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Pack-MULEs are toting a new look at plant evolution

...ants" may sound like a western lost in the science fiction section, but it elevates a little-considered group of elements in the genome sequence to potentially major players in the process of evolution. It also throws out tantalizing possibilities that could turn some standard methodology on its ear. "Even...

Professor calls for a new branch of learning

...lieve that efforts to untangle science and science fiction regarding the risks from nanotechnology are needed and that a focus on the potential harmful effects of nanoparticles is both timely and necessary. The importance of nanotechnology to the economy and to our future wellbeing is beyond debate, but its ...

Newly grown kidneys can sustain life in rats

...of damaged or diseased ones is moving from science fiction to reality, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Scientists have previously shown that embryonic tissue transplants can be used to grow new kidneys inside rats. In their latest study, though, they put the...

Nanotechnology pioneer slays 'grey goo' myths

...y replicators, popularly called grey goo.' Science fiction writers focused on this idea, and 'grey goo' became closely associated with nanotechnology, spreading a serious misconception about molecular manufacturing systems and diverting attention from more pressing concerns. This new paper shows why that foc...

European Society of Human Reproduction & Embryology annual meeting

...cs such as: 'The science of fertilisation and the fiction of cloning' 'Genetic data and the origins of Europeans' 'Psychological impact of foetal reduction in multiple pregnancies' 'Potential of human umbilical cord blood stem cells for tissue therapeutics' To register: contact Margaret Willson for regis...

The frontier of microelectronics: Building nano-machines, part by part

...ndamental limits, and inspiration based on science fiction and the IT revolution of the last century," said another AAAS speaker James Gimzewski of University of California-Los Angeles. Basic experiments and exploration of new ways to do things in nanotechnology are important to lay out the groundwork for ...

Falling prey to machines

... Garry Kasparov to Michael Crichton, both fact and fiction are converging on a showdown between man and machine. But what does a leading artificial intelligence expert--the world's first computer science PhD--think about the future of machine intelligence? Will computers ever gain consciousness and take over...

Field Museum uncovers evidence behind man-eating; revises legend of its infamous man-eating lions

... category of myth rather than fact. Promoting such fiction can actually have a negative impact on serious conservation efforts focused on preserving lions in the wild," Gnoske says. Man-eating: A Social tradition In a few well-documented, localized incidents, man-eating appears to be a learned behavior. O...

Finding life away from Earth will be tough task, says noted paleontologist

...lf-sustaining endeavor because for so long science fiction has made the idea of life away from Earth a fancif...It will take a lot of work to turn it from science fiction into science, and because it is so interdisciplinary it's going to require a rethinking of how scien...

European scholars support development of germ line modification

...etic Modification in humans is no longer a science fiction scenario. It would be feasible although inefficient and unsafe now, but is expected to be safe and effective in the foreseeable future if current research efforts are continued. The techniques already work in a range of animal models. There is now pr...

Convergent technologies: Is your company ready for the future?

...of environment-sensitive materials are not science fiction anymore, but are scientifically feasible. It is very likely that these technologies will emerge in the next 20 years. Some convergent technologies are already hitting the marketplace. Among these are optical microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), the...

Hutchinson Center researchers first to induce state of suspended animation in model vertebrate organism

...rocess?" While it may seem in the realm of science fiction right now, a potential application of this control would include helping people survive life-threatening injuries while in transit to a hospital emergency room. Bodies or organs held in a state of suspended animation could be repaired and suffer no l...

Genetically modified earth plants will glow from Mars

...-- In what reads like a story from a 1950s science fiction magazine, a team of University of Florida scientists has genetically modified a tiny plant to send reports back from Mars in a most unworldly way: by emitting an eerie, florescent glow. If all goes as planned, 10 varieties of the plant could be on t...

We are not alone - or are we?

The annals of science fiction are filled with advanced extraterrestrial creatures like Klingons and Wookies, Vogons and Romulans, all carrying on in a human sort of way. And while screenwriters and novelists weave stories around these characters, some people scour the heavens for...

Meet Conan the Bacterium

...ures, and even radiation doses. Then, in a science fiction sequel, it dispenses lifesaving medications and re... After Sir Percival Lowell and a number of science fiction stories popularized Mars as a dying planet, U.S. space probes in the 1960s and 1970s rewrote the boo...

Rats operate robotic arm via brain activity

...brain to control robotic devices has been ascience fiction theme that seems destined to become fact." Added Chapin, "We believe that we have all the key elements to be ableto make this technology one that could, in the not-so-distant future, make asubstantial difference in the lives of people who ...

'Fishboys' - the new cowboys of a world dependent on water...and ceramics.

...nto giant fish ranches,could become more fact than fiction in the next century, according to ProfessorRobert E Newnham speaking today [Tuesday 22 June] at the European CeramicsSociety conference organised by The Institute of Materials. Naturally 'grown'submarine sea walls and 'fish-herding' sonar devices bu...

Artificial Gels Could Speed DNA Sequencing

...e DNA analysis. But it would have to be a science fiction movie, because in real life machines that analyze ...silicon -- that might be a step toward the science fiction dream. Stephen Turner, a graduate student working under Harold Craighead, Cornell professor of appl...

Beyond Jurassic Park: Real Science With Ancient DNA

...g the perfectly preserved DNA. Thestuff of science fiction thrillers? Yes and no. The entire creature can't berecreated. However, bacteria extracted from the abdomen of these long-dead beeshas, for the first time ever, been successfully brought back to life. Dr. Raul Cano, of the California Polytechnic Stat...

Long-Standing Puzzle Of Immune System Is Solved By UCSF Researchers

...ongago," Wabl says, referring to a popular science fiction thriller starring anewly arising microscopic scourge that threatens human life on Earth. The cellular agent identified by the UCSF researchers as the oneused by B cells of the immune system to introduce new mutations into genesencoding antib...

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