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How bacteria are changing your mood

<b>If anything makes us human it's our minds, thoughts and emotions.</b><p>And yet a controversial new concept is emerging that claims gut bacteria are an invisible hand altering our brains.<p>Science is piecing together how the trillions of microbes that live on and in all of us - our microbiome - affect our …

Microbiology

Avoid Gulf stream disruption at all costs, scientists warn

How close the world is to a catastrophic collapse of giant ocean currents is unknown, making halting global warming more critical than ever, scientists say<p>Serious disruption to the Gulf Stream ocean currents that are crucial in controlling global climate must be avoided “at all costs”, senior …

Global Warming

More than half your body is not human

<b>More than half of your body is not human, say scientists.</b><p>Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists.<p>Understanding this hidden half of ourselves - our microbiome - is rapidly transforming understanding of diseases from allergy to Parkinson's.<p>The …

Microbiome

Dozen black holes found at galactic centre

<b>A dozen black holes may lie at the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way, researchers have said.</b><p>A new analysis provides support for a decades-old prediction that "supermassive" black holes at the centres of galaxies are surrounded by many smaller ones.<p>However, previous searches of the Milky Way's …

Black Holes

How DNA can be used to store computer data

British scientists think DNA could be used to solve a global problem - where to store all our data.<p>They have developed a technique to store computer files on DNA code.<p>The BBC's science and technology correspondent Richard Westcott reports.

DNA

How to Kill Parasites with Papaya Seeds + An Intestinal Cleanse Smoothie

How to Use Papaya Seeds for Parasites<p>Intestinal parasites are a far more common problem than most people realize. They are also notoriously difficult …

Alternative Medicine

Cockroaches' DNA reveals why they thrive in filthy places

By identifying which genes are key to the bugs’ survival, scientists hope to find ways to better control them<p>The secrets of the cockroach’s ability to thrive in some of the most disgusting places on Earth have been discovered in its DNA.<p>The American cockroach spread around the world after it was …

Biology

Adapt or die: How to cope when the bots take your job

<b>Reports that robots, automation and artificial intelligence are going to put millions of us out of work may sound troubling, but should we believe them? That largely depends on whether we're technology optimists or pessimists. In our Future of Work series we look at how jobs might change in the</b> …

Artificial Intelligence

Genes have a role in empathy, study says

<b>It helps us to make close connections with people, and influences how we behave in a range of situations, from the workplace to a party.</b><p>Now scientists say empathy is not just something we develop through our upbringing and life experiences - it is also partly inherited.<p>A study of 46,000 people …

Empathy

No hugging: are we living through a crisis of touch?

Strokes and hugs are being edged out of our lives, with doctors, teachers and colleagues increasingly hesitant about social touching. Is this hypervigilance of boundaries beginning to harm our mental health?<p>When did you last touch someone outside your family or intimate relationship? I don’t mean a …

Immune System

AI ripe for exploitation, experts warn

<b>Drones turned into missiles, fake videos manipulating public opinion and automated hacking are just three of the threats from artificial intelligence in the wrong hands, experts have said.</b><p>The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence report warns that AI is ripe for exploitation by rogue states, …

Artificial Intelligence

Cheating and manipulation: Confessions of a gaslighter

<b>Greg, a Canadian lawyer, is 28 but he's already had 11 serious relationships. He says each of those relationships ended with infidelity, on his part, and severe self-doubt on the part of the women. He is a self-confessed "gaslighter".</b><p>"Looking back it's clear that I was gaslighting the women and …

Behavior

The Tattooist of Auschwitz - and his secret love

<b>For more than 50 years, Lale Sokolov lived with a secret - one born in the horrors of wartime Europe, in a place that witnessed some of the worst of man's inhumanity to man.</b><p>It would not be shared until he was in his 80s, thousands of miles from that place.<p>Lale had been the Tattooist of …

Tattoos

Oceans suffocating as huge dead zones quadruple since 1950, scientists warn

Ocean dead zones with zero oxygen have quadrupled in size since 1950, scientists have warned, while the number of very low oxygen sites near coasts have multiplied tenfold. Most sea creatures cannot survive in these zones and current trends would lead to mass extinction in the long run, risking …

