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How nanobionic spinach plants can detect explosives. The strength of spinach isn't only in its nutrients, but also in its ability to be hacked to function as a sensor, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

How nanobionic spinach plants can detect explosives

An MIT team used wonder-material carbon nanotubes to give the greens the ability to detect explosives and wirelessly transmit information to a mobile device. Brainjacking – a new cyber-security threat. We live in an interconnected age where wirelessly controlled computing devices make almost every aspect of our lives easier, but they also make us vulnerable to cyber-security attacks.

Brainjacking – a new cyber-security threat

Today, nearly everything can be hacked, from cars to lightbulbs. But perhaps the most concerning threat is the one posed by implanted medical devices. Scientists grow human embryo in lab for nearly two full weeks. Studying the way a human embryo grows in its earliest stages can have a significant impact on in vitro fertilization methods as well as on our understanding of how diseases develop when life is just getting started.

Scientists grow human embryo in lab for nearly two full weeks

However, it's always been necessary to put lab-fertilized embryos back in the womb after seven days in order for them to attach and successfully develop into fetuses. Researchers at the University of Cambridge (UC) have now nearly doubled that time, allowing an embryo to grow in the lab for a full 13 days. One of the major reasons why in vitro fertilization procedures can fail is that the lab-fertilized egg can fail to attach to the uterine wall when it is placed back inside the womb.

Exactly why this occurs has been hard to understand because of the limit on how long embryos could be allowed to develop outside the body while remaining viable. Source: University of Cambridge. Scientists can now make their own molecules. Low-cost "Paper Skin" boasts same sensory functions as the real thing. Multipurpose sensors that are both flexible and wearable could one day be used for everything from monitoring the body's vital signs to changing the way we interact with computers.

Low-cost "Paper Skin" boasts same sensory functions as the real thing

Working toward this goal, researchers in Saudi Arabia have used low-cost everyday items that you probably have laying around your house to develop a paper-based sensor that reacts to the same stimuli as human skin, such as pressure, touch and temperature. Vomiting machine projects better understanding of how stomach bugs spread. Norovirus is a nasty bug that brings about inflammation in the stomach and intestines leading to pain, nausea, diarrhea and sometimes even death.

Vomiting machine projects better understanding of how stomach bugs spread

It affects around 20 million people per year in the US, but despite its rampant nature, questions remain over how exactly it is transmitted. To shed further light on how one of the world's most common pathogens spreads between humans, scientists have built a vomiting machine to study its behaviour when projected into the air. Earlier studies have indicated that norovirus can become aerosolized when a person vomits. This means that particles containing the virus can become airborne post-puke, lingering threateningly in the air or on surfaces ready to infect innocent bystanders. But these have only really been suspicions rather than proven scientific fact, so a team from North Carolina (NC) State University went searching for more concrete answers.

The team's research was published this week in the journal PLOS One. Huffingtonpost. This Device Brings “Brave New World” to Life. Opposition to racism used to be a political stance.

This Device Brings “Brave New World” to Life

Now it has every marking of a religion, with both good and deleterious affects on American society. Has a Finnish Company Found a Cure for Jet Lag? Scientists create world's first fully-artificial molecular pump. All living organisms – human, animal, or otherwise – continuously move molecules around their cells.

Scientists create world's first fully-artificial molecular pump

It's a crucial mechanism of life, vital for feeding cells the proteins they need to function. And now scientists at Northwestern University have created a machine that mimics this pumping mechanism. Their molecular pump is the world's first such machine developed entirely through chemical engineering in the laboratory, and it could one day power artificial muscles and other molecular machines. "Our molecular pump is radical chemistry – an ingenious way of transferring energy from molecule to molecule, the way nature does," said study senior author Sir Fraser Stoddart.

Check out the big brain on the genetically modified mouse. The mouse embryo developed a giant brain after being injected with the human version of a DNA sequence called HARE5 (Image: Silver lab, Duke University) Scientists at Duke University have pinpointed a regulator of gene activity that could lend insight into why we're so different from chimpanzees despite having a near-identical genetic makeup (94 per cent of our DNA is the same).

Check out the big brain on the genetically modified mouse

When injected into a mouse embryo, the human version of a particular DNA sequence important for brain development caused the embryo to grow a considerably larger brain than other embryos treated with the chimpanzee version. Humans and chimps split along the evolutionary ladder around four to six million years ago. How to unboil an egg. A team of scientists led by UC Irvine has shown that you can unboil an egg, or at least egg whites ... but it isn't easy.

How to unboil an egg

Far more than a breakfast table trick, the feat is designed to demonstrate a new technique for recovering valuable molecular proteins quickly and cheaply that could have important biochemical applications. Boiling an egg may seem like the simplest part of breakfast, but it involves some interesting chemistry. An egg is 90 percent water and ten percent protein, which is what gives egg whites their gloppy appearance.

These proteins are in the form of long chains of amino acids tangled and folded in upon themselves like microscopic piles of yarn held together by weak atomic bonds. Frankenstein Can’t Come Out And Play Today. In the standard Frankenstein story, a scientist creates an unnatural monster that breaks out of the lab and runs amok.

Frankenstein Can’t Come Out And Play Today

Scientists Put A Worm's Mind Into A Robot's Body. Combining The DNA Of Three People Raises Ethical Questions. U.S. scientists have created an entirely new lifeform using artificial DNA. By Ian Sample, The GuardianWednesday, May 7, 2014 20:47 EDT Organisms carrying beefed-up DNA code could be designed to churn out new forms of drugs that could otherwise not be made The first living organism to carry and pass down to future generations an expanded genetic code has been created by American scientists, paving the way for a host of new life forms whose cells carry synthetic DNA that looks nothing like the normal genetic code of natural organisms.

Researchers say the work challenges the dogma that the molecules of life making up DNA are “special”. 'Vampire therapy' could reverse ageing, scientists find. In parallel research, scientists at Harvard University also discovered that a ‘youth protein’ which circulates in the blood is responsible for keeping the brain and muscles young and strong. The protein, known as ‘GDF11’, is present in the bloodstream in large quantities when we are young but peters out as we age. 9 Modern Day Dr. Frankensteins.