Category Archives: Science

Robotic brain ‘learns’ skills from the internet

From BBC News: A super-intelligent robotic “brain” that can learn new skills by browsing millions of web pages has been developed by US researchers. Robo Brain is designed to acquire a vast range of skills and knowledge from publicly available … Continue reading

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Whole organ ‘grown’ in world first

From BBC News: A whole functional organ has been grown from scratch inside an animal for the first time, say researchers in Scotland. A group of cells developed into a thymus – a critical part of the immune system – … Continue reading

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Osbourne announces Alan Turing Institute

From BBC News: An institute named after computer pioneer and code-breaker Alan Turing is to be set up, the chancellor announced in his Budget speech on Wednesday. The Alan Turing Institute will focus on new ways of collecting, organising and … Continue reading

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Solar Impulse plane reaches Washington Dulles

From BBC News: After the short layover at Cincinnati’s Municipal Lunken airport, the HB-SIA craft took off for Dulles with Piccard at the controls A solar-powered plane has touched down in Washington DC, ending the penultimate leg of a first-of-its-kind … Continue reading

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Future vaccines could be delivered via patch

From BBC News: The Nanopatch contains an array of thousands of vaccine-coated projections that perforate the skin A skin patch that can deliver vaccines cheaply and effectively has been shown off at the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh. Using a patch … Continue reading

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US Supreme Court says human DNA cannot be patented

From BBC News: Around 40% of the human genome is subject to patents, researchers say Human genes may not be patented, but artificially copied DNA can be claimed as intellectual property, the US Supreme Court has ruled unanimously. The court … Continue reading

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Environment secretary refuses to support ban on bee killing pesticides

In a meeting between the UK environment secretary Owen Paterson and members of campaign group 38 Degrees last week, Mr Paterson refused to back down on his opposition to the ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, which research has shown as the … Continue reading

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Star Trek style ‘tractor beam’ created by scientists

From BBC News: The ‘tractor beam’ is hoped to have medical applications A real-life “tractor beam”, which uses light to attract objects, has been developed by scientists. It is hoped it could have medical applications by targeting and attracting individual … Continue reading

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Mastectomy drug trial tests begin at the Royal Cornwall Hospital

From BBC News: The Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro has been given £250,000 to trial the new technique New treatment for breast cancer patients could be rolled out nationwide if a study in Cornwall proves successful. The Royal Cornwall Hospital … Continue reading

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Halifax man receives first hand transplant

From The Independent: A 51-year-old man has become the first person in the UK to receive a new hand in a pioneering eight-hour transplant operation. Mark Cahill, of Halifax, underwent the long, complex procedure at Leeds General Infirmary last week … Continue reading

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