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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:31:32 +0000 | Michael Irving
Biology, Michael Irving

Created from induced pluripotent stem cells, these new beta cells are already producing insulin, which could ...

While diabetes can mostly be managed through a carefully-controlled diet and regular insulin shots, a longer term solution and perhaps even a cure could be found by replenishing a patient's own supply of beta cells, which naturally produce the hormone. Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis are a step closer to that kind of treatment, after tweaking the recipe for turning stem cells into beta cells.

.. Continue Reading Turning stem cells into insulin-producing cells could lead to "functional" diabetes cure

Category: Biology

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:22:05 +0000 | Nick Lavars
Medical, Nick Lavars

WHO sees vaccine hesitancy as a rising threat

Vaccine hesitancy, where people are reluctant or refuse to have themselves or their children vaccinated, is a growing movement among those fearing negative health outcomes from immunizations, such as the (non-existent) risk of autism. This collective uncertainty has now gathered such momentum that the World health Organization (WHO) sees fit to list vaccine hesitancy as one of its 10 threats to global health in 2019, alongside other more established dangers such as air pollution and drug-resistant bacteria.

.. Continue Reading World Health Organization lists "vaccine hesitancy" as a global health threat

Category: Medical

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:11:50 +0000 | Loz Blain
Motorcycles, Loz Blain

Lightning and Zero prepare to launch the next generation of high-performance electric motorcycles, and we can't ...

Things are about to get very fun in the American electric performance motorcycle market, as Zero and Lightning prepare to release a pair of next-generation machines that sound like very serious contenders. Here's what we know so far.

.. Continue Reading Lightning and Zero prepare to launch next-generation electric motorcycles

Category: Motorcycles

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 05:25:05 +0000 | Darren Quick
Medical, Darren Quick

Researchers have uncovered a new target for drugs to help those struggling to lose weight

Researchers have found that blocking the uptake of a specific hormone in mice prompts the burning of the animal's stores of beige fat, or adipose tissue. The researchers say the discovery of this regulatory mechanism provides a new target for the development of drugs that combat obesity by boosting the burning of stored fat in the human body.

.. Continue Reading Restricting hormone uptake boosts the burning of beige fat in mice

Category: Medical

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 05:22:39 +0000 | Michael Irving
Materials, Michael Irving

Researchers have used bacteria to build a new water filter that kills other bacteria

As important a technology as water filters are, they get less effective as bacteria builds up on their surface. Now, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have developed a new type of membrane that reduces such biofouling by actively killing bacteria with graphene – and in an interesting twist, it's built by bacteria.

.. Continue Reading Traitor bacteria help build graphene water filter that kills other bacteria

Category: Materials

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 04:17:58 +0000 | Rich Haridy
Medical, Rich Haridy

A genetically modified bacteria has been developed to treat a condition called hyperammonemia, an excess of ...

As we learn more and more about how the bacteria in our gut can affect our entire body, some researchers are looking to specifically genetically engineer probiotics to act as novel, living medicines. New data published in the journal Science Translational Medicine has described the results of a human trial testing the safety of a non-pathogenic strain of E. coli engineered to mop up excess ammonia in a person's large intestine.

.. Continue Reading Probiotic engineered to clear ammonia from the body passes first phase of human trials

Category: Medical

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 03:47:40 +0000 | David Szondy
Space, David Szondy

ExoMars Testing Rover (ExoTeR), seen maneuvering itself carefully through the red rocks and sand of the ...

One of the software packages that will guide the ESA ExoMars 2020 rover after it lands on the Red Planet has passed a major test at the space agency's Planetary Utilisation Testbed, or "Mars Yard." The exercise by the half-scale ExoMars Testing Rover (ExoTeR) in the 9 x 9-m (30 x 30-ft) rock-strewn sandbox will help the actual rover autonomously navigate Martian hazards as it seeks spots to drill two meters (6.6 ft) down in search of signs of past life.

.. Continue Reading ExoMars autonomous navigation software proves itself in Mars-like conditions

Category: Space

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 02:23:13 +0000 | Michael Irving
Science, Michael Irving

The new

Ultrasound technology has been in wide use for decades, helping submarines navigate and letting doctors non-invasively peer inside patients, but it might be about to get a whole lot more powerful. Researchers have developed an "ultra" ultrasound sensor that is so sensitive it can hear air molecules moving around or the vibrations of individual cells.

.. Continue Reading New "ultra" ultrasound is sensitive enough to hear individual bacteria

Category: Science

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 02:13:59 +0000 | Loz Blain
Automotive, Loz Blain

Mardeev's Kamaz becomes an apocalyptic vision in the 2019 Dakar Rally

The 2019 Dakar Rally is now over, and as well as a new crop of extraordinary stories about extraordinary human beings, we can now sit back and enjoy some thoroughly spectacular imagery from one of the most grueling and beautiful motorsport events on Earth.

.. Continue Reading The agony and the ecstasy: Otherworldly photos from the spectacular Dakar rally

Category: Automotive

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 01:40:10 +0000 | Nick Lavars
Environment, Nick Lavars

Scientists are calling for the global population to move towards a more plant-based diet

It's no secret that the course we're on with food production and consumption is in need of serious correcting, but a major new report from a global team of scientists has laid out the kind of maneuvering needed to set us on a sustainable path. Billed as a planetary health diet for both the Earth and its people, the set of guidelines put forward by the EAT-Lancet Commission gun for nothing short of a "Great Food Transformation," something they say would feed 10 billion people, save lives and avoid large-scale environmental destruction.

.. Continue Reading How to feed 10 billion people: Landmark report lays out a sustainable diet for the planet

Category: Environment