Viruses May Eventually Be Used to Deliver Gene Therapy Scientists hope to use viruses like the encephalitis virus to introduce healthy genes to our bodies

New approaches for preventing and treating illnesses are on the rise, including the use of gene therapy through vaccines. With this technique, healthy copies of genes can be introduced to the body to reverse the bad effects of genes working READ MORE

New understanding of an ancient man and his tools The remains of an incredibly well-preserved man and his toolbox taught scientists that specialized labor and trade have been around for thousands of years.

During the last days of the summer of 1991, tourists hiking in the Ötztal Alps near the Italy – Austria border found the remains of an incredibly well-preserved man. This man, dubbed Ötzi, was dated back to the “Copper Age”: READ MORE

What happens if we send signals into space? Scientists explore potential risks of intentionally and unintentionally transmitting information into space

By Margareth Cheng-Campbell Blue Marble Space Institute of Science, Young Scientist Program For over a hundred years, humans on Earth have been using radio transmissions to communicate with each other. This ability to communicate around the globe has brought people READ MORE

Gaming Toward a Healthier Life? Smartphone Game Improves Medical Care for HIV Positive Young Men Who Have Sex with Men

In the United States, young men who have sex with men (MSM) are at higher risk for being infected with HIV, and are experiencing problems at various stages of HIV care, including getting on medication, staying on medication, and treating READ MORE

One Man’s Waste Soot is Another Man’s Rechargeable Battery Unwanted marine vessel engine soot may be an ideal ingredient for rechargeable lithium ion battery anodes

Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are important in our lives as we use them frequently in our smartphones, laptops, tablets, power tools, and electric vehicles. They are even used to help power the Mars Curiosity rover! Typically, graphite, the form of carbon READ MORE

Science Makes it Harder for Criminals to Cover Their Tracks Thermal images of a suspect’s shoes may be able to tell scientists if their alibi checks out

We’re all familiar with “heat signatures” and “infrared images” thanks to the numerous cop shows on television. You’d be surprised to know, though, that in the real (not reel) world, images from a thermal camera are not accepted as evidence READ MORE

Turn Genes on With the Flip of a Switch! Light-activated DNA shines a spotlight on new gene therapies.

The 1997 US film Men In Black followed two secret agents who protected humans from extraterrestrial aliens, and aliens from humans. They had access to several (fictional) gadgets — the most notable of which was the “neuralizer.” The neuralizer allowed READ MORE

Command a Robot By Tilting Your Head New advances in robotic control systems allows wearers of Google Glass to control a robot, hands-free!

Many marvel at the immense computing power available in modern day wearable devices. However, few appreciate the many sensors that work together in these devices. Wearable electronics contain many sensors that continually collect data. Picture a smartwatch or personal health READ MORE