Farhad Hossain

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Book in Brief: How to Clone a Mammoth

“Will there ever be a real Jurassic Park?” I’ve heard this question more times than I can count. The answer is always “No“. Aside from the problem of getting a viable clone to develop inside a bird egg – one that scientists haven’t cracked yet – DNA’s postmortem decay happens too fast to give us …

Night owls more likely to develop diabetes

Staying awake later at night is likely to cause sleep loss, poor sleep quality, and eating at inappropriate times<p>Night owls are more likely to develop diabetes than early risers, even when they get the same amount of sleep, a new study suggests.<p>Researchers examined the difference between night and …

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Most Of The Web Is Invisible To Google. Here's What It Contains

A roadmap of the Internet's darkest alleys<p>You thought you knew the Internet. But sites such as Facebook, Amazon, and Instagram are just the surface. There’s a whole other world out there: the Deep Web.<p>It’s a place where online information is password protected, trapped behind paywalls, or requires …

Wellcome Trust 2015 Book Prize shortlist announced | @GrrlScientist

The Wellcome Trust just announced the shortlist for their book prize. The shortlist, which celebrates the finest recent writing in health and medicine, includes two novels and four non-fiction books.<p>Here’s a treat for the book lovers in the crowd: the Wellcome Trust just announced the shortlist for …

Where Does Volcanic Lightning Come From?

Today's eruption in Chile had some shocking accompaniment<p>Earlier this morning the Villarrica volcano erupted in Chile, forcing thousands of residents and tourists to flee from the city of Pucón. Images of the eruption show a towering lava fountain glowing against the dark backdrop of the pre-dawn …

Cyborg Cockroaches Now More Reliable Than Ever

Sixty percent of the time they turn the right way every time<p>Designing an inch-long robot is tricky: there are lots of small moving parts, and it’s hard to get a tiny enough battery that can still power the entire system. Instead of designing a whole new robot body, scientists at Texas A&M …

Lost 'City of the Monkey God' Discovered in Honduras

A National Geographic expedition has just returned from the jungles of Honduras, where they've confirmed the discovery of a lost city that belonged to a mysterious and virtually unknown civilization. The culture vanished suddenly a thousand years ago and archaeologists have yet to name</b> …

Risk Takers: Archaeology From Space

New Mysterious Craters Found In Siberia

Well, we know it probably wasn't aliens<p>They're baaack... Remember those weird craters that suddenly appeared in Siberia last year? They just showed up in the middle of nowhere, unannounced and unexpected. At the time, scientists got some awesome exploration pictures that don't AT ALL look like they …

Scientists discover black hole so big it contradicts growth theory

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Scientists say they have discovered a black hole so big that it challenges the theory about how they grow.<p>An artist's illustration shows a supermassive black hole with millions to billions times the mass of our sun at the center, surrounded by matter flowing onto the black hole …

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Children who watch TV for more than two hours a day 'at greater risk of high blood pressure'

Youngsters up to 10 who spend more than two hours a day in front of TV are 30pc more likely to have high blood pressure than those who do not, scientists discover<p>Watching TV for more than two hours a day increases the risk of raised blood pressure in children, a study has found.<p>Children aged two to …

Infections With Dangerous Gut Microbe Still On The Rise

A potentially life-threatening gastrointestinal infection is more common than previously estimated, federal health officials reported Wednesday.<p>The infection, caused by a bacterium known as <i>Clostridium difficile</i>, or <i>C-diff</i>, causes nearly 500,000 illnesses in the United States each year and kills …

Warm Weather In Asia May Have Spurred Black Death Outbreaks In Europe

The Butter-flea Effect?<p>Bubonic Plague. Just the sound of it is enough to send a twinge of worry through your mind, even though it has been quite a while since an outbreak caused massive amounts of death and devastation. Sure, traces of the bacteria (<i>Yersinia Pestis</i>) that cause the nasty disease …

How long can we stay awake?

We can fight off the sandman for a while, but after a certain point, sleeplessness leads to temporary madness and – just maybe – death, discovers Adam Hadhazy.<p>People start to hallucinate and go a bit crazy<p>It’s surprising how we spend our lives. Reach your 78th birthday and according to some …

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7 Questions You Probably Have About 'Superbugs,' Answered

There's little comforting about phrases like "nightmare bacteria" or "fatal superbug". Reports like those surrounding the recent exposure to carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in Los Angeles are understandably alarming, especially considering almost 200 UCLA Medical Center patients may have …

9 Ways To Fall Asleep Faster (Without Counting Sheep)

<i>By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>If you feel wide awake when your head hits the pillow at night, you're not alone. Approximately 60 million Americans report having experienced insomnia in any given year, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Even worse, 40 …

WHO calls for action over Mers virus

<b>Too little is being done to control the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, which has infected 50 people in Saudi Arabia so far this month, the World Health Organization has warned.</b><p>The rising number of cases in health-care facilities indicates current infection-control measures are not …