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Biology

Hitchcock suspense prompts brain activity in vegetative patient
A man who has been in a vegetative state for 16 years showed neural activity while watching a Hitchcock film. Researchers say that for the first time, they've discovered that “a patient with unknown levels of consciousness can monitor their environment.”

17.09.2014 01:35

Blood test could diagnose depression, predict treatment success
Scientists have discovered blood chemicals, the levels of which are higher in those suffering from depression, paving way for blood tests to diagnose the condition and even to say if one is biologically predisposed to feeling down.

16.09.2014 05:03

Living near fracking sites deteriorates health - study
Those who live in close proximity to fracking sites exhibited a greater likelihood to suffer skin and respiratory problems than those who lived farther away from natural gas wells, according to a new study of Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale region.

12.09.2014 16:48

Missouri lawmakers override veto, approve 72-hour wait for abortions
Missouri’s Republican-dominated Legislature voted late Wednesday to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s earlier veto of a bill that institutes a 72-hour waiting period before a woman can have an abortion. Missouri now has the second-strictest waiting law in the US.

11.09.2014 16:48

Honeybee antibiotics? Fresh honey ‘key’ to beating drug-resistant infections, scientists say
Swedish scientists have detected 13 bacterial components in raw honey that they say are more effective than conventional antibiotics in fighting deadly wound infections, including MRSA. The bacterial blend has already been effectively tested on horses.

10.09.2014 21:31

Activating single gene could extend human lifespan by 30% - scientists
In an experiment on fruit flies, UCLA biologists activated just one gene, AMPK, which extended their lifespan by nearly a third, by helping them to get rid of “cellular garbage” causing old age diseases such as Parkinson’s. Humans have the same gene.

10.09.2014 17:35

Fourth American with Ebola treated in Atlanta
A fourth American aid worker stricken with the Ebola virus arrived early Tuesday in Atlanta for treatment at Emory University Hospital. Two Americans were successfully treated for Ebola at Emory last month.

09.09.2014 15:24

Lake Baikal, world's deepest body of freshwater, turning into swamp – ecologists
The world’s oldest and deepest body of freshwater, Lake Baikal, is turning into a swamp, Russian ecologists warn. They say that tons of liquid waste from tourist camps and water transport vehicles is being dumped into the UNESCO-protected lake.

08.09.2014 15:44

Obama: US military will aid fight against Ebola in Africa
US President Barack Obama says the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa “could be a serious danger to the United States.” He pledged the US military will get involved, helping to set up isolation units and provide security for health workers.

08.09.2014 10:21

Japan begins Pacific whale 'research,' plans to kill 51 minkes
Japan has launched its seasonal Pacific whale hunt off Hokkaido Island, planning to kill 51 minke whales for what it describes as “research” purposes. Earlier this year, the International Court banned Japan’s Antarctic whale hunt, deeming it unscientific.

07.09.2014 17:29

Toxic trail: Forgotten vials of ricin and plague discovered at US govt lab
Infectious, deadly diseases and toxins like plague, botulism and ricin have been uncovered at government laboratories in the United States. The discovery also revealed some of the vials had been stored for over 60 years.

06.09.2014 12:52

Armed militia faces off with bat-counting biologists at US-Mexico border
Heavily armed members of an American militia patrolling the southwestern US border confronted a group of people in Arizona on Friday, believing them to be drug smugglers or illegal immigrants. They were, in fact, biologists researching bats.

05.09.2014 20:40

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