Priya Venkatesan

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Killer sperm: Sexual 'arms race' takes its toll on females

Sure, nobody really thinks of worm sperm as being cute and cuddly -- assuming one thinks about them at all -- but who would have thought they were stone cold killers?<p>In a paper published Tuesday in PLOS Biology, a team of researchers who apparently enjoy watching nematodes get jiggy were shocked to …

Ebola claims more victims in West Africa

Ebola continues to spread in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, with a combined 44 new cases and 21 deaths between July 6 and 8, the World Health Organisation has said.<p>This brought the total in West Africa's first outbreak of the deadly disease to 888 cases, including 539 deaths since February. It …

Bright meteor over Australia on July 10 was a rocket reentry

That bright meteor over Australia – seen by many – was likely the reentry of the upper state of a Soyuz rocket, launched two days earlier. Video here.<p>…

Why HIV Spreads Less Easily In Heterosexual Couples

HIV is sexist.<p>A woman is twice as likely to catch the virus from an infected partner in a heterosexual relationship than a man is.<p>And homosexual men are at even greater risk. They're more than 20 times as likely to get infected from an HIV-positive partner than partners in a heterosexual …

Girl who was declared 'functionally cured' of HIV now has active virus

A girl who was seemingly cured of HIV following aggressive drug therapy just hours after her birth was recently discovered to be infected with the virus that causes AIDS after all, doctors announced Thursday.<p>The so-called Mississippi baby, now nearly 4 years old, had raised hopes of a potential …

Namibia Grants Permits To Hunt Rare Desert Elephants

And one has already been killed.<p>Poaching threatens the continued survival of African elephants, with 30,000 to 38,000 animals killed every year. This activity is typically illegal. In a concerning move, the country of Namibia (in southwest Africa) has now issued nine permits to hunt desert …

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Study shows restored immunity for cancer-related fungal infections

Sleeping Beauty and fungal infections – not two items one would normally associate together, but for immunocompromised cancer patients they may prove …

Blood test breakthrough in search for Alzheimer's cure

Test for 10 proteins predicts onset of disease over 12 months in those with mild memory loss with 87% accuracy<p>A blood test to detect which people with failing memories will go on to develop Alzheimer's disease has been developed by British scientists, who hope it may prove a breakthrough in the …

Fans Are Pissed About Alleged Cheating In The Recent Pokémon Tournament

Astute <i>Pokémon</i> fans noticed something interesting during the Pokémon National Championships this past weekend—something that seemed like it should …

Pokémon

Brain's Consciousness 'Sleep Switch' Found By Accident?

Scientists believe they may have accidentally found the key in the human brain that, when turned or tweaked the right way, seems to switch our consciousness on and off.<p>A team led by Mohamad Koubeissi at the George Washington University was working with a patient with epilepsy, placing electrodes …