SeaOrbiter – a spaceship-like floating lab that could be exploring our oceans by 2016

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Surprisingly, we know little about Earth’s oceans despite covering more than 70% of our planet’s surface. With more than 95% of the world’s underwater realm unexplored, scientists know more about the surface of the Moon and Mars than the bottom of the ocean. Due to intense pressures and poor visibility, the deep ocean is an extremely challenging place to study. But that could be set to change in the not too distant future, thanks to a pioneering architect’s ambitious project which will see a $50 million floating laboratory take to the seas.

 

 

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Companies rush to build ‘bio-factories’ for a wide range of products

Vials of genetically engineered life-forms.

For Jack Newman, a scientist, creating a new life-form has become as simple as typing out a DNA sequence on his laptop. He clicks “send.” And a few yards away in the laboratory, robotic arms mix together some compounds to produce the desired cells.

 

 

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Scientists grow kidney in the laboratory

Laboratory grown rat kidney.

Scientists in the the U.S. say the have “grown” a kidney in the laboratory and it has been transplanted into animals where it started to produce urine.  Similar techniques to make simple body parts have already been used in patients, but the kidney is one of the most complicated organs made so far.

 

 

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Scientists grow human organs in a lab

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Francisco Fernandez-Aviles reached into a stainless steel tray and lifted up a gray, rubbery mass the size of a fat fist. It was a human cadaver heart that had been bathed in industrial detergents until its original cells had been washed away and all that was left was what scientists call the scaffold.

 

 

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Hurricane Sandy deals blow to medical research, wiping out NYU lab mice

Researchers at NYU worry the mice they use to study human disease may have perished in the flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy.

It has been reported that the New York University Hospital has lost thousands of laboratory mice to Hurricane Sandy  This will setback research that could take years to correct, according to scientists.

 

 

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Big push for more scientists in the U.S. but there are too few jobs

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U.S. pushes for more laboratory scientists.

Michelle Amaral planned a traditional academic science career to become a brain scientist to help cure diseases.  She planned on her PhD, university professorship and, eventually, her own lab. But three years after earning a doctorate in neuroscience, she gave up trying to find a permanent job in her field.

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Wageningen University’s Restaurant of the Future

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The Restaurant of the Future is run by scientists at the Wageningen University to investigate influences on eating behaviour and to carry out studies for the food industry

The Restaurant of the Future at Wageningen University in the Netherlands looks like a staff canteen of the present — well lit, comfortable. There is, sad to report, no freeze-dried ice cream in pellets or nano-nutraceuticals piped straight to your lower gut.  The future of food includes baby purée to improve brain power, beauty drinks to smooth wrinkles and chocolates to help you slim.

 

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New Tissue Regeneration Technique Is An Alternative For Coronary Bypass Surgery

New Tissue Regeneration Technique Is An Alternative For Coronary Bypass Surgery 

An Israeli team of cardiologists at the Carmel Medical Center in Haifa, has created an alternative for coronary bypass surgery, by developing a tissue regeneration technique that enables the body to produce new blood vessels. This development signifies a a major breakthrough in the field of artery bypass and may eliminate the need for bypass surgeries in the future.

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“Grandma’s Penicillin” May Help Lower High Blood Pressure

“Grandma’s Penicillin” May Help Lower High Blood Pressure 

 Chicken Soup – “Grandma’s Penicillin”

Chicken soup, that popular home remedy for the common cold sometimes known as “Grandma’s Penicillin,” may have a new role alongside medication and other medical measures in fighting high blood pressure, scientists in Japan are reporting. Their research is scheduled for the October 22 issue of ACS’ biweekly Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

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