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The Next Plague Is Coming. Is America Ready?

The epidemics of the early 21st century revealed a world unprepared, even as the risks continue to multiply. Much worse is coming.<p>Image above: Workers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's biocontainment unit practicing safe procedure on a mannequin<p>At 6 o’clock in the morning, shortly …

Disease

A Rare Virus Without a Cure Has Emerged in India And Is Killing People

It has the potential to cause a deadly pandemic.<p>At least nine people in southern India have died in cases linked to an outbreak of the rare and …

Congo Ebola outbreak turns up in a large city. That's bad

An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has spread to a large city and the World Health Organization has called an emergency meeting to talk about what to do.<p>A case of Ebola in a city is a serious matter. Ebola regularly breaks out in remote, rural parts of Africa but usually …

Identical Twins Hint at How Environments Change Gene Expression

Studying twins has long offered insight into the interplay of nature and nurture. Epigenetics is the next frontier.<p>Monica and Erika Hoffman stand barefoot, side by side near a sign that reads “Twin Studies Center” at California State University at Fullerton. Their glasses removed, both have auburn …

This New Molecule Could Actually Become a Cure For The Common Cold

Whoa, just hit us up right now.<p>It's 2018 and the common cold is still a thing. But if we're lucky, that might not be the case for much …

How scientists proved the wrong man was blamed for bringing HIV to the U.S.

The Canadian flight attendant widely blamed for bringing HIV to the United States and triggering an epidemic that has killed nearly 700,000 people has been exonerated by science, more than 30 years after his death.<p>In a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature, researchers used newly …

Public Health

Scientists Accidentally Discover Efficient Process to Turn CO2 Into Ethanol

The process is cheap, efficient, and scalable, meaning it could soon be used to remove large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere.<p>Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have discovered a chemical reaction to turn CO2 into ethanol, potentially creating a new technology to help …

Astronomers report there are 2 trillion galaxies in the 'observable' universe

There are a dizzying 2 trillion galaxies in the universe, up to 20 times more than previously thought, astronomers reported Thursday.<p>The surprising find, based on 3-D modeling of images collected over 20 years by the Hubble Space Telescope, was published in the Astronomical Journal.<p>Scientists have …

Graphene-Fed Silkworms Produce a Super-Strong Silk That Conducts Electricity

Worm Superfood<p>Silk is a naturally sourced fiber popular in textile applications not just for its beauty, but also for its mechanical strength, and …

Why Scientists Are Keeping An Eye On A Little-Known Virus

When an 8-year old boy showed up at his school's clinic in rural Haiti with a low-grade fever and abdominal pain, he was told he had typhoid and given medicine to treat it.<p>But blood tests showed something else: Mayaro, a mosquito-borne virus that may now be circulating in the Caribbean.<p>The Haitian …

Can Duolingo's chatbot teach you a foreign language?

The less embarrassed you are, the better you tend to be at learning languages. The answer? Chatbots<p>Chatbots suck. We all know it. If you want to get something done with a computer, it turns out, there are better ways to do it than laboriously type out conversational sentences to be read by a …

Enterovirus is back: Cases of EV-D68 reported across Canada, U.S.

Exactly two years ago, kids turned up in hospital with cold-like symptoms and struggling to breathe across Canada and the U.S. as enterovirus swept …

How Tim Cook Is Remembering Steve Jobs 5 Years Later

Apple<p>It's been five years since Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died, but his legacy is still a huge part of the Apple we see today.<p>Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has led the tech giant in the five years since, paid tribute to his friend today on Twitter.<p>"Most important, have the courage to follow your heart …

Dinosaur footprint among largest on record discovered in Mongolia's Gobi Desert

Scientists have unearthed in Mongolia's Gobi Desert one of the biggest dinosaur footprints ever recorded, measuring over a metre in length.<p>The enormous print, which measures 106cm (42 inches) in length and 77cm in width and dates back more than 70 million years, offers a fresh clue about the giant …

