When scientists test new cancer drugs, they typically first test a molecule in a petri dish (called in vitro testing). If it kills cancer cells there, it can then be injected into a mouse or another animal with the disease (in vivo testing). In vitro tests are fast, but they can’t show how a treatment will work in a living body. Animal studies, on the other … Continue reading 3D-Printed Brain Helps Scientists Study Cancer
COVID-19 has now forced most of us into our homes for weeks. A recent study highlighted the importance of staying at home in these crucial times, even if you’re feeling well: people with mild, limited or even no symptoms at all were estimated to have caused the majority of severe COVID-19 infections and the wide geographic spread of COVID-19. Continue reading Computational models show why staying home really is the best idea
Scientists have recently shaken up our perception of Mars. A NASA team has directly shown that Mars is seismically active – much more than scientists expected, too. Continue reading NASA has Detected Marsquakes, Proving the Red Planet is Seismically Active
Researchers at UC Riverside have discovered the oldest ancestor of almost all animals, including humans. This worm fills in a long-missing gap of the evolutionary biology puzzle. Continue reading Researchers Discover Oldest Ancestor of Almost Every Animal
Testing shortages have it made it extremely difficult to track the spread of the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19. A new kind of test can reveal whether someone has ever had the infection, even if it was mild or asymptomatic. Continue reading Serological test can detect who has recovered from coronavirus infection
Forgiveness is associated with humans, but may play an integral role in human-robot interactions. A study asks whether we can forgive a robot for commiting a crime. Debating forgiveness rather than punishment, the study adds another ethical dimension to our perception of AI.
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by Stephanie Smelyansky figures by Jovana Andrejevic Nature knows to quit when it’s ahead–just take a look at the horseshoe crab. Since its origins 450 million years ago, the animal has remained relatively unchanged. This living fossil continues to trudge through shallow, brackish waters, its large tank-like shell protecting its soft, wriggly underbody, looking for tiny worms and mollusks to scoop into its belly, just … Continue reading Curing Cancer with the Help of a Living Fossil: The Horseshoe Crab
Scientists have uncovered a new mechanism by which important components of cells can be damaged. Such a discovery could provide new insight into the biology of aging, cancer, and degeneration, as well as development of new drugs and strategies for food preservation. Continue reading A Radical New Mechanism for Cell Damage
In order to combat the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, a group of scientists from MIT are using artificial intelligence to discover new and effective antibiotics. They were able to predict a powerful new antibiotic compound that is effective against many dangerous pathogens. Continue reading Artificial Intelligence – our new MVP against infections?
Engineers at Beihang University and Harvard’s Wyss Institute use models to zero in on creating the perfect octopus tentacle for industrial gripping uses. Continue reading More Realistic Tentacles Improve Performance Of Octopus Inspired Robots