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It’s a myth that we only use 10% of our brains – here’s why

Two-thirds of the public and, get this, half of science teachers reportedly still believe the myth to be true. The notion is so widespread that when University College London neuroscientist Sophie Scott attended a first aid course, her instructor assured the class that head injuries weren’t dangerous because “90% of…

Close encounter with Comet 67P may reveal origins of life on Earth

European probe Rosetta will close in on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko next month and its analysis could reveal whether comets brought Earth its water and amino acids Several hundred million miles from home, one of the most ambitious space missions ever attempted is closing in on its target: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a massive…

In the U.S., HIV diagnoses drop — except among some gay men

The rate of HIV diagnoses in the United States has dropped more than 30 percent over the past decade, but is on the rise among certain gay men, researchers said Saturday. Men who have sex with men and who are aged between 13 and 24 saw the biggest rise —…

Diagnosis rate for HIV falls by a third in U.S.: researchers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The annual rate of diagnosis with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, fell by a third in the United States between 2002 and 2011, researchers reported on Saturday. Fewer people in all U.S. groups tested positive for human immunodeficiency virus except for gay and bisexual men ages…

Search for AIDS cure pushes ahead despite setbacks

Scientists on Saturday vowed to press ahead with their quest for a cure for AIDS, despite losing a veteran colleague and suffering a setback in research. Addressing a symposium on the search for a cure, Nobel prize winner Francoise Barre-Sinoussi said the death of Joep Lange, a frontline scientist in…

From anthrax to bird flu – the dangers of lax security in disease-control labs

A series of security failures in US disease-control labs handling lethal bugs such as anthrax, smallpox and bird flu has raised questions about the dangers of research into deadly pathogens For the danger they posed, the lapses were appalling. They put lives at risk, that much is clear. But they…

Researchers: Climate change might provide fuel for stronger ‘super typhoons’

By Andrea Thompson, Climate Central Typhoon Rammasun first tore across the Philippines earlier this week, dumping up to 13 inches of rain in some spots and causing the deaths of at least 40 people. It then emerged over the South China Sea and underwent a rapid re-intensification that boosted it…

Children exposed to religion have difficulty distinguishing fact from fiction: researchers

A study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science determined that children who are not exposed to religious stories are better able to tell that characters in “fantastical stories” are fictional — whereas children raised in a religious environment even “approach unfamiliar, fantastical stories flexibly.” In “Judgments About Fact…

AIDS deaths tumble but rising resistance to HIV drugs threatens gains

In the runup to next week’s international Aids conference in Melbourne, Australia, the UN has claimed that Aids-related deaths and new HIV infections have fallen by more than a third in a decade, raising hopes that the disease could be wiped out by 2030. “If we are smart and scale up fast…

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