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Melioidosis: Thailand's unknown deadly disease | Asia

<b>Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand -</b> By the time Bunsri Mamak, 50, arrived at Sappasit Prasong Hospital in Ubon Ratchathani city in Thailand's northeast, he was delirious and a very sick man. He had spent several weeks visiting local clinics and hospitals trying to find out what was wrong with him when he …

New Study Reveals How Immune System Affects Social Behavior

It had long been thought that the brain is a special place in the body, largely sealed off from the immune system. We talk about the blood-brain …

Animal brought back to life after spending 30 years frozen

The waterbears were retrieved from frozen moss sample collected in Antarctica in 1983<p>Researchers have successfully revived microscopic creatures that had been kept frozen for 30 years.<p>Tardigrades, also known as waterbears or moss piglets, are tiny water-dwelling organisms. They're segmented, with …

Biology

New Study Reveals What Checking Your Phone Is Doing to Your Neck

New research suggests that looking down to check your phone is putting 27-kg of force on your neck. That’s like one giant anteater, or four …

Research

Could arthritis drug combat Alzheimer's?

At the beginning of next year, Clive Holmes will attempt to do something remarkable. But you'd never guess it from meeting this mild-mannered psychiatrist with a hint of a Midlands accent. In fact, you could be sitting in his office in the Memory Assessment and Research Centre at Southampton …

What Comes After Antibiotics? 5 Alternatives to Stop Superbugs

"Superbug" bacterial infections that are resistant to common antibiotics are increasing at an alarming rate. But traditional antibiotics aren't the only way to battle dangerous germs. Biomedical scientists are investigating new additions to their arsenal.<p>"Superbug" bacterial infections that are …

Simple way to make stem cells in half an hour hailed as major discovery

A radical and remarkably easy way to make cells that can grow into any tissue in the body has been developed by scientists in Japan.<p>The feat has been hailed as a major discovery by researchers familiar with the work, and if it can be repeated in human tissue, could lead to cheap and simple …

Epigenetics 101: a beginner’s guide to explaining everything

Epigenetics is one of the hottest fields in the life sciences. It’s a phenomenon with wide-ranging, powerful effects on many aspects of biology, and enormous potential in human medicine. As such, its ability to fill in some of the gaps in our scientific knowledge is mentioned everywhere from …

Earth - The microbes so extreme they might survive on Mars

Mars is a hostile planet. Its distance from the sun makes it cold and barren – average daily temperatures on Mars are around -60C and this falls to - 126C in winter near the poles.<p>What’s more the thin Martian atmosphere means the planet is bombarded with intense life-destroying radiation.<p>Scientists …

Superbugs will soon be a bigger problem than cancer

CDC<p>Antibiotic resistant "superbugs" have become one of the world's most pressing public health concerns. An estimated two million people become …

Scientists use nanoparticles to attack chronic bacterial infections

Researchers at Australia's University of New South Wales (UNSW) have come up with a new way of tackling harmful biofilms. The non-toxic method, which …

Bacteria that resist 'last antibiotic' found in UK

<b>Bacteria that resist the most common antibiotic of last resort - colistin - have been discovered in the UK.</b><p>Officials say the threat to human health is low, but is under ongoing review.<p>Scientists warned the world was on the cusp of a post-antibiotic era when such resistance was discovered in China …

World’s toughest animal has tons of foreign DNA

Tardigrades are nearly microscopic animals that can survive the harshest of environments, including outer space.<p>Scientists sequenced their genome and …

Biology

High on Audio: I Tried to Relax With Binaural Beats

The Monroe Institute has been going since the 70s and claims its Hemi-Sync program can lead to "discovery of self through technology."<p>"Go to sleep if you wish."<p>The voice is dulcet and relaxing. "I'll call you when it's time to return," it says, before fading out to a reverberating sound like the …

Dark Matter is Darker Than Once Thought

Using observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found that dark matter does not slow down when …