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9 outdoor adventure apps to boost your call of the wild

There is a lot to be said for "unplugging" when you venture into nature. But some outdoor adventure apps are so useful — for navigating in backcountry and identifying what you see along the way, among other things — that you may find it hard to leave your mobile phone behind.<p>One essential element …

Mind-blowing Pluto has ice mountains and water

<b>Laurel, Maryland (CNN) —</b> It had been downgraded to a dwarf planet. It looked like a fuzzy blob in our best telescopes. And it was often referred to as just an icy orb. Even scientists working on the first mission to Pluto expected to find an old, pockmarked world.<p>But Pluto is turning out to be full …

Solar System

A promising futuristic device is already starting to change medicine

After extensive research to come up with a promising compound or molecule, scientists have to test it in animals to prove it's safe for people to try it.<p>Next come a few rounds of clinical trials in people to see whether what seemed like a good thing in the lab is actually safe and effective in …

The Science of Why You Shouldn't Eat at Your Desk

Where do you usually eat your lunch? If you work in an office, chances are you eat at your desk, slogging through your workload while trying not to …

Healthcare Professionals Are Overmedicating Senior Cancer Patients, And Here's What Can Be Done

Overmedicating senior cancer patients has become an area of concern for many in the medical community. Instead of strictly blaming healthcare professionals for their lack of oversight, experts point to the failures of available medication management tools.<p>Researchers reviewed drug regimens of 234 …

Pharma

Research opens door to potential new cancer biomarkers

Biomarkers

How Can We Encourage Participation in Clinical Trials?

Failed clinical trials come at a huge cost to their pharmaceutical sponsors. Many trial sites fail to enroll more than a single patient—up to 60% of oncology trials, according to Covance, for example. Yet they estimate it costs a sponsor $50,000 for a site start-up, with a loss of almost $2 billion …

Elastic implant 'restores movement' in paralysed rats

<b>An elastic implant that moves with the spinal cord can restore the ability to walk in paralysed rats, say scientists.</b><p>Implants are an exciting field of research in spinal cord injury, but rigid designs damage surrounding tissue and ultimately fail.<p>A team at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne …

'Ingenious' Antibiotic Discovery Challenges Long-Held Scientific Beliefs

The new antibiotic was discovered in a sample of soil.<p>The research is "ingenious," Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, told The New York Times.<p>Researchers said the antibiotic, which has yet to be tested in humans, could one day be used to treat …