Stem cell breakthrough could help cure type 1 diabetes

Scientists have edged one step closer to a major treatment for (and possibly cure for) type 1 diabetes. A UCSF team has claimed it’s the first to turn human stem cells into the mature, insulin-producing cells that type 1 patients don’t have. The key was to acknowledge a reality in the development of islets, or […]

China probe ‘lands on dark side of the MOON’ in space exploration BREAKTHROUGH

The Chinese robotic probe Chang’e 4 has landed on the dark side of the moon, becoming the first manmade craft to alight on the unexplored surface, according to reports from Chinese state media. The probe reportedly landed in the South Pole-Aitken basin, the oldest, largest, and deepest crater on the moon’s surface. The moon’s dark […]

Breath test to detect cancer: Huge breakthrough to reduce invasive tests

The breakthrough test can detect cancer markers found in your breath (Image: BILLY BOYLE) By detecting cancer earlier, potentially before symptoms have even appeared, tens of thousands of lives could be saved every year. It would also reduce the need for costly and invasive internal investigations, biopsies and scans. Multiple large-scale clinical trials, partly funded […]

Nvidia’s RTX cards could create a breakthrough for eye-tracked rendering

During the presentation of its GeForce RTX 2080 graphics cards last week, Nvidia spent most of its time on ray tracing. This is the high-end light modeling tech that could bring a new level of realism to games. But these new cards can do more than just ray tracing. One of the other potential standout […]

US trade delegates arrive in China in bid to negotiate an unlikely trade breakthrough

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters A US trade delegation arrived in China on Thursday for talks on tariffs, with state media saying China will stand up to US bullying if need be and hit back, but it prefers to negotiate.  A breakthrough deal to fundamentally change China’s economic policies is viewed as highly unlikely during the two-day visit, […]

Giant cell arteritis breakthrough: ‘Astonishing’ new drug on NHS prevents deadly symptoms

TEMPORAL arteritis, or giant cell arteritis, is a life-threatening condition that requires urgent treatment. Steroids have been used to prevent ‘emergency’ symptoms, including strokes and blindness. But, a new “astonishing” drug – available on the NHS from today – has left one patient feeling like “a different woman”.

North & South Korea set April 27 as date for leaders’ summit in breakthrough move

In a breakthrough move, Pyongyang and Seoul have finally set a date for a summit between the two nations’ leaders. The meeting – the third ever of this kind – will be on April 27. The summit will take place in the demilitarized zone in the village of Panmunjom, 53km north of Seoul. North Korean […]

Dementia breakthrough? Simple blood test could identify those most at risk

The new research looked at small molecules called metabolites in blood samples drawn from 22,623 people, including 995 who went on to develop dementia. The study involved people of European ancestry, across five countries – the UK, the US, Finland, the Netherlands and Estonia. Researchers found higher blood concentrations of molecules called branched-chain amino acids […]