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The strange case of the man with two hearts

When a man was fitted with a new heart, his mind changed in unusual ways. Why? The answer reveals a surprising truth about all our bodies, says David Robson.<p>Every second or so, Carlos would feel a small “bump” hitting his tummy. It was the beating of his “second heart”.<p>The small mechanical pump was …

Psychology

Ebola outbreak: Doctors urge firms to provide drugs cheaply in fight against virus

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) says it stands ready to order hundreds of thousands of doses of antiviral vaccines to help in the fight against Ebola …

Indians Emerge From Jungle, Catch Deadly Flu

One of the last uncontacted tribes emerged from the Amazon jungle last month and promptly caught a disease which could wipe out their entire population – the flu.<p>Five men and two women from the Chitonahua hunter-gatherer tribe left their home in Peru and entered the village of Ashaninka just across …

Installing the world's first electronic spine

In <i>The Washington Post</i> this week, reporter Jim Tankersley follows a team of doctors as they install one of the world's first electronic spine replacements, dubbed the Neurobridge. The patient is paralyzed from the chest down, but researchers hope the Neurobridge can restore control of his hands. A …

OpenWorm project wants you to help create the world’s first digital organism

Stephen Larson wants to create the world’s first digital organism, and he starting simple — with a worm. Larson has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to raise money to create OpenWorm as part of an effort to accelerate our understanding of the human brain.<p>If his team succeeds, he says, …

The Future Television Will Be Paper Thin and Rollable, LG Says

Perhaps in a few years we'll see people carrying around their rolled-up televisions the way they used to carry newspapers.<p>LG Display unveiled a paper …

Imperial College registrar quits animal welfare post after university broke rules

The registrar of Imperial College London has resigned from his role in animal research after a report from government advisers found the university broke rules and put animal welfare at risk.<p>John Neilson, who continues as the university's secretary and registrar, was responsible for making sure …

Catching the summer of supermoons

The first of this season's summer of supermoons filled the night sky over the weekend.<p>July's supermoon happened Friday evening and peaked early Saturday morning, on July 12. But night owls, stargazers and early morning risers will be able to feast their eyes on more lunar showings soon. The next …

First dengue vaccine 'shows promise'

<b>Scientists say they have developed the world's first vaccine against dengue fever seen to work in large-scale trials.</b><p>Research in the Lancet journal suggests more than 50% of children who are given the vaccine are protected against the disease.<p>Half the world's population are at risk of catching the …

See Where America Gets Its Energy, In Spectacular Photos

“I wanted to photograph the relationship between American society and the American landscape, and energy was the linchpin,” Epstein writes. He ended …

UC Berkeley

How DARPA’s Brain Chip Could Restore Lost Memories

The newly launched $40 million Restoring Active Memory program aims to develop a neural prosthesis.<p>You drive to the supermarket as if in a dream, guiding your car without really thinking about it, piloting from memory. Details like the path to the market’s address that can be recalled as facts and …

Could Rare Bird on Tiny Island Be India's Ecological Canary?

Activists are concerned by new government's lax line on conservation.<p>A little over a month after India's new government came to power, conservationists have begun worrying that the administration may be less than committed to protecting some of the country's environmental treasures.<p>Within days of …

Thailand Faces Sanctions If It Fails to Stop Ivory Trade

Thailand has until the end of March 2015 to take measures to shut down domestic trade in illegal elephant ivory or it will face trade sanctions under …