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Scientists: ‘Oxygen substitute’ shot can keep non-breathing patients alive

Researchers at the Boston Children’s Hospital have developed a new microparticle that can be used to oxygenate blood cells and keep a non-breathing patient alive for up to 30 minutes, according to the scientific journal Science Transitional Medicine. The particles, a combination of fat and oxygen, can be injected directly…

Robot beats human at rock, paper, scissors. Every time.

Robot beats human at rock, paper, scissors. Every time. (via The Christian Science Monitor) It didn’t really come as a surprise when they started beating us at checkers. There are, after all, a finite number of possible configurations of pieces on the board (about 500 billion billion), each with an optimal…

Astronomers use an old trick to open new window on extrasolar planets

Astronomers use an old trick to open new window on extrasolar planets A method astronomers have used for nearly 20 years to indirectly find planets orbiting other stars has for the first time been used to take the direct measure of an extrasolar planet itself. The approach not only yields…

Dinosaurs may have been warm-blooded: study

PARIS — Dinosaurs may have been warm-blooded, scientists said Wednesday, in a finding that could debunk one of the most commonly-held images of the extinct giants. Researchers in Spain and Norway reported in the journal Nature they had found tree-like growth rings on the bones of mammals, a feature that…

U.S. approves first obesity drug in 13 years

WASHINGTON — US regulators on Wednesday approved the first drug to treat obesity in 13 years, a drug called lorcaserin, marketed as Belviq and made by Arena Pharmaceuticals. The drug works to control the appetite through receptors in the brain and was approved as additional therapy for certain overweight and…

Early human relative species ate tree bark

A short, gangly relative of man that lived in South Africa two million years ago ate bark and wood, the only early hominid known to have done so, a report said Wednesday. While its ancient relations opted for softer grasses and shrubs, Australopithecus sediba, an upright-walking tree climber, “included quite…

FDA approves weight-loss drug for the first time in 13 years

The US Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the first drug to treat obesity in 13 years, a drug called lorcaserin, marketed as Belviq and made by Arena Pharmaceuticals. “The US Food and Drug Administration today approved Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride), as an addition to a reduced-calorie diet and exercise,…

Google teaching computers to mimic human brain

Google said it was dabbling with getting computers to simulate the learning process of the human brain as one of the unusual projects for researchers in its X Lab. Computers programmed with algorithms intended to mimic neural connections “learned” to recognize cats after being shown a sampling of YouTube videos,…

Students set new human-powered helicopter flight record

Students set new human-powered helicopter flight record (via The Christian Science Monitor) A team of engineering students from the University of Maryland broke a new flight record in a human-powered aircraft. Pilot Kyle Gluesenkamp lifted his gymnasium-sized helicopter, Gamera II, about a foot off the ground for 50 seconds. Their…

Study: The way you count on your fingers may influence how your brain works

Put down your coffee for a moment. Now, without thinking about it too much, use your hands to count to 10. How did you do it? Did you start with the left hand, or the right? Did you begin counting on a thumb, or with a pinkie? Maybe you started…

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