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How to mend a broken heart: nanotechnology offers new hope for heart attack sufferers

Scientists from Brown University, USA have developed a synthetic nanopatch that could help regenerate heart tissue left damaged after a heart attack. About the size of a penny, the patch consists of intricately interwoven carbon nanofibres glued together with a … Continue reading

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Shedding light on black holes

Few cosmic phenomena capture our imaginations like black holes. The subject  of countless sci-fi misadventures, it’s hard to describe a black hole without using grandiose and somewhat misguided metaphors. ‘Cosmic whirlpool’, or ‘deep space vacuum cleaner’ spring to mind along with notions, … Continue reading

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Speaking two languages can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease

The benefits of being bilingual can extend beyond being able to locate the toilets when holidaying abroad. A team of researchers have found that a lifelong use of two or more languages can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Their … Continue reading

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Smoke screen: research sheds light on how likely you are to quit the cigs

Despite the apparent serenity with which the lady-on-the-advert manages to kick her fag habit, it can take more than the latest nicotine patch, lozenge or suppository to stop smoking.  And looking past the unnerving way such adverts actually manage to market … Continue reading

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WHSD? The Week in Science

The study of lice DNA has revealed humans first started wearing clothes 170,000 years ago. Through analysing DNA sequencing of lice, David Reed was able to calculate when clothing lice genetically diverged from human head lice. A new study has … Continue reading

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WHSD? The Week in Science

New light has been shed on the astonishing way bacteria prioritise their DNA repair work. A team at the University of Bristol discovered a greater similarity between bacteria and human DNA repair than previously thought. Type 1 diabetic men may … Continue reading

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The Lingering Ghost of Mephedrone

The bill to outlaw the psychoactive cathinone mephedrone was hurried through parliament earlier this year, but a study published in the Lancett has found that users are still getting hold of the substance. Its ban has also lead to the … Continue reading

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