Scientists discover a giant  neuron around the brain that could explain conciousness

Scientists discover a giant neuron around the brain that could explain conciousness

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One of life’s mysteries is why life exists in the first place, and the mystery of consciousness comes a close second, but the latter might be about to be solved.   Consciousness has long baffled, well, everyone. Let’s face it – noone really knows why...

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The Terminator bought to life, researchers want to put artificial human skin onto robots

The Terminator bought to life, researchers want to put artificial human skin onto robots

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots with human skin are nothing new, at least in sci-fi terms, but we now have the technology and a reason to make it happen…   This week researchers Pierre-Alexis Mouthuy and Andrew Carr from the University of Oxford announced that they believe robots dressed...

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US Army to develop artificial human skin and powdered blood

US Army to develop artificial human skin and powdered blood

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Blood has to be stored carefully, and skin is in short supply but new developments would mean they’re available anywhere, anytime.   Researchers, doctors and bio-technicians at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research are working on new, more efficient ways to administer blood to...

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Scientists have 3D printed functioning artificial human skin

Scientists have 3D printed functioning artificial human skin

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to print artificial human skin, on demand will change the lives of burns victims and reduce the need for animal testing.   A few months after Stanford University announced it had created the world’s first artificial skin substitute, now researchers in Spain have...

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New brain reading computer lets paralysed patients communicate by thought

New brain reading computer lets paralysed patients communicate by thought

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many people take the ability to communicate for granted, but millions of people aren’t as fortunate, but new computing systems are breaking down the walls.   Those crazy researchers at Stanford University have done it again – not content building virtual reality avatars with three arms...

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eSight’s new glasses give sight back to the legally blind

eSight’s new glasses give sight back to the legally blind

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Millions of people are legally classified as blind, and in the past blind meant blind forever, but today new technology is restoring sight like never before   Over the past few years there have been a range of significant developments, from gene editing to bionic...

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New stem cell therapy freezes Multiple Sclerosis in its tracks

New stem cell therapy freezes Multiple Sclerosis in its tracks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Multiple Sclerosis is a debilitating disease that affects hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, but new therapies and treatments are bringing new hope to the people affected by it.   A new multiple sclerosis treatment that “resets” the human immune system has been found to “freeze”...

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New ‘Cyborg’ brain implants could help paralysed people walk again

New ‘Cyborg’ brain implants could help paralysed people walk again

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future we’ll communicate with machines and other people using a form of telepathy, these new glassy carbon sensors just moved us another inch forward.   Over the past few years advances in the field of Brain Machine Interfaces (BMI’s), which are essentially interface...

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Researchers believe we have a maximum biological age

Researchers believe we have a maximum biological age

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New research suggests humans have a maximum biological age, and that living longer will only be possible with the help of technology.   Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine believe that they have discovered that humans have a maximum lifespan, even though increasingly...

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New micro-rocket will one day travel round your body fighting disease

New micro-rocket will one day travel round your body fighting disease

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Miniaturised rockets that can travel around your body at will, tracking and tackling disease, repairing tissue and looking for the early signs of cancer would usher in a healthcare revolution.   In the 1980’s one of the decade’s most popular films was one called “Innerspace” where...

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Scientists have developed the world’s first working artificial womb

Scientists have developed the world’s first working artificial womb

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In an age when we can create motherless and fatherless embryos, and where artificial humans are on the horizon, one day artificial wombs could be commonplace.   In what’s considered a landmark experiment, researchers in the US and the UK have managed grow human embryos to 14...

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DARPA’s new P3 program aims to stop all pandemics dead within 60 days

DARPA’s new P3 program aims to stop all pandemics dead within 60 days

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The increasing threat from bio-terrorism, and the resurgence of new global pandemics such as Ebola, have shown how out dated today’s state of the art vaccine procedures are, DARPA’s new P3 program aims to re-dress the balance.   Over the past several years DARPA funded...

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New gene therapy technique cures deafness in mice

New gene therapy technique cures deafness in mice

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Millions of people around the world suffer from deafness, now scientists might be zero’ing in on a new cure that could change their lives forever.   In 2015, a team at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) reported restoring the hearing in genetically deaf...

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Scientists grow the world’s first human pig chimera

Scientists grow the world’s first human pig chimera

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over the next few decades self-driving cars could cause a shortage of donor organs, Chimera’s could provide doctors and patients with alternatives.   Sometimes it’s hard to help but wonder what scientists would do with their time if they didn’t have stem cells to experiment...

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Scientists might have found a way to turn Parkinsons on and off

Scientists might have found a way to turn Parkinsons on and off

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF From Parkinsons to Alzheimers, there are millions of people suffering from brain related disorders, now a new field of medicine, called Neuromodulation might let doctors turn these conditions on and off, for good.   Dr. Andres Lozano at the University of Toronto is one of...

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World first as scientists use two new DNA letters to create new “alien” life form

World first as scientists use two new DNA letters to create new “alien” life form

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Life’s DNA has always been coded using just four letters, but now researchers have added two new letters and it opens the door to a whole new world of alien lifeforms never seen before.   Ever since life gained a foothold on this fragile rock...

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World first as scientists use synthetic stem cells to repair a damaged heart

World first as scientists use synthetic stem cells to repair a damaged heart

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Traditional stem cell therapies can often lead to cancer down the line, but NC State’s new “generic” synthetic stem cells eliminate that risk and will bring stem cell therapy to millions more people who need it.   Hearts are having a busy time in the...

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Scientists have grown a human stomach in a petri dish

Scientists have grown a human stomach in a petri dish

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The more organs scientists can create outside of the human body the greater the benefits to human healthcare, this latest breakthrough takes us another step closer to realising the potential of regenerative medicine.   When scientists want to understand how a drug works, they often...

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New breakthrough will make scars and wrinkles a thing of the past

New breakthrough will make scars and wrinkles a thing of the past

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many people have scar tissue, and everyone, one day gets wrinkles, now both of those human frailties could be a thing of the past   There are a few of reasons that scar tissue looks different than regular skin – it lacks hair follicles and it...

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Researchers discover the brain helps kill bacteria and boost antibiotics

Researchers discover the brain helps kill bacteria and boost antibiotics

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s a well known fact that bacterial resistance to antibiotics has reached crisis levels, now a new breakthrough could give antibiotics a well needed boost.   It turns out that our brain might control much more than just our thoughts and physical actions. Announced this week...

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