Birgitte Dahm Fischer

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New Antibiotic Could Help Fight ‘Superbugs’ of the Future

Scientists have discovered a new antibiotic that may help turn the tide against the rise of drug-resistant bacteria, or “superbugs”.<p>By using a method …

Charlie Hebdo attack: The 12 victims of Paris shooting

As France reels from worst terror attack in generation at office of satirical magazine, 12 victims of masked al-Qaeda gunmen are named<p>Three suspected al-Qaeda gunmen <b>launched a murderous attack at the offices of Charlie Hebdo</b>, the French satirical magazine, leaving 12 dead. They have been named as:<p>• …

Girl, 5, dies after being thrown from bridge; father arrested

<b>(CNN) —</b> God will not likely be representing John Jonchuck Jr., a judge told the 25-year-old father when he appeared in court Thursday on a charge that he killed his 5-year-old daughter by throwing her off of a St. Petersburg, Florida, bridge.<p>During the video hearing, Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge …

North Korea doubles its cyber warfare team to 6,000 troops

Pyongyang lavishing funds on conventional military capabilities as well as nuclear weapons, South Korean defence white paper estimates<p>North Korea has doubled the number of personnel in its cyber warfare divisions, can deploy more armoured vehicles, rocket launchers and warships and is developing a …

Eight habitable planets found orbiting distant suns in 'Goldilocks zone'

Astrophysicists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics in Cambridge, US, have found eight new planets which could support life<p>Eight new ‘Earths’ which may hold liquid water and could sustain life has been spotted orbiting a distant sun in our galaxy.<p>The new worlds double the number of …

1795 time capsule opened, centuries after Revere and Adams buried it

<b>(CNN) —</b> More than 200 years after Samuel Adams and Paul Revere first buried it in Boston, it took an hour to remove all the objects crammed inside a tiny time capsule.<p>Onlookers anxiously watched the unveiling Tuesday, worrying the items might not have weathered the years very well.<p>"Could we …

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China pollution levels hit 20 times safe limit

Days of heavy smog shrouding swathes of northern China pushed pollution to more than 20 times safe levels on Friday, despite government promises to tackle environmental blight.<p>Visibility dropped dramatically as measures of small pollutant particles known as PM2.5, which can embed themselves deep in …

Grapefruit Juice May Be As Effective as Diabetes Drugs

A new mice study suggests that grapefruit juice might be just as effective as the type 2 diabetes drug, metformin, at lowering blood glucose. The …

Officials begin tracing contacts of Texas patient diagnosed with Ebola

A man who traveled from Liberia to visit family members in Texas tested positive for Ebola on Tuesday, marking the outbreak's first diagnosis outside of Africa, health officials said.<p>The unidentified patient, who is critically ill, has been cared for in a special isolation ward at Texas Health …

What causes paranoia, hallucinations and grandiose ideas?

Have you ever wrongly suspected that other people are out to harm you? Have you been convinced that you’re far more talented and special than you really are? Do you sometimes hear things that aren’t actually there?<p>These experiences – paranoia, grandiosity and hallucinations in the technical jargon …

CDC confirms first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States

(Reuters) - U.S. health officials said on Tuesday the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus had been diagnosed in the country after flying from Liberia to Texas, in a new sign of how the outbreak ravaging West Africa can spread globally.<p>The patient sought treatment six days after …

CDC investigates kids' limb paralysis; is enterovirus to blame?

