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FDA approves Google-backed home genetic test
For the first time, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved marketing of at-home DNA testing available to consumers without a health professional’s guidance. The approval is specifically for the Google-associated genetic testing firm 23andMe.

20.02.2015 18:50

​Lift off: UK govt buys world’s biggest airship
A giant airship which can stay airborne for weeks at a time could take to the skies next year after the British government handed the project a multimillion pound grant.

20.02.2015 17:01

Sun continues to cause cancer in darkness, scientists discover
As long as we’ve known the sun to be harmful, we’ve associated sunbathing with cancer. New evidence, however, suggests the risk is just as real in complete darkness. Why? Because melanin – our protector, is also a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

20.02.2015 07:00

Nano 'drones' could help prevent certain type of heart attack - study
Targeted nanomedicines 1000 times smaller than the tip of a human hair may be able to deliver anti-inflammatory drugs to arterial fat deposits in order to combat atherosclerotic plaque buildup, thus preventing heart attack risk, according to a new study.

19.02.2015 18:14

Deadly superbug outbreak at UCLA, some 200 exposed
At least two people have died and a further seven exposed to a deadly strain of drug-resistant superbug bacteria at a hospital on the UCLA campus. Authorities are notifying 179 more people that have potentially been exposed.

19.02.2015 06:48

Super-strong sea creature teeth tough enough to make ships – study
The newest contender for the strongest material is found in the sea. Science has discovered recently that teeth belonging to tiny marine creatures called limpets are so incredibly tough they could be used to construct boats.

18.02.2015 12:00

​Space invaders? Metal ball containing bio matter could be alien ‘seed,’ say British scientists
A newly discovered microscopic ball could have been sent to earth by an alien civilization in an attempt to start new life, a British scientist has claimed.

18.02.2015 14:55

​Pot-induced munchies for real: Marijuana fools brain hunger switch, study reveals
Marijuana smokers who experience an overwhelming urge to raid the refrigerator are responding to active ingredients in the psychoactive drug that cause the appetite-suppressive part of the brain to reverse, a new study claims.

18.02.2015 13:43

11.4 million Americans sign up for Obamacare at deadline, White House says
Approximately 11.4 million Americans have signed up for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama said Tuesday. The number exceeds the White House’s projections but falls short of Congress’ initial expectation.

18.02.2015 01:50

Vermont could be first state to legalize marijuana via legislation
A bill introduced on Tuesday in Vermont could end the prohibition of marijuana by legalizing its possession, use and sale in the state for people aged 21 and over. It would be the first in America to do so by law rather than through the ballot box.

18.02.2015 00:38

Life on Mars? 5 Britons make shortlist to colonize red planet
Five Brits have made it onto the shortlist of 100 candidates for the Mars One Project, which aims to create a permanent human settlement on the red planet by 2024.

17.02.2015 13:00

Move over Galileo! Saudi cleric says Earth doesn’t revolve around sun
A Saudi cleric has appeared in a video rejecting that Earth revolves around the sun, claiming instead that it is “stationary.” His statements have incited a fiery response on social media.

17.02.2015 11:00