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New drugs provide cure for hepatitis C, research finds

Twenty-five years after scientists first identified the<p>hepatitisC virus, doctors are declaring victory over an infection that afflicts more than 3 million Americans and kills more of them than HIV.<p>In a series of clinical trial results, a new generation of antiviral medications was able to clear the …

Parasitic Amoeba Eats People Alive, Bite By Bite

These amoebae eat human cells while they are still alive, and then move on. Terrifying.<p>It used to be thought that the parasite <i>Entamoeba histolytica</i> killed human cells with toxins and only ate them once they were dead--and that during its meals, it would eat cells by engulfing them whole, like other …

Babies Can Remember People They Only Met Once

The chatty nurse enters the room to give my 6-month old baby his shots, and she immediately grimaces. “I’m so sorry,” she says. “He’s going to remember me from the last time he got poked.”<p>I wasn’t sure what to say – I was pretty sure that he didn’t remember anything from the past two months, …

The Brain

Lab-grown vaginas have been successfully implanted in four women

Scientists announced today that four women received lab-grown vaginas between 2005 and 2008 — and, according to their doctors, all of the patients are doing quite well.<p>The women, who were between 13 and 18 at the time of the surgery, were all born with a rare genetic condition called …

New Gene Map of Deadly Bird Flu Points to Pandemic Concerns

"I don't know why this [study] would even be considered a biological weapon," researcher says.<p>When does scientific research cause more harm than good? That question has been at the heart of controversy over what should be published about avian flu.<p>A new study by virologist Ron Fouchier and …

Spiders Could Fix Your Broken Bones

Broken bones and compound fractures often lead to the insertion of metal plates and screws, a painful process that requires two surgeries and carries the risk of infection and swelling. Fortunately, a better alternative might be on the horizon, courtesy of our good friend the spider.<p>A paper …

Vagina built in the lab from patient's cells

Scientists grow viable vaginas from girls' own cells | Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Four young women born with abnormal or missing vaginas were implanted with lab-grown versions made from their own cells, the latest success in creating replacement organs that have so far included tracheas, bladders and urethras.<p>Yuanyuan Zhang, M.D., Ph.D, assistant professor at …

Company Plans To Make Paper Towels And Diapers Out Of Jellyfish

Gird thy loins with jellyfish, child.<p>In many places, like beaches in Israel, there are too many jellyfish, nourished by rising ocean temperatures and acidity. Besides stinging swimmers in that country and worldwide, they can cause other thorny problems, like recently clogging the intake pipes of a …

Diapers

How deep could the missing plane be? Pings provide MH370 clues

Two signals that could possibly be from the black box of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may have search leaders mapping out an area as deep as 12 Empire State buildings below the surface of the Indian Ocean in an attempt to find the wreckage of the missing plane.<p>The Australian ship "Ocean Shield" …

How Big is the Universe? How Small Are We in It?

What our present science understands about the size of the universe already shows us a vast and immense realm—yet it may still only be a tiny drop in …

100 Years Of Smoking Studies In Popular Science

Fifty years ago, the U.S. surgeon general first declared that smoking tobacco causes lung cancer. Popular Science readers could have known that was coming.<p>Fifty years ago tomorrow, then-U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry held a press conference announcing that, among other ills, smoking caused lung …

FYI: Did Dinosaurs Get The Flu?

Investigating diseases of prehistory<p>It’s very hard to figure out when the influenza virus first started making animals sick. Studies of the history of major human epidemics suggest the flu has been around for at least a thousand years. “The certainty diminishes as we go further back into the past,” …

Space Exploration Can Drive the Next Agricultural Revolution

Habitation of outer space needs solving air, water, energy and food supplies within a tight space. And this isn’t a problem of an apocalyptic, remote …

Christmas on ice: scientists retrace steps of great Antarctic explorer

In the early hours of Christmas Day 1912 the Antarctic explorer and scientist Douglas Mawson was trekking across the endless plateau of the frozen continent with his companion, Xavier Mertz. They were hundreds of miles from base camp and, 10 days earlier, they had been struck by tragedy when the …

Mars One has ethical questions to answer about one-way trip to red planet

Mars One is back in the news. On Tuesday the company held a press conference in Washington DC to announce that it is working with two other companies – Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology – to launch a robotic mission to Mars in 2018. The idea is that this unmanned mission will help lay …

Low oxygen lets people with spinal cord injuries walk better - Futurity

Short periods of breathing low oxygen levels can help some patients with spinal cord injuries walk better, a new study shows.

Dengue fever is back: why the dangerous disease is here to stay

Once eradicated in the US, this mosquito-borne illness is once again thwarting prevention efforts<p>If the most efficient dengue fever carrier, a mosquito called <i>Aedes aegypti</i>, establishes itself in California, it won't be because the state didn't put up a fight. Since the mosquito was first spotted on …

The weird object near Saturn’s A ring

A member of the Cassini spacecraft’s imaging team spied a mysterious object at edge of Saturn’s A ring and named it Peggy.<p>On April 15, 2013, the …

Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

Physicists reported this week the discovery of a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and …

Wake Up, Rosetta! Europeans Begin Checklist For Comet Landing

The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe, launched in March 2004, will be awakened from a deep sleep next month in preparation for a rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which will culminate late next year with the first-ever soft landing on such a body.<p>The 6,600-pound spacecraft, …

1.34-million-year-old remains of strong, tree-climbing human ancestor

Researchers found a partial skeleton including arm, hand, leg and foot fragments. They say that P. boisei may have been as tall as 4.5 feet tall, …

Your Fat Has a Brain. Seriously. And It's Trying to Kill You.

Phil Bruno was super-sizing again. It was just past 5:30 on a spring evening in 2004, and he was driving home from work. He pulled into a White Castle, one of many fast-food outlets lining Route 100 in his hometown of Manchester, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. He was only a mile from his house, …

Comet ISON Update November 2013: Will Comet Survive Pass by the Sun?

Comet ISON is skyrocketing toward the sun and the latest news is about whether the comet will survive its encounter.<p>The comet is slated to pass near …

Study Finds Plan B Pill Less Effective In Overweight, Obese Women

Even as the Supreme Court takes up the issue of emergency contraception coverage, a new study suggests the most popular form of the drug might not work for most American women. It seems one formulation of the popular drug loses effectiveness in women who are obese or who weigh over a certain amount.<p>…

Women's Health

Snack test links gene to childhood obesity - Futurity

A new study on childhood obesity links a gene in the brain's reward system to young children's food choices.

Experience Comet ISON’s encounter with the sun online

ISON’s moment of truth is here – its closest approach to the sun – today. Here are some ways to experience it online.<p>Comet ISON has traveled for at …

Comet Ison to light up morning skies in the run-up to Christmas

If it survives an encounter with the sun this week, comet Ison will put on an impressive early morning display in the run-up to Christmas. But anyone hoping for a Bethlehem-style celestial sign on the big day will be disappointed. By then the comet will probably be too faint to see with a naked eye.<p>…

Have we seen the last of Comet ISON?

Comet ISON is now thought to be a traveling debris field, with no solid nucleus or core. Will we see the debris field from Earth? No one knows</b> …