Health officials are looking for the cause of a neurologic illness that's affected 10 children in Colorado.<p>The children were hospitalized between August 9 and September 28 with muscle weakness in their limbs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>Something is affecting the …

Eight Killed in Attack on Ebola Team in Guinea

Health news<p>Eight people, including three journalists, were killed in an attack on a team trying to educate locals on the risks of the Ebola virus in a remote area of southeastern Guinea, a government spokesman said on Thursday. "The eight bodies were found in the village latrine. Three of them had …

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Vatican Security Tightened Over Threat Of Attack On Pope

A foreign security service alerted Italy this week after intercepting a conversation between two Arab speakers which referred to "a demonstrative act, Wednesday, at the Vatican," Il Messaggero daily reported.<p>Wednesday is the day the pope holds his weekly general audience in the square in front of …

Respiratory virus sickens hundreds of kids

A respiratory virus is sending hundreds of children to hospitals in Missouri and possibly throughout the Midwest and beyond, officials say.<p>The virus causes symptoms like a cold, except worse, and is prompting up to 30 children a day to seek care at one Kansas City hospital, where about 15% of the …

WHO: Senegal Ebola case 'a top priority emergency'

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The effort to contain Ebola in Senegal is "a top priority emergency," the World Health Organization said Sunday, as the …

At Last, Scientists Unravel Mystery of Death Valley's Moving Rocks

Weird Science<p>The first witnesses to an enduring natural mystery are an engineer, a biologist and a planetary scientist who met thanks to a remote weather station.<p>This odd group has captured the first video footage of Death Valley's sailing stones creeping across Racetrack Playa. For a century, …

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These Cycling Desks Charge Your Phone–And Your Muscles–While You Work

It takes about 30 minutes of easy pedaling to charge an iPhone, the same amount of time it would take while plugged into the wall. “It also happens …

MIT study says robot overlords could make for happier human workers

New research from MIT reckons that robots controlling human tasks in manufacturing is not only more efficient than flesh-and-blood middle-management, but <i>preferred</i> by people that do the work too. Automation in the manufacturing process has been around for decades, but the new study aimed to seek out …

ShareWhere -- confess to nearby strangers (you know you want to)

<i>Bless me, Father. For I have drunk 15 beers last night and said things that I don't remember. Some of them might be on a secret-sharing app.</i><p>Please don't tell anyone, but I have my suspicions about secret-baring apps like Secret and Whisper.<p>Their creators might tell you it's all about allowing …

This lizard's DNA might hold the key to regenerating human tissue

The humble green anole has but a few claims to fame: it was featured on the cover of the very first <i>Animorphs</i> book, and it can self-amputate and regrow its tail after coming face to face with a predator. It's that latter ability that's tickled the scientific community's fancy (though c'mon, <i>Animorphs</i> …

Welcome To Mars. Here's Where You'll Be Staying

In a fun competition to design a 3-D-printed Martian habitat, three designs are finalists.<p>NASA has plans to put humans on Mars in the 2030s or 2040s, and the private company Mars One is already interviewing applicants to for its one-way trip to the Red Planet. But a couple of crucial questions …

Traffic Lights Are Vulnerable to Simple Hack, Researchers Find

Innovation<p>A team of security researchers from the University of Michigan, led by computer science professor J. Alex Halderman, found that the state's traffic light infrastructure is wide open to hackers. The team, with the permission of a local road agency, took control of a system of nearly 100 …

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Liberia fights Ebola in capital, West Africa toll tops 1,200

MONROVIA/GENEVA (Reuters) - Liberia battled on Tuesday to halt the spread of the Ebola disease in its crowded, run-down oceanside capital Monrovia, recording the most new deaths as fatalities from the world’s worst outbreak of the deadly virus rose above 1,200.<p>Health workers, wearing head-to-toe …

Liberian Child Suspected of Contracting Ebola Clings to Life

Patient checked for Ebola virus at Kaiser hospital in Sacramento

<b>(08-19) 23:13 PDT SACRAMENTO</b> -- A person who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus was checked into Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center, health officials said Tuesday.<p>Hospital officials alerted the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services, and department officials …

In West Africa, Medical Workers Risk Becoming Victims in the Fight Against Ebola

Less than a month ago, there were around two hundred doctors, nurses and hospital staff at Phebe Hospital in Liberia’s central Suakoko district. …