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Free Android apps connect to thousands of tracking and ad URLs, research shows

Worst offenders include volume-control app that connects to 2,000 websites for advertising and tracking websites, according to France’s Eurecom<p>The average free Android app silently connects to more than 100 different web addresses to serve adverts and track users, according to a paper from French …

Apps

The Large Hadron Collider is smashing protons together again

It's been a long wait, but finally CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is back doing what it does best: smashing protons together. The machine was effectively shut down for two years while engineers in Switzerland carried out important upgrades. Scientists started firing proton beams again back in …

Hadron Collider set to be restarted this weekend

Final preparations being made to send two beams of high-energy particles racing through 16 miles of circular underground tunnels that form Large Hadron Collider<p>Scientists expect to restart the world's biggest and most powerful atom smasher this weekend, potentially opening up a new era in physics.<p>A …

Physics

'Severe' flu season could grip US, CDC doc warns

A deadly influenza strain has the U.S. in the grip of what could develop into a "severe" flu season, with widespread cases already reported in 36 states, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expert said Tuesday.<p>The H3N2 strain, the most common flu virus this season, began mutating shortly …

China Once Again Boasts The World's Fastest Supercomputer

Every six months, the Top500 Organization ranks the five hundred fastest supercomputers in the world. And for the fourth consecutive list, China’s Tianhe-2 is on top, performing at 33.86 petaflop/s according to the organization’s benchmarks. That’s nearly twice as fast as the number two computer, …

Physicists Have Developed an Ultra-Fast Laser That Could Drastically Speed Up Our Internet

The record-breaking lasers were created by physicists from Imperial College London in the UK and the Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany, …

600-year-old canoe found in New Zealand linked to Polynesian sailors

Centuries before Captain Cook explored the South Pacific, Polynesian seafarers in canoes crossed vast swaths of water to colonize lonely islands from Samoa and New Zealand all the way to Hawaii. But how they managed such a daring feat remains something of a mystery.<p>Now, a roughly 600-year-old canoe …

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Nasa's Maven spacecraft arrives in Mars orbit after 442m-mile journey

Scientists hope Maven will find clues to the planet’s early history, including the possibility of harbouring life<p>Nasa’s Maven spacecraft arrived in orbit around Mars late on Sunday night US east coast time after a 442m-mile (700m-kilometre) journey that began nearly a year ago.<p>The robotic explorer …

How Gorilla Poop Could Help Stop Ebola

A new way of tracking the deadly virus that's spreading through West Africa<p>Police drove through Kroo Bay this morning, past the open sewers and snuffling pigs, yelling at people to go inside—largely to no avail. All the 14,000 residents of the shanty town in Freeport, Sierra Leone, had been ordered …

Disease

U.S. report to place Ebola worst-case projection at 550,000 cases

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa could spread to hundreds of thousands more people by the end of January, according to an estimate under development by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that puts one worst- case scenario at 550,000 or more infections.<p>The report, scheduled to be …

Americans Back Airstrikes On ISIS Even Though They Don't Think They'll Work

Americans remain big supporters of airstrikes against the Islamic State militants, even though few think they'll do any good, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll shows.<p>According to the poll, 66 percent of Americans now support the decision to conduct airstrikes against the Islamic State, while only 19 …

Why Theories On Black Holes Are Full Of Holes

Research indicates that black holes are more common than astronomers previously thought. (This piece initially aired on August 7, 2013, on <i>All Things Considered</i>).<p>Transcript<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>Scientists announced, earlier this week, they had discovered three supermassive black holes orbiting close …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

This is How You Study The Evolution of Animal Intelligence

There are many scientists who study the mental abilities of animals. As intelligent animals ourselves, we’re keen to learn whether other species share our skills, and how our vaunted smarts evolved. We see study after study about whether chimpanzees care about fairness, whether pigeons outsmart …

Psst! Wearable Devices Could Make Big Tech Leaps, Into Your Ear

It's early evening on a Thursday and you're at a networking event, balancing a small plate of appetizers in one hand. Someone comes up to you to say hello. She acts like you've met before, but you can't recall where.<p>"It's Jackie Barnes," she says.<p>"Jackie Barnes," you repeat like you remember. "It's …

Scientists regenerate muscle in five seriously injured patients

Human muscle can repair itself on its own, so long as it doesn't suffer severe damage. But researchers now say that a new surgical technique can enable the regeneration of some muscle after large amounts are lost in accidents or war injuries, offering a much improved path to recovery. The technique …

Future smart phones could be printed on your clothes | Kurzweil

Schematic of a proposed spaser comprising an optically pumped carbon nanotube located above a square graphene nanoflake resonator and generating …

Nanotech

The artificial leaf that could power the world

As Daniel Nocera gazed down on one of his experiments in what has come to be known as the "holy grail" of energy research, his response was to shrug:<p>"Oh, that can't be right."<p>It was a glass of tap water with a thumb-sized strip of silicon floating in it. When he held the glass up to the light, the …

Doctors want to fix you with 3D-printed tissues made from water droplets

Doctors dream of using 3D-printed tissues to patch up injuries, but current techniques tend to kill a lot of the cells used in the process. Thankfully, researchers at Oxford University spin-off OxSyBio have found a gentler way to build these materials. Their technique 3D prints water droplets …

Scientists discover a new way to enhance nerve growth following injury

New research published today out of the University of Calgary's Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) uncovers a mechanism to promote growth in damaged …

Antibody machinery 'can misfire and cause leukaemia'

<b>The tools used to fortify the body against infection are also one of the causes of the most common form of childhood leukaemia, say researchers.</b><p>The machinery used to produce millions of antibodies in the immune system can misfire, making cells more likely to become cancerous.<p>The UK research group …

Cancer

Lab-Grown Bone Marrow Could Be Used For Leukemia Treatments

By Tanya Lewis, Staff Writer<p>Published: 01/24/2014 07:10 AM EST on LiveScience<p>For decades, doctors have been treating leukemia patients by transplanting stem cells from people with healthy bone marrow. But even though transplants can be a fairly effective treatment, there aren't enough tissue donors …

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Stem cell 'major discovery' claimed

<b>Stem cell researchers are heralding a "major scientific discovery", with the potential to start a new age of personalised medicine.</b><p>Scientists in Japan showed stem cells can now be made quickly just by dipping blood cells into acid.<p>Stem cells can transform into any tissue and are already being …

Stem Cells

Cells from eyes of dead 'may give sight to blind'

<b>Cells taken from the donated eyes of dead people may be able to give sight to the blind, researchers suggest.</b><p>Tests in rats, reported in Stem Cells Translational Medicine, showed the human cells could restore some vision to completely blind rats.<p>The team at University College London said similar …

Cell Biology

FDA approves swallowable 'PillCam' after almost a decade (video)

It's been about <i>nine years</i> since we last heard from from Given Imaging, but the FDA has finally granted a version of the firm's minuscule snapshooter its blessing. Not everyone has an easy time undergoing traditional colonoscopy procedures (due to drug allergies, for example), which is where the …

Tiny Iron Particles Help Find Cancer Without Using Risky Radiation

Full body CT scans can save lives by helping detect cancer early. But the scans use high doses of radiation to create their detailed images, which means they also increase patients' risk of developing cancer later on in life.<p>Children and teenagers are at greatest risk, because they tend to live …

Early treatment 'cures' second US HIV-positive baby

<b>US researchers have revealed another baby carrying the HIV virus, which leads to Aids, may have been cured through early treatment.</b><p>Antiretroviral drugs were reportedly administered to the baby in California just four hours after birth.<p>The unidentified nine-month-old child is now said to be HIV …

Immunotherapy