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Crowdsourcing killer outbreaks (w/video)

A crowdsourcing effort is underway to tackle the ash dieback disease declared endemic in the UK that threatens the 129,000 hectares of woodland that Britain's 80M ash trees cover.

Posted: Feb 18th, 2013

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The quest for a better bionic hand

New research is paving the way for new, smart prosthetics that connect directly to the nervous system. The benefits are more versatile prosthetics with intuitive motor control and realistic sensory feedbac - in essence, they could one day return dexterity and the sensation of touch to an amputee.

Posted: Feb 18th, 2013

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Molecules generated that can halt metastasis of colon cancer

A Basque research consortium has managed to halt the progress of colon cancer and its metastasis in the liver in an experimental model with mice. This advance, that may open a new path for the future treatment of such pathologies, has been achieved by creating molecules which interfere with the adhesion of tumour cells to other cells of the organism.

Posted: Feb 18th, 2013

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Neuroprosthesis gives rats the ability to 'touch' infrared light (w/video)

Researchers have given rats the ability to "touch" infrared light, normally invisible to them, by fitting them with an infrared detector wired to microscopic electrodes implanted in the part of the mammalian brain that processes tactile information. The achievement represents the first time a brain-machine interface has augmented a sense in adult animals.

Posted: Feb 17th, 2013

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How a microbial biorefinery regulates genes

Digesting lignin, a highly stable polymer that accounts for up to a third of biomass, is a limiting step to producing a variety of biofuels. Researchers at Brown have figured out the microscopic chemical switch that allows Streptomyces bacteria to get to work, breaking lignin down into its constituent parts.

Posted: Feb 14th, 2013

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Using light to control cell clustering

A new study from engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of California, Berkeley, pairs light and genetics to give researchers a powerful new tool for manipulating cells.

Posted: Feb 12th, 2013

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Molecular 'calcium sponge' created to tackle heart failure

Researchers at the University of Minnesota's Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology and the Lillehei Heart Institute have utilized molecular genetic engineering to optimize heart performance in models of diastolic heart failure by creating an optimized protein that can aid in high-speed relaxation similar to fast twitching muscles.

Posted: Feb 11th, 2013

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