Jason Swain

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CDC Confirms First Case of MERS Within U.S.

<i>Above: Scientists recently linked MERS to a virus in camels, according to this CNN report in late April 2014.</i><p>A patient in Indiana is ill with the first U.S. case of a serious infectious disease from the Middle East. The American, a health care worker, left the Arabian Peninsula on April 24 for …

Public Health

The New DNA Test That Could Replace Pap Smears

The concept for Pap smears has been around for almost 100 years. Now a new test could replace it as a first-line screen for cervical cancer, but not everyone agrees that's a good idea.<p>There's a new, high-tech alternative to the Pap smear, the cervical swab-based test that women are supposed to get …

Cancer

The Week In Numbers: Overdosing On Caffeine, A Folding Bike Helmet, And More

<b>15 miles</b>: the distance you must walk to charge your smartphone using a new shoe insole that stores energy from footsteps as electricity<p><b>322 body lengths in a second</b>: the speed of the world's fastest land animal, relative to size<p><b>57.14 cups of regular brewed coffee</b>: the amount of caffeine it would …

Bicycle Helmets

Reemergence Of Polio Is A Global Health Risk

After major milestones in polio eradication, the World Health Organization warns that the virus has been regaining ground.<p>As recently as March, the World Health Organization was touting major gains in the battle to eradicate polio: Southeast Asia was deemed polio-free. But meanwhile, in countries …

Everything You Know About Fat Is Wrong

Think a low fat diet is the key to health? Think again.<p>You can’t blame patients for being skeptical. After years of advocating low-fat diets, Dr. Oz …

Poll Finds 1 in 5 People Would Have Sex With a Robot

Would you have sex with a robot? If you answered yes, you’re not alone.<p>Forget raging against the machine: Some people would rather get nasty with it …

Wingman, an App for Hookups at 30,000 Feet, Wants To Be the Tinder of Airline Travel

Want discreet sex while you fly the friendly skies? There’s an app for that.<p>The mile high club is a kind of not-so-secret society that has …

'James Cameron's Deepsea Challenge 3D' to open in August

The documentary "<p>James Cameron's Deepsea Challenge 3D" will drop anchor in theaters nationwide Aug. 8, distributor DisruptiveLA announced Tuesday.<p>Directed by John Bruno, Andrew Wight and Ray Quint, the movie follows James Cameron, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker and undersea enthusiast, as he …

Blockbusters

Tanker Buddies: Chinese Navy J-15 Fighter Planes Refuel in Flight

Recent photos show that People's Liberation Army Navy Air Force (PLANAF) J-15 carrier fighters have begun to carry out "buddy store" in flight refueling, where one fighter receives fuel from another fighter. The demonstration of risky in flight refueling operations by J-15s shows that PLANAF pilots …

Aviation

Humans 'Not Ready' To Meet Aliens, Study Suggests

Humans are not yet ready to make contact with intelligent aliens, a study suggests.<p>Space psychologist Professor Gabriel de la Torre came to the …

Climate Change Already Having Wide-Ranging Effects On U.S., Report Finds

People are already grappling with drought, heat, flooding, and sea level rise.<p>When it comes to climate change, the future is now; it no longer makes sense to (solely) talk about potential impacts in the future, since it is already having a wide range of effects in the United States, according to a …

Magnetic Brain Stimulation May Trump Drugs For Severe Depression

For people with treatment-resistant depression, that is.<p>Drugs are the most common psychiatric treatment for depression. But about 40 percent of people fail to respond to this first-line of antidepressants. What to do? The answer to date has often been more and different drugs.<p>But transcranial …

The Brain

Why psychopaths are more successful

Andy McNab and Oxford psychology professor Kevin Dutton reveal how acting like psychopaths could help us in work, life and love<p>Behaving like a psychopath could help you in your career and love life. It’s counterintuitive – who, after all, would hire Hannibal Lecter or want to date Norman Bates – …

