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FDA Approves Gilead Drug That Can Treat All Forms Of Hepatitis C Virus

FDA green-lighted the first drug that can treat all major forms of the viral disease hepatitis C. How effective is Gilead's Epclusa and how much does it cost?

Medicine

Dinosaur-Era Wings Preserved In Amber Reveal Ancient Birds Were Almost Fully Developed When Hatched

A pair of well-preserved wings that belonged to Enantiornithes was found encased in an amber mined in Myanmar. The wings revealed that the ancient birds were almost fully developed when they were hatched.

Animals

Tour De France To Use Thermal Cameras To Detect 'Mechanical Doping'

The Union Cycliste Internationale will use a high-tech system to prevent cheating in the world's most famous cycling race. It will employ manual bike checks and use thermal cameras to ensure that no Tour de France rider gets an unfair advantage.

Life & Style June 28, 2016

Diet Pepsi Classic Brings Back Sweetener Aspartame Despite Health Concerns

Pepsi replaced aspartame in its Diet Pepsi last year due to the sweetener's cancer link. What prompted the beverage company to reintroduce the controversial ingredient?

Public Health June 28, 2016

Many Americans Clueless About Chemicals Present In Cigarette Smoke

Cigarette smoking remains to be a leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. but a new survey revealed many Americans are clueless about the chemicals present in cigarette smoke and tobacco products. Many of these are toxic and carcinogenic.

Public Health June 27, 2016

Electric Shocks Reduce Fats In Chocolate, Make Treat Healthier

Sending electric shocks to cocoa particles improves the flow of liquid chocolate without the need for extra cocoa butter. The process can reduce chocolate's fat content by up to 20 percent.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 26, 2016

Volcanic Eruption Warning Sign: Active Volcanoes Become Silent Before They Erupt

A period of quiet may indicate that an active volcano is about to blow up. The duration of this silent period also predicts the amount of energy the impending volcanic eruption will release.

Earth/Environment June 26, 2016

Archaeologists Find Human Skeletons, Gold Coins In Ancient Pompeii Shop Ruins

Archaeologists discovered four human skeletons and gold coins in the ruins of an ancient shop in Pompeii. The remains belong to people who died when Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79.

Ancient June 25, 2016

Insects Are World’s First Farmers: Termites Started Farming About 25 Million Years Before Human Agriculture

The oldest fossil evidence of agriculture shows that termites started to tap on farming millions of years before humans did. How did farming impacted the evolution of these social insects?

Animals June 25, 2016

Texas Woman Returns Home From Jaw Surgery With British Accent: What Causes 'Foreign Accent Syndrome'?

Lisa Alamia, who was born and raised in Texas, started to speak with British accent after she underwent a jaw surgery six months ago. What causes her condition known as foreign accent syndrome?

Neuroscience June 24, 2016

Is There Life After Death? Hundreds Of Zombie Genes Come Alive After Life Ends

Among the genes that become active after death are developmental genes that sculpt embryos and those that promote cancer. Does this mean dead organisms can be brought back to life?

Feature | Health June 24, 2016

Patient Position During Breast MRI May Influence Success Of Tumor Removal During Lumpectomy

Breast cancer patients often lie face down during MRI scans but lie face up during lumpectomy. How does the patient's position during presurgical MRI affect success of tumor removal?

Medicine June 23, 2016

Sudden Cardiac Death Kills Young People Without Prior Symptoms: Can It Be Prevented?

Genetic mutation linked with unexplained cases of sudden cardiac death among young people can be passed on to the next generation. How can this finding help save lives?

Public Health June 23, 2016

This Ultra-Thin Solar Cell Is So Flexible It Can Wrap Around A Pencil

An ultra-thin solar photovoltaic cell developed by scientists in South Korea is so flexible it can wrap around virtually any surface. What are its potential applications?

Energy June 23, 2016

Caribbean Sea Whistles Sound That Can Be Detected From Space: What Causes This Noise?

The Caribbean Sea produces a whistle-like sound so powerful its signature can be detected by satellites in space. What produces the low-pitched noise in this part of the Atlantic Ocean?

