Genome-wide analysis reveals genetic similarities among friends
If you consider your friends family, you may be on to something. A study from the University of California, San Diego, and Yale University finds that friends who are not biologically related still resemble ...
Muscle-powered bio-bots walk on command (w/ Video)
(Phys.org) —A new generation of miniature biological robots is flexing its muscle. Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign demonstrated a class of walking "bio-bots" powered by muscle ...
'Ice man' mummy may have been at risk of heart disease
Roaming the high Alps more than 5,000 years ago, the individual whose preserved mummy became famous as the "Ice Man" no doubt had a very tough and active lifestyle.
Lipoic acid helps restore, synchronize the 'biological clock'
Researchers have discovered a possible explanation for the surprisingly large range of biological effects that are linked to a micronutrient called lipoic acid: It appears to reset and synchronize circadian ...
Review: Evolutionary advances in new smartwatches
New Android wristwatches from Samsung and LG make a few evolutionary advances, though I won't be rushing out to buy either.
Review: Samsung fitness products offer the basics
Samsung's latest gadgets try to tap into people's passions for tracking fitness activities.
Materials scientists turn to collagen
(Phys.org) —Miniature scaffolds made from collagen – the 'glue' that holds our bodies together – are being used to heal damaged joints, and could be used to develop new cancer therapies or help repair ...
Fish experience heart failure as water temperature rises
Fish may experience heart failure as ocean temperatures rise due to climate change, according to new research from the University of Auckland.
Atlantic salmon also show capacity to adapt to warmer waters
Populations of Atlantic salmon have a surprisingly good capacity to adjust to warmer temperatures that are being seen with climate change, a group of scientists at the University of Oslo and University of ...
Measuring obesity in overweight zoo elephants
African elephants in captivity are getting fat. While the thought of a pudgy pachyderm might produce a chuckle, it is a situation with potentially serious consequences for the species.
Nobel laureate: We've just scraped the surface on the potential of stem-cell therapy
Martin Evans received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2007 for "for their discoveries of principles for introducing specific gene modifications in mice by the use of embryonic stem cells".
Could wireless detection devices replace wearables?
These days there's perhaps no hotter tech topic than wearable sensors. Earlier this month, for instance, Apple announced a new "Health Kit" app for smartphones that tracks a person's health. But events such ...
Movies with gory and disgusting scenes more likely to capture and engage audience
We know it too well. We are watching a horror film and the antagonist is about to maim a character; we ball up, get ready for the shot and instead of turning away, we lean forward in the chair, then flinch and cover our eyes ...
Smartwear revolution promises healthier lives
A new generation of wearable technology is promising not only to log data about users' health but to predict and avert crises—from drivers falling asleep at the wheel to runners wearing themselves out in ...