Cancer drug bexarotene shown to cure Alzheimer’s disease in mice

Close-up of a mouse's face.

Neuroscientists at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Ohio have made what they call an amazing advance in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease. Agence France-Presse reports that mice bred to have Alzheimer’s, when treated with the immune system cancer drug bexarotene, became measurably smarter within hours as brain plaque dissolved. Study findings were […]

Mind reading breakthrough achieved at UC Berkeley

Musical brainwave performance at Deconism Gallery. This picture illustrates the use of a brainwave interface, using the Thought Technology system.

Neuroscientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have made a breakthrough that brings mind reading a step closer to reality. The Guardian reports that through the study of brain activity, implants can translate thoughts into words, which will prove useful to those people who have lost the ability to speak. Listening to the windmills of […]

Invisibility cloak close to becoming reality, scientists claim

An SR-71 Blackbird stealth plane in the air.

Stealth technology has made the next great leap forward, reports Agence France-Presse. U.S. scientists are significantly closer to being able to produce an “invisibility cloak” that completely masks a large, free-standing three-dimensional object. Manipulating light, military expectations According to research posted in the New Journal of Physics, researchers at the University of Texas in Austin […]

Studies find magic mushrooms act like anti-depressants


Two recent studies have found psilocybin mushrooms, or “magic mushrooms,” have properties that could make them useful psychotherapeutic drugs. The hallucinogenic fungi were shown to act in a similar manner to antidepressants. Brain activity slowed rather than stimulated Two studies are being published about the health effects of psilocybin mushrooms, often referred to as “magic […]

PG&E to pay $70 million for pipeline tragedy

PG&E to pay $70 million for pipeline tragedy

Pacific Gas and Electric Co., a northern California utility, has agreed to pay $70 million to the California town of San Bruno for a pipeline explosion that killed eight people in 2010. Company says it’s remorseful The San Francisco-based power company’s president, Chris Johns, released a statement Monday, saying PG&E is sorry and eager to […]


Microraptor was one flashy little dinosaur

A team of Chinese and American scientists have found that Microraptor, a small four winged dinosaur that went extinct about 130 million years ago, was likely black and almost certainly had glossy, iridescent feathers. Until now, the coloring of extinct creatures was a matter of pure speculation. That may no longer be the case. The […]


Microraptor fossil
This Microraptor fossil is preserved at China's Shandong Tianyu Museum of Nature. Image: Hello, I am Bruce/Flickr/CC BY-SA