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May 19, 2019

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Engineers have developed a wearable patch that could provide personalized cooling and heating at home, work, or on the go. ... read more

Toy Transformers and Real-Life Whales Inspire Biohybrid Robot

Researchers create a remote-controlled soft robot that can transform itself to conduct targeted drug delivery against cancer ... read more
Scientists have studied the heritability of dog ownership using information from 35,035 twin pairs from the Swedish Twin Registry. The new study suggests that genetic ... read more
Neuroscientists have discovered an area of the brain, the insular cortex, that processes painful experiences and thereby drives learning from ... read more
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Scientists have succeeded in developing a piece of hardware which could pave the way for creating computers resembling the human brain. They produced a chip containing a network of artificial neurons ... read more

Collision-Detecting Suitcase, Wayfinding App Help Blind People Navigate Airports

Researchers say a smart suitcase that warns blind users of impending collisions and a wayfinding smartphone app can help people with visual disabilities navigate airport terminals safely and ... read more

A Brain Region for Pokémon Characters?

Adults who played Pokémon videogames extensively as children have a brain region that responds preferentially to images of Pikachu and other characters from the ... read more

Today's hipster creatives and entrepreneurs are hardly the first generation to partake of ayahuasca, according to archaeologists who have discovered traces of the powerfully hallucinogenic ... read more

Brain Imaging Lie Detector Can Be Beaten With Simple Techniques

Researchers have shown that a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) 'lie detector' test, which measures brain activity, can be 'deceived' by people using mental ... read more

How Grunting Influences Perception in Tennis

Grunting noises in tennis influence the prediction of ball flight, according to sport ... read more

Bioengineers have cleared a major hurdle on the path to 3D printing replacement organs. It's a breakthrough technique for bioprinting tissues with exquisitely entangled vascular networks that ... read more

Why do you swig bitter, dark roast coffee while your coworker guzzles sweet cola? Scientists searched for variations in our taste genes that could explain our beverage preferences, because ... read more

Exaggerated Physical Differences Between Male and Female Superheroes

Superheroes like Thor and Black Widow may have what it takes to save the world in movies like Avengers: Endgame, but neither of their comic book depictions has a healthy body mass index (BMI). New ... read more

A New Vision for Neuroscience

For decades scientists have been searching for a way to watch a live broadcast of the brain. Neurons send and receive massive amounts of information -- toe itches! Fire hot! Garbage smells! -- at ... read more

Drug Can Reverse Hyperactivity Induced by Parasitic Infection

When rodents get infected by Toxoplasma gondii, the single-celled brain parasite that causes toxoplasmosis, they become hyperactive risk-takers. Researchers show for the first time that it's ... read more

Fecal Transplants May Be Best Answer to Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Unlike antibiotics, which are destructive by definition, fecal transplants or microbial replacement therapies, repopulate the gut with a diverse group of microbes that may block the C. diff's ... read more

The Dead May Outnumber the Living on Facebook Within 50 Years

New analysis predicts the dead may outnumber the living on Facebook within 50 years, a trend that will have grave implications for how we treat our digital heritage in the ... read more

Scientists Unlock New Role for Nervous System in Regeneration

Biologists have developed a computational model of flatworm regeneration to answer an important question in regeneration research - what are the signals that determine the rebuilding of specific ... read more

A simple injection that can help regrow damaged tissue has long been the dream of physicians and patients alike. A new study moves that dream closer to reality with a device that makes encapsulating ... read more

Researchers have developed a process to use magnetics with brain-like networks to program and teach devices such as personal robots, self-driving cars and drones to better generalize about different ... read more

A swarm of micro-robots, directed by magnets, can break apart and remove dental biofilm, or plaque, from a tooth. The innovation arose from a cross-disciplinary partnership among dentists, ... read more

Coal-derived graphene quantum dots, when modified with a polymer, are effective antioxidants. They could lead to a therapy for people who suffer traumatic brain injuries, strokes or heart ... read more

A First in Medical Robotics: Autonomous Navigation Inside the Body

Bioengineers report the first demonstration of a robot able to navigate autonomously inside the body. In an animal model of cardiac valve repair, the team programmed a robotic catheter to find its ... read more

A state-of-the-art brain-machine interface created by neuroscientists can generate natural-sounding synthetic speech by using brain activity to control a virtual vocal tract -- an anatomically ... read more

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