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New Smallpox-Related Virus Found Lurking in Texas Rodents

A never-before-seen virus that's a relative of the notorious smallpox virus has been found lurking in rodents in Texas, according to a new …

Disease

Twin satellites circling the globe find California's losing groundwater at a steady pace

<i>A color-coded map of freshwater availability shows global trends from April 2002 to March 2016. TWS is an abbreviation of terrestrial water storage.;</i> …

An antibiotic-resistant strain of 'super gonorrhea' is spreading around the globe

A strain of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea has arrived — the first three cases were recorded between February and April of this year.<p>Two Australian men and one British man contracted the sexually transmitted infection in Southeast Asia, likely after engaging in unprotected sex, according to the …

He donated blood every week for 60 years and saved the lives of 2.4 million babies

<b>(CNN) —</b> Most people, when they retire, get a gold watch. James Harrison deserves so much more than that.<p>Harrison, known as the "Man With the Golden Arm," has donated blood nearly every week for 60 years. After all those donations, the 81-year-old Australian man "retired" Friday. The occasion marked …

Medicine

The Oldest Virus Ever Sequenced Comes From a 7,000-Year-Old Tooth

It seems to belong to an extinct lineage of hepatitis B.<p>Seven thousand years ago, in a valley that is today central Germany, a young man lay down to die. He was 25 or 30, and a farmer most likely. It is not known why he died young. But powerful genetic tools have now pulled out a tantalizing clue: …

Evolution

PLANT SOME OF THESE AROUND YOUR HOME AND GARDEN AND YOU’LL NEVER SEE ANOTHER FLY AGAIN

Spring and summer are the times when most people spend much of their free time outdoors having fun, whether it’s a picnic or a nice hike in nature. …

‘Drug sanctuaries’ offer hope for a post-antibiotic world

We are at risk of entering a post-antibiotic era.<p>Each year since 2013, a major global institution — including the World Economic Forum, the World …

After gene-editing, Crispr’s new frontier to detect diseases is closer to becoming a reality

The world is one step closer to using Crispr, a powerful gene-editing tool, to solve one of the hardest parts of being a doctor: figuring out what is wrong with a patient. While there are a range of diagnostic tools to help doctors with that very first step, detecting a disease quickly, accurately, …

Common antibiotic could save thousands of children's lives

Just four doses of a commonly-used antibiotic could save the lives of thousands of children under the age of five in sub-Saharan Africa, a study led the University of California San Francisco has found.<p>The researchers looked at the effect of giving the antibiotic azithromycin twice a year to more …

Public Health

People who drink alcohol have dirty mouths crawling with bad bacteria, study suggests

Alcohol drinkers are more likely to have mouths full of bad bacteria, according to a study recently published in the peer-reviewed journal …

Every Day, Tons Of Viruses Are Swept Into The Sky And Fall Back Down To Earth

Scientists now think they understand why so many viruses seem able to exist in widely varying ecosystems on Earth.<p>There are an enormous number of viruses that get sucked up into the outer atmosphere and then fall out of the sky and scatter across the globe, according to new research published in …

189 people are dead and hundreds more are seriously ill in the largest listeria outbreak in history

A food-poisoning outbreak has killed dozens of people, with the death toll expected to increase in the coming days.<p>As of Thursday, 189 people have died in a listeria outbreak stemming from a meat-production plant in Polokwane, South Africa. The country's National Institute for Communicable Diseases …

Enzyme discovery enables first-time microbial production of an aromatic biofuel

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have …

A pond-dwelling virus just cured a man's antibiotic-resistant infection

Doctors are struggling to combat infections that have developed resistance to many antibiotics. Considering that antibiotic-resistant bacteria infect …

Public Health

Unique DNA of Cancer-Free Elephants Exposes Origins of Human Disease

The animals helped "reveal new elements in the human genome."<p>Elephants very, <i>very</i> rarely develop cancer. This makes them very unique, as cancer is a …

