New type of stem cell may make study of human embryos easier

Elizabeth Lopatto May 6, 2015 02:26 pm14 hours ago 3

Scientists have found a new type of stem cell, one that can develop into any kind of tissue in the body, that may make research on early embryonic cell states easier — and could lead to new research...

"Huge implications for regenerative medicine" Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, study author

Malaria vaccine found 67 percent effective in human trial

Arielle Duhaime-Ross May 6, 2015 02:00 pm15 hours ago 3

A malaria vaccine was 67 percent protective against infection in an early-stage trial involving adults in Kenya, according to a study published in Science Translational Medicine today. The results are...

The vaccine "shows promise." Philip Bejon, infectious disease researcher

This handheld device turns the iPhone into a life-saving video microscope

Vlad Savov May 6, 2015 02:15 pm14 hours ago

Tropical medicine could get a big boost in the near future from the development of a new handheld device that allows for the rapid detection of blood-borne parasites. Using an iPhone's camera plugged into...

There's now an app, and a 3D-printed microscope, for saving lives

NASA’s new radar technology helped save four lives in Nepal

Kwame Opam May 6, 2015 01:46 pm15 hours ago 3

New technology developed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and NASA was recently used to save the lives of four men buried under rubble in Nepal. Called FINDER (Finding Individuals for Disaster...

"The true test of any technology is how well it works in real life." DHS under secretary Reginald Brothers

SpaceX's emergency escape plan for astronauts was just tested successfully

James Vincent May 6, 2015 09:49 am19 hours ago 27

NASA described it as a test flight "unlike any seen in Florida since the days of Apollo," but for anyone watching the live stream, the SpaceX test looked pretty serene. SpaceX's uncrewed Dragon capsule was...

emergency exits are here, here, and here

Watch SpaceX test its explosive emergency astronaut escape plan

Sean O'Kane May 6, 2015 06:00 am23 hours ago 4

SpaceX is in the middle of a very busy year. The company has launched five of its Falcon 9 rockets — which matches the amount sent into space in all of 2014 — and it’s getting closer and closer to landing...

Safety first

Fracking chemicals contaminated drinking water in Pennsylvania, study finds

Amar Toor May 6, 2015 05:19 am23 hours ago 18

Traces of a chemical compound used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have been found in drinking water at three homes in Pennsylvania, according to a study published this week. The findings of the s...

More cause for concern

California's drought has been a dream come true — for pests

read the feature

Apple wants to help scientists study your DNA

Russell Brandom May 5, 2015 05:20 pm05.05.2015 7

Apple is getting into the genetics business. A new report from Technology Review says that the company is collaborating with researchers for two different ResearchKit apps that will collect and study...

Apple won't collect the samples or have access to the results

This new artificial muscle is made from gold-plated onion skin

Russell Brandom May 5, 2015 11:49 am05.05.2015 9

The robotics world just got a new kind of artificial muscle to flex, crafted from an unexpected material: onion skin. Today in Applied Physics Letters, researchers from National Taiwan University unveiled...

"Like human muscles, it can bend and contract simultaneously." Wen-Pin Shih, National Taiwan University

This bird has a mohawk and is now the oldest known ancestor of modern birds

Jacob Kastrenakes May 5, 2015 11:00 am05.05.2015 2

Two detailed fossils are introducing researchers to a new bird, one that lived around 130 million years ago and is being called the oldest known example of the group containing modern birds. The new bird...

Bird punk died millions of years ago

What this crazy 'SmartPlate' doesn't understand about food

Elizabeth Lopatto May 5, 2015 10:46 am05.05.2015 34

At this point, it’s no longer news that America is overweight. Nor is it news that the diet market is lucrative. So of course, our disruptbros have decided this seems like an interesting problem to tackle.

We don't bring our own plates to restaurants

College football games lead to more frequent concussions than high school games

Arielle Duhaime-Ross May 4, 2015 12:36 pm05.04.2015 10

At the youth level, a child who played American football in 2013 had a 3 percent chance of sustaining a concussion during a single season. That number was a little higher at the high school and college...

Games, not practices, carry the highest risk
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