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Non-profit’s $300 hepatitis C cure as effective as $84,000 alternative

An affordable hepatitis C treatment has been shown to be safe and effective, with very high cure rates for patients including hard-to-treat cases, in interim clinical trial results that offer hope to the 71 million people living with the disease worldwide.<p>The treatment is expected to cost $300 for …

Hepatitis

Inevitable muscle wasting of old age could be stopped, scientists believe

The inevitable muscle wasting of old age could be stopped, scientists believe, after discovering why people become frail as they grow older.<p>Most people become weaker in their later years, as their leg muscles get smaller and less able to bear weight, which often leads to disability and falls.<p>But …

New drug ‘reverses damage caused by alcoholism’

Researchers from the Queensland University of Technology have identified a drug that could potentially help our brains reverse the damage caused by heavy alcohol consumption.<p>Their studies in adult mice show that two weeks of daily treatment with the drug tandospirone reversed the effects of 15 …

6 of the biggest misconceptions about happiness, according to science

Scientists tend to view it another way, namely, as an ongoing state of being that ebbs and flows — but can be controlled based on how people live their lives.<p>Some of the biggest findings about the science of happiness contradict many people's understandings of how to find joy.<p>Here are just a …

Happiness

Intel proposes a mathematical formula for self-driving car safety

As autonomous vehicles become a part of the landscape, there are more questions than ever about their safety, and how to determine responsibility when they get in an accident. With so many companies (Alphabet, Uber, GM, Tesla and Ford -- just to name a few) working on different technology, there's …

Autonomous Vehicle

A Harvard doctor says these are the best exercises for your body

If you think running a marathon is the quickest way to a rock-hard body, I-Min Lee, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, has news for you: That classic feat isn't as good for your body as it seems.<p>Instead of long-distance running, which can be hard on your joints and digestive system, …

Tai Chi

Researchers create a fast-sealing surgical 'glue' for closing wounds

Closing up wounds typically calls for sutures or staples, but neither are able to create a complete seal. And when it comes to internal injuries that are harder to get to and wounds on organs that move a significant amount, such as lungs, treatment becomes even more difficult. Sealants offer a …

Protein

Fintech bonanza? A third of financial technology startups expect to IPO within five years

The UK's ambitious fintech startups are eyeing success on the public markets with a third of them planning an IPO in the next five years, new figures …

Squid ink may replace dental poking and prodding

You know when you go to the dentist, and they shove that little measuring-stick-like tool up between each of your teeth and the overlapping gum …

This pen can detect cancer in just 10 seconds

The detection and identification of cancer has seen incredible improvements over the past several decades, offering a new lease on life to those who …

15 Really Good Things Happening in Science Right Now

Enough bad news, here's the good stuff.<p>There's no shortage of bad news in the media, but sometimes we spend so much time focussing on nuclear weapons …

Epson just unveiled a 130-inch ‘screen-free’ laser TV that launches this fall for $3,000

The home projector market is likely far bigger than you think, and Epson is the market leader by a wide margin, with a 53% market share in the United …

New cancer treatment can eradicate tumors, scientists say

Scientists unveiled a new cancer treatment on Monday that can remove tumors, reduce side effects and prevent the disease from coming back better than current techniques.<p>The treatment, called Caspase Independent Cell Death (CICD), showed to effectively remove tumors in experimental models. Unlike …

Merck cholesterol drug cuts heart risk only 9 percent, future unclear

(Reuters) - A large study of a new type of cholesterol medicine from Merck & Co Inc found it cut the risk of heart attack and death by a modest 9 percent, while causing a build up of the drug in fat tissue, leaving its commercial future uncertain.<p>A view of the Merck & Co. campus in Linden, New …

Eight health benefits of gelatin

When someone thinks of healthful food, gelatin may not be one of the first things that come to mind. But gelatin is more than just a jiggly childhood …

The basis of the universe may not be energy or matter but information

There are lots of theories on what are the basis of the universe is. Some physicists say its subatomic particles. Others believe its energy or even …

Cholesterol crystals are a sign heart attack is imminent, finds new study

Scientists have discovered a new symptom that could be a sign that a heart attack is imminent.<p>After examining materials that were blocking the …

Google is sharing its management tools with the world

Speaking at his alma mater in January, Sundar Pichai, Google’s low-profile CEO, revealed his key to effective management: “Let others succeed.”<p>Enacting Pichai’s advice is easier said than done. But Google is sharing some tools that might help. Its Re:Work blog is offering a series of instructive …

Goal Setting

Railsbank, a new fintech startup from founder of Currencycloud, raises $1.2M led by Firestartr

Railsbank, a relatively new fintech startup co-founded by CEO Nigel Verdon, who previously founded money exchange and payments platform Currencycloud, has raised $1.2 million in a funding round led by seed investment firm Firestartr.<p>The company, yet to see its full launch and over a year in the …

Change Your Password as Soon as You Read This

In all likelihood, your current jumbled password is easy to crack.<p>The official government guidelines for creating an unhackable password were established in 2003 by a man named Bill Burr. In an 8-page guide, he decreed that passwords should be made from strange mixes of capital and lowercase …

Cybersecurity

Scientists find new way to attack antibiotic-resistant lung infections

Canadian scientists have discovered a possible way to break through the defences of some antibiotic-resistant respiratory infections.<p>It's hoped that …

The Swedish physicist revolutionising birth control

<b>Inventing the first app in the world to be approved as a contraceptive started as a hobby project for Elina Berglund Scherwitzl.</b><p>The nuclear physicist, who'd been working on the team that discovered the Higgs boson, was tired of using hormonal contraception but wasn't ready to have a baby.<p>So the …

Family Planning

A New Theory to Explain the Higgs Mass

One of the greatest mysteries in physics could be solved by a mattress-like axion field that permeates space and time.<p>Three physicists who have been …

'Quantum' technology is the future, and it's already here — here's what that means for you

Batteries that last 10 years per charge. MRI scanners the size of smartphones. Medical sensors that diagnose disease with nothing more than a breath sample.<p>At Moscow's fourth annual International Conference on Quantum Technologies, the world's quantum physics community acknowledges this …

Quantum Physics

Exclusive: Conclusive Proof That We Need to Take Immediate Action Against Climate Change

by Abby Norman July 24, 2017 Earth & Energy 40800<p>Vital Signs of a Warming World<p>Melting glaciers. Rising seas. Extreme weather events. Perhaps there …

This revolutionary battery material charges your phone in just seconds

It typically takes around two hours to charge your iPhone from dead to fully juiced up. But what if you got your hands on a magical battery that …

Ask Ethan: Could The Fabric Of Spacetime Be Defective?

The biggest lesson from Einstein’s general theory of relativity is that space itself isn’t a flat, unchanging, absolute entity. Rather it’s woven together, along with time, into a single fabric: spacetime. This fabric is continuous, smooth, and gets curved and deformed by the presence of matter and …

When Will the First Human Leave the Solar System?

A Giant Leap — Literally<p>One thousand years. That is the minimum length of time it would take us to get to the nearest star — Proxima Centauri — using …

The strange topology that is reshaping physics

Charles Kane never thought he would be cavorting with topologists. “I don't think like a mathematician,” admits Kane, a theoretical physicist who has …

Pushing Particles Forwards Might Make Them Go Backwards Because Quantum Physics Is Bonkers

You are very lucky that you ended up about the size that you are today, somewhere between one and ten feet tall and weighing somewhere between one …