A Mutant Cocaine-Eating Enzyme Could Cure Addiction and Overdoses

Ready for some weird science? Certain bacteria found in the dirt near coca plants are powered by an enzyme that eats cocaine. Unfortunately, the enzyme breaks down quickly at body temperature, meaning it can't be used to treat human overdoses or addiction. Now, though, researchers have designed a version that can… » 6/24/14 3:40pm 6/24/14 3:40pm

Mind Controls: Magnetic Relief For Depression

Anyone who remembers high-school physics knows that a fluctuating magnetic field can induce an electrical current. That's the principle behind transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), where an electromagnet is held over the head and pulsed rapidly. Depending on the frequency of the pulses, this can either enhance or… » 4/11/11 5:20pm 4/11/11 5:20pm

Scottish Scientists Fight Cancer Cells With a Lightsaber

And those pesky physicists said lightsabers weren't possible. Peshaw, I say, pe- shaw » 11/23/08 11:00am 11/23/08 11:00am. I say this because Scottish scientists have created a miniature device that attacks individual cancer cells using a cylinder of light. A two millimeter saber of light, or , if you will. The pinpoint accuracy (no Force powers…