Forums, organized twice a year, involve the most qualified international experts on crucial issues related to health science, as well as topics of particular interest to the medical world for their broad scientific implications and social impacts.

The Forum is an opportunity to share valuable contributions on research in specific scientific frontier areas with researchers, students and all of those who are interested in them. To this purpose, in the years, IBSA Foundation has paid special attention to those molecular mechanisms that have a very important role with respect to the challenges that our society has to face in the biomedical field, and that range from cancer to diabetes, from reproduction to ageing.



Cells repairing damaged tissue post-heart attack in the fluid surrounding the heart

A group of researchers from Calgary University have published a study that could have major repercussions on post-heart attack therapies.

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Bacteria that eat plastic help to combat the problems of pollution

Recycling and reusing plastic has always been fundamental, but this only covers a tiny part of the plastic we produce.

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genesi e storia dell'Universo guido tonelli

What we know about the origin of the Universe

“Genesis” by Guido Tonelli is a fascinating scientific story that traces the history of the universe in seven chapters.

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Nel mondo circa 100 milioni di persone vengono infettate ogni anno dal batterio Chlamydia trachomatis, che colpisce in prevalenza le donne.

Sexually-transmitted infections – the first vaccine against chlamydia

Every year around 100 million people worldwide are infected with Chlamydia trachomatis, a sexually-transmitted infection that mainly affects women.

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Anorexia nervosa is not just a mental disorder

Anorexia nervosa has a more complex origin than previously thought: its causes are to be linked to a series of...

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leadership and inspiration

Exploring the golden circle

Every single person knows what they do. Some know how they do it. But very, very few people or organizations...

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Music may provide an unexpected help in the deciphering of proteins

Using music to help to “decipher” proteins

Accordig to a study published in the scientific journal ACS Nano, music may provide an unexpected help in the “deciphering”...

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Modified bacteria become anti-cancer drugs

Promising new avenues are being explored in the field of cancer research, thanks to the genetic reprogramming of living cells...

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What do we mean when we talk about happiness?

Daniel Kahneman's research, an Israeli psychologist, is focused on how our errors of judgment depend on preconceptions or wrong perceptions....

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The “indestructible” mold of the space station

Mold is incredibly robust, to the point that several species found on spacecraft, survive high level of X-ray exposure.

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HIV eliminated from infected animals for the first time

For the first time the HIV virus, responsible for AIDS, has been completely eliminated from animals that had contracted this...

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A touching lesson of humanity from a great scientist

The talk given by Daniela Lucangeli is a testimony of a scientist that passionately investigates the relationship between brain and...

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Better athletic performance thanks to certain bacteria

Behind the success of marathon runners there is also perhaps an unexpected element: particular types of bacteria in the intestine.

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Electronic tattoo for heart monitoring

Bioengineers from the University of Texas have created a device that could considerably facilitate the monitoring of heart patients.

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Stefano Mancuso

The fascinating secret life of plants

The neurobiologist Stefano Mancuso, has been working for years to change our vision of plants, dispelling clichés that have been...

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Energy from sugar and oxygen for artificial muscles

Bioengineers from Sweden have managed to produce artificial muscle tissue that uses oxygen and glucose to extract the energy to...

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Therapies for cancer, new lines of research

Three true giants in cancer research met at the IBSA Foundation Forum "Revolutionary therapies for cancer", which was held in...

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Mini-brains created in the lab to study new cures

For the first time scientists have managed to grow fragments of human brain tissue in the lab, to be used...

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Are the mutations that trigger autism in junk DNA?

According to the Flatiron Institute’s Center for Computational Biology, the so-called junk DNA could play an important role in the...

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Fragments of genetic code to repair the heart

The researchers demonstrated that the introduction of a small piece of genetic material to the heart stimulates the regeneration of...

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Our mind is less and less in our head

Michele Di Francesco and Barbara Henry met to describe what can we expect from the unstoppable development of Artificial Intelligence.

