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WRITER FUEL: Scientists Unlock the Code Behind “Working Memory”

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The “secret code” the brain uses to create a key type of memory has finally been cracked.  This type of memory, called working memory, is what allows people to temporarily hold on to and manipulate information for short periods of time. You use working memory, for example, when you look up a phone number and … Read more

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Happy Fourth: Seven “Star Wars” Tech Projects Scientists Are Working On Now

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, technology was way cooler than it is in our reality: Commercial spaceships bending space-time to cross galaxies in seconds; autonomous androids capable of translating any language on the fly, or leaving a battlefield in ruin; deadly swords of plasma that fit comfortably under your bathrobe. … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: Scientists Rejuvenate Skin Cells, Turning Back the Clock 30 years

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Researchers in the U.K. have developed a way to reverse the aging process in skin cells, turning back the biological clock by about 30 years. De-aging cells has become increasingly common in the last decade, with researchers reprogramming multiple mouse, rat and human cell types. But never before have cells been de-aged by so many … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: Plastic-Eating Bacteria

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Plastic-eating bacteria could help to one day tackle some of the 14 million tons of plastic that is offloaded into our oceans every year. Plastic pollution leads to severe impact on marine ecosystems and can affect human health. For example, once plastic enters the ocean it can suffocate and entangle animals, according to the International … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: How a Hydra Regrows Its Head

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Welcome to the latest installment of “Writer Fuel – cool real-world stories that might inspire your little writer heart. Check out our Writer Fuel page on the LimFic blog for more inspiration. Today:    OK, so it’s not THAT kind of hydra. Still, the science behind it is really cool: Tiny aquatic animals called hydras can … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: Fusion Experiment Yields Record Results

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We’re launching a brand new feature on Liminal Fiction – “Writer Fuel – cool real-world stories that might inspire your little writer heart. Today: Scientists used an unconventional method of creating nuclear fusion to yield a record-breaking burst of energy of more than 10 quadrillion watts, by firing intense beams of light from the world’s … Read more

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Writer Fuel: Synthetic Brain Cells

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We’re launching a brand new feature on Liminal Fiction – “Writer Fuel – cool real-world stories that might inspire your little writer heart. Today: Scientists have created key parts of synthetic brain cells that can hold cellular “memories” for milliseconds. The achievement could one day lead to computers that work like the human brain. These … Read more