Category archives: Science & Technology

Cells from eyes of dead 'may give sight to blind'

The necessary cells can be found in the back of everyone’s eyes Cells taken from the donated eyes of dead people may be able to give sight to the blind, researchers suggest. Tests in rats, reported in Stem Cells Translational Medicine, showed the human cells could restore some vision to completely blind rats. The team at University College London said similar results in humans would improve quality of life, but […]

Whatever happened to the term New Man?

The New Man was once a radical way to describe a male who wholeheartedly accepted equality in domestic life. But 30 years on, what has happened to the term? The New Man rose to prominence in the 1980s like an exotic new species, happy to do the washing up or change a nappy. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the New Man was someone “who rejects sexist attitudes and the […]


Stem cell researcher Dr Haruko Obokata on 'breakthrough'

A young researcher in Japan has been facing the world’s media after her stem cell studies were heralded as a “major scientific discovery.” Dr Haruko Obokata’s work, published in the journal Nature, showed stem cells can now be made quickly just by dipping blood cells into acid. The breakthrough at the Riken Centre for Developmental Biology was achieved in mouse blood cells, but could have the potential to start a […]

Best Space Pictures: Black Holes, Volcanic Smog

Ole’! Chile showcases its skies and mountain heights in the week’s best space pictures, along with Martian mysteries and an intriguing twin quasar. Glaciers in the southern Andes as seen from space. High above Chile, the International Space Station’s crew offers up a lovely look at the glaciers gleaming in the southern Andes, as seen in this January 22 image released by NASA. (See also: “Up on the Farm? Five […]

USS Nautilus: A record-breaking sub

  It’s 60 years since the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine was launched. The USS Nautilus was the first “true” submarine as it did not need to be refuelled and could remain submerged for months. So what was it like living on it? “I was teased that if I was going to this nuclear power programme, I might become irradiated and sterile and not have any children.” Jerry Armstrong was a […]

Here's How Google's 'Diabetes Contacts' Will Work

 This week, Google announced plans for smart contact lenses that will help people with diabetes track their blood glucose levels. Right now, many of the 347 million people who have diabetes worldwide monitor their blood sugar levels by pricking their fingers and testing the blood. Google wants to replace needles and blood with a contact lens and tears. Here’s everything we can figure about how Google’s contacts might work: In […]

Know your Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain is one of those pains with which each and every individual suffers once or more in a life time. At times people get scared of it due to its high intensity but bear in mind that having strong pain does not always mean that it is serious. As seriousness of this pain cannot be determined on the basis of mere intensity as there are many other contributing factors […]

The Rise of China's Innovation Machine

China has long been the factory floor that churns out popular gadgets for companies world-wide, but the country’s own technology products were rarely viewed as leading edge. Now, that is beginning to change. Increasingly, China’s own technology companies are challenging market leaders and setting trends in telecommunications, mobile devices and online services. Keeping better-known global competitors at bay in their massive home market, they are hiring Silicon Valley executives and […]

'Hand of God' Spotted by NASA Space Telescope

Religion and astronomy may not overlap often, but a new NASA X-ray image captures a celestial object that resembles the “Hand of God.” The hand was produced when a star exploded and ejected an enormous cloud of material, which NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, glimpsed in high-energy X-rays, shown in blue in the photo. NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory had imaged the green and red parts previously, using lower-energy […]