fbpx
Monday, February 17, 2020
Scientists are reengineering viruses to fight antibiotic resistance

Scientists are reengineering viruses to fight antibiotic resistance

The world is in the midst of a global “superbug” crisis. Antibiotic resistance has been found in numerous common bacterial infections, including tuberculosis, gonorrhea, and salmonellosis, making them difficult – if not impossible – to treat. We’re on the cusp of a “post-antibiotic era,” where there are fewer treatment options for such antibiotic-resistant strains. Given estimates…
Sucks to be you, Dyson — company repays grant money back to UK government

Sucks to be you, Dyson — company repays grant money back...

It must suck to be Dyson at the moment. The UK government has recouped nearly all of its £8 million grant it gave to the British vacuum cleaner manufacturer to develop an electric vehicle, the Telegraph reports. Dyson was given the money back in 2016 as part of government plan to stimulate the economy and…
Scientists reveal why some people recognize faces better than others

Scientists reveal why some people recognize faces better than others

Do you never forget a face? Are you one of those people who can spot the same nameless extras across different TV programs and adverts? Are you the family member always called on to identify or match faces in old photographs? If so, you may be a “super-recognizer” – the term science uses to describe…
World Health Organization Responds To Coronavirus

World Health Organization Responds To Coronavirus

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with public health scholar Kelley Lee about the World Health Organization's response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Life will soon be like ‘Her’ — and we’ll fall in love with AI

Life will soon be like ‘Her’ — and we’ll fall in...

With each passing day, we’re using artificial intelligence for a variety of purposes and jobs. It has penetrated almost every industry and is helping them become innovative, develop authentic tools, and build strategies towards a sustainable future. Researchers are eagerly exploring new use cases of artificial intelligence that have the power to radically transform societies…
Accidental Tesla ‘butt dial’ upgrade highlights confusing future of car maintenance

Accidental Tesla ‘butt dial’ upgrade highlights confusing future of car maintenance

Upgrading an internal combustion engine vehicle typically requires the help of a mechanic or a visit to the car’s dealership. But with Tesla‘s over-the-air software updates the future of vehicle modifications looks very different. Earlier this week, author, scholar, statistician, and self-professed flâneur, Nassim Nicolas Taleb, tweeted about his interactions with Tesla after he accidentally…
What science teaches us about breaking bad habits

What science teaches us about breaking bad habits

It’s a new year and many people are in the mood for making a fresh start. And that often means giving something up (cigarettes, alcohol, junk food). Unfortunately, the odds of sticking with new year resolutions are not good. Come February, 80 percent of people will have given up giving up. So what can we…
Here’s how body clock cycles affect our immune system

Here’s how body clock cycles affect our immune system

All life on Earth has evolved to cope with a rotating planet which results in the predictable transition between day and night. The details differ between plants, fungi, bacteria, and animals, but the consistent feature is a biological “clock” that allows the organism to anticipate the change and prepare for it. In animals, the central…
Brain science’s biggest roadblock: Collecting better data without killing people

Brain science’s biggest roadblock: Collecting better data without killing people

Historically, there has been no safe, non-invasive and/or efficient method with deep penetration for modulating the human brain in vivo—stimulating or suppressing certain brain processes in a living person. Ultrasound, however, offers a promising approach, especially when used in combination with other non-invasive techniques. Ultrasound—a decades-proven technique in which the echoes of high-frequency sound waves…
How to recognize an alien when you see one

How to recognize an alien when you see one

What would convince you that aliens existed? The question came up recently at a conference on astrobiology, held at Stanford University in California. Several ideas were tossed around – unusual gases in a planet’s atmosphere, strange heat gradients on its surface. But none felt persuasive. Finally, one scientist offered the solution: a photograph. There was…

Recent Posts