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Researchers Clear 'Patient Zero' From AIDS Origin Story

It's one of the biggest medical mysteries of our time: How did HIV come to the U.S.?<p>By genetically sequencing samples from people infected early on, scientists say they have figured out when and where the virus that took hold here first arrived. In the process, they have exonerated the man accused …

Public Health

Inside the Daring Mission That Thwarted a Nazi Atomic Bomb

When the Nazis captured a heavy water facility in Norway, the chemist who helped design the plant took action.<p>On February 27, 1942, nine saboteurs scaled a cliff in the middle of the night to blow up a Nazi-controlled heavy water plant in Norway. Hollywood turned the story of the attack into <i>The</i> …

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been recalled

<i>Editor's note, October 11th, 2016, 10:30AM ET: On September 2nd, 2016, Samsung issued a recall on the Galaxy Note 7 because of a safety concern with the battery. The company halted sales and recalled all 2.5 million devices it manufactured. It then issued replacement devices that were deemed to be</i> …

Phones

DNA points to Neanderthal breeding barrier

<b>Incompatibilities in the DNA of Neanderthals and modern humans may have limited the impact of interbreeding between the two groups.</b><p>It's now widely known that many modern humans carry up to 4% Neanderthal DNA.<p>But a new analysis of the Neanderthal Y chromosome, the package of genes passed down from …

Humanity

Scientists shouldn’t edit the human gene pool, expert panel decides

At least not right now<p>Scientists shouldn't use gene-editing technology to modify human embryos that might result in a person, a group of international experts concluded yesterday in Washington, DC, during the International Summit on Human Gene Editing. The experts also said in a statement it would …

Genetics

The Foods That 9 Nutritionists Say They Eat Every Day

"I always have <b>a green juice or smoothie</b>, as it's a surefire way to load up on nutrients." <i>—Katie Cavuto, M.S., R.D., the dietician for the Phillies and the Flyers</i><p>"<b>Coffee</b>—it has so many benefits to almost every part of the body (brain, skin, heart, etc.). I also eat arugula daily because it's green …

Red meat triggers toxic immune reaction which causes cancer, scientists find

Scientists at the University of California discovered that the human body views red meat as a foreign invader and launches an immune response<p>Red meat has been linked to cancer for decades, with research suggesting that eating large amounts of pork, beef or lamb raises the risk of deadly tumours.<p>But …

Pharaoh Thutmosis-era temple found by accident in Egypt

A 3,400-year-old underwater temple from the time of Pharaoh Thutmosis III, one of Egypt’s greatest warrior kings, has been uncovered near Cairo<p>A group of suspected looters unearthed a 3,400-year-old underwater temple buried under a house in the Nile Delta.<p>The temple, which was found 40km from Cairo …

Archaeology

Three Ways To Protect Yourself From Hackers

Another day, another data breach. At least that’s what it feels like after the data firm Hold Security made public its discovery that a gang of Russian hackers has made off with a cache of 1.2 billion user name/password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses. As reported by the New …

Our Incredible Immune System

The human body is a biological marvel. Tasked to protect it is our immune system, which is responsible for detecting and neutralizing a wide variety …

Sense is a glowing sphere that watches over you while you sleep

This sleek sleep tracker analyzes your bedroom, and your sleep patterns<p>At age 19, Londoner James Proud decided to skip out on college and move to the States.<p>As one of several "Thiel Fellows," Proud received a $100,000 grant from esteemed venture capitalist Peter Thiel to skip college, move to San …

A Simple Eye Test Could Accurately Detect Alzheimer's

Current tests for Alzheimer's include expensive tests using brain PET or MRI imaging. But two studies have shown that a simple eye test can detect …

Sugar is Killing Us. Here's Everything You Need to Know.

"Sugar can act like poison in high doses—and the amount in our diets has gone beyond toxic," says Robert Lustig, M.D., a neuroendocrinologist at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine. The typical American now swallows the equivalent of 22 sugar cubes every 24 hours. That …

Making an Ancient Egyptian Mummy

Making an Ancient Egyptian Mummy<p>The ancient Egyptians believed that, after death, the body was the home of the individual's spirit as he or she …

Ancient Egyptian Mythology

Egyptian Mythology was the belief structure and underlying form of ancient Egyptian culture from at least c. 4000 BCE (as evidenced by burial …

Ahram Weekly

Copyright

Newly Excavated 4,600-Year-Old Egyptian Pyramid Threatened by Development

The pyramid is in the news this week after overblown reports about its "discovery."<p>Decades before the great pyramids at Giza took shape, a modest stepped pyramid arose at a site now known as Edfu. Archaeologists from the University of Chicago have been studying the 4,600-year-old stone structure …

Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

Exercise 1 Basic Workout: Plank<p>Starting at the top of a pushup position, bend your elbows and lower yourself down until you can shift your weight from your hands to your forearms. Your body should form a straight line. Brace your abs (imagine someone is about to punch you in the gut) and hold for …

When your Mac runs slow, give it a tuneup

Macs are solid machines, but just like their owners they have a tendency to get lethargic as they age. Launching and switching programs takes longer, simple tasks become arduous, and the dreaded beach ball of doom appears more often than it did when your machine was new. The operating system just …

Epigenetics 101: a beginner’s guide to explaining everything

The word ‘epigenetics’ is everywhere these days, from academic journals and popular science articles to ads touting miracle cures. But what is epigenetics, and why is it so important?<p>Epigenetics is one of the hottest fields in the life sciences. It’s a phenomenon with wide-ranging, powerful effects …