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King Tut’s parents were brother and sister claims virtual autopsy

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The boy king’s face as revealed by the ‘virtual autopsy’. With strong features cast in burnished gold, Tutankhamun’s burial mask projects an image of majestic beauty and royal power. But in the flesh, King Tut had buck teeth, a club foot and girlish hips, according to the most detailed examination ever of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh’s remains. And rather than being a boy king... 

Canada to ship experimental Ebola vaccine to WHO

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Canada has planned to ship 800 vials of its Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva to curb the outbreak of the disease. The experimental vaccines will be distributed by WHO in the countries most affected by the disease, the Public Health Agency of Canada announced. “The vaccine is undergoing clinical trials on humans at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in the United... 

Breakthrough device heralds future of cancer detection

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A brand new device, called Miriam, could simplify regular cancer screenings. Early cancer detection can save millions of lives but current diagnostic methods remain costly and invasive. However, a new startup is developing a device which could detect dozens of cancers with a single blood test. The Miriam test platform was recently presented at the TEDGlobal 2014 conference in Rio de Janeiro by Jorge... 

Diversity losing support among white people as they become minority

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Psychologists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have concluded a study to see if White people have differing views on “diversity” as we become a minority. Professor Yuen Huo and doctoral student Felix Danbold from UCLA gathered 98 White people around the US, split them into two groups, and told the groups one of two statements. The first statement was based on Census predictions:... 

Failing smell sense likely death sign

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A study shows that a declining sense of smell could be sign of death approaching. Flopping a simple smell test as a senior could predict one’s approaching demise, a new study shows. Thirty-nine percent of the subjects of the study, which was published on Wednesday, who failed the test died within just five years. This was compared to the 19 percent among those with moderate smell loss and just 10... 

Activating single gene could extend human lifespan by 30%

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David Walker In an experiment on fruit flies, UCLA biologists activated just one gene, AMPK, which extended their lifespan by nearly a third, by helping them to get rid of “cellular garbage” causing old age diseases such as Parkinson’s. Humans have the same gene. “Instead of studying the diseases of aging Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, stroke, cardiovascular disease,... 

Experimental Ebola vaccine’s human trial begins in US

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A girl walks past a slogan painted on a wall reading “Stop Ebola” in Monrovia on August 31, 2014. An experimental US Ebola vaccine is being trialed on humans at the country’s National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The vaccine has been developed by the agency’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and GlaxoSmithKline. Twenty healthy... 

Memories can be overwritten, scientists find

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Scientists have been capable of switching mice’s good memories with bad ones and vice versa. The discovery was the result of work done by a team, formed from a collaboration between Japan’s RIKEN institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US. The scientists injected two groups of male mice with light-sensitive algae protein, which enabled them to identify the formation... 

Doctors remove 36-year-old skeleton inside Indian woman

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The skeleton of a fetus left inside mother for 36 years. Doctors have removed the skeleton of a 36-year-old fetus that had been inside an Indian woman. The skeleton was found inside a 60-year-old woman in Maharashtra after she came to a medical center complaining of pain in the abdomen. “The woman suffered a miscarriage because the fetus had been growing outside of her uterus. She became pregnant... 

World biggest aquatic insect found in China

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Experts have reported the discovery in southern China of the world’s yet-biggest aquatic insect, which has been found to be a giant dobsonfly. The specimen, discovered in China’s Sichuan Province, has been described as having long teeth and fearsome pincers. So far also spotted elsewhere in China, as well as in northern Vietnam, and India’s Assam state, the largest one of the insects has been... 

Scientists crack bread wheat’s genetic blueprint

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Having evaded scientists due to its large and complex nature for long, bread wheat’s genome has finally yielded to sequencing. The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium, as the international team of scientists who have been working on the problem is known, rendered a genetic blueprint of the plant on Thursday. The discovery promises development of more resistant and productive bread wheat... 

Indiana stores babies’ DNA for research without parental consent

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The Indiana State Department of Health has been collecting babies’ blood and DNA without their parents’ permission since 1991, according to an investigation by a local news station. Now the state wants to know what to do with the blood samples. When a baby is born in Indiana, as with other states, the state conducts a newborn screening test. A nurse or midwife takes a few drops of blood from the... 

South Korea’s KAIST develops self-powered pacemaker

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The unit works by harvesting electrical energy from the patient’s minute body movements to stimulate the heart. A team of Korean scientists have invented a self-powered semi-permanent cardiac pacemaker using advanced nanotechnology. The pacemaker designed by a research team from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) operates semi-permanently by utilizing a flexible piezoelectric... 

Paralyzed man moves hand with thoughts using bionic tech

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A US man’s brave decision and hard work have given hope to thousands of paralyzed people worldwide. Being paralyzed himself, Ian Burkhart took part in a breakthrough test and became the first person in the world to move his limb by using his thoughts. The last time 23-year-old Ian Burkhart moved his hands on his own was on a summer day in June 2010, when he and his friends were celebrating the end... 

Mad scientist’s ‘incurable’ swine flu virus

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University Research Park, where Kawaoka conducts flu GOF experiments. A controversial flu researcher has modified the flu virus responsible for the 2009 pandemic to allow it evade the human immune system. His lab’s previous works include recreating the Spanish flu and making a deadly bird flu strain highly transmittable. The yet-to-be-published research by Professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka and his team... 
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