable way to detect ecstasy World’s smallest car race will take place on a gold chip Polarized lasers zap dyed DNA into super resolution Scientists create world’s first fully-artificial… Read More

Could this new approach fix the crisis in clinical research publishing?

The clinical research process isn’t perfect, but like all scientific processes, it is constantly in flux, reviewing itself, and hopefully improving. One of the biggest problems to rear its head in recent years has been the trend towards certain trials going unpublished, for a variety of reasons. A new format of journal article has recently been introduced that hopes to tackle the problem and BMC Medicine, one of the top medical journals has already signed on to work with the new model… Continue Reading Could this new approach fix the crisis in clinical research publishing? Category: Science Tags: Research Related Articles: Fake Star Wars-inspired research paper published by several “predatory journals” Natural plant pigment makes for diabetic-friendly bread Laboratory tests shed light on Europa’s dark… Read More

Just one nuclear detonation could plunge Earth into "nuclear autumn"

Many predictions examining the potential consequences of a nuclear strike focus on either the immediate fatalities or the radioactive aftermath. A team from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has taken a broader look at what effect the detonation of a nuclear weapon would be on global climate patterns – and the conclusions are a little frightening… Continue Reading Just one nuclear detonation could plunge Earth into “nuclear autumn” Category: Environment Tags: Climate Nuclear weapons Related Articles: The truth about Satan: Nuclear war in the 21st century Cold War data reveals impact of nuclear tests on space weather Sandia drops nuclear warhead … in the name of safety Classified US nuclear test films saved for posterity Low-energy imaging peers through steel containers to spot nuclear material South Korea… Read More

Toyota’s support robot helps paralyzed war veteran

Toyota has been developing industrial robotics since the 1970s but it wasn’t until 2004, with the announcement of its “Partner Robot” project that it started to move from the industrial and into the domestic. The company recently reached a new landmark in the project with the successful completion of the first North American in-home trial of the Human Support Robot (HSR), an bot developed to help disabled people with everyday activities… Continue Reading Toyota’s support robot helps paralyzed war veteran Category: Robotics Tags: Assistive Technologies Disability Robotics Toyota Related Articles: Assistive device gives electronics-users a helping hand Levitation brace gives users spring-loaded knees ADAMAAS smart glasses to assist elderly and disabled in everyday tasks Japanese exoskeleton could help users walk and run, no batteries required… Read More

Making idling buses and delivery trucks more environmentally friendly

In recent years, automakers have introduced engine stop systems in cars to tackle the problem of idling engines wasting fuel. But such systems aren’t appropriate for buses and food delivery trucks that need the engine running to power onboard air conditioning and refrigeration systems. Now a team at the University of Waterloo has found a way to harness the wasted energy from a vehicle as it slows down, and redirect it to secondary systems to allow the engine to be shut down when a vehicle stops… Continue Reading Making idling buses and delivery trucks more environmentally friendly Category: Automotive Tags: Bus Energy-efficient Energy-saving Start-stop Truck Related Articles: MIT’s stamp-sized energy monitor exposes power-guzzling devices around the home Soleta zeroEnergy homes have everything… Read More

AI predicts patients’ lifespans as well as a doctor

At some point we’ve all succumbed to the lure of a terrible online quiz that purportedly tells you how long you will live after asking a set of inane questions. A team at the University of Adelaide has been working to create an AI system that can seriously predict a person’s lifespan just by studying images of their organs. .. Continue Reading AI predicts patients’ lifespans as well as a doctor Category: Medical Tags: Artificial Intelligence Lifespan Machine Learning Predictions Related Articles: Our favorite weird futuristic visions from Kaspersky’s 2050.earth World Economic Forum lists top 10 emerging technologies for 2012 Caloric restriction increases monkey lifespan, benefits health IBM announces its annual “Next 5 in 5” list Sci-Fi writers of the past predict life in 2012 Does human lifespan have a limit… Read More

MetaLimbs gives you an extra pair of robotic hands

We’re not going to lie, an extra pair of hands would be pretty useful sometimes (dare we say, handy). Imagine you’re typing out an email while a third hand is bringing a coffee cup up to your lips, or reading a book while chowing down on some potato chips and petting the dog. A team of Japanese engineers has come up with a solution dubbed MetaLimbs – a set of robotic arms that are controlled with your feet and knees… Continue Reading MetaLimbs gives you an extra pair of robotic hands Category: Robotics Tags: Hand Prosthetics Robotic Related Articles: Breakthrough bionic leg prosthesis controlled by subconscious thoughts Wearable third arm gives drummers extra robotic rhythm Bringing life-saving tech to conflict zones Bionic hand uses built-in… Read More

Groundbreaking tool teaches braille without the teacher

For nearly 200 years, braille has been vital in aiding the blind and visually impaired engage with the world. Learning braille is fundamental in helping legally blind children reach literacy levels so they can compete with their sighted peers, but over the last 50 years braille usage has dramatically declined, primarily due to a lack of teaching resources. To address this, a team from the Harvard Innovations Lab has devised an innovative system that allows someone to independently learn braille without the guiding hand of a trained teacher… Continue Reading Groundbreaking tool teaches braille without the teacher Category: Good Thinking Tags: Blind Braille Education Related Articles: Menacing walker teaches kids to build robots Vibrating glove teaches Braille through passive haptic learning Customizable papercraft robot teaches kids coding while having… Read More