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Peniel M. Dimberu

Peniel M. Dimberu

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The Radical Implant That Enables Paralyzed Rats (and Maybe One Day Humans) to Walk Again

Scientists at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland recently unveiled a flexible spinal implant called the electronic dura (or e-Dura) that they say may greatly improve spinal injury rehabilitation. In a paper published earlier this...

Take a Tour of Hubble’s Mind Blowing High Definition Snapshot of the Andromeda Galaxy

Recently, NASA and ESA released the most detailed image yet of Andromeda, our closest galactic neighbor at 2.5 million light years away. Andromeda—which is expected to collide and merge with our own Milky Way...

New Malaria Meds Aim to Fight Drug Resistance

According to the World Health Organization, over half a million people died from malaria in 2013, 75% of which were African children under the age of five. Despite these grim numbers, there has been...

Artificial Enzymes from Artificial DNA Challenge Life As We Know It

In the decade or so since the Human Genome Project was completed, synthetic biology has grown rapidly. Impressive advances include the first bacteria to use a chemically-synthesized genome and creation of a synthetic yeast chromosome. Recently,...
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Groundbreaking Microscope Makes 3D Video of Living Cells in Real Time

The saying goes, “Lightning never strikes the same place twice.” But what's in a saying? Dr. Eric Betzig recently showed creating one revolutionary new microscope doesn’t mean he can’t create another. Betzig, a physicist and engineer...

Aeromobil’s Flying Car Is a Sci-fi Dream Getting Closer to Reality

Since the invention of the automobile and powered flight in the early 1900s, the idea of a flying car has inspired dreams in tech enthusiasts, gear heads, and those who just wish to beat...

Prehistoric DNA: 45,000-Year-Old Modern Human Genome the Oldest Yet Sequenced

An international consortium of scientists report sequencing the full genome of a man who lived 45,000 years ago. The DNA was isolated from a thighbone found in 2008 in a Siberian town called Ust’-Ishim. Published in Nature,...

Skin Cells Converted Directly to Neurons in Effort to Reverse Huntington’s Disease

Not long ago, we told you about a patient who received a stem cell treatment for degenerative eye disease. In that story, researchers took the patient’s skin cells and turned them into induced pluripotent...

New Hybrid Solar Cell Battery Takes Aim at Solar Power’s Energy Storage Problem

As the world seeks alternatives to fossil fuels, scientists, entrepreneurs and government leaders are pushing to develop cheap, clean energy. Wind-harnessing turbines are increasingly found in many parts of the world. Solar panels can be...

First Patient Receives Stem Cell Treatment for Degenerative Eye Disease

Since stem cells were first hailed as a potential cure for a variety of diseases, we have witnessed setbacks, controversies, and failures. Now, however, human trials for the use of stem cells in treating...

Womb Transplant Leads to Successful Birth for Swedish Mother

In 1978, Louise Joy Brown made human history as the first “test tube baby” ever born after her mother underwent a revolutionary fertility treatment known as in-vitro fertilization (IVF). In the following decades, several...

Artificial Spleen ‘Cleans’ Blood of Pathogens

In one of the gutsiest performances in sports history, NFL quarterback Chris Simms had to be carted off the field after taking several vicious hits from the defense during a game in 2006. Remarkably,...

A Blood Test for Depression Moves Closer to Reality

With the recent and highly publicized death of actor Robin Williams, depression is once again making national headlines. And for good reason. Usually, the conversation about depression turns to the search for effective treatments,...

Battle of the Next-Generation DNA Sequencers Heating Up

With the steady evolution of DNA sequencing technology, the cost of the machines as well as the cost of running them continues to drop. Due to their revolutionary technology, one of the biggest players...

Singularity Summit 2011 Part II – Artificial Intelligence and the Brain

This is part II of our coverage of Singularity Summit 2011, focusing on the topics of artificial intelligence and the brain. After reading this article, don't forget to read Part I Longevity And Health, and...

Singularity Summit 2011 Part I – Longevity and Health

In this first part of three covering last weekend's Singularity Summit 2011, we'll highlight the speakers who discussed the various aspects of health related to the singularity. This includes life extension and regenerative medicine...

Singularity Summit 2011 Part III – Singularity And The Future

In this Part III of our Singularity Summit 2011 coverage, we'll highlight the speakers who talked about such topics as robotics, economics, and engaging the general public about the singularity. After reading this article, don’t...

