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Your nose knows death is imminent | Mo Costandi

Losing the sense of smell predicts death within five years, according to new research<p>Until as recently as 1987, British coal pits employed caged canaries as sentinels that alerted miners to the presence of poisonous gases. Being more sensitive to them than we are, the birds would get distressed …

Your Fellow Diners' Size May Affect How Much You Eat

Your dining companion may have more influence over your eating habits than you realize.<p>We've known that <b>people often have friends with similar body weights,</b> but new research suggests that dining with an overweight companion may make us more likely to eat more unhealthful food.<p>A study in the …

Losing sense of smell may be a harbinger of death, study finds

Losing one's sense of smell is a strong predictor that death is near -- and it possibly could be used as an early alert about serious health problems.<p>That's the conclusion of a study of older adults published this week in the journal PLOS One, which found that those who failed a smelling test were …

HIV bounces back in baby ‘cleared’ of the virus by drug treatment

Doctors in Italy have reported that a baby who was apparently cleared of HIV after an early and intensive course of antiviral drugs is still infected with the virus three years later.<p>The finding is another blow for HIV scientists who hoped that swift and aggressive treatment with anti-retroviral …

Scientists Have Found A Crystal That Can Let You Breathe Underwater

It’s a great scientific irony that water is full of oxygen yet none of it is breathable to humans. But that might be about to change, thanks to a research team in Denmark and a bizarre crystal they’ve discovered.<p>Carrying the catchy label of [{(bpbp)Co2II(NO3)}2(NH2bdc)](NO3)2 * 2H2O, and what we’re …

Watch a brave drone get dramatically close to an erupting volcano

DJI has just shown off one of the most spectacular drone videos we've ever seen of an erupting volcano, so close it resulted in a melted a GoPro camera. The pilot, Eric Cheng, captured the footage at the Bardabunga volcanic system in Iceland using an off-the-shelf DJI Phantom 2 drone equipped with …

Just five alcoholic drinks a week could reduce sperm quality

BMJ Open study suggests that modest habitual alcohol consumption has adverse effects on semen<p>Drinking just five units of alcohol every week could reduce the quality of a man’s sperm, new research suggests. And the more alcohol consumed, the weaker the quality of the sperm, the study found. Men of a …

Another child 'cured' of HIV relapses

But a federally-funded HIV trial based on the 'cure' will begin within the week<p>When news of the Mississippi baby who was "functionally cured" of HIV broke in 2013, a woman in Italy went to her doctors. Much like her own child, the American girl had been born with HIV, and had immediately received …