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Samsung's biotech unit debuts in Seoul. Here's what to know.

Samsung Biologics Co., the contract drug making unit of Samsung Group, made its market debut in Seoul on Thursday in South Korea's largest initial public offering in six years.<p>Samsung is looking to biotech to be a new core business on a par with its semiconductor manufacturing. The company has …

Physicists Say They've Produced The First 'Supersolid', And It's Even Stranger Than Predicted

Liquid and solid at the same time.<p>At its most simple, matter can come in the form of a solid, a liquid, a gas, or plasma. But what if you could …

Quantum Mechanics

A Deadly, Drug-Resistant Fungus Has Arrived in The US For The First Time

Treatments are not evolving fast enough.<p>It’s a kind of yeast that drifts through hospitals, taking root in open wounds, and blood, and the nooks and …

Public Health

Fly Around the World for Just $1063

What if we said you could travel the world for just $1063 USD? Whatever your reaction, we kind of just did.<p>Airfare Spot has come up with one wicked …

Can your own immune system kill cancer?

<b>(CNN) —</b> There was another big win in the advancement of immunotherapy treatments for cancer this week.<p>The Food and Drug Administration approved an immunotherapy drug called Keytruda, which stimulates the body's immune system, for the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic non-small-cell …

Immunotherapy

World's wildlife being pushed to the edge by humans - in pictures

Global wildlife populations will decline by 67% by 2020 unless urgent action is taken to reduce human impact on species and ecosystems, warns the biennial Living Planet Index report from WWF and ZSL. From elephants to eels, here are some of the wildlife populations most affected by human activity

Wildlife

This Biotech Wants to Make Taking Your Medicine as Easy as Breathing

There’s a pretty simple idea at the heart of Pennsylvania-based biopharma firm OptiNose: plenty of perfectly good drugs just aren’t living up to …

Biotechnology

Frog goes extinct, media yawns

Is the loss of a unique life form on Earth big news? Not according to most media outlets. But how can the public care about global mass extinction if they aren’t even told about its victims?<p>On 26 September, staff with the Atlanta Botanical Garden found a frog dead in his enclosure. The frog had big …

Extinction

Rad public housing in South Korea wins nation's top architecture award

Located by Seoul’s ritzy Gangnam district<p>Count South Korea among the countries creating innovative, design-minded affordable housing complexes alongside France and Germany, just to name a couple. The Gangnam A5 housing block in Seoul was designed by architect Frits van Dongen and recently won the …

Australia is no longer the home of the 'fair go', says report

Country is less fair, less safe and has more people in prison than comparable nations, says Community Council of Australia<p>A report by the Community Council of Australia has shattered perceptions that Australia is a country of the “fair go”, finding it is less fair, less safe, and with a higher …

Australia

Peter Higgs Says He Wouldn't Have Predicted The Higgs Boson in Today's Academic Climate

Times are tough for young researchers.<p>On the eve of receiving his 2013 Nobel Prize, famed physicist Peter Higgs told <i>The Guardian</i> that he wouldn't be …

Physics

10 expressions nominated for Germany's Youth Word of the Year 2016

Can you talk like a German teen? These 10 terms are among the 30 nominated to be crowned Germany's next Youth Word of the Year.<p>Ever talked with an …

Language

Too much needless NHS treatment says Royal College, as it draws up list of those with little or no benefit

Doctors are giving too many patients tests and drugs they do not need, senior medics have warned, as they published a list of 40 treatments which should no longer be in routine use.<p>The unprecedented intervention by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AMRC) follows research which found doctors …

How Hitler went from fringe politician to dictator — and why it's a mistake to think it couldn't happen in the US

Trump supporters argue that Trump's dictatorial rhetoric is a sales pitch and that Trump is more reasonable and less megalomaniacal than he sounds. They also point out that the United States has checks and balances that restrict the power of the president and make it difficult for a would-be …

World History

Dell aims for DNA sequencing advancements with unstructured data storage

Dell Technologies has unveiled its new all-flash Isilon scale-out NAS, aimed at delivering massive storage capability and performance for …

Big Data

Dinosaur-era 'swordfish' discovered in outback Australia

<b>"Extremely rare" fossils from a swordfish-like creature which lived 100 million years ago have been discovered in the Australian outback.</b><p>Two families on holiday unearthed the prehistoric predator at a free fossil-finding site in north-west Queensland.<p>The remains are thought to be from the …

