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The human brain reacts completely differently to a threat that invades your personal space compared to those that are further away, according to a new study that combined MRI scans with VR technology. Distant threats engage circuits in the brain linked to problem-solving, while closer dangers trigger parts the brain that deal with defensive, less reasoned animal instincts, and are more likely to
Preliminary results from a small human trial testing a novel cancer drug revealed over half the cohort had their tumors stop growing completely. The experimental drug, called berzosertib, is moving to larger clinical trials with experts expressing cautious optimism over this promising new treatment.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, ScienceTags: Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Dana-Farber Cancer Institut
Lifeguards do play a vital role in the prevention of drownings, but at large busy beaches, they can't always keep track of all the swimmers at all times. That's where Sightbit is designed to come in, as it uses artificial intelligence to catch what lifeguards may miss.Continue ReadingCategory: Outdoors, LifestyleTags: Ben-Gurion University, Lifeguards, Swimming, Safety, Artificial Intelligence, D
Texas architecture firm Omniplan has topped the Holocaust museum in Dallas with a copper crown to represent "the strength of those who have stood up to injustice". Read more
Vertex and CRISPR Therapeutics have presented new data from one of the first trials testing gene-editing therapy in human subjects. Fifteen months on from the first patient treatment, the highly experimental therapy is showing remarkable efficacy treating two rare genetic blood diseases.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, ScienceTags: CRISPR, gene therapy, Genetics, Stem Cells, Blood
Impressive new research, led by scientists from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, has uncovered a new neurochemical mechanism by which psilocybin generates its hallucinogenic effects. The research also revealed a direct relationship between a psychedelically-induced subjective sense of ego dissolution and this particular neurochemical process. New Atlas spoke to Natasha Mason, lead author
Technology could really use some more sustainable sources, and now researchers at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have turned to an unusual one. The team has shown that human hair from barber shops can be used to create OLED displays.Continue ReadingCategory: Electronics, ScienceTags: Hair, Carbon, Quantum Dot Solar Cells, Queensland University of Technology, OLED, Display
Imagine needing a liver transplant, and instead of waiting for a donor, a new one could be grown from your own skin cells. Scientists have now taken quite a big step towards that future, by successfully transplanting miniature human livers grown from induced pluripotent stem cells (IPSCs) into rats.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: Organ donation, Artificial organs, University of Pittsburgh,
Of all the superpowers in the animal kingdom, the squid’s ability to turn invisible is one of the coolest. And now scientists at the University of California, Irvine have managed to recreate that in human cells for the first time, granting them tuneable transparency.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: Cells, camouflage, Invisible, Invisibility, UC Irvine, Animals, Genetic engineering
Hot on the heels of biotech company Moderna’s recent announcement of successful phase 1 trials for its mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, two more promising candidates are delivering encouraging early data as several vaccines race into phase 2 human testing.Continue ReadingCategory: Health & Wellbeing, LifestyleTags: Coronavirus (COVID-19), Vaccines, Oxford University, Virus is a social bookmarking place where you can share, find & discuss the best news around on most topics. We focus on hi-tech reviews, gadgets and geekery but we like almost anything that's awesome, appealing and thought-provoking! er6i9ds5mz

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