SNX27-neurons_r620x349An international group of scientists in San Diego, Maryland and China announced yesterday that they have unlocked one cause of the symptoms that affect people with Down syndrome. The researchers’ work appeared online in the journal Nature Medicine.

A syndrome is a collection of symptoms that affect many different areas of the body, usually caused by a defective gene. According to the National Down Syndrome Society, Down syndrome is the most common syndrome, occurring one in every 691 babies born in the U.S.

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GOOGLE, ELLE, And The Center For American Progress Celebrate Leading Women In WashingtonYesterday a bi-partisan coalition in the U.S. Senate voted 79 to 20 on a resolution to repeal the Obamacare tax on medical devices, just one of over 20 new taxes embedded in the law to help pay for the massive program. The non-binding resolution was attached to the 2014 Senate budget plan, which has not passed.

Leaders in the industry say the new device tax is threatening U.S. leadership in medical research and has caused thousands to be laid off.

“We have already made the difficult decision to lay off employees

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_66285336_biotoothIn an article published March 18 in the of the Journal of Dental Research, scientists at King’s College in London and the Niigata University in Japan revealed a new method for bioengineering whole replacement teeth using cells taken from human mouths.

Today, dentists can replace missing teeth with dental implants screwed into the jaw. But they can loosen up and break off, or cause a weakened jaw bone structure.

Scientists have already been able to grow teeth from a combination of stem cells and epithelial cells

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3D_printed_Orthodontic_model_in_MED690_4-RRAlthough 3-D printing has been around for decades, practical uses for the technology have blossomed as the devices have become smaller and cheaper. One manufacturer, Stratasys, has announced a new desk-top 3-dimensional printer that makes digital dentistry more accessible and affordable for dental clinics and small laboratories.

Digital dentistry starts with a small hand-held 3-D video camera

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UCLA news-image-displayA new easy, low-cost method for making microscale carbon-based supercapacitors capable of charging a cellphone in 30 seconds was revealed in a research paper published recently in the journal Nature Communications.

Supercapacitors are similar to batteries, in that they hold large amounts of electric charge. However, they can charge and discharge a hundred to a thousand times faster than a battery.

Two scientists working at the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA developed the process, which is much cheaper and easier

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3Doodler Eiffel TowerThree-dimensional printers (3-D printers) are a hot news item, especially since President Obama mentioned them in his 2013 State of the Union speech. Today, WobbleWorks LLC has announced a new product, called the 3Doodler, which could revolutionize consumer 3-D printing.

Three-D printing technology has been around for several decades and has already revolutionized biotechnology, photonics and other scientific R&D. And as prices have come down,

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Fishermen Expect Bumper Year On The River Dee Despite Credit CrunchA scientific whistleblower and professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., has settled his personal suit against the Department of Interior (DOI) for the way it fired him after he objected to its hiding of data.

Since 2005, Paul Houser has been employed by Mason as an assistant professor of hydrology, which is the study of Earth’s water as it moves through the air, on the surface and underground.

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U.S. Gun Sales Reach Record Levels In 2012Printing objects in three dimensions has vaulted from a science-fiction fantasy to practical, real-world applications.

Technologies for 3-D printing are finding their way into such diverse sectors as aerospace, biomedicine, education and auto manufacturing. NASA is using 3-D printing to help create its next-generation Mars Rovers.

But the most controversial use of 3-D printing could be weapons manufacturing.

After the Newtown, Conn., shooting…

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Milli-motein robot-RRA new miniature robot that may find a myriad of uses in fields such as biomedicine and aerospace has been built by scientists at the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms. The Center seeks to connect the digital world with the physical world in which we live.

The scientists who created the tiny new machine call it a “milli-motein,”

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bigstock-a-team-of-robots-26064236STEM is a concern for many in education and scientific circles. The acronym refers to “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.” And the problem is that not enough students, particularly girls and minorities, are attracted to these important fields of study.

But robots, particularly “cute, cuddly” robots, might be the key to unlock girls’ interest in technology.

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