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Scientists Find Way to 'Disarm' AIDS Virus

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Scientists have found a way to prevent HIV from damaging the immune system and say their discovery may offer a new approach to developing a vaccine against AIDS. Researchers from the United States and Europe working in laboratories on the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) found it is unable to damage the immune system if cholesterol is removed from the virus’s membrane. “It’s like... 

Scientists find Key to long life in Old Woman's DNA

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Scientists have sequenced the DNA of a woman who lived to be 115 years. A study suggests that the elderly woman had protective genes against dementia and diseases associated with old age The oldest woman in the world was found to have rare variations in DNA that can protect against the diseases of aging. Billed as the oldest in the world at the time of her death, she had the mental agility of someone... 

Liver Transplants to be replaced by Cells that correct Genetic Mutation

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British scientists have developed a new stem cell technique for growing working liver cells which could eventually avoid the need for costly and risky liver transplants. A team of researchers led by the Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge used cutting-edge methods to correct a genetic mutation in stem cells derived from a patient’s skin biopsy, and then grew them into fresh liver... 

Discovery of World's Largest Virus in Chile Astounds Scientists

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The world’s largest virus has been discovered off the coast of Las Cruces, Chile. Appropriately named Megavirus chilensis, it is about 10 to 20 times larger than the average virus and 6.5% bigger than its nearest competitor, the Mimivirus. The Megavirus measures about .7 micrometers (thousandths of a millimeter) in diameter and is an oddity among its virus brethren, which are usually smaller... 

Mind-controlled robotic arm successful

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Tim Hemmes operates the mechanical prosthetic arm During an experimental study at the University of Pittsburgh a paralyzed man managed to touch his partner’s hand using a new mind-controlled robotic arm. “It wasn’t my arm but it was my brain, my thoughts. I was moving something,” said Tim Hemmes of Pennsylvania. “I don’t have one single word to give you what I felt at that moment.... 

Yeti's existence in Russia 95 percent proved

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The expedition and the scientific conference with the participation of Russian and foreign scientists drew to a close in the Kemerovo region of Russia. The events were held to either prove or deny the existence of the Yeti in the region. The press service of the regional administration said that Yeti’s existence was confirmed on the level of 95 percent. Boxer Nikolai Valuev, as well as researchers... 

New Zealand scientists win international contract to hunt flu virus

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A group of New Zealand scientists and flu researchers have won a five-year, multi-million-dollar contract to study influenza in an effort to better understand the burden of the virus and how to prevent its spread around the world. New Zealand Health Minister Tony Ryall and the Minister for Science and Innovation Wayne Mapp on Wednesday congratulated the Institute of Environmental Science and Research... 

Primate research to benefit paralyzed

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A new brain implant method enables monkeys to use a virtual arm controlled by the animal's brain. An international team of scientists has developed a new method of brain implantation which may enable the paralyzed to walk again in near future. According to naturenews, researchers at the Duke University in North Carolina have devised a brain implant procedure that enables monkeys to examine virtual... 

Dolphins Talk like Humans

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A new study has revealed that dolphins use tissue vibrations to talk to each other, a process very similar to the way humans communicate. Scientists found that whistle like sounds of dolphins are produced by tissue vibrations analogous to the operation of vocal folds by humans and some other land-based animals, MSNBC reported. “When we or animals are whistling, the tune is defined by the resonance... 

RT: Whites become minority in America

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Eight of the largest metropolitan regions in America have seen a decline in the percentage of white inhabitants over the last decade, signaling a majority of minorities in some of the USA’s biggest hubs, including New York and DC. New census data analyzed by the Washington Post reveal that non-Hispanic whites are now a minority in 22 of the 100 biggest urban areas in America. While metropolises... 

Scientists use coral for sunscreen pill

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King's College London scientists are trying to use coral's natural defense against the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays to make a sunscreen pill. King’s College London scientists are trying to use coral’s natural defense against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays to make a sunscreen pill. The team, who studied samples of the endangered Acropora coral in Australia’s... 

Study shows genetic link to intelligence

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Research Reveals Genetic Link to Human Intelligence A recent study mainly conducted in the University of Manchester has revealed the first direct biological evidence for a genetic contribution to people’s thinking skills. University of Manchester scientists in collaboration with colleagues in Edinburgh and Australia, by testing people’s DNA for genetic variations, found out the existence... 

Mythical bird truly lived in ancient era

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University of Portsmouth scientists have suggested that an enormous bird, called Samrukia Nessovi after the mythical Kazakh Phoenix, actually existed at the time of the dinosaurs. The ostrich-like prehistoric creature which lived alongside dinosaurs around 83 million years ago, could have stood about 10 feet tall according to recent research publish in Discovery News reports. Researchers suggest in... 

Massive fungus found in China

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The fungus was found growing on the underside of a large tree. Scientists have discovered the largest fruiting body of any fungus documented so far, on the underside of a tree in China’s Hainan Province. The new giant fungus is believed to be at least 20 years old with a fruiting body equivalent to the mushrooms produced by other fungi species, the BBC reported. The body which is up to 10m long,... 

Half of European men share King Tut's DNA

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Nearly half of all Western European men are related to the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun, British media report, citing a team of geneticists in Switzerland. Scientists at a Zurich-based DNA genealogy center, reconstructed the DNA profile of the boy Pharaoh, who ascended the throne at the age of nine more than 3,000 years ago. The results showed that King Tut belonged to a genetic profile group to... 
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