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Thursday, September 1, 2016
A panel of academic and industrial thinkers has looked ahead to 2030 to forecast how advances in artificial intelligence (AI) might affect life in a typical North American city – in areas as diverse as transportation, health care and education ­– and to spur discussion about how to ensure the safe...
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
When viruses and bacteria invade the body, the immune system fights back. Defenders called B-cells swarm into affected areas, unleashing antibody molecules that seek to destroy the invaders. This antibody army features a number of specialist classes: Some antibodies envelop invading pathogens or...
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
During his 2016 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called on Vice President Joe Biden – who had months earlier lost his son Beau to brain cancer – to head a “moonshot” to significantly accelerate research into the disease. The president said he wanted to harness the spirit of...
neurons
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
How much about the human brain do we really know? Not enough, says bioengineer Karl Deisseroth. A milky, opaque tissue coats much of the organ, preventing researchers from seeing the all-important connections between neurons. So Deisseroth’s team developed a way to remove this cloud by chemically...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Most of what you know about concussions is wrong, including the belief that there is no helmet design that can truly protect the brain, says former college football player and Stanford bioengineer David Camarillo. His lab is determined to build a better, smarter helmet, based on their new...
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Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Until now, much of the medicines we use to treat dire illnesses have been derived from plants. But that means we are dependent on natural conditions out of our control, such as drought, pollination, floods, and climate, for crucial building blocks. One result is high cost and drug shortages....
A dispensing chemist prepares drugs for a chemotherapy.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
There’s a good, bad and ugly to cancer chemotherapy. The good is that the drugs do often effectively kill cancer cells. The bad is that the drugs also damage other quickly dividing cells in the body, causing side effects ranging from cosmetic, like hair loss, to disabling.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
The future of artificial intelligence is now. After years of steady progress in making computers “smarter,” AI prototypes are being incorporated into hundreds of day-to-day actions, such as self-driving cars, intelligent smartphone assistants and several applications in academia, government and...
Thursday, May 26, 2016
The prefrontal cortex plays a mysterious yet central role in the mammalian brain. It has been linked to mood regulation, and different cells in the prefrontal cortex seem to respond to positive and negative experiences. How the prefrontal cortex governs these opposing processes of reward or...
Friday, May 20, 2016
​On this day in 1875, representatives from 17 nations signed the Meter Convention, establishing a global process for setting the uniform measures that help lay the foundation for commerce, industry and science advances in the 20th century.

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