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loneliness

Feeling Lonely? A Pill Could Help

Humans are social beings and loneliness can have a lasting impact on our physical well-being. According to scientists from the Brain Dynamics Lab, modern life is leading people toward greater isolation which can trigger many disorders. Their plan is to tackle loneliness with medication, and doing so, prevent the onset of harsher psychological problems that may follow.

monkey

Chinese Scientists Clone GM Macaques to Study Mental Disorders in a World’s First

Researchers from the Chinese
Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai have been the first
to clone genetically-altered primates. Five infant macaques share the exact
same genes, derived from a fibroblast taken from the skin of a donor monkey.
This technique could theoretically produce an unlimited number of replicas and provide
clear benefits for medical testing.

GM food

Study Finds Opponents Of GM Foods Know The Least About Them

Researchers from the University of Colorado have published interesting results from their survey on acceptance of genetically modified (GM) foods. They found that the most extreme opponents of GM foods actually know the least about the science behind it, but believe the opposite. These eye-opening insights shed light on an increasingly relevant topic and could have implications for science communication in other fields alike.

virtual reality

Virtual Reality Tumors – New Way to Observe Cancer

Researchers from Cambridge have a new tool in the fight against cancer. Virtual reality (VR) simulation which can show detailed maps of the cells in a tumor. This way structure can be explored and analyzed from an entirely new perspective. Researchers hope their 3D models of cancer could lead to unexpected breakthroughs.

tic-tac-toe

World’s Smallest DNA Tic-Tac-Toe Game Board

Researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have developed a new technique for shaping structures out of strands of DNA (DNA origami). In the game of tic-tac-toe on a DNA board, they reshaped an already-constructed DNA structure. The technology could be used to develop more sophisticated nanomachines with reconfigurable parts.