Singularity Summit 2011 – A State of the Future

New York City was host to geeks from all walks of life this past weekend, as scientists, engineers, futurists, and other forward-thinkers converged for Singularity Summit 2011. It was 2 days of talks that...
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A First Look Inside Virgin Galactic’s Commercial Spaceship

If there is one dream that captures the imagination of most little children, it is that of space travel. Countless books, movies, and heroes (both real and fictional) are available to feed that dream....

Dubai’s Weather Wizards Create Rain, Wrestle Power From Mother Nature

Throughout history, mankind has strived to control the weather. Back in the day, you could sacrifice an animal or do a rain dance in an effort to win the favor of your god in...
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Maine Schools Give iPads To All Kindergarten Students (video)

Starting kindergarten is a milestone in a kid’s life as it signifies the start of formal education. But as of next fall, this rite of passage will no longer be just about crayons, building...
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Cheap, Swarming Kilobots Bring Us Closer to a Bot-Filled World (video)

Quick, what's the first thing that comes to mind when you read the phrase "robotic swarm"? A nefarious group of robots on a devious mission? How about miniature robots working to rescue trapped people...
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The Wild World of Vending Machines

Modern technology. Ain’t it grand? The machines spawned by our collective ingenuity have made our lives longer and better. They’ve made our lives easier and allowed us to do tasks faster. But every so...

Miraculous New Spray On Skin Technology Treats Burns Without Scars

If you were a nerd like me as a kid, then perhaps you took delight in knowing the answer to this fun trivia question: what’s the largest human organ? It’s the skin, of course!...
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Slowing Brain Cancer with Gadgets? New Treatment Receives FDA Approval

Getting a diagnosis of brain cancer would rank high on anybody’s list of biggest fears. For the approximately 22,000 people who receive that diagnosis annually, none are as unfortunate as those who have glioblastoma...

Immortal Jellyfish Provides Clues for Regenerative Medicine

The search for the fountain of youth has been ongoing ever since man decided that dying wasn’t all that appealing. And now, it appears that this elusive holy grail has been found, albeit by...

Rise of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria – “Arms Race” Between Nature and Tech?

A recent spike of infections in the United Kingdom involving bacteria armed with an enzyme that makes them resistant to virtually all antibiotics has many health experts concerned. The enzyme, called NDM-1, was first...

Mayo Clinic Pioneers Sound Waves to Diagnose Disease

Anyone who has ever visited a doctor for a physical examination knows there comes a time when the doctor taps or presses down on the abdomen repeatedly. And if you’re like me, you may...

Arteriocyte Produces Artificial Blood, Seeks FDA Approval

In the wildly popular HBO show “True Blood”, the creation of synthetic blood allows vampires to join the human society as they no longer need to feed on real, human blood. And while vampires...

Kurzweil’s New Movie “The Singularity is Near” Debuts in New York

Warning: This review might be judged by some as a “spoiler” so be ready! Last Thursday, Ray Kurzweil’s new movie “The Singularity is Near: A True Story About the Future” premiered in New York City...

3 Ground-Breaking Miniature Biosensors To Change World Medicine

Fast, small and cheap. No, I’m not describing the latest compact sports cars, but rather the most recent group of biosensors that can detect a variety of biological agents. Over the past few years,...

H+ Summit @ Harvard: Rise of the Citizen Scientist – Review of Day 1

The 2010 H+ Summit @ Harvard – Rise of the Citizen Scientist was quite an exciting event. Hosted by the Harvard College Future Society in Cambridge, MA, it featured a wide range of speakers...

New Surgical Technique Attempts to Re-grow Breasts After a Mastectomy (video)

Researchers at the Bernard O’Brien Institute of Microsurgery in Melbourne, Australia are pioneering a radical new surgical procedure that would allow women to re-grow breasts after undergoing a mastectomy, a cancer treatment that removes...

fMRI Scans Reveal Some ‘Vegetative’ Patients Are Actually Conscious!

In a recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit of the University of Cambridge and the Coma Science Group at the University Hospital...

Whole Genome Sequencing to Unravel Genetic Basis of Pediatric Cancer

Widely considered to be the world’s leading institution for the study of childhood cancers, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital recently announced a large-scale genomic study to understand the origins of pediatric cancers. Teaming up...

Bioactive Nanofibers Regenerate Cartilage, Save Your Joints

As we age, we expect to spend our golden years playing with grandchildren, traveling the world, or taking up exciting new hobbies. However, our bodies do not always keep up with our plans and...

Adam The Robot Scientist Makes Its First Discovery

When it comes to being a scientist, Adam is quite the standout. No, he is not a Nobel Prize Laureate or even a prodigy. He’s more like a prototype - the first robot to...

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