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Researchers cast doubt on long-held theory of how bacteria become drug-resistant

Researchers have disproved a long-held theory about how some bacteria survive antibiotics and opened the door to new treatments to fight drug-resistant bugs, a study released Thursday said. Using a technique called microfluidics, scientists revealed that — contrary to the explanation that has held for more than 50 years —…

French watchdog criticizes new birth control pills over blood clot risk

A French watchdog has sharpened its attack on newer-generation contraceptive pills, demanding curbs on their use to help reduce the risk of dangerous blood clots. The National Drugs Safety Agency (ANSM) says doctors are over-prescribing so-called 3rd and 4th generation birth-control pills, some of which are now the target of…

Study: Hot chocolate tastes better in an orange cup

European scientists say they have found further evidence that how you serve food and drink matters hugely in the perception of taste. Researchers at the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the University of Oxford recruited 57 volunteers and asked them to taste hot chocolate served in plastic cups with four…

Scientists say new vaccine temporarily brakes growth of HIV

A team of Spanish researchers say they have developed a therapeutic vaccine that can temporarily brake growth of the HIV virus in infected patients. The vaccine, based on immune cells exposed to HIV that had been inactivated with heat, was tested on a group of 36 people carrying the virus…

Scientists mapping Great Barrier Reef discover corals at depths never before thought possible

Australian scientists mapping the Great Barrier Reef have discovered corals at depths never before thought possible, with a deep-sea robot finding specimens in waters nearly as dark as night. A team from the University of Queensland’s Seaview Survey announced the unprecedented discovery 125 metres (410 feet) below the surface at…

Neil Armstrong’s brother: ‘One small step’ scripted

Neil Armstrong’s Brother: “One Small Step” Scripted (via NewsLook) A recent interview with the late astronaut’s brother reveals that Armstrong’s famous words might have been penned before the moon landing.…

Astronomers discover origins of gas giants like Jupiter and Saturn

Astronomers using the most advanced land telescope in the world said on Wednesday they had unlocked knowledge about how formidable “gas giant” planets such Jupiter and Saturn come into being. These vast but uninhabitable worlds are created by gobbling up gas and dust that envelope young stars in a murky…

Higgs boson was just a start for Cern’s atom smasher – other mysteries await

The Large Hadron Collider will shut down for an overhaul in preparation for exploring questions of dark matter, extra dimensions and other universes When it comes to shutting down the most powerful atom smasher ever built, it’s not simply a question of pressing the off switch. In the French-Swiss countryside…

Study: Antidepressants don’t raise pregnancy risks

The use of antidepressants during pregnancy is not linked to a higher overall risk of stillbirth and death in newborns, a study said Tuesday, confounding a long-held opposing view of such drugs. The Swedish study of more than 1.6 million births in five Nordic countries included nearly 30,000 women who…

China’s taste for pork serves up a pollution problem

Business,Environment,World News: China’s taste for pork serves up a pollution problem (1008) GUARDIAN NEWS SERVICE A401039212 Nicola Davison, The Guardian http://www.guardiannews.com/ STANDFIRST: No one asked the villagers of Houtonglong before the pig farm was built near their homes and their health began to suffer Fan Jianjun points to a concrete…

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