Stem Cell Implant Is Being Trialled To “Cure" Type 1 Diabetes

Stem Cell Implant Is Being Trialled To “Cure" Type 1 Diabetes

A groundbreaking attempt to “cure” Type 1 diabetes with stem cells began last week. Embryonic stem cell implants were given to two people, one in the US and one in Canada, with high-risk Type 1 diabetes. The researchers hope that this will help the patients manage the condition.   The stem cells, developed by private company ViaCyte,…

New Class Of Antibiotic Could Defeat Multi-Drug Resistant Gonorrhea

New Class Of Antibiotic Could Defeat Multi-Drug Resistant Gonorrhea

Researchers have discovered a new class of antibiotic that could become critical in the fight against antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea. The multi-drug resistant strain of the sexually transmitted infection is causing serious concern within the medical world and it’s hoped that this new class of compounds could help halt its spread. The team stress that it is still early days, but…

This Protein Tricks Your Heart Into Thinking It's Exercising

This Protein Tricks Your Heart Into Thinking It's Exercising

Scientists say they have found a way to trick the heart into pumping more blood and growing more healthily, as it would during exercise or pregnancy. The research could reduce the need for transplants. The study, led by The Ottawa Hospital and published in Cell Research, involved a protein called cardiotrophin 1 (CT1). They found…

Your Throat Is Like A Horrible Secret Hide-Out For Gonorrhea

Your Throat Is Like A Horrible Secret Hide-Out For Gonorrhea

Super-gonorrhea is not as super as it sounds. Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) released two rather daunting studies saying that this sexually transmitted disease is becoming increasingly more resistant to antibiotics, creating strains of “super-gonorrhea” that are tougher, if not impossible, to treat with the usual medicines. Just super, right?   Scientists are…

Modern Humans Were In Sumatra At Least 63,000 Years Ago

Modern Humans Were In Sumatra At Least 63,000 Years Ago

Re-examination of two teeth found in a Sumatran cave in the 1880s has filled a major gap in our picture of human migrations, revealing that modern humans were living in Indonesia sometime between 63,000 and 73,000 years ago. Just a few weeks ago, evidence placed humans in northern Australia 65,000 years ago. Even before that,…

Dragon Venom Could Save  Your Heart

Dragon Venom Could Save Your Heart

The venom of anguimorph lizards, including the Komodo dragon, could provide targeted treatments to prevent strokes and heart attacks. A study of the venoms of these lizards, and the teeth they use to deliver them, has revealed considerable diversity, which could lead to highly targeted medicines. Until recently, it was thought that venom was rare…

Drinking A Beer Unleashes Your Creativity, Say Scientists

Drinking A Beer Unleashes Your Creativity, Say Scientists

Many of the world’s most creative minds have been associated with alcohol, from iconic writers like Ernest Hemingway and Hunter S Thompson to famous actors and musicians like Oliver Reed and Jim Morrison. While it’s fair to say many of these people overdid the booze (to say the least), there is evidence to suggest that…

This Optical Illusion Will Seriously Mess With Your Brain

This Optical Illusion Will Seriously Mess With Your Brain

Do you like optical illusions? Sure you do. And what better way to spend your day than seeing another. Let’s take a look now. This optical illusion below is particularly trippy. It shows a variant of what’s called the “Café Wall Optical Illusion” and was created by a magician from Atlanta called Victoria Skye. In…

The Milky Way May Have 100 Million Black Holes

The Milky Way May Have 100 Million Black Holes

The Milky Way might be hiding up to 100 million black holes from us, far more than previously thought. This number is the result of a statistical census trying to estimate how common black holes of certain sizes should be. The research, published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, began by the detection…