Times Reporter Susanne Craig Thinks Tax Documents Are ‘Important Window’ Into Donald Trump

After getting one of the biggest scoops of the 2016 presidential campaign, <i>New York Times</i> reporter Susanne Craig is infinitely glad she checks her snail mail.<p>Pressed against a deadline, Craig said she was walking through her office on a phone call a few weeks ago and just happened to swing by her …

HIV cure closer after trial clears virus in British man

The first patient being treated in a new HIV study has shown "remarkable" results, with no sign of the virus after initial treatment.<p>Immunologists at …

Immune System

Autofocusing contact lenses? Today's chip research peeks into tomorrow's gadgets

In the 1960s, about the only place you'd see a computer chip was in a mainframe the size of a refrigerator. Today, chips are in car keys, passports, toothbrushes, greeting cards and stuffed animals.<p>No wonder Imec, the Belgian design organization that helps industry partners develop computer chip …

Scientists Grow Full-Sized, Beating Human Hearts From Stem Cells

It’s the closest we've come to growing transplantable hearts in the lab<p>Of the 4,000 Americans waiting for heart transplants, only 2,500 will receive new hearts in the next year. Even for those lucky enough to get a transplant, the biggest risk is the their bodies will reject the new heart and …

General Hospital

New material kills E. coli bacteria in 30 seconds

A microscopic image of the E. coli bacteria (credit: Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology)A new material that can kill <i>E. coli</i> bacteria …

Microbiology

The Viruses That Made Us Human — NOVA Next | PBS

The rise of the mammals may be feel like a familiar tale, but there’s a twist you likely don’t know about: If it wasn’t for a virus, it might not …

A Law Professor Makes The Case That Trump’s Already Qualified To Be Impeached As President

Donald Trump may have received his biggest boost yet with Ted Cruz’s endorsement, but the Republican nominee still has problems aplenty. From adviser Chris Christie’s possible impeachment due to the New Jersey governor’s “Bridgegate” scandal to the campaign’s alleged ties to Russia, Trump’s Friday …

Giant 30-tonne meteorite uncovered in Argentina

Scientists have uncovered a giant meteorite — one of the largest ever found on Earth — in Argentina over the weekend, local media reported.<p>The …

Meteorites

North Korea Blasts U.S. B-1 Bomber Flights as 'Bluffing, 'Reckless'

North Korea mocked a U.S. show of force as bluster, calling flights by bombers near its border reckless “bluffing.”<p>Two nuclear-capable American B-1B bombers flew over the Korean peninsula on Monday night, accompanied by U.S. F-16s and South Korean jets.<p>It was a clear show of force in response to …

Scientists Have Just Bred Live Mice Without Using Fertilised Eggs

Centuries-old assumptions about reproduction just got overturned.<p>In a world first, scientists have successfully bred mice without using fertilised …

US bombs ISIS chemical weapons plant

<b>(CNN) —</b> The US has bombarded an ISIS chemical weapons plant that was housed in a converted Iraqi pharmaceutical factory, a top Air Force commander said Tuesday.<p>Air Force Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, the commander of the US Air Force's Central Command, told reporters that 12 aircraft in all were used …

Groundbreaking fertilisation technique could allow gay couples to have babies with each other

A new experiment defies nature and might one day let two males have babies with each other.<p>The shocking new study overthrows the idea that it is only …

Media turn on Lauer for not fact-checking Trump

Journalists reacted with disbelief on Wednesday night when NBC anchor Matt Lauer failed to fact check Donald Trump on his claim he did not support the Iraq war in 2002.<p>"The main thing is: I have great judgment,” Trump said in response to a question as what he has done in his life that prepared him …

Plants that interbreed usually create a hybrid, but sometimes a more dominant plant takes over

Professor Cousens says that while policy makers in bio-security and researchers usually consider invading species as independent events, what has …

Giving tomatoes new DNA now takes less time

Scientists have cut the time required to modify tomato genes by six weeks.<p>While looking for ways to make tomatoes and other crop plants more …