Learning can cause brain damage

A team of scientists based at UCSF has established a link between learning and brain damage. Researchers found that brain activity could lead to DNA damage within brain cells, and although the damage is repaired quickly, it might explain the mechanism behind some neurological diseases. So thanks a lot, mum, I told you nothing good would come of law school.

Hormone increases life expectancy by a third

It's been known for a while that severely restricting food intake can increase lifespan in some animals dramatically - but few people have been willing to take that step.

Do mice learn to sing the way humans learn to talk?

Mice can learn new songs from one another in the same way as human beings and song birds, scientists say they were surprised to discover.

Microsoft touts Windows 8 hardware

The latest iteration of Microsoft's flagship operating system lands this October for x86 PCs and ARM-powered tablets.



Gene therapy dramatically extends mouse lifespan

Gene therapy has been used to increase the lifespan of mice by up to 24 percent - and improve their health at the same time.

Cellphone use in pregnancy linked to ADHD

Yet more evidence that cellphones are near-lethal devices; yet more evidence that pregnant women should lock themselves away in an isolation tank for nine months.

Stem cell injections reverse aging in mice

Mice bred to age too quickly lived up to three times as long when injected with stem cells from younger mice, raising the possibility that the normal ageing process could one day be slowed.

Stem cells used to grow new teeth

Scientists from Japan recently published a paper that details how they successfully grew new teeth from the stem cells of mice.

Trained mice used to sniff out drugs smugglers

An Israeli company says its airport security scanners can outperform existing machines - thanks to their population of rodents.

Researchers breed mice that sing

Japanese researchers say they've created a mouse that sings like a bird. They say the development could shed light on the evolution of human language - and, they suggest, lead to the creation of a talking mouse.

Women? Who needs 'em...?

We women can no longer take comfort from the fact that we'll always be necessary for the reproduction of the species: geneticists have succeeded in creating viable male and female mice from two fathers.

Harvard team reverses aging in mice

Researchers at Harvard Medical School have found an elixir of youth - for mice, at any rate.

Neuroscientists wipe specific memories, permanently

In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, two people undergo a procedure to erase the memory of one another from their minds. And now love-lorn mice, at least, can experience the same relief from upsetting memories.

Kylo optimizes television web browsing

Hillcrest Labs has introduced a new web browser specifically designed for TV Internet surfing.