Month: August 2018

HEIDELBERG, Germany (Reuters) – Armed with a mouse and computer screen instead of a scalpel and operating theater, cardiologist Benjamin Meder carefully places the electrodes of a pacemaker in a beating, digital heart. A three-dimensional printout of a human heart is seen at the Heidelberg University Hospital (Universitaetsklinikum Heidelberg) in Heidelberg, Germany, August 14, 2018.
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Hilleman helped develop vaccines against several strains of the flu during his 40-year career in vaccine research. Jonas Salk gained worldwide fame for his polio vaccine; Louis Pasteur is remembered, among other things, for developing a vaccine against rabies, and Edward Jenner’s name is forever connected to vaccination against smallpox. But history barely remembers the
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Sunflowers in Spain (Photo by: Mikel Bilbao /VW Pics/UIG via Getty Images) Burning fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. But what about turning carbon dioxide back into fuel? A Cornell University startup has reportedly developed a way, by adding sunlight to carbon dioxide to transform it into syngas or
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Goats can tell the difference between our human facial expressions – and they would rather interact with happy, smiling people, a new study suggests. For people who own and love goats, this probably isn’t a huge surprise, but it’s the first scientific evidence of how goats read human emotional expressions, demonstrating that it’s not just
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Katherine Johnson spent 38 years at NASA.NASA In the late 1950s and early 1960s, everybody at NASA’s Langley Space Flight Research Center knew that computer Katherine Johnson was absolutely brilliant at complex mathematical calculations. In 1962, astronaut John Glenn famously insisted that Johnson, who celebrated her 100th birthday on August 28, 2018, double-check the digital
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LONDON (Reuters) – British scientists have unraveled how a non-intoxicating component of cannabis acts in key brain areas to reduce abnormal activity in patients at risk of psychosis, suggesting the ingredient could become a novel anti-psychotic medicine. Green shoots of cannabis are seen in a field overlooking a lake in Yammouneh in West of Baalbek,
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Stills from video of Cascade, Yunchul Kim’s latest fluid kinetic installation resulting from his residency at Arts@CERN and FACT, as part of the Collide International Residency Award.Studio Locus Solus Yunchul Kim is an artist and electroacoustic music composer based on Seoul. In 2017, he was invited to live and work at CERN in Switzerland, home
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We now have direct proof that ancient insects were also prey to horrifying parasitoids. Scientists painstakingly studyied 1,510 fossilised fly pupae from the Palaeogene, and discovered tiny fossilised wasp larvae inside 55 of them. Together, they include four new species that were previously unknown to science. Endoparasitoid wasps, conceptually, are some of the creatures that are
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Six years after the strange, elusive Higgs boson particle was discovered, scientists working with the world’s largest particle accelerator have finally observed its mysterious, yet most common, decaying process. Using data from the Large Hadron Collider, physicists caught the boson decaying into two smaller particles – a bottom quark and its antimatter equivalent, an antibottom
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Shutterstock Brain structure, mental performance, genetics and bodyweight are more closely linked than we realize, according to a new study that could help reframe the discussion about obesity. Researchers examined a combination of brain imaging data from MRI scans and cognitive test results for 1,200 participants in the Human Connectome Project, an initiative that’s mapping
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HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 26: NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson (C) and director Ezra Edelman (R) and producer Caroline Waterlow (L), winners of Best Documentary Feature for ‘O.J.: Made in America’ pose in the press room during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by
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