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Scientists grow human brain tissue from stem cells

Scientists said Wednesday they had used stem cells to grow primitive human brain tissue for use in studying disorders and early development of this most complex of organs.Rain pours on Murray US Open paradeDefending US Open champion Andy Murray's impatience over being forced to wait to start his US Open defense ...
 
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Researcher controls colleague’s motions in 1st human brain-to-brain interface

Tweet "[Video Link] University of Washington researchers have performed what they believe is the first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface, with one researcher able to send a brain signal via the Internet to control the hand motions of a fellow researcher." Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief ...
 

Farewell to Gus, Whose Issues Made Him a Star

Goodbye, Gus: Video of Gus, a polar bear at the Central Park Zoo, from the Wildlife Conservation Society. Gus was euthanized after medical professionals found an inoperable tumor. He was 27.There are not a huge number of ways to become famous as a polar bear. Gus somehow managed to do it ...
 
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NASA Fires Up Rocket Engine Made of 3-D Printed Parts

A lab test of the printed injector performed earlier this summer. Photo: NASANASA hot-fired a rocket engine using an injector fabricated from layers of a nickel-chromium alloy powder. That’s cool. What’s cooler? They used 3-D printing to create it. It’s the biggest printed engine component the agency has tested and it’s ...
 
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Police deployed in Gloucestershire over Badger cull 'concerns'

Culls are expected to start soon in the west Somerset and west Gloucestershire pilot zones Police officers have been sent to parts of Gloucestershire to "provide reassurance" after speculation that a pilot badger cull could soon begin. However, Gloucestershire Police has confirmed its planned response to the cull had not yet ...
 
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Q&A;: Fukushima leak problems

Faulty seals on the storage tanks at Fukushima are thought to be the source of the most recent leak Our environment correspondent Matt McGrath assesses the ongoing efforts to deal with contaminated water at the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. It has been revealed that some of the storage ...
 
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A Cooler Pacific May Be Behind Recent Pause In Global Warming : NPR

Rock islands dot the ocean in Palau, Micronesia. The waters of the tropical Pacific Ocean have been relatively cool for the last 15 years. / A study in the journal Nature could help explain why the Earth's average temperature hasn't increased during the past 15 years — despite a long-term trend ...
 
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NASA Crashed A Marine Helicopter On Purpose

On Wednesday, Aug. 28, NASA plans to drop a helicopter from 30 feet in the air to test safety features, like improved seatbelts. You can watch the destruction happen live online at 1 p.m. EDT."Almost 40 cameras inside and outside of the helicopter will record how 13 crash test dummies react before, ...
 
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Wildfire Near Yosemite Spreads, Threatens Ancient Trees : NPR

Enlarge image i A firefighter uses a hose to douse the flames of the Rim Fire on Saturday near Groveland, California. A firefighter uses a hose to douse the flames of the Rim Fire on Saturday near Groveland, California. The massive wildfire that's burning on the northwest edge of Yosemite National ...
 
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Scientists Say They've Confirmed A New Element : NPR

Enlarge image i Scientists in Sweden say they have confirmed a new, super-heavy element that was first proposed by Russian scientists in 2004. The element with the atomic number 115 has yet to be named. In a press release, Lund University says a group of international scientists led by physicists from ...
 

Spy satellite launched into orbit

By Brad Lendon, CNNupdated 2:47 PM EDT, Wed August 28, 2013(CNN) -- A massive rocket carrying a new U.S. spy satellite lifted off from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base Wednesday.Details about the satellite, designated NROL-65, are classified. But the three-booster Delta-IV rocket used to send it aloft Wednesday is the heaviest ...
 

Tiny Okla. town tries to rid water supply of worms

Residents of an Oklahoma town are being asked to avoid drinking tap water until the local utility is sure that it has gotten rid of tiny red worms that wriggled into the water system.Worms ranging from a half-inch to an inch long showed up this week in the water supply in ...
 
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Sea Level Could Rise 3 Feet by 2100, Climate Panel Finds

A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states that the authors are now 95 percent to 100 percent confident that human activity is the primary influence on planetary warming. An international team of scientists has found with near certainty that human activity is the cause of most of ...
 
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Tony Abbott says he will review Medicare Locals

Medicare Locals will not be safe under a Coalition government, Tanya Plibersek says. Tony Abbott says he will push ahead with a review of Medicare Locals if he wins government and cannot guarantee they will stay "exactly the same". When asked on Thursday afternoon if any of the 61 primary health ...
 
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Panda Cub Described as Healthy and Vibrant

The giant panda cub at the Smithsonian's National Zoo appears to be in excellent health after a quick physical exam.Zookeepers got their hands on the panda Sunday morning for the first time since it was born Friday afternoon. A second cub was stillborn Saturday night.Zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson says the live ...
 
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Genetic clue could unlock the secret of reversing age-related memory loss

New evidence suggests age-related memory loss is a distinct condition from pre-Alzheimer'sCertain gene in the brain's memory center stops working properly in older peopleScientists have made a major breakthrough in determining the cause of age-related memory loss, which they hope will herald the development of a new drug to reverse the ...
 

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope celebrates 10 years

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Helix nebula, a cosmic starlet often photographed by amateur astronomers for its vivid colors and eerie resemblance to a giant eye.  NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ.of Ariz. Over the past decade, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured magnificent images and triggered an impressive list of ...
 
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One million cockroaches escape from Chinese farm

Disease control authorities have sent five investigators to the area  The cockroaches fled the facility in Dafeng, in the eastern province of Jiangsu, for surrounding cornfields earlier this month after an "unknown perpetrator" destroyed the plastic greenhouse where they were raised, the Modern Express newspaper said.Disease control authorities have sent five ...
 
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A Virus May Be Causing Massive Dolphin Deaths On The East Coast

Vincent M. Janik, University of St AndrewsA rash of dolphin deaths along the East Coast, from New York down to North Carolina, is probably linked to a virus, the AP reports, citing officials from the The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Between July and August, 488 bottlenose dolphins have been stranded, according ...