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Human hibernation eyed as solution for severe trauma, weight loss and deep-space travel

A small group of scientists is taking human hibernation extremely seriously. They are studying the basic mechanisms with an eye ...
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‘Simpler, cheaper’ alternative to IVF promised by controversial embryo research

Researchers have conducted a controversial study that involved paying dozens of young women at a hospital near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, ...
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Video: In 40 years, babies could be made in the lab from skin cells

The "birds and the bees" as we know them are changing. A new process called in vitro gametogenesis (IVG) is ...
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‘Living, self-healing xenobots’ made from frog stem cells could lead to new drug delivery system

They’re perfect strangers: biological entities that, up until this point, had no business being together. And yet, [microbiologist Michael] Levin ...
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Video: Building a bionic prosthetic leg that ‘thinks for itself’

It’s no question that researchers, doctors, and engineers want to design more effective robotic limbs that can help paralyzed and ...
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Rapid-diagnosing AI makes brain cancer operations ‘safer and more effective than ever before’

Expert human pathologists typically require around 30 minutes to diagnose brain tumors from tissue samples extracted during surgery. A new ...
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‘Chilling’ solution to Fermi paradox: Are intelligent life forms destined to destroy themselves?

If we compress the history of the universe into a single year, Earth and our solar system formed around Labor ...
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‘Almost no limit’: Synthetic biology has turned the stuff of science fiction into the stuff of science

Synthetic biology, or the application of engineering principles to the design of life, presents world-changing prospects. Could components of a ...
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Fighting climate change by reprogramming yeast, bacteria to feast on carbon dioxide

An organism easily adapted to different environments and ready to consume any compound would be a valuable tool ...
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GMOs, biosensors and biopreservation: Tools that can fight global hunger by reducing food spoilage

We're feeding an ever-increasing number of people. Getting the rest of the way by 2030 will require every innovation we ...
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We can’t embrace machine learning in healthcare without ‘serious vetting’ of the underlying data

Given that machine learning in the health domain can have a direct impact on people’s lives, broad claims emerging from ...
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Finding a new home: Humanity’s survival could depend on a 1,000-year space journey to Proxima b

Located in the triple-star Alpha Centauri solar system, Proxima b has a mass 1.3 times that of Earth and a ...
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3D-printed plastic bunny contains its own blueprint coded in synthetic DNA

The kumquat-sized bunny, cute as it may be, isn’t a toy or a good luck charm. But if you cut ...
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‘Proteomic clock’ could measure our true biological age through a blood test

A few hundred of the thousands of proteins circulating in our blood turn out to be a fairly accurate forecaster ...
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Does AI represent our best bet for extending human lives?

Co-founder and CEO [of Insilico Medicine] Alex Zhavoronkov said he believes there is no greater goal in healthcare today—or, really, ...
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Retinitis pigmentosa cure breakthrough? Next generation of artificial lenses being developed with flexible silicon-like chips to combat genetic blindness

Organic semiconductors can link up with brain cells to send and receive signals. They may find a use in sight-restoring ...
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Computer simulation suggests we aren’t even close to designing better babies

It’s difficult to talk about genetic selection without the umbrella of morality or ethics. Yet like all scientific advancements, it ...
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Why DNA is the thumb drive of the future

DNA is designed to keep lots of data in a tiny space for an extremely long time. But the best ...
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Virtual reality gets more realistic: Vibrating synthetic skin simulates touch

While they’re still struggling to gain commercial traction, the latest VR headsets are able to transport people to impressive virtual ...
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We may be getting closer to finding alien life, but don’t expect it to happen next year, expert say

Space.com asked top SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence) experts about what next year may signal regarding detecting other starfolk. ...
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Dark side of brain upgrades: They could give corrupt leaders ‘the ultimate way to ensure good citizenship’

It’s 2045. You stroll into the Center for Mind Design. There you can purchase a brain chip to augment your ...
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Podcast: How artificial intelligence, machine learning can help us realize the value of all that genetic data we’re collecting

Everywhere we look these days, someone is talking about the potential for artificial intelligence and machines to change the face ...
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‘Magnetic skin’ turns your body into a remote control, opening doors and controlling lights with a wave of the hand

A Saudi research team has developed a ‘magnetic skin’ that can open a door or control a switch remotely with ...
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Our brains as hard drives—could we delete, modify or add memories and skills?

Research suggests it might one day be possible to tweak our brains -- eliminating traumatic memories or granting new skills, ...
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Can we take AI to the next level by building robots that fear for their own safety?

There might be a way, though, to give robots feelings, say neuroscientists Kingson Man and Antonio Damasio. Simply build the ...
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AI ethics can’t come from human medicine: Principles that guide doctors would ‘make no sense’ to a machine

The four core principles of medical ethics are respect for autonomy (patients should have control over how they are treated), ...
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We may need to genetically engineer astronauts to protect them from radiation during long space flights

One of the main health concerns with space travel is radiation exposure. If, for example, scientists could figure out a way ...
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Viewpoint: Doctors will never be replaced by intelligent machines, which lack ’empathy, common sense’

Is there a place for artificial intelligence (AI) in the field of medicine? Will doctors one day be replaced by ...