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Cholera Bacteria Kill Each Other With Spears To Steal DNA

The Highlander film series is about a race of immortal warriors who try to behead each other with swords, so they can steal the powers of their fallen rivals.<p>This is basically the same story but instead of badly accented Scotsmen with katanas, we have diarrhoea-causing bacteria with syringes. And …

The Unexpected Connection Between Gut Bacteria and Depression and Anxiety - PsyBlog

How depression and anxiety are connected to bacteria in the gut.<p>Consuming a <i>pre</i>biotic can have an anti-anxiety effect, the first ever human study of …

The Science Is Conclusive: Mobile Phones Cause Cancer

<i>By Ethan A. Huff, contributing writer to Natural News</i><p>They say there’s only two things constant in this life: death and taxes. But a third viable …

365 days: 2014 in science Top Stories

Comets, stem cells and cosmic dust are among the year's top stories: 2014.<p>By Nature<p>This year may be best remembered for how quickly scientific …

Science’s Top Breakthroughs Of 2014

by Michael Keller<p>It’s that season again when we thoughtfully pull off our glasses, put one of the temple tips between our teeth and gaze off into the …

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10 vivid maps that show Earth in a new light

Average land surface temperature<p>This map, assembled by the moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer instrument aboard NASA’s Terra satellite, …

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New Cancer Treatments Represent Major Breakthroughs -- But Who Is Going To Pay For Them?

Corey Wood was a week away from her graduation from the University of California at Berkeley when she started getting flashes in one of her eyes. Her doctor was concerned and had an inkling that something serious was going on, so he took the unusual step of ordering a body scan. Corey was a healthy …

DNA Test That Distinguishes Identical Twins May Be Used in Court for First Time

In 2004, two young women were abducted at gunpoint while walking home near Boston at night. The crimes happened eight days apart, but the pattern was …

Biology Will Create The Next Wonders Of The World

Protocells–chemicals that perform like living organisms despite not being alive–might hold the key to a new kind of construction.<p>Humans have been around for more than 200,000 years, but only now are we beginning to understand just how intimately our health and our future is connected to the …

The biology of anxious temperament may lie with a problem in an anxiety "off switch"

Persistent anxiety is one of the most common and distressing symptoms compromising mental health. Most of the research on the neurobiology of anxiety …

14 of Earth's hottest 15 years have occurred in this century

With 2014 headed toward a record for one of the warmest years since instrument records began in 1880, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) …

Scientific Study: Ancient Humans Bred with Completely Unknown Species

A new study presented to the Royal Society meeting on ancient DNA in London last week has revealed a dramatic finding – the genome of one …

New Twist Found in the Story of Life’s Start

All life on Earth is made of molecules that twist in the same direction. New research reveals that this may not always have been so.<p>For 30 years, …

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Cocaine Vaccine Could Stop Addiction in Its Tracks - 80beats

By Jennifer Welsh | January 6, 2011 5:56 pm<p>By combining a cocaine analog with part of a common cold virus, researchers have created a “cocaine …

DNA is capable of surviving extreme conditions including outer space and atmospheric re-entry

A unique space experiment has found that DNA has the capability to survive extreme conditions of space and re-entry into Earth’s dense atmosphere – …

Are we on the brink of creating artificial life? Scientists digitise the brain of a WORM and place it inside a robot

• <b>The OpenWorm global project is making a 'digital' worm</b>• <b><br>Their project is recreating the neurons and cells in C. elegans</b>• <b><br>It is the simplest organism we</b> …

What does genomics mean for the environment? Everything

<i>Pierre Meulien is president and CEO of Genome Canada. John Dirks is president and scientific director of the Gairdner Foundation.</i><p>All aspects of our health and well-being depend on a healthy environment. In Canada, we have a responsibility to protect our fresh water reserves, abundant forests and …

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Exclusive: First gene therapy drug sets million-euro price record | Reuters

FRANKFURT/LONDON (Reuters) - The Western world’s first gene therapy drug is set to go on sale in Germany with a 1.1 million euro ($1.4 million) price tag, a new record for a medicine to treat a rare disease.<p>An operator installs a chromatography column to purify the gene therapy drug Glybera at …

Rare Black Sea Devil Caught on Film for the First Time

The anglerfish survived capture and is now being studied in a specially equipped laboratory.<p>With its gaping mouth, needle-sharp teeth, and slightly startled expression, the black sea devil anglerfish seems tailor-made for the spotlight.<p><b>And in fact, one particular female got her close-up on November</b> …

Ultra Conservative Christian Lady Goes To Museum, Tries To Debunk Evolution, Fails Beyond Miserably

This is a video of ultra conservative Christian Megan Fox (not that Megan Fox, trust me) taking a trip to the Field Museum of Natural History in …

'I wanna throw up': Celebrating Plano East-John Tyler, the greatest sports video in YouTube history

In 1994, two Texas high school football teams played out one of the greatest endings in the history of televised sports.<p>In 2007, I watched "Plano East-John Tyler 1994 football" for the first time, and immediately decided it was the greatest video on YouTube. Six years later, I reckon that's still …

Boston scientists find gene mutations that are a precursor of blood cancer

Two teams of Boston scientists have discovered gene mutations that markedly increase the risk of blood cancer, an important step toward developing …

DNA survives sub-orbital trip on the exterior of a rocket

DNA molecules smeared onto the exterior of a sub-orbital test rocket are capable of surviving a 13-minute trip into space and a scorching re-entry, European researchers say.<p>The scientists' surprising finding, which was published Wednesday in the journal PLOS One, suggests that genetic material is …

Can Gut Bacteria Manipulate The Human Brain? Research Gains Momentum In US

People often reference gut feelings when explaining important decisions. Fewer allusions are made to the actual bacteria in our stomachs that may in …