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Scientists Target New Painkillers From Spider Venom

Ingredients in venom could lead to new, nonaddictive treatments for chronic pain<p>Scientists in Australia, home to some of the most poisonous creatures on Earth, have made an important discovery about spider venom that eventually could lead to a new class of painkillers.<p>Spiders use their venom to …

Biology

Heart muscle cells regrown in medical research breakthrough

Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and Victor Chang Institute in Sydney make discovery which may have major implications for heart attack sufferers<p>Unlike animals such as the salamander and the zebrafish, humans are unable to easily regenerate heart cells, making it difficult to recover from …

The Senate's Torture Report: What You Need to Know

Whether Decaf Or Regular, Coffee Seems To Be Good For Your Liver

By Laura Geggel, Staff Writer<p>Published: 10/10/2014 11:32 AM EDT on LiveScience<p>Drinking decaffeinated coffee is just as helpful as drinking regular coffee is for maintaining a healthy liver, a new study finds.<p>Regardless of whether they drank decaf or regular, people in the study who drank large …

Water Vapor Seen on Distant World

Search for potentially life-sustaining worlds gets a boost with the ability to probe a common class of planets.<p>Astronomers have found evidence of water vapor in the atmosphere of a Neptune-size planet 122 light-years from Earth—the first time water has been identified on a planet that small, …

Artificial Sweeteners May Contribute to Metabolic Disorders

Evidence suggests sugar substitutes aggravate diabetes and obesity.<p>Artificial sweeteners are a roughly $1.5 billion industry worldwide, often marketed as helpful for managing obesity and diabetes.<p>But some new research suggests sugar substitutes could actually contribute to soaring rates of obesity …

Europe Seeks A Common Appeals Process For The ‘Right To Be Forgotten’

Data protection regulators in Europe are working on creating a common set of guidelines for handling appeals by individuals whose requests to search engines to de-index personal information, under the region’s recent right to be forgotten ruling, have been refused.<p>The Article 29 Working Party …

Big Bang Mystery Extends Into Nearby Galaxy, Puzzling Cosmologists

Theory suggests stars should contain three times as much lithium as they do.<p>A star cluster some 80,000 light-years from Earth looks mysteriously deficient in the element lithium, just like nearby stars, astronomers reported on Wednesday.<p>That curious deficiency suggests that astrophysicists either …

Magic 2015 lead designer says Duels of the Planeswalkers is a yearly franchise 'like FIFA or Madden'

<i>Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015</i> has had a troubled launch from the perspective of many fans. But whatever problems he'll admit to, lead designer Nick Davidson also adamantly defends the game: "I think it is the best Magic experience that you're going to get at that price …

Researchers fully 'delete' HIV from human cells for the first time

So far, HIV has eluded a cure because it installs its genome into human DNA so insidiously that it's impossible for our immune system to clear it out. While current treatments are effective, a lifetime of toxic drugs is required to prevent its recurrence. But researchers from Temple University may …

Newly identified genetic variants could delay Alzheimer's onset by four years

Over the past few years scientists and researchers have made some inroads in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, but as yet no definitive cure has …

New drug therapy allows tuberculosis and HIV to be treated simultaneously

Aids 2014 symposium in Melbourne hears drug combination known as PaMZ can treat drug-resistant TB in as little as four months<p>Tuberculosis is the biggest killer of people with Aids each year, causing one in five HIV-related deaths, with therapies for the two conditions unable to be given together …

The Shkadov Thruster, or: How to Move an Entire Solar System

In our cosmic megastructures series, PM explores some of the key engineering and design challenges in building gigantic structures for use by humankind in space. Today: the Shkadov Thruster, a mirror potentially larger than the sun.<p><b>Name</b>: Shkadov Thruster<p><b>Named for</b>: Russian physicist Leonid Shkadov, …

Universe

The Fastest Way To Crack A 4-Digit PIN Number [Infographic]

Good ol' 1234 accounts for about 10 percent of passwords. That's more than the bottom 4,200 combinations put together.<p>We know people default to bad passwords, whether for their computers or banking PINs. But, we have to stress this here, people are <i>really</i> bad at picking passwords. This infographic …

Bereaved father's open letter to Vladimir Putin: Many thanks, my life is ruined

Dutch father who lost his only child writes to Vladimir Putin to give a detailed account of the 17-year-old's life plans<p>A Dutch man who lost his only child on MH17 has written a letter to "Mr Putin" and outlined the life that his 17-year-old daughter planned to lead.<p>Hans de Borst, whose daughter …

Russia

Bouncing water droplets could be used to charge phones

Chemistry-based puzzle game Sokobond is coming to Steam on July 21

Indie puzzle game <i>Sokobond</i> is coming to Steam for Windows PC, Mac and Linux platforms on July 21, developers Draknek announced.<p>The minimalist, chemistry-centered puzzle game has players presented with a grid of atoms that can be linked together to form molecules, which form the basis of each puzzle. …

Cop fatally shoots teen holding a Wii controller, is not charged with anything

Follow @robynelyse<p>A grand jury in Euharlee, Georgia has decided not to indict Cpl. Beth Gatny in the shooting death of Christopher Roupe. Roupe was a …

Nintendo Wii

Could Chick-fil-A Become Bigger Than McDonald's?

A new report indicates that <b>Chick-fil-A's</b> US growth could surpass <b>McDonald's</b> over the next decade. According to an analysis by investment firm Janney Capital Markets (warning:PDF), the chicken chain could gain between <b>$6.3 billion</b> and <b>$9 billion</b> dollars in sales by 2023, compared to McDonald's, which …

Russia Moves To Ban Online Services That Don’t Store Personal Data In Russia

The Russian government has moved one step closer towards a “China-like” approach towards Internet services.<p>Last night, the Russian State Duma (parliament) passed the first bill requiring that the personal data of all Russians should be stored inside the country.<p>The effects of the bill, if passed, …