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Universal flu vaccine closer to reality after Chinese-Australian scientific breakthrough

Scientists in Australia and China have discovered how the body's "assassin" immunity cells memorise viruses, raising hopes for a life-long flu jab<p>A single vaccine that immunises against all types of influenza has come closer to being a reality, after scientists in Australia and China discovered how …

Twitter puts trillions of tweets up for sale to data miners

Company plans to make content generated by users available to commerce, academia and even police involved in crowd control<p>You are travelling by plane to see your newborn grandchild. As you board the aircraft, the cabin crew address you by name and congratulate you on the arrival of a bouncing baby …

Domestic Violence

9 Ways To Fall Asleep Faster (Without Counting Sheep)

<i>By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>If you feel wide awake when your head hits the pillow at night, you're not alone. Approximately 60 million Americans report having experienced insomnia in any given year, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Even worse, 40 …

Sleep

Top Sierra Leone athlete arrested after he was found living rough in London

Jimmy Thoronka, who vanished after Commonwealth Games, says he can’t go home because Ebola has wiped out his family<p>Sierra Leone’s top sprinter, who vanished after the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last summer, has been arrested after he was found in an emaciated state, living rough on the streets …

Disease

The contagious thought that could kill you

To die, sometimes you need only believe you are ill, and as David Robson discovers, we can unwittingly ‘catch’ such fears, often with terrifying consequences.<p>Beware the scaremongers. Like a witch doctor’s spell, their words might be spreading modern plagues.<p>It’s a consistent phenomenon, but …

Medicine

Seven Habits of Optimistic People

Happy people live longer and feel better. But how do they stay so upbeat?<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 habits to adopt to be better at your job in 2016. See the full list here.</i><p>Optimists aren’t just people who see the glass half full. They also make more money than pessimists and …

Happiness

The Science Behind How Boredom Benefits Creative Thought

Recent studies show that a little boredom in your day opens up the potential for more creative thinking.<p>Boredom gets a bad rap. Truly amazing ideas and offbeat solutions have often come from endless hours of daydreaming.<p>If space and time is what you need to make unusual connections, then why does …

Creativity

How extreme fear shapes what we remember

Many of us will experience a significant trauma in our lives, says Lesley Evans Ogden. Yet could there be ways to avoid reliving the memories?<p>It was no ordinary honeymoon. After boarding their flight in Canada on the evening of 23 August 2001, newlyweds Margaret McKinnon and her husband were …

The Brain

Scientists Have Caught A Laser Beam In Flight On Video For The First Time

While light appears to show up instantaneously when you flick a switch, it actually takes time to get to your eyes. It just moves so fast we don't notice. This is why it's been so hard to catch light on the move in a video — it's moving so fast even regular high-speed cameras can't catch it.<p>To …

Imaging

Bill Gates Is Doubling Down On A Bet He Made 15 Years Ago

The Microsoft-cofounder-turned-philanthropist and his wife have published their annual letter in which they spell out where they think (and hope) the world will be by 2030.<p>This idea of a "bet" is inspired by Gates' longtime friendship with Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen. Forty years ago, the two of …

Bill Gates

Where the jobs are and who's being hired?

Nearly 3 million jobs. That's how many positions employers added last year in the nation's best year for job growth since 1999.<p>The hiring was widespread.<p>Business & professional services, fueled by temporary staffing positions, led the way with the most jobs created in 2014.<p>Healthcare also added …

Employment

New ‘Super Cookies’ Can Track Your Private Web Browsing — And Apple Users Can't Get Rid Of Them

Apple users are particularly vulnerable, as their devices do not have a function that lets users delete super cookies from their browsers.<p>Most websites place what's called a "cookie" on visitors' computers, which is used to track them and record their preferences. It's how websites can remember …

IT security

CES 2015: 25 new products and technologies worth talking about

From battery-swapping scooters and people-sensing drones to action cams, virtual reality headsets and smart beds for kids<p>In many ways, this year’s CES technology show in Las Vegas is business as usual. Devices are getting thinner, a new acronym is spawned every minute, and every company is …

CES

Two Teenagers Built A 3D-Printed Wristband That Can Record Live TV When You Fall Asleep

But that's where the KipstR wristband comes in.<p>Built by two British teenagers — Jonathan Kingsley, 14, and Ryan Oliver, 15 — the KipstR is like a TiVo remote in that it can pause and record whatever you're watching. But instead of requiring manual activation, it can sense when its wearer falls …

3D Printing

Technology firms

In December 15 years ago the dotcom crash was a few weeks away. Veterans of that fiasco may notice some familiar warning signs this festive season.<p>Bankers and lawyers are being priced out of office space in downtown San Francisco; all of the space in eight tower blocks being built has been taken by …

Venture Capital

'Cop Lives Don't Matter' Graffiti Hits Philly Street

In the wake of more protests against police nationwide as well as the shooting deaths of two NYPD officers, local police continue to search for the …

Law Enforcement

Q-Tip Just Gave Iggy Azalea a Hip-Hop History Lesson

This week's "beef" between <b>Azealia Banks</b> and Igloo Australia <b>Iggy Azalea</b> was way more than just beef: it was about what it really means, on a …

Anti-inflammatory drugs ‘could fight depression’

Scientists to launch £5m study that explores links between immune disorders and mental illness – and could lead to new treatments<p>Scientists at seven UK universities are to set up a research consortium aimed at exploiting a newly discovered link between immune disorders and mental illness.<p>The …

Why HIV is evolving to be less deadly

We think of viruses as trying to hurt or kill us - but in fact they're just evolving to stay alive and reproduce, and sometimes that means letting us live<p>If <b>the news that HIV is evolving to become less deadly</b> is true, then that is both good news and, in a sense, not unexpected. We tend to think of …

Banksy, gentrification and the end of graffiti

A new HBO doc paints a grim picture of the medium’s future as landmarks are torn down and artists move indoors<p>Last week, HBO debuted <i>Banksy Does New York</i>, a documentary on Banksy’s 2013 residency in NYC, where he debuted a new work every day in various areas of the city, each imbued with his …

Michael Brown shooting: What Darren Wilson told the Ferguson grand jury

<b>(CNN) —</b> Grand jury proceedings are secret, and when no indictment is handed down -- as was the case for Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson -- the files remain locked up.<p>But in an unusual step after a grand jury deliberation, transcripts of testimony that jurors heard considering Michael Brown's …

The 25 Best Inventions of 2014

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Inventions

Scientists hail new '3 parent baby' technique

New technique to create '3 parent babies' shows promise, experts say<p>Experts are to investigate a new technique to create “three-parent babies” which could be safer and more effective than current methods being tested in British laboratories.<p>The Government last month asked the fertility regulator to …