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It's the stuff of science fiction: technology that can print a human organ. The first step towards turning big-screen fantasy into everyday reality has been taken by Israel's Nano Dimension, which makes 3D printers. Through a collaboration with another Israeli company, biotechnology firm Accellta of Haifa, Nano Dimension has been able...
Eating the tasty household spice cinnamon might improve learning ability, according to new study results published online in the July issue of the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology. The study by Neurological scientists at Rush University Medical Center found that feeding cinnamon to laboratory mice determined to have poor learning ability...
Regular cocaine and methamphetamine users can have difficulty choosing between right and wrong, perhaps because the specific parts of their brains used for good processing and evaluating emotions are damaged by their prolonged drug habits. This is according to a study among prison inmates by Samantha Fede and Dr. Kent...
In this Science report, father's and daughter's obsessions have combined in an incredible creation: a nickel-sized artificial stingray whose swimming is guided by light and powered by rat heart muscle cells. Some think that by melding cells and artificial materials into a pulsating structure, the device brings Kevin Kit Parker's...
Machine learning is a type of artificial intelligence that allows computer programs to learn when exposed to new data without being programmed. Now, researchers in The Netherlands have coupled machine learning methods with a particular MRI technique that measures the perfusion, or tissue absorption rate, of blood throughout the brain...
The artificial pancreas, a device which monitors blood glucose in patients with type 1 diabetes and then automatically adjusts levels of insulin entering the body, is likely to be available by 2018, conclude authors of a paper in Diabetologia. Issues such as speed of action of the forms of insulin...
Schedule 1 includes drugs that are dangerous, addictive, and without any medical merit. The DEA needs to justify its budgetary funding, and the FDA prefers rubber stamp approving pharmaceutical drugs that are far more dangerous than marijuana and far less effective. The unpublicized studies that prove cannabis's medical merits are referenced...
Back in the day, everything had to be done through manual processes, regardless of what industry you were working in. This eventually changed with the invention of machines and factory-style production methods, though certain procedures were still so delicate and complicated to pull off that they could only be...
An international team of scientists announced today that for the first time, they were able to create new human stem cells by cloning older, fully mature human cells. The process cannot be used to create full human clones, as the scientists involved were quick to point out. But it does...
A 25-year-old has just received a full heart transplant... but not before surviving for more than a year without a human heart inside his body. Instead, Stan Larkin wore an 'artificial heart' in a backpack 24/7 for 555 days, which pumped blood around his body and kept him alive. The success...

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