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Harvard Biologist Retracts Groundbreaking Diabetes 'Breakthrough'

A Harvard research team led by biologist Douglas Melton has retracted a promising research paper following multiple failed attempts to reproduce the …

Can Bacteria Cause Anxiety?

<i>Can bacteria cause anxiety? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Keck Medicine of USC, 500+ internationally renowned doctors at a leading academic medical center, on Quora:</b><p>These Bacteria Could …

Breast cancer treated just as well by short radiotherapy course, say experts

Giving breast cancer sufferers a shorter course of radiotherapy is just as effective, according to researchers who say it will reduce side effects for women being treated.<p>Radiotherapy delivered over three weeks is at least as effective and safe as that received over five weeks of treatment, though …

UK teenager wins battle to have body cryogenically frozen

<b>London (CNN) —</b> A British teenager who died of cancer has been cryogenically frozen in the United States after winning a court case before her death.<p>The girl -- who can't be identified and is referred to only as "JS" -- suffered from a rare form of cancer and expressed a hope to be brought back to …

Science, Fiction: Cryonics: a Long Shot at an Uncertain Future

Earlier this week, the family of a teenage British girl who died of cancer won the rights to have her body cryonically frozen, per her last wishes. …

Reeva Steenkamp's Family "Shocked" At Pistorius Release Recommendation

On Monday, South African prison officials said the double amputee Olympic athlete — who was sentenced to five years in jail for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp — should be moved to house arrest after serving one-sixth of his sentence.<p>Officials on the parole board in Pretoria last week …

World’s first biolimb: Scientists are growing rat arms in Petri dishes

Losing an arm can feel like losing a family member. Though prosthetic limbs have been improving, they are far from ideal. And while the improving field of limb transplants gives hope, the patient has to take immunosuppressant drugs all their life to prevent the body rejecting the new addition …

South Korea MERS outbreak: 9 dead; over 2,800 quarantined

<b>Seoul, South Korea (CNN) —</b> South Korea is grappling with two battles: the virus itself and the public fear over MERS, one official declared.<p>The nation has been struck by the largest outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome outside Saudi Arabia, where the virus was discovered.<p>And the number …

NASA Wants To Send A Nuclear Submarine To Saturn's Moon Titan

Nothing says "we come in peace" like a military spaceplane delivering a nuclear sub<p>There are places beyond the reach of NASA’s current army of robot space explorers. Impressive and capable as Curiosity and other land rovers are, they’d be pretty useless in the liquid hydrocarbon lakes of Saturn’s …

We’re About To Visit A Tiny Planet In The Asteroid Belt For The First Time

The Dawn spacecraft arrives at Ceres this March, and it could be the most surprising space mission in decades<p>While the world awaits the first visit to Pluto this July, another space mission will reach a strange world much closer to home. And months sooner.<p>A small robot named Dawn is nearing the end …

Stephen Hawking is working on a new theory of everything

Stephen Hawking is at it again: In a Facebook posting, the wheelchair-riding British physicist says he’s working on a theory of cosmic origins that …

Astronomers Catch Mysterious Radio Blast From the Distant Universe

Coming from far beyond the galaxy, an extremely energetic blast of radio waves has been snared by astronomers lying in wait. Lasting for just a few thousandths of a second, the burst is the first of an enigmatic class of objects to be observed in real-time, astronomers report today in the <i>Monthly</i> …

Scientists Figure Out How To Unboil Eggs

Next step: Unscrambling<p>It has often been said that you can't unscramble an egg. But you might be able to unboil one.<p>When you boil an egg, the heat causes the proteins inside the egg white to tangle and clump together, solidifying it. New research published in <i>ChemBioChem</i> by scientists at UC Irvine …

Stick-On Tattoo Measures Blood Sugar Without Needles

Sweet news for diabetics<p>Diabetics often prick their fingers up to eight times a day to check their blood sugar. Researchers have long looked for a solution that provides constant monitoring without being so invasive, and researchers at the University of California San Diego have come up with a new …

German Muslim council warns of rise in anti-Islam attacks | DW | 24.01.2015

Islamophobia body observes sharp rise in anti-Muslim incidents in FranceViolence and hostile incidents targeting Muslims and mosques are taking place …

Zebra stripes are not black and white

Do zebra stripes have some kind of adaptive function? Intuitively, the answer has to be yes. But what is it? As yet another study claims to be homing in on the answer, I thought it might be helpful to sum up the most likely explanations.<p>1. Camouflage<p><b>Hypothesis</b>. Stripy is all about befuddling …

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Elon Musk's Hyperloop Could Get Texas Beta Test

Elon Musk wants to sell you an electric car today and build the way you get around without one in the future. The Tesla Motors CEO told an audience in Texas on Thursday that the state was the leading candidate to be the initial testing grounds for Musk’s “Hyperloop” concept that would transport …

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Facebook apologizes after 'Year in Review' stirs up bad memories for some users

While scrolling through your Facebook News Feed this holiday season, you probably encountered the typical statuses from friends: photographs of …