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Turning urine into brain cells could help fight Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

Chinese researchers have devised a new technique for reprogramming cells from human urine into immature brain cells that can form multiple types of functioning neurons and glial cells. The technique, published today in the journal Nature Methods, could prove useful for studying the cellular mechanisms of neurodegenerative conditions such as…

British astronomer Patrick Moore dead aged 89

Astronomer Patrick Moore, renowned for his work mapping the Moon’s surface and for having popularised his subject with the British public, died Sunday at the age of 89, friends and colleagues announced. The eccentric astronomer, whose research was used by the United States and the Soviets in their space programmes,…

DNA pioneer James Watson reveals helix story was almost never told

The Double Helix’s tale of DNA breakthrough became a big hit but had to overcome hostility from the Nobel winner’s colleagues Consistently rated as one of the greatest books written about science in the past century, it has been hailed as a work that combines the plot line of a…

Floridians asked to help state hunt invasive pythons for cash

Floridians keen to protect the fragile ecosystem of the Everglades will have their mettle tested next month as the wildlife service seeks help in eradicating the giant Burmese python. The public has been asked to join in a month-long hunt for the invasive species, which, lacking natural predators, snacks on…

Scientists create solar cell fiber that could potentially be woven into cloth

An international team of scientists led by a University of Pennsylvania professor said Thursday that they’ve created a unique new fiber thinner than a human hair that can capture energy from the sun and convert it into electricity. Their research on this new solar cell breakthrough was published this week…

Archeologists discover last port of ancient Rome

French and Italian archaeologists have found the remains of a grain port that played a critical role in the rise of ancient Rome, France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) said on Thursday. Cores drilled at a location at the mouth of the River Tiber have revealed the site of…

Florida officials may release genetically modified mosquitos in Dengue fight

Health officials in Florida are considering a plan to release thousands of genetically modified mosquitos into the wild to combat a rare disease.  According to the Associated Press, mosquito control workers are waiting for word from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that would put the plan into action as…

Ostrich arteries bring bypass hope: Japan scientists

Scientists in Japan have used ostrich blood vessels to create a viable bypass in pigs, raising hopes of easier and more effective artery transplants for heart patients. The team found they could harvest blood vessels from the bird’s long neck and use them to construct artificial pathways that are up…

World’s oldest trees dying due to climate change: study

Scientists Friday warned of an alarming increase in the death rates of the largest living organisms on the planet, the giant, old trees that harbour and sustain countless birds and wildlife. Research by universities in Australia and the United States, published in Science, said ecosystems worldwide were in danger of…

Study reveals children’s cells may benefit mother’s body long after birth

A new study has shown that the bond between mothers and their children may be even more elemental than common wisdom and centuries of art and literature would have us believe. According to Scientific American, new research by the National Institute of Health indicates that mothers’ and children’s cells may…

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