Category: Research

REM Sleep Disruptions Can Impair Emotional and Spatial Memory Formation

REM Sleep Disruptions Can Impair Emotional and Spatial Memory Formation

Getting enough uninterrupted sleep is integral for most bodily functions, and its importance is often understated. Sleep deprivation has been linked to heart problems, increased mental health issues like depression and anxiety, and constant fatigue. Past research has linked lack of sleep to memory problems, but a new study examines the mechanisms behind that, focusing on […]

Biotech Company Granted Ethical Permission To Attempt To Use Stem Cells To Reactivate The Brains Of The Dead

Biotech Company Granted Ethical Permission To Attempt To Use Stem Cells To Reactivate The Brains Of The Dead

A biotech company in the U.S. has been granted ethical permission by an Institutional Review Board in the U.S. and India to use 20 brain-dead patients for what is sure to be a highly controversial study: From next year, they plan to stimulate their nervous systems in order to restart the brains. Bioquark is hoping that its […]

An experimental Alzheimer’s drug reverses genetic changes thought to spur the disease

An experimental Alzheimer’s drug reverses genetic changes thought to spur the disease

Aging takes its toll on the brain, and the cells of the hippocampus—a brain region with circuitry crucial to learning and memory—are particularly vulnerable to changes that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease or cognitive decline. With the hope of counteracting the changes that can lead to these two conditions, researchers at Rockefeller University and their […]

Theorists perplexed by hints of unexpected new particle

Theorists perplexed by hints of unexpected new particle

Physicists may soon know if a potential new subatomic particle is something beyond their wildest dreams — or if it exists at all. Hints of the new particle emerged last December at the Large Hadron Collider. Theorists have churned out hundreds of papers attempting to explain the existence of the particle —assuming it’s not a […]

New protein injection reverses Alzheimer’s symptoms in mice in just one week

New protein injection reverses Alzheimer’s symptoms in mice in just one week

Researchers have discovered that an injection of a protein called IL-33 can reverse Alzheimer’s-like symptoms and cognitive decline in mice, restoring their memory and cognitive function to the same levels as healthy mice in the space of one week. Mice bred to develop a progressive Alzheimer’s-like disease as they aged (called APP/PS1 mice) were given […]

Scientists have found genes that determine the time of the first sex

Scientists have found genes that determine the time of the first sex

DNA analysis of over 380 thousand inhabitants of Britain allowed geneticists to identify several genes that determine the speed of the onset of puberty, the first sex and the birth of their first child, according to an article published in the journal Nature Genetics. “Of course, the social and cultural factors influence very much at […]

Beta cells from your own fat?

Beta cells from your own fat?

Researchers led by Martin Fussenegger, Professor of Biotechnology and Bioengineering at ETH Zurich’s Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering in Basel, have performed a feat that many specialists had until now held to be impossible: they have extracted stem cells from a 50-year-old test subject’s fatty tissue and applied genetic reprogramming to make them mature […]

Newly discovered magnetism is a big boost for quantum computers

Newly discovered magnetism is a big boost for quantum computers

Until now, humanity has only known two forms of magnetism: ferromagnetism (the kind you see on your fridge) and antiferromagnetism (a sort of negative magnetism found in hard drives). However, MIT researchers just confirmed the existence of a third kind… and it could be the key to making quantum computing a practical reality. The team […]

Novel collagen fingerprinting identifies a Neanderthal bone among 2,000 fragments

Novel collagen fingerprinting identifies a Neanderthal bone among 2,000 fragments

Scientists from the universities of Oxford and Manchester have used a new molecular fingerprinting technique to identify one Neanderthal bone from around 2,000 tiny bone fragments. All the tiny pieces of bone were recovered from a key archaeological site, Denisova Cave in Russia, with the remaining fragments found to be from animal species like mammoths, […]