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3D-printed homes turn sludge into shelter

<b>In Texas, tucked behind a house for the wealthy, perhaps lies some hope for the significantly less so.</b><p>More than a billion people in the world go to sleep each night without reliable shelter.<p>But a pair of companies working on solving that believes their model of quickly 3D-printing a one-story house …

El Salvador

BBC game challenges young people to spot "fake news"

<b>Can you separate the fact from the fiction?</b><p>The new interactive BBC iReporter game - aimed at youngsters aged 11 to 18 - gives you the chance to take on the role of a journalist in the BBC newsroom.<p>It is a "choose your own adventure" game, created by Aardman Animations, which challenges you to make …

Fake News

Charities and terrorism: Lessons from the Syrian crisis

Terrorists have manipulated the humanitarian crisis in Syria to create a cover for foreign fighters and to raise funds for terrorist groups under the …

Middle East

Stopping the rot: Meet the waste warriors

<b>How much food do you throw away? If you're a typical Brit, you probably think it's hardly any.</b><p>You're in denial.<p>According to the sustainability charity Wrap, efforts to reduce edible waste have done nothing to decrease the estimated 10 million tonnes of food that has been binned every year since …

Agriculture

Chinese takeaway can bust your salt allowance

<b>Chinese takeaway meals from restaurants and supermarkets should carry health warnings because they are often high in salt, a campaign group says.</b><p>Action on Salt analysed more than 150 dishes and found some contained half an adult's recommended 6g (0.2oz) daily allowance of salt.<p>Main courses, such as …

Food & Dining

Sir John Sulston human genome pioneer dies

<b>British genome pioneer Sir John Sulston has died aged 75.</b><p>He came to prominence as the British face of the international project to decode the human genome.<p>Sir John won a Nobel Prize in 2002 for his work on the development of cells within a humble worm, which paved the way for innovations in cancer …

Genetics

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

Empty-nesters 'resent boomerang kids'

<b>Adults who move back home after moving away are causing their parents stress and conflict, a study suggests.</b><p>Parents whose adult children move back into the family home saw a decline in their quality of life and wellbeing, researchers at the London School of Economics and Political Science found.<p>The …

London School of Economics

Britain needs to go on a diet, says top health official

<b>The portion sizes of some of Britain's most popular foods are to be cut, with health officials telling the public it is time "to get on a diet".</b><p>Public Health England is targeting pizzas, ready meals, processed meat and takeaways, in a new obesity drive.<p>The government agency has also urged the food …

World Hacks: A surprising new afterlife for chewing gum

<b>British designer Anna Bullus is on a mission to recycle chewing gum into useful objects, cleaning up our streets in the process.</b><p>More than £14bn is spent on chewing gum around the world each year, but a lot of that gum will end up stuck to the ground.<p>Gum is the second most common type of street …

Dentistry

Cutting prostate cancer diagnosis times

<b>The NHS plans to cut prostate cancer diagnosis times from six weeks to a matter of days, NHS England has said.</b><p>Typically a test for men with prostate cancer requires an MRI scan and a biopsy where a dozen samples are taken, requiring multiple hospital visits.<p>But a "one-stop" service will be trialled …

Cancer

Healthy chicken shops to fight obesity

<b>Child obesity is a "ticking time bomb", according to experts, with one in three children overweight by the time they leave primary school.</b><p>There has been a big focus on how the government can tackle the issue - for example, next month the sugar tax comes into force.<p>But a report from the charity arm …

Public Health England

Wearable tech aids stroke patients

<b>Scientists in the US are developing wearable sensors to speed up the recovery of stroke patients.</b><p>The sensors are able to send information to doctors continuously.<p>The team developing the system says it could allow therapists to more closely monitor the effectiveness of their care.<p>Details of the …

Wearable Tech

Ultra-processed foods 'linked to cancer'

<b>A link between highly processed foods and cancer has been suggested by French researchers.</b><p>They classified foods including cakes, chicken nuggets and mass-produced bread as "ultra-processed".<p>A study of 105,000 people hinted the more of such foods people ate, the greater their risk of cancer.<p>A lot of …

Nutrition

Drones are helping scientists fight wildlife extinction

Drones may be a powerful tool for preserving endangered species.<p>Researchers in Australia suggest that counting wildlife using drones is more accurate than traditional methods, according to a paper published on Tuesday in the British Ecological Society journal "Methods in Ecology and …

