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Detection system capable of diagnosing Alzheimer’s long before symptoms appear wins coveted SXSW ‘innovation’ prize

Technology capable of diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease long before its symptoms appear won a coveted honor for innovation Tuesday at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. Neurotrack, which uses eye tracking to achieve a claimed 100 percent success rate, took the health technologies category in the SXSW Accelerator competition as the festival’s interactive segment drew

Being the underdog can make you more attractive: study

Though power may be “the ultimate aphrodisiac,” being the underdog could make others view you as being more physically attractive. “Despite theory and research suggesting a ubiquitous attraction to winners, we propose that people are, at times, attracted to disadvantage,” Kenneth S. Michniewicz and Joseph A. Vandello of the University of South Florida explained

Scientists use iPhones to diagnose intestinal worms

Scientists used an iPhone and a camera lens to diagnose intestinal worms in rural Tanzania, a breakthrough that could help doctors treat patients infected with the parasites, a study said on Tuesday. Research published by the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene showed that it is possible to fashion a low-cost field microscope

NASA rover finds conditions once suited to life on Mars

WASHINGTON — An analysis of a Mars rock sample by the Curiosity rover has unveiled minerals, including hydrogen, carbon and oxygen, that are the building blocks of life, NASA said Tuesday. “A fundamental question for this mission is whether Mars could have supported a habitable environment,” said Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA’s Mars

No proof that helmets prevent concussion: experts

Helmets and mouthguards can prevent serious head and facial injuries, but there is no evidence they specifically stave off concussion, top authorities in sports medicine say. Paradoxically, wearing this protection may lead to injuries because a player is tempted to take greater risks, they say. Concussion has become a big issue in contact sports

U.S. and Japan hold talks to run joint space operations

Japan and the United States held talks Monday on wide-ranging cooperation in space, including the satellite monitoring of ships, a joint statement said. The collaboration is apparently aimed at countering China’s growing assertiveness at sea and the expansion of its space exploration programme, according to Japanese media. The statement, released by the Japanese foreign

Expert warns antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ pose ‘catastrophic threat’ to population

Warning over rising death toll as antibiotics fail to tackle rising incidence of ‘gram negative’ bacterial disease Antibiotic-resistant bacteria with the potential to cause untreatable infections pose “a catastrophic threat” to the population, the chief medical officer warns in a report calling for urgent action worldwide. If tough measures are not taken to restrict

Ancient people had clogged arteries, mummy scans show

Scans of mummies from as long ago as 2,000 BC have revealed that ancient people also had clogged arteries, a condition blamed on modern vices like smoking, overeating and inactivity, a study said Monday. The finding, published in the Lancet medical journal, casts doubt on our understanding of the condition known as atherosclerosis that

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