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The UK's newest fusion reactor, ST40, was switched on last week, and has already managed to achieve 'first plasma' - successfully generating a scorching blob of electrically-charged gas (or plasma) within its core. The aim is for the tokamak reactor to heat plasma up to 100 million degrees Celsius (180...
Scientists in Spain have created a prototype for a 3D bio-printer which they say is the first to engineer fully functional human skin that could soon be used for transplants and tests on cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. The 3D bio-printer, which was developed by the bioengineering department at Madrid's Carlos...
A huge, floating orb — one that looks more like an alien object than anything typically found in the ocean — left a fisherman perplexed when he came across it in the waters off the coast of Australia. But despite its strange appearance, the bobbing monstrosity has an earthly...
A new study conducted at Harvard and Wesleyan University explains the phenomenon behind music 'chills', the physical and emotional reaction, a chill down the spine or hairs standing up during an especially impactful moment of a musical experience. The sensation is called 'frissons', which are also known as 'skin orgasms'. The...
In the past five or ten years ketamine — a drug that used to be primarily associated with psychedically enhanced partying, k-holes, and jokes about horse tranquilizers — has captured the attention of the psychiatry community. “It’s basically revolutionized how we think about depression,” says Christine Denny, an assistant professor...
No Brain-Damaging Blood Loss Okay, so it’s not every day you hear about a real life head transplant, but there is such a thing. In fact, research into transplanting heads has been around for a while now, with the first known two-headed animal experiments dating as far back as the...
We all know how to get pregnant or at least should know, but despite so many tips out there boosting the chances of conceiving, the actual first 2 weeks of pregnancy remain an undetectable mystery to science. A pregnancy test is usually done via markers detecting hormones in specific substances...
It took NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft over 9 years to reach the distant world of Pluto, but it was well worth the wait. This video reveals 6 weeks of images New Horizons snapped of Pluto as it approached, reached, and passed Pluto. These images have revolutionized our understanding of this...
Stimulating the brain via electricity or other means may help to ease the symptoms of various neurological and psychiatric disorders, with the method already being used to treat conditions from epilepsy to depression. But what really happens when doctors zap the brain? Little is known about what makes this technique effective,...
The human body is probably the most studied biological system ever. You’d think that by now we’d know all there is to know about our lungs, skin, and kidneys. But time and again, scientists keep uncovering yet another facet of our own make-up. Now, researchers have discovered four new...

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