Earth/Environment June 22, 2016

Great Pyramid Of Giza Not A Perfect Square: Engineers Find Construction Error In Ancient Monument

Despite its impressive level of accuracy, Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza was not perfectly built. New measurements show the ancient monument's base is lopsided.

Ancient June 22, 2016

Tesla Offers To Buy SolarCity In A $2.86 Billion Deal To Merge Two Elon Musk Companies

A Tesla-Solar City merger would package the two Elon Musk companies' products and services. How would the acquisition affect customers of green technologies?

Business Tech June 22, 2016

Does Pluto Hide A Subsurface Ocean? NASA's New Horizons Hint Liquid Ocean Is Beneath Dwarf Planet's Icy Crust

A present-day liquid ocean could be hiding beneath the icy crust of Pluto. The dwarf planet would have shrunk if its ocean has completely frozen millions of years ago.

Space June 22, 2016

High Fiber Diet Boosts Immune System To Reduce Food Allergies

Researchers blame lack of fiber in the diet for the rising rate of allergies worldwide. How does eating fiber-rich food help those suffering from food allergies?

Healthy Living/Wellness June 22, 2016

Feeling Sick? Google Will Help Diagnose Your Illness With New Symptom Search

Google introduced a new feature to improve results of symptom-related searches. The search giant collaborated with medical doctors as well as experts from Harvard Medical School and Mayo Clinic for its symptom search.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 21, 2016

Space Tsunami Of Plasma Waves Behind Formation Of Third Van Allen Belt In Earth's Magnetosphere

What caused the formation of a third Van Allen Belt in 2013 has puzzled scientists. Researchers from University of Alberta now point at intense ultra-low frequency plasma waves.

Space June 21, 2016

Kepler Finds Youngest Planet Around Alien Star: Neptune-Size K2-33b Exoplanet Is Only 10 Million Years Old

The infant super-Neptune K2-33b is the youngest fully formed planet found orbiting an alien star. The exoplanet is estimated to be only between 5 to 10 million years old.

Space June 21, 2016

Atrial Fibrillation Patients With Stroke Risk Often Prescribed Wrong Medicine

Nearly 40 percent of patients with heart problem that can cause stroke are prescribed the wrong medicine. Why are atrial fibrillation patients treated with aspirin and not the recommended blood thinner?

Medicine June 20, 2016

Chemists Find Way To Tackle Plastic Pollution: Turn Plastic Waste Into Liquid Fuel

Using an organometallic catalyst, scientists sped up the breakdown of polyethylene into liquid product that can be used as fuel. Once the process is scaled up, it can potentially make a dent in global plastic pollution.

Earth/Environment June 20, 2016

Algeria Blocks Facebook, Other Social Media Sites To Stop Exam Cheats

Thousands of high school students in Algeria needed to retake their baccalaureate exams on Sunday after test questions were leaked online. Authorities have temporarily blocked access to Facebook and Twitter to prevent cheats from posting test papers.

Internet June 20, 2016

Memory Loss In People With Alzheimer's Disease Reversible: Here's Why New Broad-Based Treatment Worked

Using broad-based and personalized treatments, researchers were able to reverse memory loss in Alzheimer's disease patients. What made this new therapeutic approach effective?

Neuroscience June 19, 2016

Two Massive Texas Sinkholes May Collapse Into Each Other And Form New Gigantic Hole

The area around the 'Wink Sinks' Texas sinkholes was found to be unstable. The two massive holes may eventually merge into one bigger hole or new sinkholes could form.

Earth/Environment June 19, 2016

At Least 650 Dialysis Patients Possibly Exposed To Hepatitis B At Seattle Hospital

Virginia Mason Hospital is contacting at least 650 dialysis patients who may have been exposed to hepatitis B over the past five years. The problem stems from lapses in screening procedures.

Public Health June 19, 2016

Aquatic Scientists Film Hordes Of Giant Spider Crabs Crawling And Stacking Up On Australian Sea Floor [Video]

Aquatic scientists filmed hordes of giant spider crabs off the shores of Melbourne in Australia. Watch the video of these massive crustaceans crawling and stacking on top of each other.

Animals June 19, 2016

Bolivia Turns Down Chicken Donation From Bill Gates: Here's Why

Bill Gates wants to give chickens to Bolivia as part of an initiative to help fight poverty but the South American nation has rejected it. Why?

