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16-foot Waves Measured in Arctic Ocean Where There Was Once Only Ice

Reduced sea ice allowed the buildup of huge waves in the Beaufort Sea.<p>Sixteen-foot waves are buffeting an area of the Arctic Ocean that until recently was permanently covered in sea ice—another sign of a warming climate, scientists say.<p>Because wave action breaks up sea ice, allowing more sunlight …

How Did The Deadliest Strain Of Ebola Travel From Central To West Africa?

It was not Gwyneth Paltrow.<p>Of all the strains of the Ebola virus, the Zaire strain (<i>Zaire ebolavirus</i>) is the deadliest. That's the species now infecting people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia; in the ongoing outbreak, it's killed more than half of the people who contracted it.<p>Yet before this …

'Get Up!' or lose hours of your life every day, scientist says

There's a saying going around that sitting is the new smoking. It's a bit snarky and perhaps a none-too-subtle dig at those of us who spend a lot of time on our rear ends for work and pleasure. But Dr. James Levine, who is credited with it, is dead serious. In fact, he says, sitting could be worse …

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Scientists create see-through mouse and rat bodies

Researchers have created see-through mice and rats using a new technique for so-called tissue clearing.<p>In a paper published Thursday in the journal Cell, a<p>California Institute of Technologyprofessor and her colleagues said they had turned a dead mouse transparent in a week's time, while a rat …

Biology

Milky Way Has The Mass Of 800 Billion Suns, Study Finds

Weighty matters<p>Astronomers have performed yet another checkup on our home galaxy, this time asking it to step on a scale. The Milky Way has a mass equal to 800 billion suns, according to the team of researchers from Europe, Canada and the U.S. The team also found there's a 95 percent chance that …

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I wish they’d give me an alcohol monitor wristband, too

All day long, I’ll happily use wristbands to record my steps, heartbeat, pulse, weight, food (calories in), additional exercise (calories out) and even water consumption<p>Most mornings I begin life-logging as I get up. I sync my mobile phone to my purple plastic Vivofit, and download all the data …

Britain's extraordinary journey into the human genome

Life sciences minister George Freeman says new genetic research is 'allowing us to really understand which patients are getting which diseases and why'<p><b>David Cameron</b> announced £300m in deals to fund the mapping project, predicted to be complete by 2017.<p>The project will sequence the genetic codes of …

The "first man-made biological leaf" could enable humans to colonise space

<b>Dezeen and MINI Frontiers:</b> RCA graduate Julian Melchiorri says the synthetic biological leaf he developed, which absorbs water and carbon dioxide to …

Scientist warns of inevitable solar super-storm propelled towards Earth

Such a storm would wreak havoc with our communication systems and power supplies, and scientists say we’re overdue.<p>In this month’s issue of <i>Physics</i> …

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End of chemotherapy within 20 years as pioneering DNA project launched

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World Health Organization chief says latest ebola outbreak is moving too fast to control

The WHO is asking leaders in the region for help containing the virus<p>In a speech to three countries hit hard by an ebola outbreak, the director of the World Health Organization today said that efforts to halt the spread of the deadly virus have not been good enough. "This is an unprecedented …

America needs to end its obsession with trying to fix everything in Gaza

I worked as a US negotiator on the Arab-Israeli conflict for almost 20 years, and nobody ever lost money betting against peace. When mediators do succeed, it's largely because the locals are ready for a deal – and a need a third party.<p>Watching US Secretary of State John Kerry over the past year – …

Why the Death Penalty Needs to Die

The recent botched executions are just the tip of the iceberg. The death penalty is and always has been a financial and moral disaster.<p>Another week, …