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Lab tests: Most ground turkey has poop in it

A series of lab tests conducted by Consumer Reports finds that most ground turkey tested was contaminated by the kinds of fecal bacteria that can sicken humans who eat it. A full 69 percent of samples contained enterococcus bacteria, while 60 percent had escherichia coli, both of which are associated…

Scientists use 3D printer to create ‘bionic ear’ that hears better than you

Scientists at Princeton University announced Wednesday that they have created a “bionic ear” that has abilities beyond the normal human range of hearing. Using a 3D printer filled with cells and hydrogel, they fashioned a synthetic ear matched to the dimensions of a human’s ear that merges its biological components…

China reports 25th death from H7N9 bird flu

The death toll from the H7N9 bird flu virus has risen to 25, state media said Thursday after a man died in central China’s Hunan Province. The 55-year-old surnamed Jiao died on Wednesday morning after receiving medical treatment, state news agency Xinhua said, citing local authorities. More than 120 people…

SARS-like virus kills 5 Saudis

Five Saudis have died of a new SARS-like virus during the past few days and two more are being treated in an intensive care unit, the health ministry said. In a statement cited by the Saudi SPA agency late on Wednesday, the ministry said that all the deaths occurred in…

Kids’ allergies on rise in U.S.

Children’s allergies are on the rise in the United States and are particularly common among the wealthiest in society, said a US government report on Thursday. Skin allergies such as eczema have risen the most over the past decade, going from a prevalence of 7.4 percent in 1997-1999 to 12.5…

Nut-sized brain region can be manipulated to increase longevity: scientists

US team identifies mechanism deep in brains of mice which can be tweaked to shorten or lengthen lives Scientists have found a biological command centre for the ageing process in a lump of brain the size of a nut. The US team identified the mechanism in the hypothalamus, which sits…

How NASA dodged a derelict Soviet spy satellite

This computer simulation created by the Institute for Air and Space systems at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, shows the distribution and movement of space debris at present and in future. (TU Braunschweig/AP/File) Thanks to an emergency maneuver in March…  …

South Korean toddler gets first ever windpipe transplant

An international team of surgeons has successfully given a South Korean-Canadian toddler a life-saving windpipe transplant made from plastic fibers and some of her own stem cells. Hannah Warren, 2, was born without a trachea and is now the youngest person to ever receive a bio-engineered organ, after an operation…

Playing video games can reverse cognitive decline: study

Playing videogames can prevent and even reverse deteriorating brain functions such as memory, reasoning and visual processing, according to a study released Wednesday. The University of Iowa study of hundreds of people age 50 and older found that those who played a videogame were able to improve a range of…

Belief in biblical end-times stifling climate change action in U.S.: study

The United States has failed to take action to mitigate climate change thanks in part to the large number of religious Americans who believe the world has a set expiration date. Research by David C. Barker of the University of Pittsburgh and David H. Bearce of the University of Colorado…

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