An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The male mind is rational and orderly while the female one is complicated and hormonal. It is a stereotype that has skewed decades of neuroscience research towards using almost exclusively male mice and other laboratory animals, according to a new study. Scientists have typically justified excluding […]
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images / Aurich Lawson) Referring to a drug as “mind altering” generally refers to its influence on immediate perceptions. But a lot of drugs that have been used for these effects have turned out to be mind altering in a more general sense: they can elicit longer-term changes in how the brain […]
AmiMoJo shares a report from Boing Boing: Researchers at Flinders University knocked out a gene known as RCAN1 in mice, hypothesizing that this would increase “non-shivering thermogenesis,” which “expends calories as heat rather than storing them as fat” — the mice were fed a high-calorie diet and did not gain weight. In particular, the modified […]
Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences were able to make baby mice with two moms and no dad. “The aim of the Chinese researchers was to work out which rules of reproduction they needed to break to make baby mice from same-sex parents,” reports the BBC. “That in turn helps understand why the rules […]
Enlarge (credit: UCSD) Cancer is, unfortunately, governed by the same evolutionary rules that drive life itself. Cells in tumors are essentially competing to see which can divide the fastest. This competition drives them to pick up new mutations that can help them divide faster, survive immune attack, resist drugs, and expand to new areas of […]
A breakthrough in micromotors has scientists celebrating.
Enlarge / Alienware Area 51. (credit: Dell) At E3 this year, Dell announced updates and changes to the Alienware line. The massive Alienware Area 51 gaming desktop is getting a refresh to include AMD’s new Threadripper CPUs, and Alienware is getting its own gaming mice, mechanical keyboards, and monitors. Until now, the Alienware family consisted of […]
Scientists all over the globe are working on the best way to 3D print different human organs for transplant. A team from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and McCormick School of Engineering, for instance, are developing 3D-printe…
For the first time, 2-D biochips are colliding with 3-D mini-organs—and together they’re making some of the best organ simulations ever. The post Scientists Are Trading In Lab Mice for Hundreds of Mini-Brains on a Chip appeared first on WIRED.