In a laboratory in the Netherlands lies what may be the answer to a more realistic mystery: why some people look younger than others of the same age as scientists in Rotterdam claim for the first time to have found a gene that specifically affects how old people look
It appears that half of West European men are descended from one chief who lived about 4,000 years ago. Not much you can say about that!
The space telescope celebrates its anniversary on 24 April; this spectacular image of a cloud of gas and dust 8,000 light years away celebrates the occasion.
The solar-powered aeroplane, called Solar Impulse, has landed in Silicon Valley, California, taking 3 days to cross the Pacific Ocean from Hawaii. It has thousands of photo-voltaic cells and extremely long wings!
You could call it an unfair advantage. As tens of thousands of runners start the London marathon on Sunday, another competitor will take up the race unencumbered by endless queues for portable toilets, moving at 17,500mph high above their heads.
But there is nothing unfair about Tim Peake’s marathon plans. The British astronaut who arrived at the International Space Station four months ago will run the 26.2 mile course on a treadmill in a cramped room. How cool is that!!
Research is being carried out to make drones which are able to follow hiking trails without pilot help. It is hoped these could be used to find lost or injured hikers.
Research has shown that amyloid levels build up in the brains of dementia sufferers. Increasing the levels of the protein IL-33 can reverse this.
Scientists in japan have developed an electronic “skin” which, when attached to the skin, can monitor oxygen levels. It is hope to further develop this so that oxygen levels in organs can be monitored during surgery.
On Thursday afternoon the world’s first operation was streamed live in 360-degree video, allowing medical students and trainee surgeons to immerse themselves in the procedure in real time via the Medical Realities website.
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