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Scientists Have Managed to Edit HIV Out of a Human Genome

Scientists Have Managed to Edit HIV Out of a Human Genome

As a retrovirus, HIV literally writes itself into the genome of the people it infects, which in turn programs a person's cells to make more viruses and thus remain infected. But a new human genome-editing technique has eradicated the virus from a human cell for the first time, in what could eventually function as an ...

Google and Novartis are Designing Contact Lenses to Aid Vision, Track Diabetes

Google and Novartis are Designing Contact Lenses to Aid Vision, Track Diabetes

With Glass and Android Wear, Google has already invested a lot of time and resources into developing the next-generation of wearables, but it's another of its eye-focused projects that has on Tuesday received its first major boost. The search giant's secret Google[x] team has confirmed that it's licensed its smart eyewear ...

iTunes U Version 2 Improves Discussion, Adds Course Creation from iPad

iTunes U Version 2 Improves Discussion, Adds Course Creation from iPad

Apple has updated iTunes U with a bunch of new features, cranking the version number up to 2 and introducing improved discussion features and the ability to create and update courses directly from the iPad app, which previously has been mostly a user-facing client for consuming content. The update, live now in the App ...

Scientists Designed a Blood Test That Can Predict Alzheimer’s

Scientists Designed a Blood Test That Can Predict Alzheimer’s

Scientists have developed a new blood test that can predict who will develop Alzheimer's disease a year after having mild memory problems—and it could be in clinical use within two years. Researchers from King's College London have developed a test which identifies 10 proteins in blood that can predict who will develop ...

The Gates Foundation is Developing a Remote Controlled Chip for Contraception

The Gates Foundation is Developing a Remote Controlled Chip for Contraception

If you could have safe, effective, long-term birth control that you didn't have to think about, would you jump at the chance? That's what's being proposed by a company called MicroCHIPS of Lexington Massachusetts -- in the form of a chip to be implanted under the skin. The chip, just 20 x 20 x 7 millimetres, is designed to ...

Researchers Can Now 3D Print Working Blood Vessels

Researchers Can Now 3D Print Working Blood Vessels

One of the biggest problems with printing human meat was the creation of blood vessels and ventricles. Making a solid mass of flesh was easy but adding a way to pump blood and other nutrients through the flesh was more difficult. Now researchers at the University of Sydney, Harvard, Stanford and MIT, have solved some of ...

5 Great Apps to Bring Some Life to Human Biology

5 Great Apps to Bring Some Life to Human Biology

When students delve into anatomical and molecular concepts in biology, they learn about complex processes that impact our everyday lives. Touchscreen devices bring more vitality to this process, as apps can help students better visualize and experiment with concepts first learned in the classroom. These five apps help ...

Google’s ‘Made With Code’ Program Encourages More Girls to Code

Google’s ‘Made With Code’ Program Encourages More Girls to Code

Google has announced that it will provide up to $50 million for organizations that can help encourage more girls to take an interest in computer science at an early age. Revealed as part of its newly launched Made with Code initiative, the cash will be used for things like “rewarding teachers who support girls who take ...

Dentists Will Soon Have a Cavity Fix That’s Drill-Free

Dentists Will Soon Have a Cavity Fix That’s Drill-Free

Researchers from King's College London just announced a new approach to fixing cavities that requires no injections, no drills, and no pain. It's just a little blast of electric current that encourages the tooth to self-repair. And they say it'll be on the market in three years. The new technique sounds confusingly simple. ...

Scientists Developed WiFi Tech to Monitor Vital Signs Through a Wall

Scientists Developed WiFi Tech to Monitor Vital Signs Through a Wall

MIT's CSAIL lab has just taken its very cool but kinda creepy WiFi motion tracking to a new level: monitoring your vital signs from another room. Last we saw, the same researchers bounced low-powered WiFi signals (100x less than a home router) off of individuals to finely track their position behind a wall. The resulting ...