Science, Technology and Innovation

The World Could End AIDS if It Tried

The world has made so much progress in reducing the spread of AIDS and treating people with H.I.V. that the epidemic has receded from the public spotlight. Yet by any measure the disease remains a major threat — 1.1 million people died last yearfrom AIDS-related causes, and 2.1 million people were infected with the virus. And while deaths are down over the last five years, the number of new infections has essentially reached a plateau… Source: The World Could End ... Read More »

Referendum required as UN move confirms abortion law is unsustainable

Human Rights Committee decision underlines Eighth Amendment is incompatible with human rights.. Ιn a decision that will not have come as a surprise to those who are attentive to either international human rights law or abortion law in Ireland, the United Nations Human Rights Committee has found that a woman’s rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights were violated by her having to travel for an abortion in a situation of fatal foetal abnormality… Source: Referendum required as ... Read More »

Aboriginal sacred site up to 8,000 years old destroyed by ‘cultural vandals’

Scratching out of ochre stencils on Derwent valley cave wall is ‘devastating’, says Clyde Mansell, chairman of Tasmanian Aboriginal Land Council.. Vandals have destroyed a sacred Aboriginal site in Tasmania by scratching out hand stencils which traditional owners say were made during large clan gatherings up to 8,000 years ago… Source: Aboriginal sacred site up to 8,000 years old destroyed by ‘cultural vandals’ | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Tutankhamun’s dagger ‘made with iron from meteorite’

Researchers say analysis of metal content ‘strongly suggests extraterrestrial origin’.. A dagger entombed with King Tutankhamun was made with iron from a meteorite, a new analysis on the metal composition shows. In 1925, archaeologist Howard Carter found two daggers, one iron and one with a blade of gold, within the wrapping of the teenage king, who was… Source: Tutankhamun’s dagger ‘made with iron from meteorite’ Read More »

Minister proposes EU bulk buying of drugs to lower costs

Health authorities criticised for refusing to fund ‘game-changing’ cystic fibrosis drug.. Minister for Health Simon Harris says he intends to discuss with his European colleagues in the coming weeks the potential to jointly purchase new drugs in order to reduce costs… Source: Minister proposes EU bulk buying of drugs to lower costs Read More »

A NASA physicist just gave us the most promising new candidate for dark matter

Closing in on the most important mystery in astrophysics.. Dark matter is thought to make up around 26 percent of the known Universe, but no one actually knows what it is, what it’s made of, or how to detect it. Like the ‘normal’ matter that we see in stars, humans, slime, and everything else… Source: A NASA physicist just gave us the most promising new candidate for dark matter – ScienceAlert Read More »

Is this Greek hilltop the 2,400-year-old burial place of Aristotle?

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Greek archaeologist ‘almost certain’ he has discovered the long-sought tomb of world’s greatest philosopher.. Greek archaeologists believe they have discovered the lost tomb of Aristotle, the greatest philosopher in history. Kostas Sismanidis said he was almost sure that a 2,400 year-old domed vault he unearthed in ancient Stagira was the burial place of the man credited with formalising logic… Source: Is this Greek hilltop the 2,400-year-old burial place of Aristotle? | World news | The Guardian Read More »

My brain made me do it: will neuroscience change the way we punish criminals?

Australian law may be on the cusp of a brain-based revolution that will reshape the way we deal with criminals. Some researchers, such as neuroscientist David Eagleman, have argued that neuroscience should radically change our practices of punishment. According to Eagleman, the courts should give up on the notion of punishment altogether and instead focus on managing criminals and… Source: My brain made me do it: will neuroscience change the way we punish criminals? Read More »

Ancient crayfish and worms may die out together

Research suggests that bizarre, tentacled worms which live attached to crayfish in the rivers of Australia are at risk of extinction – because the crayfish themselves are endangered. It would be an example of coextinction, where one organism dies out because it depends on another doomed species. Just a few millimetres long, the worms eat even tinier animals in the water or inside the crayfish gill chamber… Source: Ancient crayfish and worms may die out together – BBC News Read More »

Zika virus strain ‘imported from the Americas’ to Africa 

The Zika virus strain responsible for the outbreaks in Brazil has been detected in Africa for the first time, the World Health Organization says.. The WHO said it was concerned that the latest strain was spreading and was “on the doorstep of Africa”. It is currently circulating in Cape Verde, an archipelago off the north west coast of Africa…. Source: Zika virus strain ‘imported from the Americas’ to Africa – BBC News Read More »

Stealing From Ebola to Fight Zika

Nobody should be surprised when the present House of Representatives, dominated by penurious reactionaries, produces a stingy response to a danger that calls for compassionate largess. But for sheer fecklessness it’s hard to top the House’s response this week to the Zika virus. The salient feature is that in providing money to fight one health menace, it steals from other funds meant… Source: Stealing From Ebola to Fight Zika – The New York Times Read More »

Why we need to do more for the victims of online fraud and scams

As we come to the end of National Consumer Fraud Awareness Week, I can’t help but reflect on my own work researching this difficult and often fraught area. Imagine if you had a close friend or relative who went online looking for a relationship. They find someone special, spend weeks, months and even years dating, communicating via email, Skype, telephone and text… Source: Why we need to do more for the victims of online fraud and scams Read More »

Cannabis Helps My Epileptic Son. If Only We Had Known Sooner

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Patients, like my son Ben, don’t have time to wait. Catherine Jacobson, Neuroscientist, director of clinical research at Tilray The debate can no longer be about whether to provide access.. In 2012, when other parents were trading stories about the difficulties of balancing homework with football training or swimming lessons, I was in my garage… Source: Cannabis Helps My Epileptic Son. If Only We Had Known Sooner Read More »

750-year-old skeletons will give picture of medieval Aberdeen

How an Aberdonian would have looked around 750 years ago is to be reconstructed by one of the world’s top forensic anthropologists.. Professor Sue Black, director of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at Dundee University, is in talks with city chiefs on the project after a mass haul of medieval skeletons was made in the city centre earlier this year… Source: 750-year-old skeletons will give picture of medieval Aberdeen – The Scotsman Read More »

Alzheimer’s is not a gentle process

There is this idea that Alzheimer’s is a gentle sort of process. Old people, smiling in a friendly, confused fashion at family members they recognise but can’t quite place or name. That there is, perhaps, more quietness, instead of chatter. A growing confusion that is mild and curious. This couldn’t be further from the truth. My experience of Alzheimer’s was violent and chaotic… Source: Alzheimer’s is not a gentle process Read More »

Mongolia: Archaeologists Unearth Tomb of Genghis Khan

Öndörkhaan| Construction workers employed in road building near the Onon River in the Khentii province of Mongolia, have discovered a mass grave containing the remains of many dozens of human corpses lying upon a large rudimentary stone structure. Forensic experts and archaeologists were called on… Source: Mongolia: Archaeologists Unearth Tomb of Genghis Khan – World News Daily Report Read More »