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The process of scientific discovery is far from mysterious, even if it is often more convoluted than you might imagine<p>“A virus,” wrote the celebrated immunologist Peter Medawar, “is a piece of bad news wrapped in protein.”<p>The bad news from norovirus, one of the main preoccupations of my research …

Biology

Amal Clooney slammed by Azerbaijan for taking on human rights case

An obscure legal case in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan is leaping into the headlines. And it's mainly because Amal Clooney has gotten involved.<p>In fact, she has become the target of personal attacks by Azerbaijan's government-controlled media.<p>Amal Clooney is a very successful British …

South African district offers student grants to girls who remain virgins

A South African region has launched a grant scheme for girls who remain virgins throughout their university studies, triggering outrage among human rights groups.<p>The bursary offered in Uthukela, in the south-east of the country near Durban, is the brainchild of the municipality’s female mayor, Dudu …

Africa

Islamic State's double standards sow growing disillusion

GAZIANTEP, Turkey (AP) — Mohammed Saad, a Syrian activist, was imprisoned by the Islamic State group, hung by his arms and beaten regularly. Then one day, his jailers quickly pulled him and other prisoners down and hid them in a bathroom.<p>The reason? A senior Muslim cleric was visiting to inspect …

Muslim women's segregation in UK communities must end - Cameron

<b>A £20m fund to teach Muslim women in the UK to speak English will tackle segregation and help them resist the lure of extremism, David Cameron says.</b><p>While there was no "causal connection" between poor English and extremism, language lessons would make communities "more resilient", Mr Cameron …

We're losing the fight against antibiotic resistance

As Lyn Gilbert has pointed out on The Conversation, there isn't good evidence behind many of these recommendations. For GPs, the main determinant of the duration of antibiotics is the size of the pack they come in.<p>In hospitals, we also have some odd rules about antibiotics:<p>Prime numbers for …

The Latest Facts And Figures On The Zika Virus, Now A Global "Emergency"

While the WHO declares Zika-linked birth defects a global health emergency, the U.S. CDC is warning pregnant women about traveling to 28 regions where the virus is spreading.<p>The threat of birth defects linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus is mounting. On Monday, the World Health Organization …

There's a worrisome problem with Obama's 'moonshot for cancer' plan

It's a noble goal. But it's also over-optimistic. And that's important to keep in mind when we're designing treatments for a disease which claims an estimated 8 million lives around the world each year.<p>Cancer is different from many genetic diseases, such as sickle cell or Huntington's, in that it …

German town bans refugees from swimming pool

A town near the German cities of Cologne and Bonn has banned male refugees from the municipal pool after sexual harassment complaints. Tension is …

EU scrambles as protests erupt in Poland over government media takeover

Relations between Poland and the European Union’s leaders hit a new low Wednesday, as the bloc’s executives met to investigate Poland’s recent limitations on democracy.<p>The move followed protests last weekend in Warsaw, where tens of thousands of Polish supporters of democracy braved the bitter cold …

We Asked an Expert What Would Happen if Saudi Arabia and Iran Went to War

As tensions between the two Middle Eastern powers intensify, is there actually a chance of a shooting war breaking out? And how disastrous would that be?<p>The relationship between Saudi Arabia and Iran has been fraught with tension for decades. In 1979, when the Shah was overthrown in Iran, that …

Researchers identify two proteins important for the demethylation of DNA

Scientists at the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) in Mainz have identified a missing piece of the puzzle in understanding how epigenetic marks …

Cat Bound With Electrical Tape Saved By Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputies

The cat's owner is now facing charges of animal cruelty as well as drug possession.<p>Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies found a cat bound in electrical tape Saturday night as they investigated a suspicious car in the Santa Clarita Valley.<p>According to the sheriff's department, deputies stopped to …

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Training The Immune System To Fight Cancer Has 19th-Century Roots

A novel immunotherapy drug is credited for successfully treating former President Jimmy Carter's advanced melanoma. Instead of killing cancer cells, these drugs boost the patient's immune system, which does the job instead.<p>Immunotherapy is cutting-edge cancer treatment, but the idea dates back more …

Cancer

Nimbus 2000 Christmas gift wins boyfriend a million points for Gryffindor

Jared Weissman may have just won Christmas — oh, and he might also be a wizard.<p>You see, Weissman's girlfriend, Shelby Stein, is a huge Harry Potter …

