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America is totally sick right now: Flu, whooping cough and ‘winter vomiting disease’

The United States is currently in the grip of three separate epidemics.  According to LiveScience.com, influenza, whooping cough and norovirus –a stomach virus that causes diarrhea, vomiting and cramping — are all currently storming through the population, and some experts warn that the flu season is just getting started and…

New fossils confirm existence of ‘Hobbit humans’

New fossils discovered on an Indonesian island further point to the existence of a separate species of “Hobbit humans,” Discovery reported on Thursday. “The tiny people from Flores were not simply diseased modern humans,” said the lead author on the findings, Caley Orr. “The new species of human stood approximately…

Study: Some men complain their penises are smaller after prostate cancer treatment

In a report published this month by the Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC), some men who have undergone treatment for prostate cancer found afterwards that their penises were smaller.  According to the health and science newsletter Newswise, on average men who complained of their penises being shortened by…

NASA: ‘Doomsday’ asteroid poses no threat to Earth

A space rock popularly dubbed the “doomsday asteroid” because of fears it could smash into Earth a couple of decades from now poses no risk, NASA said after new observations of the object. Asteroid 99942 Apophis was scanned by optical telescopes and deep-space radars as it made a flyby this…

Astronomers spot biggest structure in the universe

Astronomers on Friday said they had observed the largest structure yet seen in the cosmos, a cluster of galaxies from the early Universe that spans an astonishing four billion light years. The sprawling structure is known as a large quasar group (LQG), in which quasars — the nuclei of ancient…

Canadian astronaut appeals for peace from space

Reflecting on a recent photo he snapped from outer space of war-torn Syria, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield appealed for peace from his perch in the sky, saying Thursday: “We’re all in this together.” “The perspective that we are subject to, that we are privileged enough to see directly with our…

Report: Half of all food is thrown away

Up to half of all the food produced in the world — two billion tonnes of it — is thrown away, according to a report published on Thursday. The waste is caused by poor infrastructure and storage facilities in the developing world, and “buy-one-get-one-free” offers, and the fussiness of consumers…

Pap smear test could screen for more types of cancers: study

The pap smear — a routine test women undergo to screen for cervical cancer — could help screen for other types of cancer as well, a study said this week. A new test takes the same fluid swab from the cervix and tests it for the presence of certain cancer-specific…

Fears for a dozen killer whales trapped in Canada ice

Twelve killer whales could be in imminent danger after getting trapped by ice in the Hudson Bay off the shore of northern Quebec, the Canadian broadcaster reported. Video posted on the CBC website showed the giant sea mammals taking turns to breathe by popping up through a small patch of…

Insulin breakthrough could see end to needles for diabetics

Breakthrough Australian research mapping how insulin works at a molecular level could open the door to novel new diabetes treatments, ending daily needle jabs for millions, scientists have announced. A Melbourne team have been able to lay out for the first time how the insulin hormone binds to the surface…

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