It seems like an amusing ailment: the major visible symptom is nodding a lot while you eat. Hell, I know plenty of healthy people that do that. But this new disease is spreading fast in Africa, and claiming lives as it goes. More »
Comcast has confirmed that it's going to buy Time Warner Cable to form a huge, tangled monster of awfulness. Hooray! You want out? Lucky for you there are some alternatives to doing business with your monopolistic cable-internet master if you try hard enough. Here are your options, and good luck making your escape. Read more...
For more than 40 years, American ground forces have relied on the AC-130 gunship for protection and close air support. However, the venerable AC-130H Specter variant, which has been deployed in every major combat operation since Vietnam, is beginning to show its age.Read more...
Today is the anniversary of brave Felix Baumgartner's space jump. His heart was racing at 185 beats per minute when he jumped from an altitude of 127,852 feet, then started to spin at 60 revolutions per minute and kept spinning for 13 seconds after jumping, reaching a maximum vertical speed of Mach 1.25. An incredible feat.Read more...
Organovo's 3D-printed mini-liver just shattered its own record, carrying out the same cellular functions as a natural human liver for 40 days in the lab. That may not seem like a lot — human liver cells are replaced about every 300 to 500 days — but the company's previous millimeter-sized liver slivers only managed five days.
The HAV304 took the crown of “world's longest aircraft” with its inaugural flight today. The gargantuan spans a football field and towers just over two stories in height, owing its construction to pure metal. It sacrifices little in being the world's longest, as it still reaches 100 mph, which is triple that of the dwarfish Goodyear blimp.
A Spoon for People With Parkinson's Reduces Shaking by 70%
I have very clear memories from when I was a girl of my grandpa sitting at the table, hands fluttering wildly, struggling to get a spoonful from his plate to his mouth without making a mess. His Parkinson's disease made what should have been a relaxing, comforting meal with family into a stressful battle with his own body.
I have two grandparents who are afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease. Unfortunately, in both situations we didn’t find out that they had the disease until they were both showing strong symptoms. In the case of my grandfather, we found out when he was traveling back to India from the U.S. and forgot to get on the plane from Mumbai to Bangalore.
In this day and age we all know that consuming too much alcohol is bad for your health. One of the greatest drinkers in all of cinema is James Bond. If you have ever watched a Bond film, you know he prefers his martini shaken, not stirred. Doctors have examined Bond’s alcohol intake in Fleming’s books and decided that the spy drinks four times the weekly limit of alcohol.
The molds for the plastic presented their own challenge. "There are machinists in Uganda who can do basic molds, so I did that with hard aluminum," he told Ars. "But the problem with that is that you can't take the plastic out once it's not melted. If you look at my tools, they're all flexible. When the plastic cools down, they flex a little bit, and I can slide the plastic out.
Anne Wojcicki and her genetic sequencing company23andMeare locked in abattle with the FDA. Even though it can't report results to customers right now, Wojcicki isn't letting herself get bogged down in the present. At SXSW 2014 she laid out her vision of the future of preventative medicine -- one where affordable genome sequencing comes together with "big data.
Will Sick Mars Astronauts Be Forbidden From Returning to Earth?
Landing astronauts on Mars is a tall order, but bringing them back to Earth promises to be even trickier — especially if Red Planet explorers get the sniffles on the long flight home.
Sick astronauts could conceivably have been infected on Mars , some parts of which may be capable of supporting life as we know it.
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Apple is once again recognizing World Aids Day at several of its retail stores in Europe and America. Here in London both the Regent Street store and the Covent Garden store have had their white Apple signage covered with a red tint. The images above come from a MacRumors reader and show the Regent Street Apple store going red earlier today.
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Bill Gates is in New York to speak at the U.N. about the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), which is a set of objectives to improve education, health, and living conditions in poorer nations. Ahead of his talk, he sat down with five reporters, including myself, at the Four Seasons hotel to chat about his foundation, the MDGs, and progress towards making life better for people around the world.
Vaccination programs for children have prevented more than 100 million cases of serious contagious disease in the United States since 1924, according to a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
The research, led by scientists at the University of Pittsburgh’s graduate school of public health, analyzed public health reports going back to the 19th century.