The FDA has approved tecovirimat (Tpoxx), the first drug designed to treat small pox, an infectious disease, which kills about 30 percent of the people who contract it. Just like the researchers behind Tpoxx who were working to prevent citizens on Earth from hazards, Asgardia strives to protect Earth from space hazards. Moreover, Asgardia aims to
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In what could be the most touching scientific study ever performed, dozens of men at a maximum-security prison in Washington state helped reveal the migration patterns of West Coast monarch butterflies. The inmates raised and released thousands of these butterflies over several years so that scientists could track their long-mysterious flight: a 500-mile voyage from
A cochlear implant can be life-changing for millions of people with hearing impairment. These electronic devices can bypass the damaged part of a person’s ear, translating sounds into electrical signals that then reach the brain through the auditory nerve. However, this doesn’t exactly restore a person’s hearing, but it does enable them to experience the sensation of hearing. With
Taking an international trip this summer? Switching time zones may result in less jet lag due to a new discovery from scientists in St. Louis. Researchers from the city’s Washington University discovered a potential way to combat jet lag. In a study recently published in Neuron, the scientists described how activating neurons in the brain
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In a process powered by light scientists have developed a new method that can split water in near-zero gravity to produce oxygen and hydrogen. This technique, which is outlined in a paper published in the journal Nature Communications, has the possibility to make long-distance space travel feasible in the future, offering both hydrogen fuel to
Researchers from Montreal’s National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS) just published a study in Optica describing a new approach to invisibility cloaking. Their device, known as a spectral invisibility cloak, is the first to manipulate the colour (or frequency) of the light waves that interact with an object, thus making it invisible. Study author José
Signs of old age include brittle bones, slower thinking and failure in certain organs. However, scientists have now been able to stop the unpleasant side effects of old age in mice. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic believe they have detected a rogue cell, which functions like a bacteria in the body and could be responsible
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New research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has detailed how scientists have discovered the oldest intact biological colours on Earth. The Australian National University (ANU) led an international team of researchers who extracted 1.1-billion-year-old bright pink pigments from ancient rocks deep below the Sahara Desert in Mauritania, West Africa.
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Coral reefs have borne the brunt of human-made climate change as it causes rising sea temperatures. Scientists are desperately trying to save the world’s coral reefs from growing carbon emissions and polluted sea floors. And now, one researcher believes the immediate solution can be found in the coral itself. In a paper published Monday in
In a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, an international team of researchers discovered that by stimulating the prefrontal cortex—an area of the brain that controls complex ideas and behaviors—they were able to reduce a person’s intention to commit a violent act by more than half. The minimally invasive, low-risk technique, called transcranial direct-current