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Electrical dressings effective against bacteria

“Electrical” dressings effective against bacteria

A weak electric current can accelerate the healing of wounds: there are several patches in the USA named wireless electroceutical...

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Carol Dweck mindset

Changing your mental attitude will change your life

The mindset is the focus of the studies carried out by Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University.

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A marine mollusc from 99 million years ago found in amber

A 99-million years piece of amber was found in the north of Myanmar by researchers from the Chinese Academy of...

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Huntington’s disease, the new “anti-sense” drug is working

There is increased hope for sufferers of Huntington disease, thanks to a new drug called HTTRx.

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A 100% recyclable plastic (really) from California

Tomorrow’s plastic really could be 100% recyclable: a new type of plastic, when simply dipped into an acidic solution at...

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Artificial blood vessels for future transplants

Using a specific 3D printer and a special biogel, a group of bioengineers managed to construct the equivalent of a...

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Microbiota transplant

Microbiota transplant reduces the symptoms of autism

Fecal microbiota transplant (or FMT, in short) is achieving significant results in a very different field: autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

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Barbara Mazzolai

Welcome to the age of plantoids

We may not be far from the mass and everyday use of robots. Soon robots will be living in our...

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New strain of Ebola found in bats in Kenya

A sixth strain Ebola, the dangerous virus that cyclically appears in several areas of Africa, was isolated in the saliva...

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“Non-thermal plasma” kills airborne viruses

Ninety-nine percent of airborne viruses can be eliminated if they are exposed to a bombardment of ions and highly-reactive molecule...

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The importance of spreading scientific knowledge

An abstract of the speech held by James Beacham during the prize-giving ceremony of the IBSA Fellowships 2018.

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cystic fibrosis

Can an anti-fungal drug be effective in treating cystic fibrosis?

An old drug, amphotericin B, used for decades against fungal infections, could also be useful for treating cystic fibrosis.

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Schizophrenia already starts in the womb

Researchers from the US have managed to identify more than 400 genes, the variants of which are associated with schizophrenia.

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New laser for “detecting” radioactive objects

Thanks to an innovative technique developed in the USA, it will be easier to detect radioactivity in wide and crowded...

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How we can “see” the hidden parts of the brain

Discovering the composition of the indecipherable areas of the brain could soon be possible, thanks to diattenuation imaging.

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What is the advantage of being left-handed?

The neuroscientist Giorgio Vallortigara talks about how the human race has a majority that prefers to use their right hand,...

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A test for the “mysterious” fibromyalgia from the USA

Thanks to a study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry by researchers from Ohio, Fibromyalgia diagnosis could become easier.

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Kriti Sharma

Are we risking transmitting our biases to Artificial Intelligence?

The technologist Kriti Sharma raises a very serious issue: are we risking transmitting our biases to Artificial Intelligence?

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Confirmed once again: narcolepsy has an autoimmune origin

Recent studies published in the scientific journal Nature have confirmed that narcolepsy has an autoimmune origin.

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The risks of perfectionism

Thomas Curran is a social psychologist who has been studying the effects of perfectionism in American, Canadian and British students...

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3D printer

3D printer that “extends” new skin over burns

An innovative prototype of 3D printer promises to replace strips of skin (due to various kinds of trauma or illnesses)...

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insomnia genetics

956 DNA variants behind the risk of insomnia

For the first time a complete “genetic map” of insomnia (a problem suffered chronically by 770 million people worldwide) has...

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“Modified” cells to treat Crohn’s disease

Cell therapy, which is already being used in experiments against several forms of tumors, could also be used in the...

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Fighting Parkinson’s by injecting a protein into the brain

A new pioneering study has given hope to people suffering from Parkinson’s disease and from illnesses in which nerve cells...

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Can intestinal bacteria trigger depression?

