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The MARVEL UNIVERSE Is Ending

Credit: Marvel Comics<p>The Marvel Universe, as we have known it since 1961, is ending.<p>Yes, you read that right.<p>During a live "Secret Wars Kick-Off" …

連醫藥都撈埋?Google 將研發治療頑症新藥物

<b>讚好此文:</b><p>九月 6, 2014 •健康, 科技趣聞 •<p>一提起 Google,相信大家會即時想起手機及網上服務等與科技有關的範疇。不過原來他們現在就連醫學研究也涉足到,而且最近旗下的生命科學研究所 Calico,更將會開發治療各種頑症的新藥物。<p>Calico 是 Google 於美國加州總部附近設置的生 …

'Remote-control' contraceptive implant developed backed by Bill Gates

A remote-controlled contraceptive chip which is implanted under the skin has been developed with the backing of Bill Gates and would last for 16 years<p>A remote-controlled contraceptive computer chip which would be implanted under the skin has been developed with the backing of Bill Gates.<p>The chip, …

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An Amazing Cancer Treatment Based On The Measles Virus Saved A Woman's Life

As the virus spread through her blood stream it specifically attacked her cancer cells, shrinking tumors, putting her cancer in remission, and triggering a slew of headlines saying that measles cured her cancer and claiming that her cancer was "killed" or "destroyed."<p>Yes, it's an amazing story. It …

14 Emerging Digital Technologies That Will Change The World

<i>Policy Horizons Canada worked with futurist and data visualizer Michell Zappa of Envisioning to produce a report called MetaScan 3: Emerging Technologies and accompanying infographics. We are reproducing the summary for emerging digital and communications technologies.</i><p>We have included predictions …

9 huge government conspiracies that actually happened

We all know the conspiracy theories — the government's plan for 9/11, the second gunman who shot JFK, the evolution of the elite from a race of blood-drinking, shape-shifting lizards.<p>But the people who spread these ideas usually can't prove them.<p>As the years pass, however, secrets surface. …

35 Science 'Facts' That Are Totally Wrong

These myths, old wives tales, and misconceptions have been passed down through the ages, but we are here to put an end to that.<p>For the list we used Wikipedia's great list of "Common Misconceptions" and this great reddit.com thread, along with our own brains. You can find the source of our facts …

iPhone 5S夠硬淨!救回美國士兵一命

<b>讚好此文:</b><p>三月 12, 2014 •科技趣聞 •<p>根據美國一新聞網站報導,在亞庫汗的一名美軍 Shaun Frank 在執行任務時受到自殺式炸彈攻擊,不過奇蹟地他只受了輕傷,全因為他袋中放了一部 iPhone 5S手機,而炸彈碎片剛好打在 iPhone上面,雖然威力足以把 iPhone 打穿了一個洞, …

棄用傳統病歷板 美醫院以 Google Glass 取代

<b>讚好此文:</b><p>三月 13, 2014 •科技趣聞 •<p>美國波士頓一間醫院早前想到以 Google Glass 配合 QR Code,取代常見於病床後的病人病歷板。醫生只要用 Glass 掃描一下 QR Code,就可以讀取病人的即時詳細病歷和資料。這個新安排已經成功救回一條生命。<p>醫生在進入病房前,只要利用 …

Then & Now: The Cast Of 'RoboCop' 27 Years Later

Paul Verhoeven's 1987 R-rated classic gave us exaggerated gore, a vision of a crumbling Detroit, and one of the corniest — yet catchiest — taglines in "I'd buy that for a dollar."<p>With the remake in theaters this week, we're taking a look back at the original cast.<p>Most have gone on to star or cameo …

Apple says it received less than 250 National Security Orders in the first half of 2013

Following the terms of an agreement announced today between government agencies and a number of tech companies, Apple has released an updated report on National Security and Law Enforcement requests. Current through June 30th, 2013, it updates the data released last November and in June by breaking …

Genetically-modified purple tomatoes heading for shops

<b>The prospect of genetically modified purple tomatoes reaching the shelves has come a step closer.</b><p>Their dark pigment is intended to give tomatoes the same potential health benefits as fruit such as blueberries.<p>Developed in Britain, large-scale production is now under way in Canada with the first …

Amazon Prime Air

Is this science fiction or is this real?<p>It looks like science fiction, but it's real. One day, seeing Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing …

