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January 25 2015

New bacterial 'language' discovered: Previously unknown communication pathway


Bacteria communicate by means of chemical signals and can develop common characteristics through this "agreement" and also develop their potential pathogenic effects in this way. Scientists have now described a hitherto unknown communication pathway that appears to be widely distributed.

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January 25 2015

This Species Is Close to Extinction and That’s a Good Thing


The disappearance would mark the scouring of a disease from the face of the earth

The Guinea worm is inching ever closer to extinction, but unlike just about every other endangered species, no one is going to try to save it, least of all scientists. On the contrary, the worm’s disappearance would mark the scouring of a disease from the face of the earth—a feat humanity’s only been able to celebrate twice before, with the end of smallpox in 1980 and of the cattle disease rinderpest in 2011. (Polio, despite the fact that a vaccine’s been around for more than half a century, has managed to hang on by its microscopic threads.).

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January 25 2015

Bill Gates predicts HIV vaccine by 2030


Bill Gates believes that a vaccine and new intensive drugs to combat HIV should be available by 2030 and end most new cases of the virus that has killed millions in the past three decades.

The Microsoft founder, whose philanthropic foundation spends tens of millions of dollars on medical research, told the World Economic Forum in Davos that the two “miracles” were within reach.

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January 25 2015

Cat genes could hold vital clues to treatments for human diseases


Scientists have recruited a new ally in their battle to fight disease: domestic moggies. They believe the genetic profiles of cats contain crucial clues about diseases to which humans and felines are both susceptible. These illnesses include diabetes, asthma and some causes of blindness.

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January 25 2015

Friends know how long you'll live, study finds


Young lovers walking down the aisle may dream of long and healthy lives together, but close friends in the wedding party may have a better sense of whether those wishes will come true, suggests new research on personality and longevity from Washington University in St. Louis.

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January 25 2015

Partners can worsen childbirth pains for the intimacy-averse, study finds


They are meant to bring comfort, encouragement and snacks, but for some women, having their partner around for childbirth might make a tough time worse.


Related: For Couples, Success at Work is Affected by Partner’s Personality
Related: Hostile boss? Study finds advantages to giving it right back

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January 25 2015

Brazilian scientists discover protein in coffee that mimics effects of morphine


Brazilian scientists have discovered a protein in coffee that has effects similar to pain reliever morphine, researchers at the state University of Brasilia (UnB) and state-owned Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation Embrapa said Saturday.

Embrapa said its genetics and biotech division, teaming up with UnB scientists, had discovered “previously unknown protein fragments” with morphine-like effects in that they possess “analgesic and mildly tranquilizing” qualities.

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January 25 2015

Jamaica is About to Decriminalize Ganja


The island nation most closely associated with marijuana in the popular mind is about to decriminalize it. The Jamaican cabinet Monday approved a bill that would do just that, as well as allow for the creation of medical marijuana and hemp industries.

The bill, the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act of 2015, goes to the Senate tomorrow and will be debated there next Friday.

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January 25 2015

Why all-nighters don't work: How sleep, memory go hand-in-hand


Scientists have long known that sleep, memory and learning are deeply connected but how has remained a mystery. The question is, does the mechanism that promotes sleep also consolidate memory, or do two distinct processes work together? In other words, is memory consolidated during sleep because the brain is quiet or are memory neurons actually putting us to sleep? In a recent paper, researchers make a case for the latter.


Related: How Sleep Keeps You Healthy, Helps You Heal

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January 25 2015

Warriors in ancient Iraq suffered Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder more than 3,000 years ago


Ancient warriors could have suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as far back as 1300 BC, according to new research.

It had been thought that the first record of PTSD was in 490 BC, during the Greco-Persian Battle of Marathon, but researchers at Anglia Ruskin University have found that it could have existed more than 3,000 years ago.

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January 24 2015

Eggshell World Globe Might be the First to Depict The Americas


So there’s been something of a theme to my work of late; my research notes would have you believe that I’ve become a cartophile – that is, a lover of maps (not to be confused with a lover of baseball cards). I admit, I do love maps. Especially antique maps, ancient maps. But it’s more of a passing fancy than an obsession, though I’m about to make that a little less believable.

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January 24 2015

Incredible discovery of the oldest depiction of the universe almost lost to the black market


The design on this disc might look like a six-year-old’s scribbles, but in reality, it’s one of the most sophisticated and influential artifacts of the Bronze Age.

And it might never have been discovered if not for a couple of illegal treasure hunters who dug it up and sold it on the black market.

Called the Nebra sky disc, named for the town where it was found in 1999, the artifact has been dated back to 1600 BC.

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January 24 2015

If Earth falls, will interstellar space travel be our salvation?


Some climatologists argue it may be too late to reverse climate change, and it's just a matter of time before the Earth becomes uninhabitable – if hundreds of years from now. The recent movie Interstellar raised the notion that we may one day have to escape a dying planet. As astrophysicists and avid science fiction fans, we naturally find the prospect of interstellar colonization intriguing and exciting. But is it practical, or even possible? Or is there a better solution?


Related: 'Doomsday Clock' now reads 11:57

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January 24 2015

Giant asteroid unlikely to have created firestorms big enough to kill off dinosaurs, scientists say


A favourite theory to explain the sudden demise of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago has been debunked by an experiment suggesting that it would have been unlikely for a giant asteroid impact to cause a global firestorm.

It is known that a massive asteroid collided with the Earth at around the same time that the dinosaurs went extinct and it was thought that the impact generated high enough temperatures to ignite vegetation around the world in a global conflagration.

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January 24 2015

World's Oldest Fire Has Been Burning for 5,500 Years


Nobody is sure how the coal seam beneath the exterior of Australia’s Burning Mountain, also known as Mount Wingen (“fire” in an aboriginal language), originally ignited. But a coal seam 90 feet below the surface been burning for an estimated 5,500 years, making it the longest continuous fire on the planet.

Ancient people actually used heat from rocky vents in the mountain to cook food and make tools. When an Australian settler found the mountain in 1828, he assumed that he’d discovered a volcano.

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January 24 2015

Video appears to show three suns in the skies above Mongolia


A rare celestial event that appears to show three suns in the sky has been filmed in the skies above Mongolia.

The phenomenon, scientific name parhelion, was visible in areas across Mongolia on Sunday and shows the sun flanked by two reflections on either side.

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January 24 2015

Cosmic 'Nuclear Pasta' May Be Stranger Than Originally Thought


The crusts of neutron stars — cosmic cousins of black holes — possess a weird form of matter known as "nuclear pasta."

Now, scientists have found that nuclear pasta may be even stranger than previously thought, forming defects that bond pieces together into complex, disorderly shapes. This complex nuclear pasta could ultimately doom the powerful magnetic fields seen from neutron stars, researchers say.

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