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Bacterial apocalypse – the bugs are getting cleverer, and we are doing little to stop them

We're all doomed.<p>Well, possibly not. But having recently returned from the American Society for Microbiology annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, …

How mutations kill cells inside ears

<b>U. MELBOURNE (AUS) —</b> A gene mutation can lead to hearing loss early in life by destroying fibrocyte cells in the ear, researchers have discovered.<p>A …

Mutations

Edward Snowden's choice of Hong Kong as haven is a high-stakes gamble http://bit.ly/14rUBEu What might China do? http://bit.ly/11qE52g Edward Snowden's choice of Hong Kong rests on calculations on the territory's press freedom safeguards and its extradition treaty with the US. It is a high-stakes gamble http://bit.ly/14rUBEu Hong Kong is unlikely to offer Edward Snowden a permanent refuge, but the NSA whistleblower could buy time by filing an asylum request, thanks to a landmark legal ruling that has thrown the system into disarray, a legal expert says http://bit.ly/11qE52g Photograph: Jerome Favre/EPA

Edward Snowden, NSA files source: 'If they want to get you, in time they will' : http://bit.ly/11athGE Source for the Guardian's NSA files on why he carried out the biggest intelligence leak in a generation – and what comes next Photograph: The Guardian

Istanbul's Taksim Square: riot police move in on protesters

What drives loyal employees to reveal the truth? And how do they live with the backlash? http://bit.ly/15TMrE7 Edward Snowden's leaks about the NSA's electronic surveillance make him one of the most damaging whistleblowers in history. But what drives loyal employees to reveal the truth? And how do they live with the backlash? Photograph: Annie Machon: 'They tell you to shut up, not rock the boat and follow orders.' Credit: David Sillitoe for the Guardian

Guardian front page, Wednesday 12 June: UK raises alarm on superbugs: http://bit.ly/193uzs9 Plus: Turkish protesters and police battle for control of Taksim Square http://bit.ly/11GjWJD

Edward Snowden's NSA leaks: a whistleblower's view

Stabbing: a moment of madness The voices in Sean Clifton's head told him to seek out 'the prettiest girl in the mall' and stab her. Julie Bouvier was that girl. In a unique film, they each tell their side of the story http://bit.ly/17upDyF Photographs: Geoff George; Michel Huneault

‘Boys will be boys,’ but not so in Asia

<b>U. PITTSBURGH (US) —</b> There is a gender gap when it comes to behavior and self-control in American children—one that doesn’t appear to exist in …

Gender

Just a quarter of Britons back Hague on arming rebels in Syria

Less than a quarter of the public believes that the government should arm the rebels in Syria, according to a poll in the wake of Britain's support …

The EDL protest no-one attended: Fascist day of action flops

A much-hyped day of protest by British fascists turned into a humiliating flop yesterday, after poorly attended British National party (BNP) and …

Middle East: Bring Back Saddam Hussein?

If it weren't for the God-awful mess in Syria, I suspect we'd be paying a great deal more attention to the God-awful mess in Iraq.<p>We should be, …

Middle East

Who Was H.M.? Inside The Mind Of The Amnesiac Who Revolutionized Neuroscience

A botched lobotomy left 27-year-old Henry Molaison unable to form new memories. This is how Molaison's personal tragedy became science’s gain.<p>My friend's father was a neurosurgeon. As a child, I had no idea what a neurosurgeon did. Years later, when I was a graduate student in the Department of …

Parent lifespan tied to children’s cancer risk

<b>U. MICHIGAN (US) —</b> The children of parents who live to a ripe old age are more likely to live longer themselves and are 25 percent less likely to get …

University of Michigan

Eating Yogurt Does Weird Things To Your Brain

How and why are tougher questions.<p>Does what you eat affect your body more, or your mind? Can you just chow down on Big Macs as far as the brain goes, and be pretty much set? Or is there a deeper connection between thinking and food?<p>A new UCLA study that's one part gross to three parts fascinating …

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Gut–brain connection is a two-way street, study says

A UCLA study suggests that bacteria ingested in food – such as yogurt – can affect our brain function.<p>Researchers have known that the brain sends …

This Bacterium-Sized Bunny Could Be The Future Of Bionic Brains

Scientists in Japan have created a new material that can be shaped into complex, conductive 3-D structures. Get ready for your custom brain electrodes.<p>The rabbit sculpture above is the size of a typical bacterium and is made of a new type of resin that has exciting implications for bionic implants. …

How to avoid brain cell ‘traffic jams’

<b>U. BUFFALO (US) —</b> Defects in a protein that controls the speed at which materials move through brain cells can lead to deadly “pileups,” like those …

Neuroscience

Big feet are sexy according to the Karo Batak in Indonesia

Delicate features, smooth skin and an hourglass figure may be what most men look for in the woman of their dreams, but among one indigenous population in Indonesia, male suitors crave a more unusual characteristic – big feet.<p>Anthropologists studying the Karo Batak people living in scattered rural …

University of Washington

What really happened to Ludwig Leichhardt?

The boundless Australian deserts are the stony lockers of many secrets – but the most enduring modern mystery to be held there is the fate of Ludwig …

Mom's gastric bypass surgery might benefit her offspring's DNA

When a woman undergoes weight loss surgery, her own body isn't the only one affected: children born to women after they've undergone gastric bypass procedures exhibit key genetic differences compared to siblings born prior to the surgeries.<p>That's according to a small new study published in <i>PNAS</i> this …

Why did the Neanderthals die out?

The puzzle is one of the greatest surrounding our species. On a planet that bristled with different types of human being, including Neanderthals and …

'Superfoods' shown to fight prostate cancer

Superfoods have been shown to fight prostate cancer, in a ground-breaking study.<p>Men who had been treated with surgery or radiotherapy for the disease were given a capsule containing essence of pomegranate, green tea, turmeric and broccoli.<p>At the end of a six-month trial, their PSA levels - a …

Clashes between Islam's two big sects, the Sunni and the Shia, take place across the Muslim world. So what exactly divides Sunni and Shia Islam and how deep does the rift go? http://econ.st/11oF2aW

Preserved woolly mammoth with flowing blood found for first time, Russian scientists claim

A preserved fully-grown woolly mammoth with flowing blood has been found for the first time, trapped in the Siberian ice, scientists have …

Chinese newborn baby found in sewage pipe returned to mother

A newborn baby rescued from a sewer pipe in China has been returned to his mother who will not face charges.<p>Firefighters were called to a residential …

Conversations with a two-year-old re-enacted by adults – video

<b>Toddlers have an endearing habit of saying the funniest things, especially when attempting to justify the reasons behind getting their own way.</b><p>From …