Science continues to push the limits of what is possible as researchers revealed last week that they have successfully grown “mini-brains” with detectable brain waves at the University of California. Their home-grown organs have reportedly developed functional neural networks that are comparable to those found in preterm babies, and are growing at approximately the same weekly rate as the brains of unborn infants do. The team of researchers hopes their experiment will help shed light on the role of network activity in the developing human cortex.
After months of waiting, the results of a new scientific study of Loch Ness have been revealed! Over the summer, Loch Ness researchers teased that their DNA study of the famous Scottish lake pointed to one specific theory about the identity of the Loch Ness Monster being correct. According to their study, other popular theories - including the well-known plesiosaur theory - have all been ruled out. Instead, they’ve named the giant eel as the most probable identity of the water monster! Could the Loch Ness Monster mystery really be solved after all these years?
The world’s first fake memory has been successfully implanted. Scientists have confirmed that they have been able to generate an artificial memory, implant it into the brain of a mouse, and then make the mouse recall the fake experience as though it had really happened. The goal of the experiment is to eventually help those who struggle with memory impairment or with traumatic memories - perhaps one day leading to a common practice of memory manipulation or even memory deletion.
People have been trying to solve the mysterious disappearance of Amelia Earhart ever since she vanished over the Pacific Ocean in 1937. Countless theories and investigations have tried to locate her body, her plane, her co-pilot . . . any clue, big or small, that may finally tell us what fate met the famous female pilot in the Pacific. After over 80 years of searching, we may be closer to an answer than ever before.
Scientists hail it as perhaps the best-preserved dinosaur specimen ever uncovered. You can’t even see its bones. That’s because, 110 million years later, those bones remain covered by the creature’s intact skin and armor. Indeed, the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Alberta, Canada recently unveiled a dinosaur so well-preserved that many have taken to calling it not a fossil, but an honest-to-goodness “dinosaur mummy.”
NASA is continuing its push to find life in outer space! Following the news that the agency is preparing to search for alien life on a nearby super-earth, NASA has also announced that it will be scouting out Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa, for living organisms. Find out how and when they plan to get there.