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By Richard Hodson | Science, technology and our future

Flies that fight off parasites produce offspring with greater genetic mix

Infections may lead organisms to diversify their next generation's DNA.<p>Female fruit flies that fall sick produce offspring more genetically diverse …

Can good food protect your ears from loud noises? - Futurity

We've often heard that eating carrots is good for eyesight, but new research suggests there's also a link between a healthy diet and hearing.

Is the Placebo Effect in Your DNA?

Some people feel better after dummy treatments, while others feel no difference unless the drugs are real. A new paper argues that the difference may come down to genetics.<p>The first real, physical proof of the placebo effect came in 1978. Running a study on patients who had recently had their …

Medicine

Drones Could Carry Blood To Critically Injured Patients

Mayo Clinic seeks UAVs for delivering medical supplies<p>Blood supplies, especially platelets and plasma, are vital for taking care of injured people. But blood comes with an expiration date. Certain parts of it, like platelets and plasma, survive for less than a week after they’ve been donated, and …

Drones

Why fresh water shortages will cause the next great global crisis

Last week drought in São Paulo was so bad, residents tried drilling through basement floors for groundwater. As reservoirs dry up across the world, a billion people have no access to safe drinking water. Rationing and a battle to control supplies will follow<p>Water is the driving force of all nature, …

Water

World's first lagoon power plants unveiled in UK

<b>Plans to generate electricity from the world's first series of tidal lagoons have been unveiled in the UK.</b><p>The six lagoons - four in Wales and one each in Somerset and Cumbria - will capture incoming and outgoing tides behind giant sea walls, and use the weight of the water to power turbines.<p>A £1bn …

Energy

Scientists 'grow' replica of the Crown Jewels

Ingredients from common household items such as drain unblocker, sandpaper and antiseptic cream are used to reproduce the Imperial State Crown<p>Scientists have got their hands on part of the Crown Jewels, by making their own.<p>Leading physicists have grown a replica of the Imperial State Crown, a key …

Drones could be used to seek out arteries to prevent heart attacks

New trials suggest microscopic stealth drones could be used to seek and repair damaged arteries and prevent heart attacks<p>Scientists have carried out trials using microscopic drones that could be used to seek and repair damaged arteries, preventing heart attacks and strokes.<p>Researchers have …

Google launches fifth annual Science Fair

Google is inviting budding technologists, researchers and inventors across the world to enter its fifth annual Google Science Fair<p>Google is seeking young inventors, explorers and scientists to help change the world and participate in the fifth annual online Google Science Fair.<p>Students aged between …

The Ebola Virus - Story of 2014

Reusable rocket lifts off from French Guiana - video

The European Space Agency (ESA) launches an experimental spaceplane from French Guiana on Wednesday. The Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV), which is wingless and roughly the size of a car, will reach an altitude of 450 kilometres before beginning re-entry. It is hoped the craft will pave the …

France

The US is about to drop its decades-old warning against cholesterol

'Cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.'<p>Every five years, the United States government updates a set of Dietary Guidelines intended to help its citizens make healthier food choices. These guidelines also help inform how companies package and market their products. …

Nutrition

Hubble captures 'happy face' in space that smiles for the camera

Hubble say the cosmic 'face' spotted by a contestant in its Hidden Treasures competition is caused by a galactic phenomenon known as gravitational lensing<p>Here's an out-of-this-world space pic that's sure to raise a smile.<p>The stunning image above shows a far away galaxy cluster that appears to be …

Nasa twins to embark on year-long space experiment

Twin Nasa astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly are to put Einstein to the test in a pioneering study that could pave the way for humankind reaching Mars<p>Scott Kelly has found an unusual way to maintain a youthful advantage over his twin brother Mark. Next month, he will blast off on a year-long mission …

NASA

1,000 licks to reach the center of a lollipop - Futurity

Scientists immersed candy in a water current and used the results to answer the question: how many licks does it take to reach the center of a …

What My Hearing Aid Taught Me About the Future of Wearables

As human-enhancing technology becomes tinier and more advanced, the price of progress is complexity.<p>I was into wearables before there was Google Glass, Apple Watch, or the Moto 360. I was into them before cheap devices told you how much you had walked, run, slept, or eaten. In fact, I’ve been into …

Hearing Aids

Pollution Kills Far More People Than Malaria Or Ebola In The Developing World

Electronic waste dumps and old factories are especially dangerous in places that don’t have the resources to keep them cleaned up.<p>Diseases like ebola, HIV, and malaria rightly get a lot of a headlines, because they can kill millions of people very quickly. But there’s another problem that affects …

Japanese bank introduces robot workers to deal with customers in branches

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is employing ‘Nao’, a multilingual 5.4-kg robot, who will begin work in a branch in April<p>Japan’s biggest bank is preparing to unveil robot employees with a human touch.<p>Nao, a 58-centimetre (1ft 11)-tall humanoid developed by the French company Aldebaran Robotics – a …

Robots