Harry Potter

New Contagious Cancer Found In Tasmanian Devils

Cancer isn’t normally a contagious disease, but certain cells <i>can</i> spread between individuals – such as ‘devil facial tumor disease’, a transmissible cancer that infects Tasmanian devils.<p>Devil facial tumour disease spreads because the cute-yet-ferocious Australian mammals bite one another, which can …

Cancer

Indonesian couple caned for violating Sharia law, police official says

<b>Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) —</b> An unrelated man and woman who had been seen alone together were caned in public in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, for violating Sharia law, a police chief said.<p>Four others were also caned in the formal punishment Monday, according to the chief of police who leads a unit charged …

Israel 'investigates radical group seeking Jewish monarchy' over Palestinian family deaths

Israeli police is looking at the HaMered group, which means "the rebellion" in Hebrew, in connection with the attack on a Palestinian family<p>An Israeli investigation into a firebombing attack which killed a Palestinian baby and his parents is reportedly focusing on a radical settler group seeking to …

This Baby Squirrel Took A Bad Fall, So An Incredible Animal Rescue Gave Her A Wee Cast

This poor baby squirrel fell a really long way out of her nest and onto a sidewalk, where she got pretty banged up.<p><i>Photo credit: City Wildlife</i><p>The precious critter is wearing a red cast, in case you didn't notice, because after her tumble she was brought to City Wildlife, the only wildlife …

These 22 Photos Will Make You Fall In Love With Foxes

Owing to its beautiful coat and bushy tail, which can be fiery red, steely gray or snow-white, the fox has held a special place in our hearts since …

Snow White

Berlin family overjoyed as Miko returns home after going missing in 2008<p>A family in Berlin got an unexpected Christmas present when Miko, their cherished black and white cat, returned home after going missing in 2008.<p>Related: Cat calendar featuring Russian orthodox priests goes viral

Pets

Video shows teenagers dancing with guns at wedding and stabbing a picture of Palestinian child killed in arson attack<p>Senior Israeli politicians and religious figures have condemned an incendiary video showing a hall packed full of Jewish extremist teenagers cheering the death of a Palestinian …

Israel

What Bravery Looks Like: Muslims Shield Christians During al-Shabaab Terrorist Attack

You want to talk about some Muslims standing up to Islamist terrorists? Here are some Muslims putting their lives on the line to do so:<p>(CNN)--Their M.O. is a tried and terrifying one: Launch a raid, single out Christians, and then spray them with bullets. But when Al-Shabaab militants ambushed a …

Karl Rove: Obama wishing Americans “Merry Christmas” in Hawaiian proves he’s un-American and soft on ISIS

“Mele Kalikimaka,” for the record, is also an obscure song by noted terrorist sympathizer Bing Crosby<p>Former "Bush brain" Karl Rove published an editorial in the Wall Street Journal yesterday in which he complained about President Barack Obama's "odd" decision to wish Americans "Merry Christmas" …

15 charged in India for lynching of Muslim - CNN Video

Police in India have charged 15 people with murder in connection with the killing of a Muslim man for allegedly eating beef. CNN's Sumnima Udas has more.

AstraZeneca gout drug wins approval from regulators

With gout levels soaring in the UK and other western economies, AstraZeneca hopes its new treatment will result in a steady revenue stream<p>AstraZeneca has won approval for a new drug that could help millions of gout sufferers around the world.<p>Lesinurad, marketed under the brand name Zurampic, got …

The Republicans Crying About Trump Should Admit They Helped Create Him

They lament the disease, but they helped infect the country with it.<p>I do not back down an inch from my long-held belief that, had his pet war in Iraq not turned into the biggest American foreign policy clusterfck in the history of clusters of fck, then David Frum—not to mention the think-tank …

War

A Simple Explanation as to Why Heart Cancer Is Considered to Be Such an Extremely Rare Disease

In the latest episode of SciShow, host Michael Aranda offers a simple but detailed explanation as to why heart cancer is so extremely rare, …

San Jose: Foxes bring petty theft to golf course

SAN JOSE — They’ve lifted countless brown-bag lunches and an occasional wallet or cellphone, but the fabulous-furred bandits of Los Lagos Golf Course …