It is now possible to capture images from the ground that are sharper than the Hubble Space Telescope

ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has achieved first light with a new adaptive optics mode called laser tomography — and has captured remarkably sharp test images of the planet Neptune, star clusters and other objects. The pioneering MUSE instrument in Narrow-Field Mode, working with the GALACSI adaptive optics module, can now use this new technique

It is now possible to capture images from the ground that are sharper than the Hubble Space Telescope

New research suggests the microbiome determines autism risk

The microbiome is the collection of microorganisms, such as bacteria, that naturally live inside us. New research suggests the microbiome determines autism risk. • The mother’s microbiome, the collection of microscopic organisms that live inside us, determines the risk of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders in her offspring, new research from the UVA School of

New research suggests the microbiome determines autism risk

Could robots soon help rescue crews save the survivors of a natural disaster?

The ability to correctly order tasks is a skill that robots must possess in order to carry out complex missions. Researchers at ULB’s IRIDIA laboratory have shown, for the first time, that this ability can emerge from a group of robots. Could robots soon help rescue crews save the survivors of a natural disaster? Such a mission

Could robots soon help rescue crews save the survivors of a natural disaster?

An eye drop that could revolutionise treatment for age-related macular degeneration moves closer

Scientists at the University of Birmingham are one step closer to developing an eye drop that could revolutionise treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is the leading cause of blindness in the developed world. Its prevalence is increasing dramatically as the population ages and it is estimated that, by 2020, there will be about

An eye drop that could revolutionise treatment for age-related macular degeneration moves closer

Machine learning could predict undiagnosed dementia in primary care

Results from the feasibility study suggest that a machine-learning model could reduce the number of those living with undiagnosed dementia Improving dementia care through increased and timely diagnosis is an NHS priority, yet around half of those living with dementia live with the condition unaware. Now a new machine-learning model that scans routinely collected NHS

Machine learning could predict undiagnosed dementia in primary care

Using light to convert a polymer material from a rigid substance to a softer one that can heal itself when damaged

New material reversibly changes its structure in response to different wavelengths of light. MIT researchers have designed a polymer material that can change its structure in response to light, converting from a rigid substance to a softer one that can heal itself when damaged. “You can switch the material states back and forth, and in

Using light to convert a polymer material from a rigid substance to a softer one that can heal itself when damaged

A new approach to treating infection by targeting bacterial armor

Boosting efforts to fight antibiotic resistance, Stanford researchers have found that a thin membrane, thought to be just a shrink wrap around some bacterial cell walls, has structural properties critical for survival. Drugs that destroy the membrane could be a new approach to treating infection. For over a century, scientists have studied E. coli, one of

A new approach to treating infection by targeting bacterial armor

Treating lung infections with inhalable viruses

A new delivery system for bacteriophages—viruses that selectively attack harmful bacteria—could help give doctors a new way to battle lung infections that threaten older patients and people with cystic fibrosis. Phage therapy is a promising alternative to antibiotics because it attacks specific pathogens, does not harm the body’s normal contingent of bacteria and won’t contribute

Treating lung infections with inhalable viruses

Using a magnetized wire to detect cancer earlier

Scientists at Stanford used the wire to capture free-floating tumor cells in the blood, a technique that soon could be used in humans to yield an earlier cancer diagnosis. A magnetic wire used to snag scarce and hard-to-capture tumor cells could prove to be a swift and effective tactic for early cancer detection, according to

Using a magnetized wire to detect cancer earlier

Any object can sense its environment or be controlled through the application of a peelable high-tech sensor sticker

Billions of objects ranging from smartphones and watches to buildings, machine parts and medical devices have become wireless sensors of their environments, expanding a network called the “Internet of Things.” As society moves toward connecting all objects to the internet – even furniture and office supplies – the technology that enables these objects to communicate

Any object can sense its environment or be controlled through the application of a peelable high-tech sensor sticker

World’s first blood test capable of detecting melanoma in its early stages

Edith Cowan University (ECU) researchers have developed the world’s first blood test capable of detecting melanoma in its early stages, a breakthrough that will save thousands of lives, as well as millions of dollars for the health system. In a trial involving 105 people with melanoma and 104 healthy controls, the blood test was able

World’s first blood test capable of detecting melanoma in its early stages

Caution required for using CRISPR/Cas9 in potential gene therapies

Scientists at the Wellcome Sanger Institute have discovered that CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing can cause greater genetic damage in cells than was previously thought. These results create safety implications for gene therapies using CRISPR/Cas9 in the future as the unexpected damage could lead to dangerous changes in some cells. Reported today (16 July 2018) in the

Caution required for using CRISPR/Cas9 in potential gene therapies

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