Dietrich Rosenberg

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New bird flu 'has unique traits'

<b>The new flu which has emerged in China has unique traits, say scientists.</b><p>It is able to infect both the nose, giving it the potential to spread easily, and penetrate deep in the lungs where it causes pneumonia.<p>The authors of the American Journal of Pathology say the twin attack has not been detected …

First-ever human head transplant is now possible, says neuroscientist

<i>Update: New Scientist reported Feb. 25, 2015, that Canavero will announce at a conference in June a project to make the first human head transplant possible by 2017.</i><p>Technical barriers to grafting one person’s head onto another person’s body can now be overcome, says Dr. Sergio Canavero, a member of …

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Psychedelic Drugs Don't Make People Crazy, Study Says

Researchers even found some associations between psychedelic drugs and fewer mental health issues.<p>Contrary to what some anti-drug campaigns will have you believe, dropping acid probably isn't going to make you depressed or psychotic. In fact, psychedelics might actually be associated with better …

Inside the mind of a kidnap victim: How Stockholm Syndrome leaves scars that last a lifetime

• Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight rescued on Monday<br>• Had been held captive in Cleveland for around a decade before escape<br>• Could suffer from …

Scientists discover what’s killing the bees and it’s worse than you thought

As we’ve written before, the mysterious mass die-off of honey bees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the US has so decimated America’s <i>apis mellifera</i> population that one bad winter could leave fields fallow. Now, a new study has pinpointed some of the probable causes of bee deaths and the …

Major oil discovery in outback SA

Brisbane company Linc Energy says independent studies have confirmed a major shale oil source in South Australia's far north, which officials have …

Experience: I taught myself to see

I had to have both eyes removed by the age of one to save my life – I was born with an aggressive form of eye cancer called retinoblastoma. Ever …

Decapitated Worms Regrow Heads, Keep Old Memories

<b>In French Revolution-style, researchers decapitated flatworms—then did something that would give even Madam Defarge the creeps.</b><p>The scientists let the worms’ heads grow back and found that their memories returned along with the new noggins, according to a new study in the <i>Journal of Experimental</i> …

Here's how Elon Musk's Hyperloop might actually work

How do you get from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes?<p>Elon Musk has made his name on big ideas, whether it's space tourism or the electric car — but his latest project, mysteriously dubbed the Hyperloop, may be more revolutionary than anything he's done. It started with a simple promise: …

Babies prefer to gaze upon beautiful faces

Newborn babies prefer to look at attractive faces, says a UK researcher, suggesting that face recognition is hardwired at birth, rather than …

Racism is 'hardwired' into the human brain - and people can be racists without knowing it

Racism is 'hardwired' into the human brain - and people can be prejudiced without knowing it<p>Same circuits that allow people to judge ethnic groups …

What Maslow Missed

<i>Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes the individual. Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore</i> …

IVF ban on baby sex selection is not justified, says ethicist

The UK’s ban on couples selecting the sex of their children has no ethical justification, a leading ethicist has said.<p>In an influential report, Professor Stephen Wilkinson said it would be ethical to allow people to use fertility techniques to choose whether they have a boy or a girl.<p>His report …

Spiderweb-like tower would harvest air pollution in London and turn it into biofuel

Giant spiders haven't invaded London (as far as we know). But that's how it would look if one architecture masters student's vision came to fruition. Chang-Yeob Lee of the Royal College of Art wants to radically transform London's BT Tower at some point in the future, equipping it with exterior …

Haptic Holography: The Next Mind-Blowing Technology

Young people have had fun with the older generations, watching them struggle to wrap their heads around modern technology. It’s funny at times (like …

Dmitry Itskov wants to help you live forever by swapping your body for an android avatar

The Russian billionaire talks immortality, the Dalai Lama, and lifelike robotic heads<p>If Dmitry Itskov has his way, the human lifespan will soon no longer depend on the limitations of the human body. Itskov, a Russian tycoon and former media mogul, is the founder of the 2045 Project — a venture that …

Bone marrow 'frees men of HIV drugs'

<b>Two patients have been taken off their HIV drugs after bone-marrow transplants seemed to clear the virus from their bodies, doctors report.</b><p>One of the patients has spent nearly four months without taking medication with no sign of the virus returning.<p>The team at Brigham and Women's Hospital, in the …

BBC News | SCI/TECH | A finger on sexuality

Finger length may be an indication of sexual orientation, a controversial study has shown.<p>Scientists from California found that lesbian women have a greater difference in length between their ring finger and index finger than straight women do.<p>The same pattern was also found for homosexual men - …

Nerve cells 're-grown' in rats after spinal injury

<b>US scientists say they have made progress in repairing spinal cord injuries in paralysed rats.</b><p>Rats regained some bladder control after surgery to transplant nerve cells into the spinal cord, combined with injections of a cocktail of chemicals.<p>The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, …

Scientists peek at memories being made - Futurity

USC (US) — Using microscopic probes, researchers can see the physical changes that occur when …

How Egyptian god Bes gave the Christian Devil his looks

The lewd, leering face of the Egyptian god Bes can be seen in modern images of the Christian Devil, writes Alastair Sooke.<p>Earlier this year I visited the temple of the goddess Hathor at Dendera on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt. Dating from perhaps the first century BC, the temple is decorated …

Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes

<b>For 75 years, Finland's expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It's like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world's lowest infant mortality rates.</b><p>It's a tradition that dates back to the 1930s and …