What does intestinal microbiota have to do with depression? A lot, according to a report published in the scientific journal...

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Possible antibiotics for humans from insect bacteria

The antibiotics of tomorrow may also come from an unexpected source: insects or, to be more precise, from the bacteria...

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pufferfish pill

Pill inspired by the pufferfish to monitor the stomach

Researchers from the MIT of Boston have been inspired by the biological mechanisms of the pufferfish to create a certain...

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female brain

Women? They have brains that are three years’ younger

The female brain ages slower than the male brain of the same age by approximately three years.

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Artificial intelligence

The robot-plant that climbs like a tendril

The first flexible robot, capable of imitating the behaviour of tendrils and coiling around a support, has been created by...

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New strategy: blocking cancer’s “clock

A new area of study could offer unprecedented solutions in the fight against cancer, namely that of attempting to unhinge...

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austronauts immunology

Missions to Mars? The immune system goes haywire

There is an obstacle that will make missions from Earth to Mars particularly difficult and risky for astronauts: the effects...

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Surprise: junk DNA sometimes helps cells

Recently a growing number of studies has shown that the portion of DNA that appears to have no precise functions,...

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alga Volvox

Studying neurons with the help of the “eyes” of algae

Researchers from the University of Würzburg and Bielefeld (Germany) have discovered a “family” of light-sensitive molecules (photoreceptors) never seen before...

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Now robots can even play the piano

Bioengineers from the University of Cambridge have succeeded in making a robotic hand, with the help of a 3D printer,...

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Cognitive problems after chemotherapy? Here’s why

Researchers from the University of Stanford (California) have finally come up with an explanation on “chemo brain”, i.e. on cognitive...

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Closer and closer to computers that function like the human brain

According to a study published in Nature Communication, we could be getting closer to computers and other devices known as...

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Even garlic oil fights the insidious Lyme disease

Several essential oils of aromatic plants can also contribute significantly to fighting one of the most insidious infections of recent...

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Solar nano-panels to make yeast “work” more

Solar nano-panels added to the surface of yeast, so that these single-cell microorganisms are more efficient at synthesizing the substances...

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Electrodes from the nose to the brain to recover sense of smell

Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear in Boston (USA) have managed to activate the sense of smell in three volunteers...

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Monoclonal antibodies to diagnose (and cure?) Zika

The fight against the zika virus has taken a potentially significant step forward, thanks to a study by virologists from...

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Rovelli filosofia della scienza

The formula that makes science fascinating

“7 Brief Lessons on Physics” by Carlo Rovelli is a publishing success story. Released in October 2014, it has sold...

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The thyroid “switches on” the color-sensing cells in the eye

In order to understand how the cells that enable us to perceive color are created, researchers from Baltimore created an...

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Viruses that will be transmitted from animals to humans

The spill-over, i.e. the transmitting of a virus from one species to the other (in particular, from an animal species...

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Welcome to the philosophical breakfast club

The story told by the historian of science Laura Snyder is one that starts a long time ago. To be...

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At least 133 different types of cells in the brain

How many different types of cells are there in the brain?  An interesting response was given to this difficult question...

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Only 23% of planet earth remains unspoilt

Bad news for our planet: only 23% of the earth’s surface (excluding Antarctica) can still be considered wild and unspoilt.

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A “clean” way to deal with waste using purple bacteria

Significant help in dealing with the problem of treating wastewater containing organic residues (from food waste, livestock manure, grass and...

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Microalgae to carry drugs inside our bodies

For some time bioengineers all over the world have been trying to find a way to deliver drugs to desired...

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And that is how the ear can “regenerate” hearing

A study conducted by researchers from the Universities of Rochdale and Harvard (USA) is offering new hope to people that...

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Bacteria and virus seamless pattern inversion

The map of microbial “dark matter”

In additional to cosmic dark matter, there is also another kind of dark matter that surrounds each and every one...