What Android and iOS Can Learn From Each Other

Patent fights and marketing hype aside, each of the two leading smartphone operating systems has some key features the other would do well to adopt -- for the benefit of consumers.<p>Yet another patent trial pitting Apple against Samsung, the biggest maker of Google’s Android phones, has come and …

Google Debuts Classroom, An Education Platform For Teacher-Student Communication

Google is tackling the persistent need in education for better software with Classroom, a new tool launching in beta preview to help teachers make, collect and track student assignments, and to help them better communicate with their classes.<p>The Classroom app is part of Google’s Apps for Education …

Press Event Invitation From Microsoft Hints At Surface Mini Unveiling

A simple invitation sent to members of the press for an upcoming Microsoft Surface event on May 20th contains a not-so-subtle clue about the company’s next hardware announcement.<p>The invitation leads off with the playful phrase “Join us for a small gathering” and is followed by a location, time, and …

This modular PaperFold device prototype looks amazing, but could it be turned into a real product you could buy?

Folks from the Human Media Lab (HML) at Queen’s University in Canada are working on a rather amazing device called PaperFold, which as far as we …

Google Drive for Android to lose document editing, prompt downloads of Docs and Sheets apps

Looks like the new Docs and Sheets apps were harbingers of changes for Google Drive's Android app. The good folks at <i>Android Police</i> parsed Drive's new, currently unreleased version and discovered that it no longer has document or sheet editing capabilities. Should you try to make changes, the app …

In patent war, Apple and Samsung may both be losers

The world’s largest makers of smartphones were awarded damages in their patent trial. But their reputations likely took a hit.<p>Apple and Samsung each won damages in the most recent round of their patent-infringement fight. But their victories, deemed modest by legal experts, may have come at a far …

U.S. Federal Courts

Bristol giant water slide sees thrill-seekers soaked

<b>Huge crowds have turned out to watch a succession of thrill-seekers hurtle down a giant water slide in Bristol.</b><p>Some 360 people will go head-first down the 90m (295ft) slide on lilos with some choosing to complete their descent in fancy dress clothing.<p>The slide in Park Street has been made with …

Water Parks

Monster Galaxy Tosses Stars to the Cosmic Curb

Changing Planet<p>This artist’s illustration shows the hypervelocity star cluster HVGC-1 escaping from the supergiant elliptical galaxy M87. HVGC-1 is the first runaway star cluster discovered by astronomers. It is fated to drift through intergalactic space. Credit: David A. Aguilar (CfA)<p><b>Talk about</b> …

The Awesome Reason You'll Never See a UPS Truck Take a Left Turn in the U.S.

Email and text messages may have replaced snail mail, but there are some things that you just can’t send electronically. While the Internet may have …

The incredible lengths actors go through to achieve superhuman looks

The incredible success of comic book movies isn't just changing the landscape of summer blockbusters. It's completely changing what Hollywood expects out of movie stars. Actors of all types are now required to bulk up like never before as movie studios cast more roles seemingly designed for …

How Einstein’s Brain Was Probably Different Than Yours, And Why He Was So Creative

When it came to the connection between the left and right brain, Einstein was one remarkable specimen.<p>In 1905, at the astoundingly young age of 26, Albert Einstein came up with the quantum theory of light, proved the existence of atoms, and created the theory of special relativity. If you’re …

Toyota designs a combustion engine that generates electricity

Despite the recent advent of usable, talented electric vehicles, combustion engines are likely to persist for quite some time, often as a component in plug-in hybrid and range-extended electric vehicles.<p>The onus then is on refining combustion power to work harmoniously with increasingly electrified …

Three Ships Report Undersea Pings

Deadly Virus Sparks French Ban On Live Pigs From U.S.

France has banned imports of live pigs and related products from the U.S. and other countries in an attempt to keep a deadly virus that has killed millions of piglets in North America and Asia from spreading. The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus has spread rapidly since the first U.S. case was …

The Many Holes in the MH370 Report

The preliminary report on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 provides few answers, but its holes inspire even more questions.<p><b>The Malaysian government's preliminary report</b> on the night Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing contains so many holes that it will only escalate concerns …