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October 8, 2017 · 312 Reads

Top stories in science this week

Fire ant venom could be a surprising new treatment for Psoriasis

Scientists have discovered that compounds derived from fire ant venom could take the sting out of this incurable autoimmune disease, leading to hopes of new treatments for the condition.

Reference: Scientific Reports

 

Scientists discovered that our moon once had an atmosphere

New research shows that our Moon had an atmosphere 3 to 4 billion years ago. It formed when volcanic eruptions rocked the ancient satellite, propelling gases above its surface too rapidly for them to seep into space. The surface of the Moon is peppered with impact basins filled with volcanic basalt. These basalt plains, called maria, were formed when plumes of magma from inside the Moon erupted to the surface, creating lava flows.

Reference: Earth and Planetary Science Letters

Scientists have conducted the first ever Quantum Video Call

Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Science and the Austrian Academy of Sciences have conducted the first quantum video call using the Micius satellite launched in 2016. The call was between Beijing and Vienna, and was completely unhackable.

Reference: Austrian Academy of Sciences

‘Squirtable’ elastic surgical glue seals wounds in 60 seconds

A highly elastic and adhesive surgical glue that quickly seals wounds without the need for common staples or sutures could transform how surgeries are performed.

Reference: Science Translational Medicine

Mars study yields clues to possible cradle of life

The discovery of evidence for ancient sea-floor hydrothermal deposits on Mars identifies an area on the planet that may offer clues about the origin of life on Earth. The research offers evidence that these deposits were formed by heated water from a volcanically active part of the planet’s crust entering the bottom of a large sea long ago.

Reference: Nature Communications

Pre-historic humans, at least 34,000 years ago- developed networks to avoid inbreeding

Early humans seem to have recognized the dangers of inbreeding at least 34,000 years ago, and developed surprisingly sophisticated social and mating networks to avoid it, new research has found.

Reference: Science

Quantum Particles could be our next weapon against superbugs, scientists say

A new study shows that quantum dots, controlled with specific wavelengths of light, can lure superbug infections like E. coli and Salmonella into dropping their guard, as it were, re-potentiating present-day antibiotics as fully-effective weapons.

Reference: Science Advances

Schizophrenia is 80% genetic, according to a massive new study on twins

Scientists from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, dipped into a pool of information collected through their national Danish Twin Register and combined it with data from the Danish Psychiatric Central Research Register to come up with a whopping sample of 31,524 twin pairs, all born between 1951 and 2000. As many as four out of five cases of schizophrenia can be traced back to genes inherited from the child’s parents.

Reference: Biological Psychiatry

A new cell therapy successfully restored movement in paralyzed patients

In a new study, a new cell therapy significantly restored motor function in 4 out of 6 patients. This recovery rate is roughly twice of what is expected from traditional treatments.

Reference: Newswise

Scientists used gene editing to remove a fatal blood disorder from human embryos

A team of researchers from Sun Yat-sen University have used gene editing to correct a potentially fatal blood condition. This world-first accomplishment represents the first step to a future where we literally edit disease out of our bodies.

Reference: Protein and Cell

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