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New gloves for “grasping” virtual objects

Bioengineers from the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL),  in collaboration with colleagues from the ETH of Zurich and Microcity...

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Scientific views on migration: 11 important considerations arising from the Forum

On 13 October 2018 an original experiment was carried out in Lugano with the Forum “Scientific Views on Migration”: a...

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James Beacham

The job of a physicist? To explore unanswered questions

“There is something about physics that has been really bothering me since I was a little kid. And it's related...

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Do too many detergents contribute to childhood obesity?

Our obsession with domestic hygiene, promoted through increasingly intensive advertisements, could be detrimental to children’s health, because – according to...

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Human bone stem cells (finally) found

After many years of frustrating studies, a team of researchers and surgeons from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis (USA)...

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Are there signs of the risk of Alzheimer’s in the back of the eye?

An examination of the back of the eye, together with an angiography of the vessels of the retina, could help...

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Even the intestine produces electrical energy

The bacteria that populate our intestine (microbioma) never cease to amaze: a group of researchers from the University of Berkeley,...

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Life: a journey through time

Nature's my muse and it's been my passion. As a photographer for National Geographic, I've portrayed it for many. But...

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8.000 new antibiotic combinations to fight bacteria

Pending the discovery of completely new antibiotics, a study has emerged from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA, United...

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New “strategy” for repairing spinal cord injuries

A study set up from the collaboration between the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne and the University of California, Los...

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“Revolution” for the universal flu vaccine

We are getting closer to the possibility of creating a universal vaccine against all (or almost all) the possible forms...

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Ultra-thin nervous “tissue” for treating eye problems

There is new hope in the treatment of serious eye diseases thanks to a new type of artificial retina developed...

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A look at how our brain works

In this memorable TED Conference, the neuroscientist Beau Lotto tackles a very important subject. As science and philosophy has taught...

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Does antitubercular vaccine work against diabetes?

An old tuberculosis vaccine, developed in the 20s of the last century by the bacteriologist Albert Calmette and the vet...

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A new look on evolution

To understand the human evolution on Earth should we study monkeys? No, fishes. The biologist Prosanta Chakrabarty explains it in...

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Within marine sponges new antibacterial substances

The solution to one of the big issues of world health, i.e. the growing resistance to antibiotics by many types...

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New gene therapy to restore hand function

A new hope for recovery of hands functionality after a spinal cord injury comes from researchers at King’s College London,...

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Discovered 27 unknown infecting bees viruses

An international team of researchers has identified 27 types of viruses, hitherto unknown, that infect bees (the results of the...

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Recreate the intestine? You can, thanks (also) to a spring

Recreate in the lab animal, or even human organs (or parts of them), similar to those present inside the body,...

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For the first time, a lab-created human prion

Do you remember the mad cow syndrome and especially its human version, Creutzfeldt Jakob’s disease? After the emergencies of about twenty...

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Sea waves? They “throw” viruses and bacteria

For several decades, between 1800 and 1900, one of the popular therapies more or less for any illness envisaged exposure...

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The first artificial intelligence that knows how to listen like a human being

Researchers at MIT have created the first artificial neuronal network that can recognize sounds like a human ear. Notably, scientists...

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How to extract water from desert air

Is it possible to collect water directly from air in the planet most arid places, to at least partially compensate...

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Establishment of EU ethical guidelines for the use of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is increasingly becoming the focus of attention of political institutions. Its implications and how to drive innovation forward...

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Out of Cambridge, the super-map of proteins in human blood

Thanks to innovative technology, researchers from the University of Cambridge (Great Britain), together with colleagues from other international institutions, have...

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A semi-transparent film transforms solar energy into electricity

It is customary to see classic silicone solar panels on roofs and the sides of buildings. However, in order to...

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Even the “devices” implanted in our bodies are wireless

The number of medical devices that can be implanted into the human body is constantly increasing (other than classic cardiac...

