June 16, 2021

Spain halts plans to use electric shock treatment on violent inmates

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By Saqib Shah From engadget The follow-up to a pilot study conducted on 41 prisoners was set to take place this month. Spain is putting on hold a scientific investigation that involved zapping prisoners’ brains with electricity to curb violent urges. A pilot study saw the technique — known as transcranial direct current stimulation, or […]

Geneticists reconstruct the DNA of a slave born into a Dutch colony in the Caribbean who escaped to Iceland –

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By CHEYENNE MACDONALD From DAILY MAIL UK – even though he died 200 years ago and his body has been lost Researchers reconstructed the maternal genome of escaped slave Hans Jonatan He was born in the late 1700s on the island of St Croix, and died in 1827 As a young man, he was brought […]

NASA hopes to send a probe to Alpha Centauri in 2069

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By Jon Fingas, From engadget Even your grandkids might not be around to see the results If you thought NASA was playing the long game with its plan to put people on Mars in the 2030s, you haven’t seen anything yet. New Scientist has learned that a team at the administration’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory hasstarted […]

Researchers use sperm to deliver cancer drugs to tumors

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By Mallory Locklear From engadget It was done with bull sperm and a cancer cell line, not in humans just yet. Chemotherapy has a lot of terrible side effects and that’s partly because the drugs being used to fight cancer also attack healthy cells. Figuring out a way to deliver drugs to tumors without affecting […]

NHS gave DeepMind patient records on an ‘inappropriate legal basis’

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By Nick Summers From engadget A top UK government advisor is questioning a deal that granted DeepMind access to 1.6 million patient records. A data-sharing deal between DeepMind and London’s Royal Free Hospital Trust was struck on an “inappropriate legal basis,” a top UK government advisor has said. In April 2016, New Scientist revealed that […]

What does ‘Superfood’ even mean, anyway?

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By Cari Romm From New York Mag Like “literally” or “LOL” (or, if you are Bachelor host Chris Harrison, “most dramatic season ever”), “superfood” has been thrown around so much that it’s become effectively meaningless. You’re not literally dying from that puppy video, or whatever. You’re not really sitting there belly-laughing at a Slack comment […]

Scientists reject claims of lab-grown mini human brain

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From New Scientist Almost fully-formed brain grown in a lab. Woah: Scientists grow first nearly fully-formed human brain. Boffins raise five-week-old fetal human brain in the lab for experimentation. On Tuesday, all the above appeared as headlines for one particular story. What was it all about? Mini-brains 3 to 4 millimetres across have been grown […]