Paleontology

A Google Maps for the Human Body

A group of scientists has taken the first important steps towards creating the Human Cell Atlas—a complete inventory of our staggeringly diverse cells.<p>Earlier this year, Steve McCarroll announced that his team had discovered the gene that most powerfully drives our risk of schizophrenia. Known as …

Genetics

Enough is enough: the 2016 election is now a referendum on male entitlement

Donald Trump’s inflated masculinity and unabashed claim over women’s bodies speaks to female voters’ lived experiences and, hopefully, men’s need for change<p>Lashing out at his accusers this afternoon, Donald Trump attacked all the women who say he has groped, kissed or inspected them naked without …

Feminism

Creating a Pastry Chef From Scratch

CHICAGO — When it comes to hot jobs in today’s economy, software app developer is almost certainly near the top of the list. Robotics and automotive engineers, too. But pastry chef?<p>In recent years, as fine food has evolved from highbrow preoccupation to a form of mass entertainment, demand for …

Ice Cream

For whom the bell tolls: York Minster to fall silent after sacking ringers

Volunteers start petition to allow famous bells to be rung over festive period after cathedral informs them their services are not required<p>The bells at York Minster are to fall silent for the festive period after the cathedral’s management sacked all of its voluntary bellringers without warning. …

Health and Safety

Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej dies after 70-year reign

Death of world’s longest reigning monarch throws politically turbulent Thailand into uncertainty<p>Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej has died aged 88, ending seven decades on the throne during which he became a unifying father figure and rare source of stability in a country that has weathered more …

Human Rights

Choose A Book And Read To Your Barber, He'll Take A Little Money Off The Top

Jozef Jason came to the Fuller Cut barbershop for one reason: the kid's mohawk. It's almost second-grade picture day, and he wants to look good. He hops up onto an antique swivel chair and asks his barber for the new 'do.<p>"It's high on the top and short on the bottom, and lines that go in a diagonal …

Ann Arbor

The US government has been funding AI for 50 years, and just came up with a plan for its future

While the future of artificial intelligence is probably going to be driven by Silicon Valley, the folks in Washington DC want their say about how it will work, too.<p>In two reports today, the White House outlined its strategy for promoting artificial intelligence research and development in the US. …

Artificial Intelligence

Scientists Have Identified a Virus With DNA Stolen From a Black Widow Spider

We've never seen anything like this before.<p>A recent effort to sequence the genome of an unusual virus has led to a bizarre discovery: one-third of …

Biology

The eight scientific breakthroughs set to revolutionise our future

Science is the scaffolding on which innovation is built. From quantum computers to 3D-printed organs, genetic tweaking and super-strong materials, …

Proxima Centauri

Brexit 'not good news for British science' warn new Nobel laureates

Duncan Haldane and Sir Fraser Stoddart call for scientists to be given protected status for visas, and highlight the role of EU funding in attracting elite scientists<p>Two British laureates who were awarded Nobel prizes this week have warned that government policies linked to Brexit risk turning …

United Kingdom

Buddhist monks lead commemoration of 1976 Thai massacre

BANGKOK (AP) — Buddhist monks, survivors, mourners and activists gathered Thursday to mark the 40th anniversary of one of the darkest days in Thailand's history, when police killed scores of university students at a peaceful protest, and vigilantes defiled the dead.<p>Students at Bangkok's Thammasat …

Asia

Meet the German couple (and their dog) travelling from Alaska to Argentina on a converted school bus

An adventurous couple from Germany are currently enjoying the adventure of a lifetime travelling from Alaska to Argentina on a converted school bus with their Bernese Mountain Dog, Rudi.<p>Filmmaker Felix Starck (26) from Herxheim, and singer Mogli, aka Selima Taibi (22), from Frankfurt set off …

'We’re growing brains outside of the body'

Madeleine Lancaster has 300 brains growing in her lab – here’s how she’s done it.<p>As she speaks, Madeleine Lancaster rests her hand on her pregnant belly. “Oh they’re about six or seven months along now”. At this point her progeny measure about four millimetres across. She’s growing a few hundred, …

Biotechnology