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Project Morpheus is almost ready — it just needs games

The VR hardware is close, but the software is a bigger challenge<p>The consumer version of Project Morpheus — Sony's foray into the world of virtual reality — is slated to launch in the first half of next year. But the device itself is basically ready right now. "On the hardware side," says Shuhei …

Experimental Ebola drug ZMapp begins clinical trials in Liberia

ZMapp, the experimental<p>Eboladrug that won notoriety when it was given to a handful of infected aid workers at the height of the epidemic, will now begin clinical testing in Liberian treatment centers, U.S. health authorities said.<p>"Although ZMapp has been used to treat several Ebola-infected …

Disease

More Evidence That Gut Microbes Exacerbate Severe Childhood Malnutrition

Another layer to a deadly condition<p>Humans have about 100 trillion microbes in their intestines, and scientists are constantly finding that these gut microbes can play a huge role in our lives, potentially contributing to health conditions as far-ranging as obesity and autism. Fecal transplants are …

Microbiology

‘Miracle’ stem cell therapy reverses multiple sclerosis

The treatment, is the first to reverse the symptoms of MS, which has no cure, and affects around 100,000 people in Britain.<p>A pioneering new stem cell treatment is allowing multiple sclerosis sufferers to walk, run and even dance again, in results branded ‘miraculous’ by doctors.<p>Patients who have …

Medicine

Parasitic Wasps Infected with Mind-Controlling Viruses

In November, <i>National Geographic</i> put a ladybug and a wasp on its cover. They made for a sinister pair. The wasp, a species called <i>Dinocampus coccinellae</i>, lays an egg inside the ladybug <i>Coleomegilla maculata</i>. After the egg hatches, the wasp larva develops inside the ladybug, feeding on its internal …

Insects

SpaceX has successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying two satellites

The SpaceX team has successfully launched another Falcon 9 rocket. The craft launched as scheduled, at 10:50PM ET, from Cape Canaveral, and is set to make a "soft landing" into the sea after it has carried its payload beyond the Earth's atmosphere. The rocket is unlikely to be recovered.<p>The rocket …

These Glasses Block Cameras From Recognizing Your Face

And they don't look too bad<p>With cameras and face-detection software everywhere these days, what's a privacy-loving citizen supposed to do? Anti-virus software maker AVG has a proposal: eyeglasses that thwart those technologies, thanks to infrared LEDs that are invisible to the human eye, but …

Even Mars has dust devils, check out this image snapped by UA camera on Mars orbiter

Today'sAstronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)from NASA is an image of a dust devil snapped by theHiRISE cameraon theMars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The …

Mars Orbiter

Half of human Aids came from gorillas

Scientists identified pre-cursor of HIV virus in gorillas in Cameroon<p>Two of four strains of the virus that can cause AIDS come from gorillas in southwestern Cameroon, an international team of scientists reported in studies published Monday in the United States.<p>The new information means that …

Gorillas

Here’s What Methane-Based Life On Titan Could Look Like

What if water isn't essential for life to exist?<p>Despite what Kurt Vonnegut says, Saturn’s largest moon Titan wouldn’t be a very fun place to visit. The natural satellite boasts temperatures of -290 degrees Fahrenheit, as well as vast seas filled not with Earth’s life-sustaining water, but with …

Chemistry

No Man's Sky is so big, the developers built space probes to explore it for them

There's a robot that lives inside <i>No Man's Sky</i> that nobody outside of the development team may ever see, because its entire purpose is to fly to each of the game's 18 quintillion worlds, take short videos and document its interstellar travels as a series of animated GIFs.<p>Developer Hello Games built …