Just 5% of terminally-ill cancer patients understand the depth of their situation

Only a fraction of the cancer patients in the terminal stages of their illness fully understand their prognosis. The findings suggest many patients are “kept in the dark”, even though they only have a couple months to live anymore.

Scientists cut HIV genes from live animals using genetic scissors

For the first time in history, scientists have cut out HIV genes from live animals.

Got an exam coming up? Better start sketching

A new study found that drawing information you need to remember is a very efficient way to enhance your memory. The researchers believe that the act of drawing helps create a more cohesive memory as it integrates visual, motor and semantic information. “We pitted drawing against a number of other known encoding strategies, but drawing always came out on top,”

These five genes code your nose’s shape, among other things

We now know which genes are responsible for blue eyes, red hair and now, thanks to the efforts of a team at University College London, those which code nose shape.

Man 3-D prints his wife’s tumor and saves her life

ZME Science has reported extensively on how 3-D printing is being implemented in the medical sector with some fantastic results. Yet, the real revolutionary thing about 3D printing – whether used for product prototyping, printing prostheses or spare parts on the International Space Station – is that anyone can use it. Such is the story of Michael Balzer who made

Cheap home urine test scans for diseases

Stanford University invented a new low-cost tech that diagnoses diseases from a urine sample.

What makes a mathematical genius?

The story of Srinivasa Ramanujan, an exceptionally talented, self-taught Indian mathematician, seems to suggest that mathematical ability is something at least partly innate. But what does the evidence say?