Genetics

What You Might Not Realize About The Benefits Of Hand-Washing

OK, so maybe you're one of those people who don't wash their hands even after going to the bathroom because your dad never did and he never got sick.<p>Or you think a three-second hand scrub is more than enough.<p>Or you squirt on some hand-sanitizer and figure you've done your duty.<p>I have some news for …

Personal Hygiene

How to Cook Fish in the Oven Perfectly Every Time

You can make almost any slow-roasted fish in under 30 minutes. Just memorize this technique.<p>Learning how to cook fish at home can be incredibly intimidating. There are a lot of mistakes you can make, but we think the best way to nail it every time is to let the oven do all the work. That's why …

Seafood

Scientists explore ties between Alzheimer's and our immune system

<i>A patient affected by Alzheimer's disease gestures as he attends a special therapeutic session in Madrid, Spain on November 28, 2017.; Credit:</i> …

Fecal transplants see success in 90 percent of bacterial gut infections

Microbiome Renovation<p>Transplants are a vital part of healthcare, giving tens of thousands of people in the United States a new lease on life. While …

Microbiology

Man Finds Thousands Of Tapeworm Eggs In His Eye & It Probably Came From This Super Common Food

If you thought that the fact humans can get parasitic tapeworms in their stomach was bad, I've got a story for you that is <i>so much worse</i>. According to …

Insects

Hospital plumbing a 'vast, resilient reservoir' of superbugs

Hospital plumbing is a “vast” reservoir of drug-resistant superbug germs, which share their superpowers with other bacteria down there, researchers reported Tuesday.<p>Checks of the plumbing at the National Institutes of Health’s flagship hospital outside Washington, D.C. show drains can be loaded …

Super Bug

People at the Olympics are violently ill and vomiting, and officials are worried about a highly contagious outbreak

Officials at the Winter Olympics worried about dismal ticket sales and bitterly cold temperatures may have another problem on their hands: a stomach-churning norovirus outbreak.<p>On Thursday, officials in South Korea announced that the total number of confirmed cases of the virus was up to 128, …

Massive crayfish that didn't exist 25 years ago are capable of cloning themselves — and it's terrifying scientists

A crayfish that is capable of cloning itself is taking over Europe — and scientists are taking note.<p>The marbled crayfish has a mutation that allows it to clone itself, reports Carl Zimmer at The New York Times. Zimmer profiled scientists studying the all-female species known for its massive size, …

An Ancient Virus May Be Responsible for Human Consciousness

You've got an ancient virus in your brain. In fact, you've got an ancient virus at the very root of your conscious thought.<p>According to two papers …

Biology

How Warp-Speed Evolution Is Transforming Ecology

It took Timothy Farkas less than a week to catch and relocate 1,500 stick insects in the Santa Ynez mountains in southern California. His main tool …

This math question for Chinese 5th graders is stumping adults across the internet — see if you can figure it out

A math question for 5th graders in the Chinese district of Shunqing is stumping adults around the world.<p>The problem translates as follows:<p>How is the amount of cargo a ship contains supposed to help you figure out how old the captain is?<p>The internet had a lot to say about this seemingly impossible …

Handheld device sequences human genome

<b>Scientists have used a device that fits in the palm of the hand to sequence the human genome.</b><p>They say the feat, detailed in the journal Nature Biotechnology, opens up exciting possibilities for using genetics in routine medicine.<p>It is a far cry from the effort to sequence the first human genome …

Analysis reveals tiny dino with rainbow feathers

This bird-like dinosaur lived in China about 161 million years ago. Scientists think it might have used its rainbow ruff to dazzle potential mates.<p>A …

How Math Can Help Unravel the Weird Interactions of Microbes

Over the past century, scientists have become adept at plotting the ecological interactions of the diverse organisms that populate the planet’s …

Biology

15 Make Ahead Crockpot Meals Literally Anyone Can Make

15 Make Ahead Crock-Pot Meals Literally Anyone Can Make<p>Whoever invented the slow cooker deserves a medal.<p>January 23, 2018<p>I like to have a nice warm …