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Breakthrough: Japanese Scientists Make Mouse Nearly Invisible

On Friday, Researchers at Riken Quantitative Biology Center and the University of Tokyo announced that they had succeeded in making a dead mouse nearly transparent by using a decolorization method that removes nearly all the color from its tissue, according to The Wall Street Journal. The project’s leaders say that the study allows for them to see the “bigger picture”, which could help them better understand how certain genes are expressed in different tissues, how embryos develop, how cancer or autoimmune diseases develop at

Student’s Inflatable Incubator Wins This Year’s James Dyson Award (Video)

James Dyson is a British inventor and industrial designer who made his mark (and his fortune) in the vacuum industry starting in the mid 1990s. After making a considerable amount of wealth off of his vacuums, Dyson decided to set up a foundation dedicated to encouraging young scientists and inventors. Every year, the Dyson Foundation gives out an award to one lucky young inventor. This year’s winner: an inflatable incubator invented by recent Loughborough University graduate James Roberts. According to the Dyson

This GIF Shows The Inside of the Human Body, From Head to Toe (GIF and Video)

Back in the early 90s, scientists from the U.S. National Library of Medicine came up with a bold idea: imaging the entire human body, from top to bottom, in cross-sectional segments only a millimeter thick. They called the endeavor The Visible Human Project. Two cadavers, one male and one female, were encased in gelatin and then frozen into ice blocks, at frigid temperature of -160 degrees Fahrenheit (-71 degrees Celsius). Then, a sophisticated cryogenic microtome (basically a very finely-tuned deli slicer in a

Did You Know… Reheating Your Pasta Makes It Significantly Less Fattening

This might sound crazy, but letting your pasta cool down and then reheating can actually make it significantly less fattening. The findings were uncovered by Michael Mosley on the latest episode of BBC 2’s health program Trust Me, I’m A Doctor. The reason that high-carb foods like pasta are so fattening in the first place is because carbohydrates are broken down and absorbed as simple sugars. So when you eat them, your glucose levels spike, prompting your body to produce insulin to balance those blood sugar levels

Scientists Just Built A Robot That Performs Brain Surgery Through Your Cheek

3-D printing, robotics and other technological advances have been revolutionizing the field of medicine in the past few years. From 3-D printed prosthetics for amputee victims to the bionic pancreas, there is no denying that modern medicine owes many of its recent advances to technology. Now, researchers from Vanderbilt University have designed a robot that can perform brain surgery on people suffering from conditions that affect the hippocampus, a region of the brain that plays a role in inhibition, memory and spatial awareness. Epilepsy is one

The Scientist Who Discovered Ebola: “It Is Clear That the Virus Is Mutating”

Like many other topics in the news these days, the conversation about Ebola has lacked one critical element: balance. In this case, it’s not the usual political bias a la FoxNews vs. MSNBC. This time, it’s a polarization of the way in which people are presenting their coverage of the outbreak. Not surprisingly, many people have jumped on the ‘everybody freak out’ train. Fortunately, however, there have also been reasonable people letting other people know, ‘you should NOT freak out about this, America’s health system

New Transparent Paint-On Bandage Glows to Help You See The Healing Process

Editor’s Note: I am extremely excited to announce that The Higher Learning recently acquired three talented new authors to help us bring you more valuable news and knowledge. Over the next few days we will be introducing you to them and their writing. The following article was authored by Mary Dolan. Scientists at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine of Massachusetts General Hospital have teamed up with researchers from Harvard Medical School to create a version of the common bandage that may sound

Liberia Agrees to Completely Stop Cutting Down Trees In Exchange for Developmental Aid

In a monumental new deal, the government of Liberia has agreed to halt all logging operations within the country by 2020 in exchange for a $150 million development investment from Norway. Though Liberia’s forests are not the largest in Africa, they make up about 43% of West Africa’s remaining rainforest and are home to the last significant populations of species like western chimpanzees, forest elephants and leopards. Logging in the country has increased significantly since the end of Liberia’s civil war

The Bionic Pancreas: How A Son’s Illness Inspired His Father to Revolutionize Diabetes Care

Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States today, with 29 million Americans currently living with the disease. Of those 29 million, the majority suffer from Type 2 diabetes which, in most cases, is caused by a combination of poor diet and lack of exercise of long periods of time. But while Type 2 diabetes can be almost completely reversed by improving your eating and lifestyle habits, Type 1 diabetes (which affects 3 million Americans) is a chronic

The U.S. Is Committing 3,000 Troops and Half A Billion Dollars to Stop the Spread of Ebola

Later today, President Barack Obama will announce the United States’ new plan for stemming the spread of the Ebola virus in Africa. As of September 7, there were 4,366 confirmed, suspected or probable cases, as well as 2,218 deaths. The real numbers are probably much higher though, since many suffering from the disease in rural parts of Africa are actively avoiding detection. The President will announce his plans during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Obama

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