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Stone-throwing chimps leave scientists stumped by ‘sacred shrine’

Chimpanzees in the savannah of Guinea and the forests of Liberia have been captured picking up stones and throwing them at a tree as well as placing them gently at the base<p>Chimpanzees in Guinea and the forests of Liberia have been observed picking up stones and throwing them at a tree as well as …

Some US Hospital Infections Dropping, But Superbug Risks Are High

Fifteen years after a national report exposed how many Americans were being made sick and dying because of medical errors, some infections caused by hospitals are decreasing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But in a report published Thursday, the agency warns that the …

San Bernardino iPhone could contain 'dormant cyber pathogen,' says cyberpunk DA

The iPhone at the center of the ongoing legal battle between Apple and the FBI may hold a "dormant cyber pathogen" that could cripple San Bernardino, according to the county's District Attorney. Michael Ramos' court filing ascertains that the iPhone, provided to San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan …

Top 20 grocery items driving up your bill, including eggs, meat and oranges

While Americans have gotten used to price increases on daily necessities over the years, one category in particular has surged recently: your groceries. Basic foods like eggs, meat and bread have all increased by at least 40 percent over the past decade, according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), …

Agriculture

Global warming ‘hiatus’ debate flares up again

Researchers now argue that slowdown in warming was real.<p>The latest salvo in an ongoing row over global-warming trends claims that warming has indeed …

Climate Change

Shortage Of Addiction Counselors Further Strained By Opioid Epidemic

As the drug-related death toll rises in the United States, communities are trying to open more treatment beds. But an ongoing labor shortage among drug treatment staff is slowing those efforts.<p>Each year, roughly one of every four substance-abuse clinicians nationally chooses to leave the job, …

Activity of entire central nervous system captured on film for first time

Footage recorded using light-sheet microscopy could help scientists understand how the brain and nerve cord interact to generate behaviour<p>The neural activity of an entire central nervous system has been captured in a fairly complex animal for the first time.<p>The video footage shows neurons firing in …

Neuroscience

Smart Mouthguard Tells Your Dentist If You’re Grinding Your Teeth

And could be used with athletes to detect concussions early<p>If you’ve ever woken up with a weird headache and pain in your jaw during a particularly stressful time, it might be because you were grinding your teeth, a condition called bruxism. Don’t worry, though, you’re not alone—one in five …

Screening mammograms don't prevent breast cancer deaths, study finds

The increased use of mammograms to screen for breast cancer has subjected more women to invasive medical treatments but has not saved lives, a new study says.<p>After reviewing cancer registry records from 547 counties across the United States, researchers concluded that the screening tests aren't …

Cancer

'Female Viagra' a political tightrope for FDA, advisors warn

Science and politics are making uneasy bedfellows as officials at the<p>Food and Drug Administrationweigh a proposed drug to enhance female sexual desire, a trio of experts on drug safety warned Monday.<p>The FDA is expected to decide next month whether it will allow Sprout Pharmaceuticals to market the …

Memory loss in old age breakthrough offers dementia hope, say researchers

Breakthrough linking protein in blood to memory loss raises hopes for dementia treatment, and could be key to keeping people healthy for longer in old age<p>Researchers may have found a way to slow down or prevent memory problems that arise in old age and which can become devastating in patients with …

Dementia

Taco Bell is dropping artificial colors and flavors from its menu this year

But don't order that extra Beefy Fritos® Burrito just yet<p>If your Taco Bell order tastes a little funky next year, it might not be from the questionable quality of the meat. Today, everyone's favorite provider of FourthMeal announced that it will remove artificial colors and flavors, high fructose …

Humans 'will become God-like cyborgs within 200 years'

The amalgamation of man and machine will be the ‘biggest evolution in biology’ claims Professor Yuval Noah Harari<p>Wealthy humans are likely become cyborgs within 200 years as they gradually merge with technology like computers and smart phones, a historian has claimed.<p>Yuval Noah Harari, a professor …

Humans could download brains on to a computer and live forever

The brain works like a complex circuit board which could be recreated on a computer<p>Humans could download their brain on to a computer and live forever inside a machine, a Cambridge neuroscientist has claimed.<p>Dr Hannah Critchlow said that if a computer could be built to recreate the 100 trillion …