Apr 27, 2016

Brainless slime can 'learn,' study finds

What is intelligence? Definitions vary, but all infer the use of gray matter, whether in a bee or a human, to learn from experience. On Wednesday, scientists announced a discovery that turns this basic assumption on its head. A slime made up of independent ...

Brain-controlled drone race pushes future tech

Apr 23, 2016

Brain-controlled drone race pushes future tech

Wearing black headsets with tentacle-like sensors stretched over their foreheads, the competitors stared at cubes floating on computer screens as their small white drones prepared for takeoff. “Three, two, one … go!” the announcer hollered, and as the racers fixed their thoughts on pushing ...

Apr 14, 2016

Human cloning with Chinese characteristics

China’s top geneticists say the country should set its own standards and regulations on human genome research, state-run media reported Wednesday, as ethical debate erupted over a Chinese study on modified human embryos. Researchers from Guangzhou Medical University said they used a gene-editing technique ...

Apr 12, 2016

Brain scans show how LSD mimics mind of a baby

Scientists have for the first time scanned the brains of people using LSD and found the psychedelic drug frees the brain to become less compartmentalized and more like the mind of a baby. A research team led by scientists at Imperial College London said ...

Apr 5, 2016

Vietnam warns of dire impact from planned Mekong dams

Vietnam has predicted “very high adverse effects” on the Mekong River environment and economy if 11 proposed dams are built on its lower mainstream. The warning is the result of a 2½ year study submitted by Vietnam to the Mekong River Commission comprising Thailand, ...

Feb 24, 2016

Target for breaking defenses of 'superbugs' discovered

Scientists in Britain have found how drug-resistant bacteria build and maintain a defensive wall — a discovery that paves the way for the development of drugs to break through the barrier and kill the often-deadly “superbugs.” In recent decades, bacteria resistant to multiple drugs, ...