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Cancer Is The Best Way To Die And We Should Stop 'Wasting Billions' On Trying To Cure It, Doctor Says

We should stop "wasting billions" trying to cure cancer because it is "the best way to die".<p>That is the view of a leading doctor and former editor of …

4 New Technologies That Will Carry The Weight Of War

Soldiers today lug about 55 percent of their body weight into combat, but these tools could ease the burden.<p>Shortly after iron swords and spearheads became common, soldiers in sixth-century Greece ran into a problem. Infantrymen carted around breastplates, helmets, bronze-lined wooden shields, and …

Nobel prize in physiology or medicine for finding brain’s ‘you are here’ cells

Winning research answered question that stumped philosophers for hundreds of years: how do we know our place in the world?<p>Three neuroscientists, including a married couple from Norway, have won the 2014 Nobel prize in physiology or medicine for their discovery of the brain’s internal GPS.<p>Their …

WHO declares Ebola 'international health emergency' as death toll nears 1000

Warning comes after US authorities warn disease will 'inevitably' spread beyond region and reach America; Greece says it is testing suspected case<p>The deadly Ebola epidemic ravaging parts of West Africa was declared an international health emergency by the World Health Organisation on Friday, as the …

Disease

Incredible journey: one wolf's migration across Europe

Every year, Hubert Potočnik and his colleagues at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia capture and collar a number of wolves in order to get a handle on the movements of these much-misunderstood creatures. In July 2011, he collared a young male that became known as Slavc. In June, I spoke to …

What happens to the excreted drugs you flush down the toilet?

Doctors should take into account the ‘downstream’ effects on the environment when they prescribe drugs, suggests a scientist at the US Environmental Protection Agency<p>Let’s talk about urine. We don’t usually give it much thought, but there’s a fair chance that yours contains traces of one of the …

From The Archives: Debating The Hiroshima And Nagasaki Bombings

"By splitting the atom, man may have united the world."<p>On August 6th, 1945, the American B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay dropped the atomic bomb Little Boy on Hiroshima, Japan. It was the second atomic weapon ever detonated, and the first used in actual war. A few weeks earlier, Manhattan Project …

Science

Antibiotics use for colds 'rises 40%'

<b>The proportion of patients given antibiotics for coughs and colds has risen 40% this century, a study found.</b><p>It comes despite government efforts to reduce prescriptions for antibiotics, which do not have any impact on common coughs and colds and work in only 10% of sore throat conditions.<p>The …

Public Health England

Virtual reality offers dramatic possibilities — and challenges — for the film industry

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Signe Brewster<p>The movie shoot had all the usual marks of a Hollywood production: shouts of “action!” and “cut!” and a …

An Equation That Predicts Happiness

Researchers say the most important variable is your expectations.<p>Let’s talk about that age-old question: What is happiness?<p>Ben Franklin said it’s wine (or beer, in the more well-known version of the quote). <i>Peanuts</i> creator Charles Schultz said it’s a warm puppy; his brainchild Charlie Brown, in a …

Aspirin a day could dramatically cut cancer risk, says biggest study yet

Daily pill for middle-aged could save 130,000 lives over 20 years in Britain alone, scientists suggest<p>An aspirin a day could dramatically cut people's chances of getting and dying from common cancers, according to the most detailed review yet of the cheap drug's ability to stem disease.<p>More than …

How Music Affects Your Productivity

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Music has a way of expressing that which cannot be put into words.<p>It is for this reason (and many more) that music is regarded as one of the triumphs of human creativity-but does music itself help one to create?<p>This is an important …

Flute

Gulf 'dead zone' is the size of Connecticut

The Gulf of Mexico's annual spring-summer "dead zone" is the size of Connecticut -- slightly smaller now than in recent years but nowhere near the trim scientists had sought, researchers said this week.<p>Scientists' annual survey found an area of 5,052 square miles of "low oxygen water," or hypoxia, …

Who Knows What Glows?

Check out this chart of bioluminescent creatures<p>On warm evenings in late summer, some of us may recall quaint memories of catching lightning bugs, rushing to put them in hole-riddled jars. What our childhood selves may not have known is that fireflies glow at night because they are bioluminescent, …

Solidoodle plans 3 new 3D printers, including its first consumer-oriented model

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Solidoodle<p>Solidoodle is known for its sturdy metal 3D printers, which are so strong CEO Sam Cervantes once stood on …

Navdy is the Dashboard Heads-Up Display from the Future

The $499 Navdy answers calls, skips tracks, and gives directions without obscuring the road ahead.<p>Head-up displays have been around since the 1950s in jet fighters, and in automobiles since the 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass. Now, more sophisticated displays are coming to our cars to tell us how we're …

Airless tires: Road to the Future: Airless tires (CNET On Cars)

Wildfires In Northern California Threaten The Search For Alien Life

As fires rage this week and many evacuate, SETI's Allen Telescope Array has gone offline.<p>The last transmission from the Allen Telescope Array’s webcam, sent before a wildfire took out the telescope's Internet connection, looks like the beginning of a found-footage horror movie. Dark smoke rolls …

Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreads Across Southeast Asia

Back in 2008, doctors in Cambodia made a worrisome discovery. They were having a hard time curing some people of malaria.<p>Even the most powerful drug wasn't clearing out the parasite from patients' blood as quickly as it should. Malaria had evolved resistance to the last medicine we have against it, …

RoboClam Is A Digging Machine

Scientists get some tips from one of nature's best diggers.<p>The razor clam, rarely heralded for its agility, is an amazing digger. So engineers at MIT stole a few tricks from the slim, candy bar–size mollusk to build an efficient aquatic machine called RoboClam.<p>In nature<p>To burrow, a razor clam …

Mars or bust: the new space race to put humans on the red planet

The race is on to land people on Mars. But it’s not just Nasa taking part. Guest blogger Zahaan Bharmal reviews the competitors in this amazing dash for the red planet<p>Two years ago tomorrow, a nuclear-powered rover, the size of an SUV and weighing almost a tonne, was lowered onto the surface of …

Could We Build a Disk Bigger Than a Star?

In our cosmic megastructures series, PM explores some of the key engineering and design challenges in constructing gigantic structures for use by humankind in space. Today: the Alderson disk, an astoundingly enormous sun-encircling object.<p><b>Megastructure name:</b> Alderson disk<p><b>Named after:</b> The late Jet …

Inside the Huge Solar Farm That Powers Apple's iCloud

Apple has a wide-ranging plan to keep its ever-expanding empire green—but it has a few holes.<p>The skies are threatening to pour on the Apple solar farm, but as the woman in charge of the company’s environmental initiatives points out: The panels are still putting out some power. Apple is still …

10 Earth Landscapes That Look Like They're From Another Planet

Believe it or not, these photos were all taken right here on Earth.<p>The Earth is filled with amazing natural wonders, but some of them are so extraordinary you'd think you landed on another world.

Ebola risk unheeded as Guinea's villagers keep on eating fruit bats

Health workers struggle to separate myth from reality of Ebola as residents say abandoning tradition is out of the question<p>Medical teams struggling to curb Ebola in west Africa have been discouraging bush meat consumption, believed to have caused the outbreak, but some rural communities dependent …