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Talented bacteria detect cancer, diabetes

You might want to park at the door any assumptions about bacteria being primitive, inert or yucky. This is a story about genetically engineered forms of bacteria that may someday diagnose cancer by analyzing a urine sample, and that have already shown a knack for recognizing the hallmarks …

Universal flu vaccine closer to reality after Chinese-Australian scientific breakthrough

Scientists in Australia and China have discovered how the body's "assassin" immunity cells memorise viruses, raising hopes for a life-long flu jab<p>A single vaccine that immunises against all types of influenza has come closer to being a reality, after scientists in Australia and China discovered how …

Sounds Like The Division Will Get a Beta

Ubisoft may hold a beta for its upcoming online shooter The Division, according to comments from chief executive Yves Guillemot. Speaking during a recent earnings briefing about the game's delay to 2016, Guillemot referenced alpha and beta periods for the game.<p>See his quote below with emphasis …

PlayStation 4

Crispr: is it a good idea to ‘upgrade’ our DNA?

New genome-editing technology has the potential to eliminate genetic disease by making changes to our DNA that will pass down the generations. Such modification is currently banned in the UK but could that be about to change?<p>Last year Tony Perry made mice that would have been brown-furred grow up …

Genetics

A super-hot super-Earth spotted 40 light-years away

Sientists have found an extreme planet where the atmospheric temperature appears to swing wildly from 1,800 to 4,900 degrees Fahrenheit over the course of a two-year period.<p>Astronomers cannot yet say for certain what might be responsible for these drastic shifts in temperature, but in a new study, …

Einstein's election riddle: are you in the two per cent that can solve it?

Nicola lives in the tartan house, but who owns the fish?<p>Stumped? Here’s how to solve Einstein’s election riddle<p>Last month I blogged about a logic puzzle that had gone viral in Singapore. My posts on Cheryl’s birthday problem attracted more readers than anything I have ever written before: more than …

Mathematics

Infini - Trailer 1

A search and rescue team are transported through deep space to a distant mining colony to save the sole survivor of a biological outbreak. During …

Search and Rescue

Paracetamol kills feelings of pleasure as well as pain

Researchers from Ohio State University find participants who took the painkiller reported a weaker emotional response than those who had taken a dummy tablet<p>Paracetamol may be an effective pain reliever but is also reduces feelings of pleasure, a new study suggests.<p>The previously unknown …

Is the Placebo Effect in Your DNA?

Some people feel better after dummy treatments, while others feel no difference unless the drugs are real. A new paper argues that the difference may come down to genetics.<p>The first real, physical proof of the placebo effect came in 1978. Running a study on patients who had recently had their …

Placebos

While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

Neuroscience

Brontosaurus raised from dead, as scientists rule dinosaur did exist

Oxford University scientists have ruled that Brontosaurus is unique and should have its own genus<p>The Brontosaurus really did exist, scientists have decided, ending a debate which has rumbled on for more than 100 years,<p>The huge dinosaur was discovered in the 1870s, but by 1903 palaeontologists ruled …

Dinosaurs

Check Out This Awesome Short About Space Whales Neill Blomkamp Has Signed On To Produce

This “Leviathan” proof of concept directed by Ruairi Robinson (an Irish director who already has an Academy Award nomination for one of his shorts) has racked up 1.2 million views since it was uploaded a week ago. Today, Deadline reported that Neill Blomkamp and <i>X-Men</i> producer Simon Kinberg are …

Whales

Big Bang theory could be debunked by Large Hadron Collider

Scientists at Cern could prove the controversial theory of ‘rainbow gravity’ which suggests that the universe stretches back into time infinitely, with no Big Bang<p>The detection of miniature black holes by the Large Hadron Collider could prove the existence of parallel universes and show that the …

Game of Thrones's Sophie Turner to play Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse

Director Bryan Singer announces casting on Twitter, with Tye Sheridan and Alexandra Shipp to play Cyclops and Storm<p>Navigating the political snakepits of Westeros requires a certain amount of metaphorical mind reading, but now actress Sophie Turner is to play it for real: as telepath Jean Grey in …