Brain optics, THz identification of cancer DNA, and "hairy" black holes (December 2016)





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Published on Dec 4, 2016

In this first video, we talk about possible optical communications in the brain, cancer DNA THz fingerprints, first CRISPR-based human treatment trial, bone evolution, and "hairy" blackholes.


Brain optical communication and pictures therein:
Kumar, S. et al. Possible existence of optical communication channels in the brain. Sci. Rep. 6, 36508; doi: 10.1038/srep36508 (2016)

Cancer DNA fingerprints and pictures:
Cheon, H. et al. Terahertz molecular resonance of cancer DNA. Sci. Rep. 6, 37103; doi: 10.1038/srep37103 (2016)

DNA methylation and type 1 diabetes:
Paul, D. S. et al. Increased DNA methylation variability in type 1 diabetes across three immune effector cell types. Nat. Commun. 7, 13555 doi: 10.1038/ncomms13555 (2016)

CRISPR-based cancer treatment:
Cyranoski, D.. CRISPR gene-editing tested in a person for the first time. Nature 539, 479 doi:10.1038/nature.2016.20988 (2016)
For more on CRISPR-Cas9, see:

Bone evolution:
Wood, R. A. et al. Demise of Ediacaran dolomitic seas maarks widespread biomineralization on the Siberian Platform. Geology G38367.1 doi: 10.1130/G38367.1 (2016)
Also on Science:

Gravitational Waves:
Abbott, B. P., et al. Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger. Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 061102 doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.061102 (2016)
Also on Physics Viewpoint:

“Hairy” Black Holes:
Hawking, S. W. et al. Soft Hair on Black Holes. Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 231301 doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.231301 (2016)
Also on Physics Viewpoint:

Dressed Black holes:
Mirbabayi, M. and Porrati, M. Dressed Hard States and Black Hole Soft Hair. Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 211301 doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.211301 (2016)

Dolomite-calcite photo: Rob Lavinsky,
Aragonite photo: Didier Descouens
Galaxy Clusters MACS J0416: ESA/Hubble
Black hole hair texture: Sunny Ripert

Video and music production: Cassio A.


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