Margaux Phares

Newly Discovered Stop Neurons Could Save Your Life

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Neuroscientists have known since the 1960s what nerves tell a person’s legs to step off the curb to cross the street. But until now, they had no idea which hold the person back to avoid getting hit by a car.  Margaux Phares reports on NOVA Next.

Injecting Ice Cold Saline Can Protect the Brains of Heart Attack Patients

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We know hypothermia as something that people die from, but can it help save them as well?  Margaux Phares reports on NOVA Next.

Mann Humanizing Machine

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In 1960s America, television programs like The Six Million Dollar Man showed a world where biotechnology could make us nearly immortal. Kids were enamored by the premise of bionic limbs, thinking they were better than their own arms and legs. One child’s desire to amputate his legs and replace them with bionic ones drove his mother to write to Senator Edward Kennedy for advice. Full Article »

Flashlight-Sized Probe Can Spot Cancer Cells in Real Time

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Cancer surgery does not end after removing a tumor. Within the area of flesh surrounding the tumor, malignant tissue may be hiding among healthy tissue. Surgeons then face a challenging decision: judging which parts of this flesh need to be taken out, and which parts are safe to leave alone. If they are unable to catch everything, the cancer could grow back. A promising new surgical probe, which instantly lets surgeons tell apart healthy from cancerous cells by how they each scatter light, may help keep patients from returning to the operating room. Read more at NOVA Next.

Why Octopus Sex Is A Big Deal

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More than thirty years ago, a Panamanian biologist named Arcadio Rodaniche observed unusual behavior in a rare octopus and tried to publish his observations. Finding his anecdotes and intricate ink illustrations of the creature too unbelievable, the scientific journal rejected his work. Full Article »