Life & Style June 19, 2016

Women Who Work Long Hours Likely To Suffer From Cancer, Heart Disease

Long hours at work in women are linked to cancer, heart disease, arthritis and diabetes. Why are women more vulnerable than men to the health consequences of working long hours?

Public Health June 18, 2016

Astronomers Find Unusually Large Number Of Hot Jupiters In Dense Star Cluster

Excess number of hot Jupiters were discovered in Messier 67. What's behind the high concentration of these gas giants in the dense star cluster?

Space June 17, 2016

New Computer Algorithm Sifts Social Media Posts To Predict Next ISIS Terror Attack

Posts on Russia-based social media site VKontake revealed how the ISIS terrorist group manage to grow and organize online. How can online activities and behaviors of sympathizers help predict and possibly prevent future attacks?

Computers June 17, 2016

Yellowstone Slaps Chinese Tourist With $1,000 Fine For Taking Water, Reminds Visitors Thermal Water Remains Off Limits

A Chinese national who visited Yellowstone National Park was fined for violating park rules. The visitor collected thermal water from the hot springs for medicinal purposes.

Earth/Environment June 17, 2016

Sleep Apnea May Raise Heart Attack Risk In People Who Had Angioplasty To Clear Blocked Arteries

Patients who underwent angioplasty to clear blocked arteries are at greater risk for heart attack or stroke if they have untreated sleep apnea. How do sleep disorders damage the heart?

Medicine June 17, 2016

Can Drinking Coffee Cause Cancer? WHO Says Only If Beverage Is Drunk At Very Hot Temperature

WHO reversed its 1991 warning that coffee is a possible carcinogen. Drinking the beverage and other hot liquids at very high temperature, however, may still cause cancer of the esophagus.

Public Health June 16, 2016

2,100-Year-Old Computer Used To Predict The Future: How Does The Antikythera Mechanism Work?

The 2,100-year-old Antikythera mechanism may have also been used for astrology and not just for tracking the sun, moon and the planets. How did this ancient device work?

Ancient June 16, 2016

Animals Can Spread Deadly Diseases To Humans: These New Maps Show Hotspots Where This Can Happen

Where will the next Ebola strike? These new maps reveal the global hotspots of animal hosts that can spread infectious diseases to humans.

Animals June 15, 2016

Cats Utilize Physics? Study Says Cats Understand Physics And Use Law Of Cause And Effect To Detect Hiding Prey

Cats have a rudimentary understanding of the principle of cause and effect as well as the elements of physics. How does this help them when hunting for prey at night?

Animals June 14, 2016

How To Brew More Flavorful Coffee According To Science: Chill Coffee Beans

Brewing a more flavorful coffee is as simple as chilling the beans before grinding. How does colder temperature help boost coffee flavor?

Feature | Science June 14, 2016

Kepler Finds Biggest Real-Life Tatooine: Jupiter-Size Planet Orbits Two Suns And May Have Habitable Moon

The Kepler space telescope discovered another circumbinary planet that orbit two stars. What makes the exoplanet Kepler-1647b special?

Space June 14, 2016

Carbon Dioxide Dominates Greenhouse Gases Generated By Arctic's Thawing Permafrost

Melting permafrost in the Arctic produces carbon dioxide and methane that may further exacerbate warming climate. What conditions influence the release of these greenhouse gases?

Earth/Environment June 14, 2016

Light Pollution That Dims Milky Way Is Reversible: Here's How To Bring Back The Dark Night Sky

Light pollution driven by artificial lights from billboards, homes and streetlamps is dimming our view of the Milky Way. Here's what we can do to restore the dark night sky.

Space June 13, 2016

World's Largest Rocket Blasts Off Into Space With US Spy Satellite [Video]

The world's most powerful rocket, United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Heavy, lifted off from Cape Canaveral in California on June 11. The mission is to send a U.S. spy satellite into orbit.

Space June 13, 2016

Hubble Space Telescope Spots Solitary Dwarf Galaxy

The Hubble Space Telescope spotted a very isolated irregular dwarf galaxy 2.3 million light-years away from its closest neighbor. UGC 4879 can help astronomers study star formations.

Space June 13, 2016

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