Isolated pancreas cells stained bright green are shown sitting in the wells of the transport “egg carton”. Aurelien Forget , Author provided We have developed “smart egg-carton” packages for transporting live human pancreas cells for transplantation to diabetic patients. The egg-cartons provide oxygen and allow physical separation to prevent damage and death […]

The paradisiac Boldró beach, Fernando de Noronha archipelago, Northeast Brazil. Credit: Luciano Barros-Neto While people tend to describe tropical oceanic islands as ‘paradises on Earth’ and associate them with calm beaches, transparent warm waters and marvellous landscapes, archipelagos are often the product of a fierce natural force – volcanoes which […]

Acclaimed British theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author Stephen Hawking passed away peacefully at his home in Cambridge aged 76. Intel Corporation Stephen Hawking was one of the most prominent people in history to use a high-tech communication aid known as augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). His death comes in the year of the 70th […]

ALEXANDER GLANDIEN, FOR SPECTRUM Originally published on Spectrum Satsuki Ayaya remembers finding it hard to play with other children when she was young, as if a screen separated her from them. Sometimes she felt numb, sometimes too sensitive; sometimes sounds were muted, sometimes too sharp. As a teenager, desperate to understand herself, she […]

Scientists recently determined that a certain strain of Earth bacteria could thrive under conditions found on Enceladus. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute For decades, ever since the Pioneer and Voyager missions passed through the outer Solar System, scientists have speculated that life might exist within icy bodies like Jupiter’s moon Europa. However, thanks the Cassini mission, scientists now […]