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Hospital infections, the “tricks” of the superbugs

Hospital infections caused by bacteria resistant to antibiotics are a reason for great worry for international health authorities, and cause...

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Diamonds can be bent too

Very small synthetic diamonds are also bendable and this flexibility opens the doors to countless new applications in the field...

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How do we listen to music? Does it depends on our biases?

It is 2007 Joshua Bell, an internationally-renowned violinist, started to play with a Stradivarius in the Washington underground. And no...

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Origami-style models for the cultivation of bone cells

Inspired by the ancient Japanese art of origami of folding paper into miniature shapes and figures, bioengineers in Lowell, University...

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Does dopamine (produced by the brain) cure diabetes?

The patient zero was a 53-year old Dutch man, victim of a serious obsessive-compulsive disorder, who had accepted to be...

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A new gel repairs stroke damage (in animals)

For the first time a gel, injected directly into the brain, has shown that it is capable of regenerating cells...

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“Left” and “right” molecules: this is how they can be divided

Chemical molecules have an orientation in space: they can be directed to the left or the right, taking on two...

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Sound waves to measure toxic substances in water

Researchers from the Ciencias Fisicas Institute of the Universidad Autonoma de Maexico (UNAM), in Cuernavaca, have discovered that the use...

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Avalanches, electronic mini-sensor for finding people

A very small electronic sensor developed by engineers in the ETH in Zurich can effectively help rescuers searching for people...

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A resonance glove to “see” hand problems

A special glove that, literally, sees the tendons, muscles and ligaments of the hand moving and interacting with bones: the...

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One on Everest, one at home: the DNA of two twins changes

What happens to the body when it is subjected to extreme conditions like those of the high mountains? How does...

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Hyper-fast little animals? A model for robots

Robots, including even the most sophisticated ones, have never managed to be ultra-rapid, and have never even come close to...

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The project to create anti-virus supercells gets underway

Launched on the pages of the journal Science and with a presentation organized recently in Boston (USA), the GP-write (Genome Project-write)...

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Even a crocodile’s brain reacts to music

Crocodiles (from the Nile, in this case) react to music like mammals and birds in a very similar way by...

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Mini 3D printer creates electronic circuits directly on the skin

The evolution of the 3D printer is an object that, according to its inventor, Michael McAlpine of the University ofl...

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DNA? In some points it has a newly discovered knot shape

As explained in biology books, the genetic code known as DNA present in every cell forms an elegant double spiral,...

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Artificial leaf produces medicines with sunlight

A miniature medicine factory, but potentially also of many other chemical compounds, in the form of a leaf, created at...

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Chip implants for monitoring blood alcohol levels

People who are trying to combat alcohol addiction will be able to find help with a chip created by bioengineers...

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Transplanting a liver? Better to keep it warm

An about-face: livers to be transplanted should not be kept cold, as has been done for many years, but warm,...

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Can artificial intelligence become depressed?

Can even artificial intelligence suffer from depression, or experience hallucinations, like the human brain? The question is much less odd...

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Robotic belts for treating scoliosis

Congenital deformities of the spine, like idiopathic scoliosis and pathologic kyphosis, will be able to be corrected in a personalized...

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Light is used to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria

They are celled NanoZymes, artificial enzymes which could provide important help in the battle against antibiotic resistant infections. Researchers from...

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If a mole could help us find tumours?

A research study carried out by the Federal Polytechnic of Zurich (ETH) in Basel, could provide important news in the...

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Computers? As good as humans in creating new molecules

We hear more and more talk about artificial intelligence (AI), and sometimes with concern, for the fear that this type...

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New liquid crystal screens as thin as paper

Optoelectronic engineers from the universities of Hong Kong and Shanghai have succeeded in creating a special liquid crystal display (LCD)...

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The immune system helps tattoos to resister

How do tattoos remain for decades on the skin, while the cells that “contain” them (which hold the colored pigments)...

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