Global Warming

Rules of memory 'beautifully' rewritten

<b>What really happens when we make and store memories has been unravelled in a discovery that surprised even the scientists who made it.</b><p>The US and Japanese team found that the brain "doubles up" by simultaneously making two memories of events.<p>One is for the here-and-now and the other for a lifetime, …

Robot automation will 'take 800 million jobs by 2030' - report

<b>Up to 800 million global workers will lose their jobs by 2030 and be replaced by robotic automation, a new report from a consultancy has found.</b><p>The study of 46 countries and 800 occupations by the McKinsey Global Institute found that up to one-fifth of the global work force will be affected.<p>It said …

Online

Galapagos finches caught in act of becoming new species

<b>A population of finches on the Galapagos has been discovered in the process of becoming a new species.</b><p>This is the first example of speciation that scientists have been able to observe directly in the field.<p>Researchers followed the entire population of finches on a tiny Galapagos island called …

Biology

First gene-editing in human body attempt

<b>Gene-editing has been attempted on cells inside a patient, in a world first by doctors in California.</b><p>Brian Madeux, 44 from Arizona, was given the experimental treatment to try to correct a defect in his DNA that causes Hunter's syndrome.<p>Mr Madeux says he was prepared to take part in the trial as he …

Genetics

The firm that can 3D print human body parts

<b>Erik Gatenholm grins widely as he presses the start button on a 3D printer, instructing it to print a life-size human nose.</b><p>It sparks a frenzied 30-minute burst of energy from the printer, as its thin metal needle buzzes around a Petri dish, distributing light blue ink in a carefully programmed …

3D Printing

Vegan News, Recipes and Resources

'Incredible' editing of life's building blocks

<b>Scientists have demonstrated an "incredibly powerful" ability to manipulate the building blocks of life in two separate studies.</b><p>One altered the order of atoms in DNA to rewrite the human genetic code and the instructions for life.<p>The other edited RNA, which is a chemical cousin of DNA and unlocks …

Genetics

Global pollution kills 9m a year and threatens 'survival of human societies'

Landmark study finds toxic air, water, soils and workplaces kill at least 9m people and cost trillions of dollars every year<p>Pollution kills at least nine million people and costs trillions of dollars every year, according to the most comprehensive global analysis to date, which warns the crisis …

Pollution

Inside Cells, Genetic War Could Create New Species

In the complex cells of humans and other organisms, two different genomes collaborate to sustain life. The larger genome, with DNA encoding thousands …

Biology

Riding high: An expat forgets his aches and pains and joins an old folks’ outing, Cuenca style

<b>Photos and text by John Keeble</b><p>It’s tough getting old. You kind of split in two… your mind sees the world with the adventurous <i>I can do anything</i> …

15 DIY Book Promotion Tools You Need to Know

Start Early<p>The most powerful and essential steps you can take toward promoting your book begin long before the actual writing of the book. Three …

Writing

UK scientists edit DNA of human embryos

<b>The blueprint for life - DNA - has been altered in human embryos for the first time in the UK.</b><p>The team at the Francis Crick Institute are unravelling the mysteries of the earliest moments of life.<p>Understanding what happens after a sperm fertilises an egg could lead to ways of improving IVF or …

Genetics

How to make money the Instagram way

<b>Instagram, the Facebook-owned photo app, has become a lucrative shop window for many small entrepreneurs. So what are the secrets of its success?</b><p>When Facebook bought the photo app Instagram in 2012 for a cool $1bn (£760m), eyebrows were raised at the value the tech giant had placed on this …

Middle East

Taxpayers spend £500,000 on radios for badger cull marksmen

Police call for cull shooters to be given same hi-tech system they use – but activists buy counter-devices to disrupt shooting<p>Hundreds of thousands of taxpayers’ pounds have been spent on equipping badger cull marksmen with radios that link them directly to police, the Guardian has learned.<p>Police …

Environmentalism

The world’s next fastest supercomputer will help boost China’s growing sea power

China is planning to boost its computing power tenfold within a couple of years by building a new generation supercomputer.<p>The machine will be based …

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