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Apr 4, 2019

Old People Can Still Make Fresh Brain Cells

Posted by in category: neuroscience

The human brain can grow new neurons up to age 97.

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Apr 4, 2019

Futuristic Amazon Drone Delivery Concept

Posted by in categories: drones, futurism

This future is here 😲.

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Apr 3, 2019

South Korea to roll out world’s largest 5G network later this week

Posted by in categories: internet, mobile phones

South Korea will become the first country to commercially launch fifth-generation (5G) services as it rolls out the latest wireless technology with Samsung’s new 5G-enabled Galaxy S10.

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Apr 3, 2019

Yale-NUS researchers discover drug cocktail that increases lifespan

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Could deafness be reversed? Scientists re-grow damaged hair cells that have been killed off by age or noise inside the ear…


Researchers from the University of Rochester found that viruses, genetics and even existing drugs could cause little hairs to regrow in the inner ear. These hairs pick up on noises entering the ear.

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Apr 3, 2019

Chinese, US researchers create monkeys with human-like brain development

Posted by in categories: genetics, neuroscience

A group of monkeys were found to have “human-like” brain development, including faster reactions and better memories, after a joint Sino-American team of researchers spliced a human gene into their genetic makeup.

Researchers from the Kunming Institute of Zoology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and the University of North Carolina in the United States modified the genes of 11 monkeys (eight first-generation and three second-generation) with the addition of copies of the human gene MCPH1.

Microcephalin (MCPH1) is a key factor in our brain development and, in particular, eventual brain size. Mutations in the gene can lead to the developmental disorder microcephaly, which is characterized by a tiny brain.

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Apr 3, 2019

DARPA thinks tardigrades could help scientists “freeze” injured soldiers in time

Posted by in category: futurism

The creatures “can reversibly enter a state where outwardly observable signs of metabolic activity are paused under conditions that are essentially incompatible with life.”

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Apr 3, 2019

Today Chandra is studying a white dwarf star in Coma Berenices

Posted by in category: cosmology

Nearby in the sky is galaxy NGC 4725, roughly 41 million light years from Earth. Over 100,000 light years across, at least 4 supernovae have been observed in this galaxy since 1940!

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Apr 3, 2019

A Drug Shows an Astonishing Ability to Regenerate Damaged Hearts and Other Body Parts

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A once abandoned drug compound shows an ability to rebuild organs damaged by illness and injury.

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Apr 3, 2019

Check Out These Adorable, Tiny Frog Species Just Discovered in Madagascar

Posted by in category: futurism

Miniaturised frogs form a fascinating but poorly understood group of amphibians. They have been exceptionally prone to taxonomic underestimation because when frogs evolve small body size they start to look remarkably similar – so it is easy to underestimate how diverse they really are.

As part of my PhD I have been studying frogs and reptiles on Madagascar, an island in the Indian Ocean that’s a little larger than mainland France. It has more than 350 frog species, giving it possibly the highest frog diversity per square kilometre of any country in the world. And many of these frogs are very small.

We have added to the knowledge of these tiny species by describing five new species as belonging to the group of frogs commonly referred to as “narrow-mouthed” frogs. The largest of them could sit happily on your thumbnail. The smallest is just longer than a grain of rice.

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Apr 3, 2019

What Existed Before The Big Bang? Astronomers Have Found a Test to Narrow It Down

Posted by in categories: cosmology, evolution, physics

Today our middle-aged Universe looks eerily smooth. Too smooth, in fact.

While a rapid growth spurt in space-time would explain what we see, science needs more than nice ideas. It needs evidence that whittles away contending arguments. We might finally know where to look for some.

A team of physicists from the Centre for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA) and Harvard University went back to the drawing board on the early Universe’s evolution to give us a way to help those inflation models stand out from the crowd.

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