Category: Science

When fish swim in the holodeck 0

When fish swim in the holodeck

Standard behavior experiments to investigate behavior in popular lab animals only incompletely mimic natural conditions. The understanding of behavior and brain function is thus limited. Virtual Reality helps in generating a more natural experimental environment but requires immobilization of the animal, disrupting sensorimotor experience and causing altered neuronal and behavioral responses. Researchers have now developed a VR system for freely moving animals to overcome most of these limitations. …read more

Scientists create ‘diamond rain’ that forms in the interior of icy giant planets 0

Scientists create ‘diamond rain’ that forms in the interior of icy giant planets

In an experiment designed to mimic the conditions deep inside the icy giant planets of our solar system, scientists were able to observe ‘diamond rain’ for the first time as it formed in high-pressure conditions. Extremely high pressure squeezes hydrogen and carbon found in the interior of these planets to form solid diamonds that sink slowly down further into the interior. …read more

Comprehensive genomic analysis offers insights into causes of Wilms tumor development 0

Comprehensive genomic analysis offers insights into causes of Wilms tumor development

Mutations involving a large number of genes converge on two pathways during early kidney development that lead to Wilms tumor, new research concludes. …read more

Warmer waters from climate change will leave fish shrinking, gasping for air 0

Warmer waters from climate change will leave fish shrinking, gasping for air

Fish are expected to shrink in size by 20 to 30 per cent if ocean temperatures continue to climb due to climate change. …read more

Biochemical ‘fingerprints’ reveal diabetes progression 0

Biochemical ‘fingerprints’ reveal diabetes progression

Researchers describe a new method to study biochemical changes that occur in the pancreas during the development of diabetes. The method is based on molecular spectroscopy and can be used to extract biochemical profiles (or ‘fingerprints’) containing information about disease progression. The method could facilitate improved understanding of the mechanistic processes on molecular and cellular levels that are key to the development of diabetes. …read more

Physicists resolve long-standing mystery of structure-less transition 0

Physicists resolve long-standing mystery of structure-less transition

Researchers probe a mysterious phase transition in an organic molecular conductor using synchrotron X-ray radiation. …read more

‘Electronic skin’ takes wearable health monitors to the next level 0

‘Electronic skin’ takes wearable health monitors to the next level

Researchers have developed a new, electronic skin which can track heart rate, respiration, muscle movement and other health data. The electronic skins offers several improvements over existing trackers, including greater flexibility, portability, and the ability to stick the self-adhesive patch. …read more

Smart label could one day let you know when to toss food and cosmetics 0

Smart label could one day let you know when to toss food and cosmetics

Detecting food and cosmetic spoilage and contamination. Identifying new medicinal plants in a remote jungle. Authenticating tea and wine. Scientists have developed a low-cost, portable, paper-based sensor that can potentially carry out all of these functions with easy-to-read results. …read more

People who ‘hear voices’ can detect hidden speech in unusual sounds 0

People who ‘hear voices’ can detect hidden speech in unusual sounds

People who hear voices that other people can’t hear may use unusual skills when their brains process new sounds, according to new research. …read more

Licorice is a hot trend in hot flashes, but could interact with medications 0

Licorice is a hot trend in hot flashes, but could interact with medications

Licorice roots have a flavorful history, having been used in ancient Egyptian teas and in traditional Chinese medicines, all the way to today as a flavoring agent and candy. And some women now take licorice extracts as supplements to treat menopausal symptoms. But scientists caution that licorice could pose a health risk by interacting with medications. …read more