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The Elements of Style

• <b>Author:</b> William Strunk<p>The Elements of Style is one of the most influential and best-known prescriptive treatments of English grammar and usage in the United States. Countless writers have cited it as one of the most important books they have ever read.<p>This book, printed as a private edition for the …

Twine review: the little blue box that hacks the world around you

It's hard to remember life before we were bombarded with notifications throughout the day on all manner of devices, for everything from Twitter replies to earthquake alerts in Japan. With very few exceptions, though, these all have one limiting factor in common: you're relying on someone else's …

Notable New iPad Apps: What Color Is Your Parachute? Job-Hunter’s Workbook

<b>What Color Is Your Parachute? Job-Hunter’s Workbook</b> is the new iPad edition of the hugely popular job-hunting guidance book.<p>Here’s a bit of its App Store intro:<p>The most popular job-hunting guide in the world, WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE?, has sold more than 10 million copies in 27 countries. Now, …

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Nanosponges In Your Blood Could Soak Up Infections And Poison

Mice who got nanosponge injections survived lethal doses of toxins.<p>A newly invented "nanosponge," sheathed in armor made of red blood cells, can safely remove a wide range of toxins from the bloodstream. Scientists at the University of California-San Diego inoculated some mice with their …

Doctors turn to big data for help with cancer care

The ability to query vast swaths of data is transforming government and industry, and now doctors are beginning to apply the same ideas to cancer treatment. Today, the American Society of Clinical Oncologists is announcing that it’s completed work on a prototype for a "learning health system" …

Sea hares' sticky defence uncovered

Reporter, BBC Nature<p>The sea hare, a soft-bodied marine creature, uses a sticky secretion to fool hungry predators, say scientists.<p>The slow-moving animals are known for defending themselves by squirting an off-putting mixture of purple ink and a white substance called opaline.<p>However, exactly how …

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Scientists develop new foot and mouth vaccine

Scientists have developed a new kind of vaccine that could prevent devastating outbreaks of foot and mouth disease among livestock.<p>The "synthetic" …

Existing drugs treat seizures in zebrafish - Futurity

U. SHEFFIELD (UK) — Screening a collection of 2,000 biologically active compounds with two-day-old epileptic …

Teen smoking addiction linked to genes - Futurity

DUKE (US) — Genetics may explain why some teen smokers get hooked quickly and others …

Bees May Use Electricity to Communicate

The electric fields that build up on honey bees as they fly, flutter their wings, or rub body parts together may allow the insects to talk to each …

Prostate cancer breakthrough: Q&A

Scientists have hailed the "single biggest leap forward" in their understanding of the genetic causes of prostate cancer, from a huge study involving …

Scientists develop biological transistor that can command living cells

Fully biological computers are getting closer to reality. Scientists at Stanford University today announced they have created a new type of transistor, the most basic part of a computer (and almost all other modern electronics), that is made entirely using genetic material, and works inside of …

Autonomous, human-sized robot jellyfish could patrol US waters

Researchers are building an eerie, human-sized robot jellyfish with a lifelike silicone mantle to patrol the oceans. Virginia Tech mechanical engineering professor Shashank Priya is leading the team, which hopes its invention can be used for jobs ranging from military surveillance to cleaning up …

Number Of Early Childhood Vaccines Not Linked To Autism

A large new government study should reassure parents who are afraid that kids are getting autism because they receive too many vaccines too early in life.<p>The study, by researchers at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, found no connection between the number of vaccines a child received …