Schizophrenia patients calmed by video game

<b>People with schizophrenia can be trained by playing a video game to control the part of the brain linked to verbal hallucinations, researchers say.</b><p>Patients in a small study were able to land a rocket in the game when it was connected to the brain region sensitive to speech and human voices.<p>In time, …

The Brain

Food may influence cancer spread

<b>There is mounting evidence the food on your plate can alter cancer's growth and spread, say Cambridge scientists.</b><p>Animal research, published in the journal Nature, showed breast tumours struggled without the dietary nutrient asparagine.<p>It is found in the foodies' favourite asparagus, as well as …

Cancer

BBC launches augmented reality app for Civilisations

<b>The BBC is launching an augmented reality app that will enable people to explore historical artefacts from UK museums in virtual exhibitions.</b><p>It is a companion to BBC Two's Civilisations series, which will be broadcast in spring 2018.<p>Users will be able to view and explore artefacts virtually - for …

Augmented Reality

Experimental AR projection system lets surgeons see ‘through’ a patient’s skin

Imagine if surgeons or other clinicians were able to more easily see their patients’ internal anatomy without having to cut into them. That’s the …

Chemistry 'Van Gogh' could help with cancer

<b>"Incredible" images of DNA in action have been captured by scientists who will use them to design cancer drugs.</b><p>Researcher Dr Alessandro Vannini said the pictures were "beautiful" and in artistic comparisons were "definitely a Van Gogh".<p>They capture a fundamental part of all plant and animal life, …

Cancer

Angelina Jolie gene testing for all?

<b>Testing all women for the "Angelina Jolie gene", even if not considered at risk, would prevent cancers, save lives and is cost effective, say doctors.</b><p>The Hollywood actress had her breasts, ovaries and fallopian tubes removed due to the high risk of cancer in her case.<p>Women tend to be offered …

Cancer

The founder of PayPal uses data to optimize every aspect of his life — and he says being healthier comes down to a single habit

"Be on the bike." That might as well be Max Levchin's fitness mantra.<p>Levchin is a cofounder of PayPal and the CEO of online lending service Affirm. On an episode of Business Insider's podcast, "Success! How I Did It," Levchin told US editor-in-chief Alyson Shontell about the philosophy behind his …

Will Power

Biology, the New (Old) Technical Debt… and What That Means for Healthcare Innovation

It’s a common nightmare for programmers to come in late to a project or organization and then have to make sense of a complex “spaghetti mess” of …

Machine Learning

Scientists Figure Out How to Make Muscles from Scratch

For the past several years, Nenad Bursac has been trying to make muscles from scratch.<p>A biological engineer at Duke, Bursac came close in 2015, when …

Muscle

Breast size dissatisfaction 'affects self-examination'

<b>Women unhappy with their breast size are less likely to carry out regular self-examinations, a study suggests.</b><p>The study, published in the journal Body Image<i>,</i> examined 384 British women.<p>The research found these women were also less confident about their ability to detect a change in their breasts …

Cancer

First Dates Fred: More than a maitre d'

<b>Meet Fred Sirieix, known to many as just Fred.</b><p>In real life, he's the French restaurant boss at London's Park Lane Hilton hotel. But to TV viewers, he's the charming maitre d' of Channel 4's First Dates eatery.<p>The match-making show sees singletons venture into the Paternoster Chop House in central …

Relationships

First Gene Therapy For Inherited Disease Gets FDA Approval

The Food and Drug Administration Tuesday approved the first gene therapy to treat an inherited disease.<p>The treatment is called Luxturna, a genetically modified virus that ferries a healthy gene into the eyes of patients born with retinal dystrophy, a rare condition that destroys cells in the retina …

FDA

How do you get work when your cancer won't go away?

<b>David Shutts was a high-achiever - a naval commander who became a champion of British business - until he was diagnosed with cancer. Quickly he discovered employers had little use for him, and the crushing blow set him thinking about a way the talents of people with chronic illnesses could be</b> …

Self-esteem

13 Things I Learned When I Was Diagnosed With Cancer

Everyone copes differently. I printed my skeleton out.<p>For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a patch of skin on my lower back that looked odd. Only recently have I learned it’s a result of a rare type of blood cancer called mycosis fungoides, or MF.<p>While I’d had it checked out in the past, both …

What will the Doctor order?

By Melissa Hogenboom<p>Our quest to understand how our genes work started in earnest in the mid-19th Century when a biologist and monk called Gregor Mendel came to a startling conclusion about the traits of plants. He crossed purple flowered pea plants with white ones, and found that all the resulting …

Genetics