China Still Has The World's Fastest Supercomputer

Earlier this week, the Top500 organization announced its semi-annual list of the Top 500 supercomputers in the world. And for the second year in a row, China’s Tianhe-2 is the world’s fastest by a long shot, maintaining its performance of 33.86 petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) …

Gettysburg: How Lincoln's speech lived on

<b>This week saw two landmark anniversaries in American history - 150 years since Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and 50 years since the assassination of President John F Kennedy.</b><p>"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and …

Bill Gates Visits Nigeria On Polio Eradication Drive As Polio Cases Drop 50%

The world’s richest man and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, is currently in Abuja, Nigeria on a polio eradication drive.<p>According to Nigeria’s Channels Television, Gates, whose foundation is at the vanguard of the ongoing campaign to end polio in Nigeria, met with …

New Drug For Pulmonary Hypertension Approved By FDA

The FDA today approved a new drug for pulmonary hypertension. Bayer HealthCare’s riociguat (brand name Adempas) was approved for 2 indications:<p>The treatment of adults with persistent/recurrent chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) after surgical treatment or inoperable CTEPH to …

Americans are clueless about Obamacare, which could raise prices

With just 38 days to go before the opening of Obamacare insurance exchanges, sky-high public ignorance about those marketplaces threatens the goal of offering affordable health care to the uninsured, several studies show.<p>And according to a troubling conclusion in at least one study earlier this …

FDA Warns Consumers About Common Off-Label Autism Therapy

The FDA minces no words in its consumer alert about hyperbaric oxygen therapy :<p>No, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has not been clinically proven to cure or be effective in the treatment of cancer, autism, or diabetes. But do a quick search on the Internet, and you’ll see all kinds of claims for …

UFO community greets Area 51 disclosure with a resounding 'Duh!'

The man who put Area 51 on the UFO map is not impressed by newly declassified CIA documents that acknowledge the existence of the facility but say it was used to test U-2 spy planes — not flying saucers.<p>"Everybody has known that for 25 years or so," said Bob Lazar, who came forward in 1989 with a …

Near-death experiences: the brain's last hurrah

We have all wondered what it will be like to die, and what – if anything – might happen afterwards. The prospect of no longer existing seems so difficult to accept that cultures throughout history have developed spiritual and religious beliefs about the persistence of consciousness after the body's …

We don't know if antidepressants work, so stop bashing them

Lately, it seems as if everyone is anti-antidepressants. In a recent CiF article, Giles Fraser bemoaned the apparent need to treat anything vaguely resembling unhappiness with a pill. Just a week earlier, Will Self launched a scathing attack on psychiatry along similar lines.<p>Both pieces sparked …

10 Nasty Things Drinking Too Much Coffee Does To You

It's not just that you need that caffeine, it's that it's a part of the job's culture. When you start out as a young analyst, the boring hours between spreadsheets and pitch books are spent going on Starbucks runs.<p>Unless you can get the interns to go get it, of course.<p>Our love of coffee noted, it's …

Camels may be source of Middle East's Sars-like virus

The Sars-like virus that has infected 94 people who have lived in or had links to the Middle East, and killed almost half of them – including a 38-year-old man who died in the UK reportedly after exposure to a relative who visited Mecca, Saudi Arabia – could have come from camels, research suggests.<p>…

Autism 'affects male and female brains differently'

<b>Autism affects male and female brains differently, a study has suggested.</b><p>UK experts studied brain scans of 120 men and women, with half of those studied having autism.<p>The differences found in the research, published in journal Brain, show more work is needed to understand how autism affects girls, …

Delivering Vaccines To Where They're Needed Most

<i>Editor’s Note: In advance of the many health-related discussions to take place in September at the Clinton Global Initiative, the Social Good Summit, UN week and other such events, the Skoll World Forum asked some of the world’s leading voices in global health to paint a comprehensive picture of</i> …

Christianity and atheism are two sides of the same coin

Earlier this week I attended the national parliamentary prayer breakfast, which takes place each June in the magnificent surrounds of Westminster …

New Bird Flu Found to Be Resistant to Roche’s Tamiflu Drug

A gene mutation known to make flu viruses resistant to Roche Holding AG’s Tamiflu was identified in two patients infected with the H7N9 bird flu …