Inspiring Science- Top Picks 22.03.17

As a science enthusiast I’m constantly looking for articles and blog posts that reaffirm my love for science. With some help from my amazing Twitter followers, here’s a few of my favourites for this week:

Decline of the Dentist’s Drill?

Dentists at King’s College London may have found a drug treatment that can help damaged teeth repair themselves. The drug works by stimulating stem cells within the tooth and could drastically reduce the need for fillings. The work has currently only been trialled in mice but is being scalled up to include rats and then hopefully humans! Thanks to Matilda’s Lab for this story.

https://amp.theguardian.com/science/2017/jan/09/decline-of-the-dentists-drill-drug-helps-rotten-teeth-regenerate-trial-shows

It’s Our Solar System in Miniature, But Could TRAPPIST-1 Host Another Earth?

Scientists have discovered seven Earth-sized planets, packed within a short radius of a dwarf star known as TRAPPIST-1. Described as a miniture/compact version of our own solar system, the excitement around TRAPPIST-1 has been huge but could it host a planet capable of life? That is the million dollar question. Thanks to Amy Barr Mliner for this suggestion.

http://www.space.com/36152-could-trappist-1-host-another-earth.html

Smart machines v hackers: How cyber warfare is escalating.

As hackers become more and more sophisticated and the lack of analysts to defend against them worsens, companies turn to machines themselves to maintain cyber security.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38403426

Detachable scales turn this gecko into an escape artist.

A newly discovered species of Geko has been found to evade its predators by removing its scales and slipping away, leaving behind nothing but an empty shell!

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/detachable-scales-turn-gecko-escape-artist

Let me know what you thought about my top picks in the comments or on Twitter and please send me any articles that piqued your interest this week!

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