First ‘genetic atlas’ of the brain

The first atlas of the surface of the human brain based on genetic information has been produced by a national team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the VA San Diego Healthcare System.

UK surgeons are the first to operate in 3D

A team at Manchester Royal Infirmary hospital, England, claim to be the first surgeons to use 3D cameras and monitors -- and embarrassingly clunky spectacles -- during an operation. Furthermore, if that wasn

Ripping electrons from their cores: physicists mix two lasers to create light at many frequencies

Physicists have seen the light, and it comes in many different colors. By aiming high- and low-frequency laser beams at a semiconductor, the researchers caused electrons to be ripped from their cores, accelerated, and then smashed back into the cores they left behind. This recollision produced multiple frequencies of light simultaneously.

Physicists find patterns in new state of matter

( -- Physicists at the University of California, San Diego have discovered patterns which underlie the properties of a new state of matter.

New layer of genetic information discovered

A hidden, never-before-recognized layer of information in the genetic code has been uncovered by a team of scientists at the University of California, San

Scientists develop tools to make more complex biological machines from yeast

Scientists are one step closer to making more complex microscopic biological machines, following improvements in the way that they can

Nerve cells grow on nanocellulose

Researchers have shown that nanocellulose stimulates the formation of neural networks. This is the first step toward creating a three-dimensional model of the brain. Such a model could elevate brain research to totally new levels, with regard to Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, for example.

Controlling light at will: metamaterials will change optics

Engineers believe that continued advances in creating ever-more exotic and sophisticated human-made materials will greatly improve their ability to control light at will.

Ultracold experiments heat up quantum research

Physicists have experimentally demonstrated for the first time that atoms chilled to temperatures near absolute zero may behave like seemingly unrelated natural systems of vastly different scales, offering potential insights into links between the atomic realm and deep questions of cosmology.

Nanopills release drugs directly from the inside of cells

Researchers in Spain have created nanoparticles which can release drugs directly from the cells

Researchers send 'wireless' message using neutrinos

( -- A group of scientists led by researchers from the University of Rochester and North Carolina State University have for the first time sent a message using a beam of neutrinos – nearly massless particles that travel at almost the speed of light. The message was sent through 240 meters of stone and said simply, "Neutrino."

First results from Daya Bay find new kind of neutrino transformation

The Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment, a multinational collaboration operating in the south of China, today reported the first results of its search for the last, most elusive piece of a long-standing puzzle: how is it that neutrinos can appear to vanish as they travel? The surprising answer opens a gateway to a new understanding of fundamental physics and may eventually solve the riddle of why there is far more ordinary matter than antimatter in the universe today.

First-ever images of atoms moving in a molecule

Using a new ultrafast camera, researchers have recorded the first real-time image of two atoms vibrating in a molecule. They used the energy of a