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Painless patch could make flu vaccine more popular

Visits to the doctor’s office for an annual flu shot may soon be outdated, thanks to a painless do-it-yourself flu patch that is scheduled for …

Nuclear Fusion Just Got a Little Closer to Becoming a Reality

When physicists first split the atom in 1938, in the process known as nuclear fission, the feat led very quickly to the bombs that destroyed …

Transfer news: Chelsea winger Eden Hazard dismisses PSG links

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has dismissed talk of a move to PSG, despite Thiago Silva saying he would like him to join.<p>Hazard has been in fine form …

Mass of ghostly neurtrinos solves sub-atomic mystery

Scientists have used observations of the Big Bang and the curvature of space-time to accurately measure the mass of sub-atomic particles called …

West Nile virus costs the US $56 million a year, says new report

The economic impact of the deadly West Nile virus has been "substantially underestimated," according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>Researchers estimate that hospital visits, follow-up care, and lost productivity have cost the nation $778 million in the 14 years …

Your Body Can Kill Cancer. It Just Needs Better Instructions.

Researchers have been programming peoples' immune systems to recognize and destory cancer.<p>Part of what makes cancers so insidious is that they’re not invaders: They’re our own cells turned against us. That means the body usually doesn’t see them as a threat. But over the last few years, teams at …

Algebra-cadabra! Here's a classic magic trick, and the mathematical secret behind it

You only need a cursory familiarity with the work of magicians like Derren Brown and David Blaine to realise that at the heart of many illusions lies a piece of rock-solid mathematics.<p>Sometimes tricks require fooling people with probability, as Brown expertly did in The System, his classic show …

Why you can't travel at the speed of light

A short history of Einstein's theory of relativity<p>Albert Einstein is famous for many things, not least his theories of relativity. The first, the special theory of relativity, was the one that began the physicist's reputation for tearing apart the classical worldview that had come before. Special …