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Animal testing restrictions are wasted opportunity, say campaigners

Animal rights groups accuse government of betrayal after minister announces ban on animal testing of cleaning products but not on all ingredients<p>The government has been accused of introducing a useless ban on using animals to test cleaning products after it emerged that the new prohibition will not …

First human? Jawbone fossil in Ethiopia sheds light on human origins

The discovery is the earliest known fossil of the genus Homo and suggests humankind's ancestors were living in open grassland environments, near lakes and rivers<p>A piece of jawbone with teeth attached, uncovered in <b>Ethiopia</b>, is the earliest known fossil of the genus Homo, to which humans belong, …

Why media coverage of alternative cancer cures is dangerous

Last week the Mirror Online reported on the story of Kelly Logan – a 34-year old breast cancer patient who has refused the surgery and chemotherapy her doctors advised, electing instead to try and treat her condition with an intense regime of raw food and supplements.<p>While nobody would dispute …

Cancer

We can make science funding go further by better sharing equipment

A new report suggests more sharing of research equipment may be a better way of getting more bang out of the science funding buck than clawing back ‘efficiency savings’ out of grant funding.<p>UK science may be the most productive in the world in terms of top papers produced per unit of funding but, …

Innovation

The World Health Organization Wants Everybody To Use Smart Syringes By 2020

The syringes could help decrease HIV and hepatitis B and C infections worldwide<p>By 2020, the World Health Organization wants every hospital and clinic to use only “smart syringes” that are designed so they can’t be used more than once, the organization announced today. The syringes would reduce the …

Anti-vaccine mothers discuss their thinking amid backlash

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) — One is a businesswoman and an MBA graduate. Another is a corporate vice president. The third is a registered nurse.<p>These …

Engineers have created a smartphone HIV test that costs $35 to make

Let’s be honest: Smartphones aren’t necessarily thought of as devices that help to slow the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. In fact, …

Pew Research Center

UCLA Superbugs Reveal Stubborn Resistance Problem

Guest Post by Maryn McKenna<p>The UCLA Health System announced earlier this week that seven patients—two of whom died—became infected by highly drug-resistant bacteria that remained on pieces of medical equipment after disinfection, and 179 more were exposed to the bacteria and are at risk of …

Scientists unveil map of 'epigenome'

Sharon Begley<p>Book of life For the first time, scientists have mapped out the molecular "switches" that can turn on - or off - individual genes in the …

Genetics

More human-friendly antibacterial coating made from gold

We've been hearing a lot about the antibacterial qualities of silver, with silver nanoparticles finding use in everything from water filters to food …

Nanotech

Small DNA changes separate chimp and human brains

Modern humans share about 95% of their genetic code with chimpanzees. Yet human brains, and what we do with them, are vastly different.<p>In the decade since the human genome was mapped, researchers have identified hundreds of small regions that differ between humans and fellow primates. Many show …

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For The Evolution Of Marine Creatures, Bigger Is Better, Study Says

For more than 500 million years, sea creatures have been getting bigger — much bigger as it turns out, according to a study by scientists who say that the evolutionary trend toward larger body size fits with a 19th-century principle known as Cope's rule.<p>The rule, first posited in the late 1800s by …

Do What You Want To: This Doctor’s Advice for Living

Dr. John Kitchin traded a lucrative career as a neurologist for the chance to pursue a lifelong passion: rollerblading. Every day Kitchin skates along San Diego’s Pacific Beach boardwalk practicing his unorthodox form of meditation. His unique style of skating has earned him the nickname "Slomo." …

Evolution: Marine animals have grown bigger over time, study says

When it comes to evolution, bigger might really be better. A team of Stanford scientists analyzing the body sizes of marine mammals over nearly 550 million years have found that average body size has increased 150-fold.<p>The findings, published in the journal Science, provide evidence that animals …