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Malaria hope: Bacteria that make mosquitoes resistant

<b>Researchers have found a strain of bacteria that can infect mosquitoes and make them resistant to the malaria parasite.</b><p>The study, in the journal Science, showed the parasite struggled to survive in infected mosquitoes.<p>Malaria is spread between people by the insects so it is hoped that giving …

Vaccinate mosquitoes to stop malaria?

<b>MICHIGAN STATE (US) —</b> Mosquitoes are deadly and efficient disease transmitters, but they also can be equally good at spreading a cure for diseases …

Public Health

Thermal invisibility cloak in first demonstration

<b>Researchers have built and tested a form of invisibility cloak that can hide objects from heat.</b><p>Similar cloaking efforts are underway to make objects invisible to light and even sound waves, but this is the first device to work with heat.<p>The prototype, to be outlined in Physical Review Letters, …

Some words descended largely unchanged since end of last ice age

Seven major language families might all descend from an ancient language superfamily. Some words from that early language might be recognizable today.<p>…

Even Stephen Hawking makes mistakes – he's wrong about the Israel boycott

I followed the news of Professor Stephen Hawking's decision to decline an invitation as an honored speaker at the conference hosted by Israeli …

Making New Elements

How scientists create superheavy atoms.<p>Last year, scientists in Germany set out to create the heaviest known element in the universe: element 119. For five months, they attempted to fuse the atoms of two lighter elements to form one large atom with 119 protons in its nucleus. Like other …

How Do You Make A Painkiller Addiction-Proof?

In 2010, OxyContin introduced a new formula that drug abusers can't crush to a powder to snort or inject. This is how it works, chemically, and whether it actually deters abuse.<p>For those who have severe chronic pain, the advantage of OxyContin over other prescription painkillers is that it lasts …

FYI: Why Do We Hate The Sound Of Nails On A Chalkboard?

Screeeeeeeech!<p>Most people associate this cringe-worthy noise with words like "piercing" and "shrilling." But it isn't actually the sound's high-pitched tones that give us goose bumps. During a study that dates back to 1986 (the days when they actually used chalkboards), scientists at Northwestern …

‘Simple path’ from fish hips to 4-legged walk

<b>MONASH U. (AUS) —</b> The evolution of the complex, weight-bearing hips of walking animals from the basic hips of fish was a much simpler process than …

Biology

How to spot a murderer's brain

In 1987, Adrian Raine, who describes himself as a neurocriminologist, moved from Britain to the US. His emigration was prompted by two things. The …

Your Brain Catches Grammar Errors Even When You Don't Realize It

The pedant within<p>The brain does all kinds of amazing things while you're not paying attention (you know, like regularly remind you to breathe). But it's also engaged in less critical but equally interesting tasks, like correcting the grammar of the person sitting across from you at dinner. A …

Ice melt, sea level rise, to be less severe than feared: study | Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - A melt of ice on Greenland and Antarctica is likely to be less severe than expected this century, limiting sea level rise to a maximum of 69 cm (27 inches), an international study said on Tuesday.<p>Even so, such a rise could dramatically change coastal environments in the lifetimes …