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Mice without this protein resist multiple sclerosis - Futurity

A new discovery could pave the way to targeting the protein calnexin as a way to prevent the symptoms and progression of multiple sclerosis.

Syphilis: Symptoms, Treatments, and Facts

The old-school STD syphilis is making a stealthy comeback.<p>French novelist Guy de Maupassant was said to have written some of his most disturbing works while in the throes of syphilis that had gone to his brain. He also attempted suicide by ramming a paper knife into his throat, and then ended up in …

Public Health

Bats crash into buildings because smooth surfaces trick their echolocation

It’s like a mirror<p>Scientists have figured out why bats crash into buildings: smooth, vertical surfaces like window panes throw off their navigation systems, basically keeping them from “seeing” those obstacles.<p>The findings, published this week in the journal <i>Science</i>, help explain why injured or dead …

Biology

After Dangerous Collisions, Navy Will Pause for Safety Check

WASHINGTON — United States Navy ships worldwide will suspend operations for a day or two this week to examine basic seamanship and teamwork after the second collision of a Navy destroyer with a large commercial ship in two months, the Navy’s top officer said on Monday.<p>The officer, Adm. John …

Military

Can Prairie Dogs Talk?

Con Slobodchikoff and I approached the mountain meadow slowly, obliquely, softening our footfalls and conversing in whispers. It didn’t make much difference. Once we were within 50 feet of the clearing’s edge, the alarm sounded: short, shrill notes in rapid sequence, like rounds of sonic bullets.<p>We …

Ivory Coast

Crayfish get drunk faster when they’ve been hanging out with friends

Go home, crayfish, you’re drunk<p>Young crayfish can get drunk — and they get drunk a lot faster when they’ve been hanging out with their friends, new research says. So, extroverted crayfish may want to consider pacing themselves this weekend.<p>Crayfish are basically miniature, freshwater lobsters, …

Aquaculture

Farmers Are Replacing Migrant Workers With Robots

The robotic pickers don't get tired and can work 24 hours a day.<p>Harvesting Washington state's vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States.<p>That system eventually could change dramatically as at least two companies are rushing …

Agriculture

Climate change expected to make turbulence stronger and more frequent

<b>(CNN) —</b> Climate change is expected to affect your life in some surprising ways in the coming decades. From worsening pollen allergies to lowered sex drives, raising the planet's temperature by continued greenhouse gas emissions has wide ranging impacts -- but did you know that global warming may …

Climate Change

Court rules fan subtitles on TV and movies are illegal

Subtitle lovers, beware: a court just ruled that making fan subtitles or translations is not protected by the law.<p>A Dutch group called (translated) the Free Subtitles Foundation took anti-piracy group BREIN to court over “fansubbing.” BREIN has previously been active in taking fan subtitles and …

TV shows

Why the Menace of Mosquitoes Will Only Get Worse

The outbreak began so slowly that no one in Dallas perceived it at first. In June 2012, a trickle of people began showing up in emergency rooms broiling with fever, complaining that their necks were stiff and that bright lights hurt their eyes. The numbers were initially small; but by the middle of …

Public Health

Cassini’s Grand Finale: A Dive Between Saturn and Its Rings

The Cassini spacecraft is about to begin its great cosmic swan dive.<p>On Saturday morning, the spacecraft, which has been circling Saturn and its environs for the last 13 years, will skim over the hazes of Titan, the ringed planet’s biggest moon. Like a heavy hand, Titan’s gravity will reach out and …

Astronomy

Cellphones in Hand, Saudi Women Challenge Notions of Male Control

Lately a lot of women in Saudi Arabia have been loudly speaking out against male control over their lives, but as several have recently found, it is still the men who have the last word.<p>Last week, a 24-year-old Saudi woman, Dina Ali Lasloom, tried to flee her home for Australia. Members of her …

Social Media

How a Warming Planet Drives Human Migration

Climate change is not equally felt across the globe, and neither are its longer term consequences. This map overlays human turmoil — represented here by United Nations data on nearly 64 million “persons of concern,” whose numbers have tripled since 2005 — with climate turmoil, represented by data …

Climate Change

Is It O.K. to Tinker With the Environment to Fight Climate Change?

For the past few years, the Harvard professor David Keith has been sketching this vision: Ten Gulfstream jets, outfitted with special engines that allow them to fly safely around the stratosphere at an altitude of 70,000 feet, take off from a runway near the Equator. Their cargo includes thousands …

Climate Change

Theresa May calls for UK general election on 8 June

Prime minister makes surprise announcement outside No 10, saying she has delivered stability after the Brexit referendum result • Theresa May announces UK general election - live<p>Theresa May has said she wants to hold a snap general election on 8 June, despite repeatedly claiming that she was …

Downing Street
Immigration
Immigration

World's biggest 3-D printed shoes are perfect fit for size 28 teen

<b>(CNN) —</b> Teenage boys are notorious for outgrowing their clothing as soon as they buy it. Broc Brown, a 19 year-old in Michigan Center, Michigan, has the same problem.<p>But Brown is unique because he has Sotos syndrome, also known as cerebral gigantism, and he doesn't stop growing. He's 7 feet 8 …

3D
Nobel Prize

Canadian cops to punish drunk drivers with Nickelback tunes

<b>(CNN) —</b> Talk about cruel and unusual punishment!<p>The Canadian town of Kensington has hit upon a genius plan to detract its residents from drinking and driving this holiday season.<p>Not only will the cops charge you, they'll also blast Nickelback while they haul you to jail.<p>The Kensington Police …

Turner Broadcasting

Private moon rovers may visit the Apollo 17 landing site

German Xprize team sets its sights on a vintage moon buggy<p>The Apollo 17 landing site has been abandoned since the last lunar astronauts went home in 1972. Now the site could get its first visitor in 44 years, as private companies race to the moon in the Google Lunar Xprize competition. A German …

Space Science

Deadmau5 to Teach Electronic Music Production Class

Joel Zimmerman (better known as Deadmau5) has announced he will teach a new electronic music production course through Masterclass, a company that has previously offered classes from artists such as Usher, Werner Herzog, and Aaron Sorkin. The course will include a look into Zimmerman’s Ableton …

New Singles

You are surprisingly likely to have a living doppelganger

What are the chances of finding your exact lookalike? BBC Future investigates.<p>It’s on your passport. It’s how criminals are identified in a line-up. It’s how you’re recognised by old friends on the street, even after years apart. Your face: it’s so tangled up with your identity, soon it may be all …

Al Gore

Should All Research Papers Be Free?

DRAWING comparisons to Edward Snowden, a graduate student from Kazakhstan named Alexandra Elbakyan is believed to be hiding out in Russia after illegally leaking millions of documents. While she didn’t reveal state secrets, she took a stand for the public’s right to know by providing free online …

Social Sciences

US calls proposed sanctions on NKorea a 'major upgrade'

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States on Thursday introduced a draft U.N. Security Council resolution that it said will significantly increase pressure on North Korea in response to its latest nuclear test and rocket launch.<p>Ambassador Samantha Power said the draft, which for the first time would …

North Korea

3 cravings that are a sign of a health problem

We've all been there: That moment when you just need to have a burger (or a milkshake, or a bag of potato chips) and nothing else on earth will do.<p>But why exactly do we have food cravings? And what do they mean?<p>First, let's clear up a big myth. It's a popular belief that cravings are the result of …

Wellness