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New ‘Porn Studies’ academic journal to debut next spring

By John Dugdale, The Guardian First peer-reviewed journal invites experts to contribute in time for spring debut Porn Studies needs your contributions. The Routledge academic periodical will debut next spring, and a call for papers appeared this week soliciting submissions for “the first dedicated, international, peer-reviewed journal to critically explore…

Scientists develop device that can detect oncoming seizures in epilepsy patients

A tiny device implanted in the brain of epilepsy sufferers has for the fist time been able to predict the onset of seizures, scientists reported on Thursday. The potentially life-saving device works with electrodes that monitor electrical activity on the brain surface, they wrote in The Lancet Neurology. The electrodes…

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…

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