Jellyfish DNA May Help Diagnose Ebola, Other Diseases

What a weird and wonderful world: Discs of souped-up filter paper could change how we diagnose infections. To demonstrate the power of the approach, which involves embedding DNA from jellyfish and other organisms into paper, its developers have successfully used it to identify two strains of Ebola. Although far from being ready for testing in [Read More...]

New Techniques Detect Consciousness in Vegetative Patients

People in a “vegetative state” may have far more brain activity than previously thought, LiveScience reports: …researchers looked at 32 comatose patients and 26 healthy people. Some of the comatose patients were diagnosed as “minimally conscious,” meaning there was some evidence that they may have retained some awareness of their surroundings (for example, the patient [Read More...]

More of The Pill’s Glorious Legacy: Widespread Animal Mutation

from the Times of Trenton ‘Intersex’ fish found in Delaware, other rivers a result of hormone-disrupting chemicals At first glance, most fish caught in the Delaware River look perfectly normal. But scientists who investigated further discovered something very unusual. A sampling of certain male fish were found to be carrying female eggs. These “intersex” fish [Read More...]

Three-Parent Babies Now Only Two Years Away

Let’s start with the money quote, and then get down to the details: “Are these techniques safe in humans? We won’t know that until it’s actually done in humans. Until a healthy baby is born we cannot say 100% that these techniques are safe, if you think back to when IVF was a new technology [Read More...]

A Snail With a Translucent Shell

A new species of snail discovered deep in a Croatian cave has a translucent shell: Zospeum tholussum – belongs to a genus of minute air-breathing land snails that cannot see to find their way around and are considered to be true eutroglobionts that only live in dark, underground caves. The fragile snail has a beautifully [Read More...]

Head Transplants?

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This had been tried on animals since the 1950s, but the problem has always been connecting the spinal chord. I don’t doubt that, at some point in the future, the technology will exist to make this possible, and one scientist thinks he may be getting closer: Canavero describes in a recent paper a step to [Read More...]

NeverWet Looks Amazing

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Better living through chemistry! More information. H/T: Victor Lams [Read more...]

Our Weird and Wonderful World

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Magnetic Putty Time Lapse would be an excellent name for a rock band: Posted by Scott Lawson, who has this to say: Magnetic putty time lapse as it absorbs a rare-earth magnet. Taken over 1.5 hours at 3fps, played back at 24fps. The magnetic putty will eventually arrange itself so that the outer surface is [Read More...]


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