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Brazil now has doubts that Zika alone causes birth defects

August 22, 2016

Mosquitos in a lab at the International Training and Medical Research Training Center (CIDEIM) in Cali, Colombia, Feb. 2, 2016.

Zika is starting to take root in the United States. World athletes are arriving in Rio de Janeiro for the Summer Olympics — others notably are not, to avoid catching the virus.

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Smell Turns Up in Unexpected Places

August 21, 2016

A team of biologists has found that our skin is bristling with olfactory receptors.

Smell is one of the oldest human faculties, yet it was one of the last to be understood by scientists. It was not until the early 1990s that biologists first described the inner workings of olfactory receptors — the chemical sensors in our noses — in a discovery that won a Nobel Prize.

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Secretive car startup Faraday takes on Tesla with $1bn Nevada mega plant

August 20, 2016

Upstart electric car company Faraday Future hopes to have its first vehicles rolling off the assembly line in 2018, a company executive said on Wednesday, as officials marked the start of construction on a planned $1 billion (£700 million) Las Vegas-area production plant.

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This tiny device makes dirty water drinkable in just 20 minutes

August 20, 2016
Scientists have developed a tiny device the size of a postage stamp that can kill 99.99 percent of bacteria in water in just 20 minutes.

Exposing contaminated water to sunlight can naturally clean it up – because UV rays blitz germs – but this distillation process usually takes up to 48 hours to complete. Instead, this new gadget harnesses a broader spectrum of the Sun’s rays to speed everything up.

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THREE PERCENT (3%) EFFICACY OF CHEMOTHERAPY TREATMENT ON CANCER CURE

August 17, 2016

3 percent efficacy of chemotherapy treatment on cancer

New study suggests we might have spotted a fifth force of nature

August 17, 2016
As far as we know, there are four fundamental forces that hold our Universe together – gravity, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear forces.

But, in April last year, physicists in Hungary saw evidence of a possible fifth force of nature, one that could potentially explain some of the lingering mysteries in our Universe, such as dark matter.

Now an independent team of researchers has re-analysed the results, confirming that the anomaly seen in the data last year really could be a whole new fundamental force.
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Cornea cells ‘successfully’ grown and implanted to cure blindness

August 17, 2016

Melbourne researchers say they have successfully grown and implanted cornea cells to cure blindness. The cells were grown on a layer of synthetic film and transplanted into the eyes of animals, restoring vision. Researchers are now preparing for human trials.

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