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Newly-discovered mouse related to elephants

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A newly-discovered diminutive mammal has been found to be genetically related to elephants, scientists say. Macroscelides micus, as goes the 7.5-inch (19-cm)-long creature’s scientific name has been found in Namibia and is akin in appearance to a mouse with a long snout. John Dumbacher, a California scientist who helped identify the animal, said the animal is covered in red fur, which helps it blend... 

Mobile phone negatively affects men's fertility

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Scientific evidence achieved by the researchers of the University of Exeter has unveiled that keeping mobile phones in pockets increases the risk of infertility in men. The findings reveal that electromagnetic radiation of mobile phone significantly affect quality of sperm. The researchers suggest that keeping the device in trouser pocket lowered movement of sperm by 8 percent. Team of researchers... 

Dinosaurs fit middle of metabolic continuum

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A research has shown that dinosaurs’ metabolism places them in the middle of the metabolic continuum, forbidding their definite classification as either warm or cold-blooded creatures. The study used dinosaurs’ body mass and their growth rates to arrive at an evaluation of their metabolism. University of New Mexico biologist John Grady said, “…By examining animal growth and rates of energy... 

The journey to self-awareness

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Self-awareness is the capacity to pay conscious attention to all aspects of yourself: to use sensory capacities such as sight, hearing and touch to provide accurate information about the external world; to use feelings such as thirst, hunger, nausea, dizziness and physical pain to provide accurate information about the state of your body and what it needs; to use memory to store and provide access... 

Children playing with dirt may reduce allergy and asthma risk

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Babies exposed to dirt and a wide variety of household bacteria in the first year of life are less likely threatened by allergies and asthma, a new research unraveled. Contact with bacteria and even roach allergens in the first year of life may help protect infants against future allergies and wheezing. The study researchers followed 467 newborns for three years, monitoring them for allergies annually... 

​Scientists learn to selectively erase and restore memories in brain

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Wiping out memories at a press of a button, just like with a ‘neuralizer’ from the Men in Black movie, may soon become a reality. Researchers have managed to erase and then restore lost memory in genetically modified rats with a flash of light. The study by researchers from University of California in San Diego, published in Nature journal , is the first cause-and-effect evidence that strengthening... 

Doctors can now 3D-print blood vessels

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Organ replication took a leap at a Boston hospital, as doctors finally nailed the process of artificial vascularization with the use of advances in 3D bio printing together with biomaterials in order to create the first synthetic blood vessels. Although huge strides have already been made in replicating all sorts of human tissue and organs, making delicate conduits from scratch was still some way... 

Soy sauce molecules effectively fight HIV

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More than a decade after a Japanese soy sauce manufacturer said it had discovered a molecule in its sauce that could be used to fight HIV, the findings have been confirmed by university scientists. According to a team of virologists at the University of Missouri, a flavor-enhancing molecule found in soy sauce – called EFdA – is up to 70 times more powerful than typical drugs like Tenofovir, which... 

Humans can distinguish 1 trillion smells

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A new study has revealed that the human nose is capable of distinguishing at least one trillion different smells, millions beyond the previous estimates. “Our analysis shows that the human capacity for discriminating smells is much larger than anyone anticipated,” said study co-author Leslie Vosshall, who is head of Rockefeller University’s Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior. The research... 

3D printing used to reconstruct man’s face in groundbreaking surgery

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For what appears to be the first time in history doctors were able to use 3D printing technology during a facial reconstruction surgery to help a British man who survived a motorcycle accident but walked away traumatized and disfigured. Stephen Power of Cardiff, Wales was hospitalized for four months after he endured multiple injuries in a 2012 accident. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the... 

Billionaire claims he has reversed aging with stem cell treatments

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Billionaire fashion designer Peter Nygard is not only an advocate of stem cell therapy, but hes also a human guinea pig. He says that the stem cells have actually reversed aging, and he even has a scientific study to back him up. “Stem cells are being used for anti-ageing and the University of Miami is doing a study about that to prove that it is true. They are looking at me, and my markers have... 

High-tech glasses to assist cancer surgeons

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Scientists have developed particular glasses with high technology that make it easier for surgeons to distinguish cancer cells from healthy cells. Designed by the scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, the newly invented glasses help surgeons visualize cancer cells, which glow blue when looked through the eyewear. While cancer cells are difficult to see even under high-powered... 

Tiny motors set to motion in live human cells

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For the first time tiny rocket-shaped synthetic motors have been placed inside live human cells. What has been a staple of science fiction is now a promising method to treat cancer, US scientists say. The researchers from Penn State University have successfully embedded synthetic nanomotors into HeLa cells, an immortal line of human cervical cancer cells typically used in research studies, according... 

Food poisoning bacterium may cause Multiple Sclerosis

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Animal study indicates that a type of food poisoning bacterium known as Clostridium perfringens can develop Multiple Sclerosis damage in the brain. Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College in the United States, through lab tests in mice, found that a toxin made by a rare strain of C. perfringens is responsible for MS-like damage. While the exact cause of Multiple sclerosis (MS) has not been... 

​First custom monkeys created through precision genetic manipulation

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The world’s first monkeys with genes modified through a DNA engineering method known as Crispr/Cas9 were born in a lab. The scientific breakthrough by Chinese researchers could become a cornerstone for research and prevention of human genetic disorders. Researchers at Nanjing Medical University and Yunnan Key Laboratory of Primate Biomedical Research in Kunming in China have created two genetically... 
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