Biotech

The science behind going with your instincts

Imagine the director of a big company announcing an important decision and justifying it with it being based on a gut feeling. This would be met with disbelief – surely important decisions have to be thought over carefully, deliberately and rationally? Indeed, relying on your…

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This new treatment could put an end to the common cold

The common cold is so engrained into everyday life that it’s easy to forget just how, well, “common” it really is. American adults suffer an average of two to three colds per year and children catch even more, according to the Centers for Disease Control…

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Subcutaneous Fitbits? These cows are modeling the tracking technology of the future

Somewhere on a dairy farm in Wellsville, Utah, are three cyborg  cows, indistinguishable from the rest of the herd. Just like the other cows, they eat, drink, and chew their cud. Occasionally, they walk over to a big, spinning red-and-black brush, suspended at bovine back…

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Un nouvel outil permet de regarder à l’intérieur des cellules humaines grâce à un système d’intelligence artificielle

De plus en plus utilisée dans le milieu médical, l’intelligence artificielle permet désormais de modéliser en 3D des cellules humaines, afin de mieux comprendre leur fonctionnement. Alors que certains géants de la technologie ont bien compris l’intérêt d’investir dans les secteurs de la recherche scientifique et…

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A stealthy Harvard startup wants to reverse aging in dogs, and humans could be next

The world’s most influential synthetic biologist is behind a new company that plans to rejuvenate dogs using gene therapy. If it works, he plans to try the same approach in people, and he might be one of the first volunteers. The stealth startup Rejuvenate Bio,…

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Science says napping is actually really good for us. Here’s why

What do staff at NASA, Google and Samsung have in common? They can all go for a nap at work in a specially designed sleep pod. Engineers, programmers and astronauts can lie down in the pod for 20 minutes at a time. With the outside…

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Could we one day slow, or even rewind, ageing?

  Humankind has a longstanding obsession with eternal youth. Stories about elixirs of life and fountains that quench one’s thirst for immortality have stirred our imagination since time immemorial. Different versions of these myths appear on every continent – even Alexander the Great’s conquests are…

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Why having a good memory could mean you get bored of things faster

  Memory could be the key to how quickly we get tired of certain experiences, such as listening to music or eating certain foods. “People with larger working memory capacities actually encode information more deeply,” says Noelle Nelson, lead author of the study in the…

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Your smartphone could soon translate your thoughts into text

  Breakthrough A new system developed by a team of researchers from Japan’s Toyohashi University of Technology can read people’s minds using brainwaves. To test the technology, participants in a study of the system were asked to say numbers out loud and used a robot…

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Five reasons the future of brain enhancement is digital, pervasive and (hopefully) bright

Elon Musk just detailed his ambitious plans for a new brain-computer interface platform. Superathlete Tom Brady revealed his “brain resiliency programme” to increase his athletic edge. Elite US military units are testing brain stimulation headsets to stimulate neuroplasticity and boost mental and physical performance. And…

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