• Medtronic says trials find gene linked to sudden cardiac death

    (Reuters) - Two studies have identified a gene associated with potentially fatal abnormal heart rhythms, device maker Medtronic Plc said on Monday. The studies evaluated genetic information to identify gene abnormalities that may be associated with heart rhythms that could cause sudden cardiac…

  • One year and counting: Mars isolation experiment begins

    Six people shut themselves inside a dome for a year in Hawaii, in the longest US isolation experiment aimed at helping NASA prepare for a pioneering journey to Mars. In a place with no animals and little vegetation around, they closed themselves in at 3:00 pm Hawaii time (0100 GMT Saturday),…

  • Earth's Moving Mantle Leads to Earthquakes in Unusual Places

    It has long been a mystery why some earthquakes strike towns in seemingly earthquake-proof regions, but researchers now have a potential explanation for why temblors sometimes rattle where they're not expected. Understanding the underlying source of these quakes could help officials prepare for…
  • The Evolution of Dental Implants

    The most significant advancement in the field occurred in the 1950s, with the discovery that titanium has the inherent property of forming a direct physical bond with living bone tissue. In short, the biological bonding process of osseointegration, which could take up to six months with smooth…

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    What Science Says About Women In Combat - DNews

    Lt. Shaye Haver and Capt. Kristen Gries are the first women to graduate from U.S. Ranger training, but they may never see combat.

  • Here Comes the Bionic Brain!

    Our digital devices might have as many memory limitations as we do. But a bionic brain could change all of that - and much more.

  • S.Africa's Kruger Park still a magnet for rhino poachers

    By Ed Stoddard PRETORIA (Reuters) - The poaching of rhinos has risen in South Africa's Kruger National Park this year but is on the decline elsewhere in the country, Environment Minister Edna Molewa said on Sunday. The Kruger Park, South Africa's main tourist draw, is on the frontlines of a surge…

  • NASA simulates Mars mission by locking up people in a tiny dome

    A group of six people bade the rest of the world farewell on Friday to begin their year-long stay in a cramped dome on Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano. The French astrobiologist, German physicist and American ...

  • Asterias's stem cell therapy shows promise in study

    Asterias Biotherapeutics Inc said initial data from a small study showed that its lead stem cell therapy could improve mobility in patients paralyzed by a spinal cord injury. Its success is a key step toward proving that embryonic stem cell research could cure diseases such as cancer, Parkinson's…

  • NASA-funded recruits begin a year-long isolation mission to simulate conditions on Mars

    Three men, three women, 365 days. NASA, the US space agency, is concerned about the effect that prolonged isolation could have on the members of any potential mission to Mars—a mission that, they estimate, could take as long as three years. To test how confined conditions and the lack of contact…

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  • Why Oliver Sacks was so ambivalent about becoming a best-selling author

    To hear Oliver Sacks tell it, writing books for a mass audience was once considered one of the worst things a doctor could do. In his new memoir On the Move, Sacks recalls the day his first book was published in 1970. Born in 1933 to two prominent doctors, Sacks happened to be staying in his…
  • #1 Reason Not To Buy A New Computer

    Find out the real reason behind slow computers!

  • Parents: Talk About Alcohol When Kids Are 9

    Parents should start talking to their children about alcohol at age 9, says a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics aimed at preventing binge drinking in young people. As many as 50 percent of high school students currently drink alcohol, and within that group, up to 60 percent binge…
  • Driverless Cars, Analytics and Tough Standards for 21st Century Innovation

    Everybody talks about innovation these days, but the word is used so lightly. Every new app, gadget or product feature is now “innovation”. A few decades ago, “innovation” implied a life-changing advance in technology: the transistor, the computer, space flight. Does it mean anything that we speak…

  • New Math Could Reveal Hidden Sources of Chaos

    It's that point when a smooth river turns into a tumultuous swirl of white water, the tornado that unpredictably changes course on a dime or the wild interactions of three planets under one another's gravitational pull. Although most people instinctively know chaos when they see it, there hasn't…
  • Bayer heart failure drug cuts deaths in mid-stage trial

    Bayer will move a heart failure drug into final-stage testing this year, boosting its ambitions in cardiovascular treatments after the experimental medicine showed a "striking" reduction in deaths in a mid-stage trial. Having done well with recently launched drugs such as stroke prevention pill…

  • This material could be used to instantly heal punctures in a spacecraft

    Researchers have been working on creating self-healing materials for a while now, and if you look around YouTube, you can find a handful of videos of them in action. But this week a research team described a new material that they claim is even faster at healing, able to repair a puncture wound in…

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  • Europe fails on electronics recycling goals

    By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Only a third of Europe's electronic waste is properly recycled, with vast numbers of cellphones, computers and televisions illegally traded or dumped, a study led by the United Nations and INTERPOL said on Sunday. Sweden and Norway were close to European targets of…

  • Canadian Upstart Aims to Upset Elon Musk and SpaceX

    Could a start-up space company build a space elevator -- and put SpaceX out of business?

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