Lab-grown brain organoids found to mature at same rate as an infant’s

Growing simplified, miniature versions of human brains in the lab can provide researchers with an invaluable model for studying cognitive disorders and how disease takes hold in this incredibly complex organ, and recently we’re seeing how these organoi… Continue reading Lab-grown brain organoids found to mature at same rate as an infant’s

Spotify to launch lossless audio streaming tier this year

Looking to offer a little something extra for the audiophiles in the crowd, Spotify has announced a new streaming tier for high-quality lossless audio. Called Spotify HiFi, the service was announced at the company’s Stream On online event today, and wi… Continue reading Spotify to launch lossless audio streaming tier this year

Targeting brain cells with light halts epileptic activity in mice

One of the ways scientists hope to deliver more precise and effective treatments for conditions afflicting the brain is by using light to target cells, which can be made to respond to this stimuli through light-sensitive proteins and molecules. A resea… Continue reading Targeting brain cells with light halts epileptic activity in mice

Reprogrammed cells mix with hybrid scaffold to rebuild injured muscle

One of the ways scientists hope to rebuild muscles in patients where they are lacking is by taking cells responsible for entirely other functions in the human body and repurposing them. Known as direct cell reprogramming, scientists have now combined t… Continue reading Reprogrammed cells mix with hybrid scaffold to rebuild injured muscle

Rare earth magnets from old computers to find use in electric Bentleys

Rare earth magnets form an important part of many of today’s electronic devices, ranging from wind turbine generators to MRI scanners. Despite their prevalence, only a tiny fraction of these magnets are recycled once they reach the end of their lives, … Continue reading Rare earth magnets from old computers to find use in electric Bentleys

New catalyst converts methane into methanol at room temperature

Methanol has wide-ranging potential as a cleaner fuel for powering advanced automobiles or producing plastic materials or other chemicals, and recently we’re seeing how the production side of things could prove a boon for the environment, too. Scientis… Continue reading New catalyst converts methane into methanol at room temperature

Scientists solve the crystal structure of an exotic new form of ice

Owing to the many different ways atoms can be arranged within the material, ice can exist in many more forms than what’s known as ice I, the type we’re all familiar with. Scientists have actually categorized 18 different types of the material, each wit… Continue reading Scientists solve the crystal structure of an exotic new form of ice

“SuperAger” brains defy tau tangles associated with Alzheimer’s

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Although the definitive causes of Alzheimer’s diseases aren’t yet fully understood, one of the leading suspects is the accumulation of abnormal proteins in the brain that impinges on the activity of the neurons. Scientists at Northwestern University have explored this phenomenon in a group of elderly individuals with excellent memory, known as SuperAgers, and found them to be far more resistant to the troublesome buildup of some of these proteins, shedding further light on how the disease may take hold.

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AI uses “ugly duckling” technique to spot melanoma with high accuracy

Artificial intelligence is starting to combine with smartphone technology in ways that could have profound impacts on the way we monitor health, from tracking blood volume changes in diabetics to detecting concussions by filming the eyes. Using the tec… Continue reading AI uses “ugly duckling” technique to spot melanoma with high accuracy

Electronic nose uses machine learning to mimic a dog’s sense of smell

Inspired by the incredible olfactory senses of dogs, scientists have been developing and demonstrating different types of “electronic noses” that can sniff out things like cancer, nerve gases or even explosives. A new example of this is claimed to up t… Continue reading Electronic nose uses machine learning to mimic a dog’s sense of smell