Earth’s water may have come from meteorites closer to home

A new study by the Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques (CRPG, CNRS/Université de Lorraine) in Nancy, France, suggests that Earth’s water may have come from stony meteorites present in the inner solar system rather than comets or ast… Continue reading Earth’s water may have come from meteorites closer to home

Cyborg locusts sniff out a career in detecting explosives

In the near(ish) future we could be using cyborg locusts as sniffer dogs to detect explosives, according to a new proof of concept study. A team showed that locusts could smell different amounts of explosive chemicals in the air to track the location o… Continue reading Cyborg locusts sniff out a career in detecting explosives

Antibody aids immunotherapy in clearing out cancer in mice

Immunotherapy is a promising form of treatment against cancer that can have incredible results – when it works. Now researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have found that blocking a certain protein boosts the effectiveness of standard immuno… Continue reading Antibody aids immunotherapy in clearing out cancer in mice

Smart bricks store energy in the walls themselves

Boring old bricks might not seem like something that can really be made high-tech, but researchers keep proving us wrong. Now, a team has found a way to turn bricks into energy storage devices, using them to power a green LED in a proof of concept stud… Continue reading Smart bricks store energy in the walls themselves

Experimental gene therapy prevents obesity, builds muscle, without exercise or dieting

A compelling new study, led by scientists from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has found a novel gene therapy can prevent obesity and build muscle without the need for additional exercise, in mice being fed a high-fat diet.Contin… Continue reading Experimental gene therapy prevents obesity, builds muscle, without exercise or dieting

Deleting immune cell genes prevents obesity in mice on high-fat diet

Being able to eat whatever we want and still stay slim is many people’s dream come true. And while it still remains firmly in fantasy territory for now, new research may have brought it a step closer to reality. By blocking a gene in certain immune cel… Continue reading Deleting immune cell genes prevents obesity in mice on high-fat diet

Mice with diabetes “functionally cured” using new stem cell therapy

Diabetes is characterized by trouble producing or managing insulin, and one emerging treatment involves converting stem cells into beta cells that secrete the hormone. Now, scientists have developed a more efficient method of doing just that, and found… Continue reading Mice with diabetes “functionally cured” using new stem cell therapy

Plug-and-play brain implant uses replaceable cartridges for continuous drug delivery

Hooking our brains up to machines could indeed merge human and artificial intelligence, as envisioned by Elon Musk’s Neuralink, and the like. But the more immediate benefits are likely to come in the form of new forms of treatment for brain d… Continue reading Plug-and-play brain implant uses replaceable cartridges for continuous drug delivery

Compound puts pancreatic cancer in immunotherapy's sights

Scientists have discovered a new way to weaponize the immune system against a historically crafty foe ...

Immunotherapy is a form of cancer treatment that seeks to supercharge the body’s natural immune defenses, and it’s become a viable therapy for certain types of the disease. Pancreatic cancer is one that has so far been able to evade its advances, but scientists are now reporting a discovery that might help the immune system regain the upper hand.

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