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Mutant Ebola Virus May Evade Drugs, Study Finds

The Ebola virus strain that’s killed more than 8,600 people in West Africa is mutating in a way that could make experimental drugs less likely to help, researchers reported Tuesday.<p>They said they’d found 10 new mutations that might interfere with how three of the most advanced drugs work against …

Disease

Simple way to make stem cells in half an hour hailed as major discovery

A radical and remarkably easy way to make cells that can grow into any tissue in the body has been developed by scientists in Japan.<p>The feat has been hailed as a major discovery by researchers familiar with the work, and if it can be repeated in human tissue, could lead to cheap and simple …

Study links DDT exposure to Alzheimer's disease

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Alzheimer's Disease

Promising cancer therapy treatment: Vitamin C

Scientists have identified a simple, inexpensive compound that made cancer drugs more effective in mice and helped human patients weather the toxic side effects of<p>chemotherapy.<p>But even as they touted their experimental results, they acknowledged that their remedy was unlikely to inspire the …

What Should You Do With the World’s Most Powerful Laser? Study Proteins, Naturally

Forget about making James Bond wince or shooting down drones, scientists have found a much more appropriate use for the world’s most powerful laser — …

The science of the musical brain

Researchers scanned the brains of jazz musicians while the musicians “traded fours.” Results show common brain circuitry for both music and …

Acupuncture treats deadly effects of sepsis - Futurity

Acupuncture may hold promise for treating inflammatory diseases such as sepsis, a condition that kills 250,000 people in the United States each year.

Medicine

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US struck by more deadly snow and ice storms

Hundreds of thousands of homes without power in south east America as harsh winter storms blamed for the death of 13 people<p>A deadly winter storm gripped the southeastern United States on Wednesday, crippling travel, knocking out power to 363,000 homes and businesses and encasing magnolia and …

The Making of an Ice Storm

How severe is the combination snow and ice storm whiplashing the Southeast today? At 7 AM today a weather balloon was launched from Atlanta, to aid …

Atlanta paralyzed by less than 3 inches of snow

ATLANTA — Light snow was falling when Samantha Avers left Duluth, a northeast Atlanta suburb, on Tuesday afternoon. She figured she would be home quickly, for it was only a 30- to 45-minute drive.<p>Twenty-two hours later, Avers, an account manager who had just moved to balmy Atlanta from northern …

Weather

Antioxidant Supplements Worsen Lung Tumors, Study Finds

Doctors have long known that taking antioxidant supplements may actually increase the risk for cancer in some people. One new mouse study offers an explanation why.<p>You see them advertised everywhere, blasted from vitamin-pill packaging and wrinkle cream jars. In theory, antioxidants are supposed to …

Wellness

Building Design Influences Bacterial Growth

The human microbiome has been in the news for several years now, as researchers have begun to unravel the importance of microbes living in and on our bodies. These bacteria and other microbial critters influence human health, and the composition and combination of various species have been linked …

Biology

Possible Link Between DDT Pesticide Exposure And Alzheimer's Disease

A new study out in <i>JAMA Neurology</i> suggests that higher levels of the pesticide DDT might be linked to increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The keyword here is <i>might,</i> however, since the study was quite small and the connection not clear-cut. Still, there’s certainly a possibility that the …

World Bank pledges $2bn development aid for Burma

<b>The World Bank has pledged $2bn (£1.2bn) in development aid to Burma for projects including energy supply and healthcare.</b><p>Bank president Jim Yong Kim announced the aid during his first visit there.<p>Burma, also known as Myanmar, has been closed to much of the outside world for many years and is …

World Bank

2014 Is the International Year of Crystallography (‘What’s Crystallography?’ You Ask)

There once was a dark and distant time when we only understood molecules as equations of letters and numbers. With the advent of crystallography — …

FROZEN'S "Let It Go" Sung in 25 Languages

How A Little Chill In The Air Could Help You Lose Weight

When it comes to tackling obesity, eating right and staying active are usually the way to go. But a research team in the Netherlands says there's an environmental factor that might help and that is often overlooked: the cold.<p>We're not talking bone-chilling temperatures that'll make you shiver …

Breast cancer: Drug 'halves' risk of tumours

<b>A "landmark study" shows a drug can more than halve the development of breast cancer in high-risk women.</b><p>A trial on 4,000 women, published in the Lancet, showed anastrozole was more effective, cheaper and had fewer side effects than current medications.<p>It stops the production of the hormone …

Cancer

Cancer Immunotherapy Named Science 'Breakthrough of the Year'

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer<p>Published: 12/19/2013 02:12 PM EST on LiveScience<p>A type of cancer treatment that directs the body's own immune system to fight cancer cells has been named as the "breakthrough of the year" by one of the world's top science journals.<p>The journal Science said today …

Caffeine Enhances Memory

That morning cup of coffee or lunchtime soda might serve a purpose beyond giving you a jolt of energy. According to a new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, caffeine enhances memory.<p>Participants in the study took placebos or 200-milligram caffeine tablets—the same amount of the …

Coffee

Jet lag and night shifts disrupt rhythm of hundreds of genes, study shows

Researchers have found evidence that jet lag causes "profound disruption" to more than 1,000 genes, including many that are normally drawn upon to maintain, repair and protect the body.<p>The findings might help to explain why people with jet lag feel so miserable, with ailments ranging from nausea …

How Did Insects Evolve To Feast On Your Blood?

For the past several weeks, I’ve been wrapping up revisions on my bed bug book, which is due to my publisher at the end of this month. Going through the manuscript got me thinking not only about the origin of the bed bug, but of bloodsucking insects in general. When did that happen? And how exactly …

Islamic group claims Volgograd attacks and threatens Sochi visitors

An Islamic militant group in Russia's North Caucasus has claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombings in the southern city of Volgograd last month and posted a video threatening to strike the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi.<p>There had been no previous claim of responsibility for the bombings, …

Despite an improving economy, Obama's approval rating stays low

The stock market has hit sky-scraping highs, the unemployment rate has dipped to a five-year low and any number of economic statistics — new car sales, home prices, consumer spending — point to a perked-up economy that is steadily growing.<p>But one thing that has changed little is President Obama's …

Edward Snowden 'may have been working with Russia'

<b>US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden may have collaborated with Russia, the chairman of the US House Intelligence Committee has alleged.</b><p>"I believe there's a reason he ended up in the hands, the loving arms, of an agent in Moscow," Rep Mike Rogers told CBS's "Face the Nation" programme.<p>Mr Rogers …

Surveillance

Why we want to spend the rest of our lives on Mars

Since its announcement in May 2012, the Mars One project hasn't had an easy ride. Critics have questioned all aspects, from the technical feasibility to its funding model. But recent developments from the project seem to be bringing the goal of starting a human colony on Mars by 2025 a little …