Millions of children's lives saved through low-cost investments

Science Daily - Fri, 03/07/2015 - 11:26am
More than 34 million children's lives have been saved since 2000 because of investments in child health programs at a cost of as little as $4,205 per child, according to a new analysis. From 2000 to 2014, low- and middle-income country governments spent $133 billion on child health. Donors spent $73.6 billion. The governments saved about 20 million children, and the donors saved an additional 14 million children.
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Romeo and Juliet roles for banded mongooses

Science Daily - Fri, 03/07/2015 - 11:26am
Female banded mongooses risk their lives to mate with rivals during pack 'warfare' and both males and females have also learned to discriminate between relatives and non-relatives to avoid inbreeding even when mating within their own social group.
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First trial of gene therapy for cystic fibrosis to show beneficial effect on lung function

Science Daily - Fri, 03/07/2015 - 11:26am
For the first time gene therapy for cystic fibrosis has shown a significant benefit in lung function compared with placebo, in a phase 2 randomized trial. The technique replaces the defective gene response for cystic fibrosis by using inhaled molecules of DNA to deliver a normal working copy of the gene to lung cells.
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Bioprinted 'play dough' capable of cell and protein transfer

Science Daily - Fri, 03/07/2015 - 11:26am
Scientists have developed a new technique allowing the bioprinting at ambient temperatures of a strong paste similar to 'play dough' capable of incorporating protein-releasing microspheres. The scientists demonstrated that the bioprinted material, in the form of a micro-particle paste capable of being injected via a syringe, could sustain stresses and strains similar to cancellous bone -- the 'spongy' bone tissue typically found at the end of long bones.
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Seafaring spiders depend on their 'sails' and 'anchors'

Science Daily - Fri, 03/07/2015 - 11:26am
Spiders travel across water like ships, using their legs as sails and their silk as an anchor, according to new research. The study helps explain how spiders are able to migrate across vast distances and why they are quick to colonize new areas.
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Stopping Candida in its tracks

Science Daily - Fri, 03/07/2015 - 11:26am
Scientists are one step closer to understanding how a normally harmless fungus changes to become a deadly infectious agent.
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Global warming may threaten shellfish industries

Science Daily - Fri, 03/07/2015 - 11:26am
Fans of mussels may soon find themselves out of luck according to research which suggests that global warming may threaten shellfish industries.
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'Invisible' protein structure explains the power of enzymes

Science Daily - Fri, 03/07/2015 - 11:26am
A research group has managed to capture and describe a protein structure that, until now, has been impossible to study. The discovery lays the base for developing designed enzymes as catalysts to new chemical reactions for instance in biotechnological applications.
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Old World monkey had tiny, complex brain

Science Daily - Fri, 03/07/2015 - 11:26am
The brain hidden inside the oldest known Old World monkey skull has been visualized for the first time. The ancient monkey, known as Victoriapithecus, first made headlines in 1997 when its 15 million-year-old skull was discovered on an island in Kenya's Lake Victoria. Now, X-ray imaging reveals that the creature's brain was tiny but surprisingly wrinkled and complex. The findings suggest that brain complexity can evolve before brain size in the primate family tree.
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Studies confirm regorafenib benefit in pre-treated metastatic colorectal cancer

Science Daily - Fri, 03/07/2015 - 11:26am
The phase IIIb CONSIGN study has confirmed the benefit of regorafenib in patients with previously treated metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), researchers. The safety profile and progression free survival were similar to phase III trial results.
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Call Them Hippies, But the Grateful Dead Were Tech Pioneers

Wired News - Fri, 03/07/2015 - 11:00am

Long stereotyped as hippies stuck in the Summer of Love, the Dead stood at the vanguard of the digital revolution for 50 years.

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8 Foreign Cars That Are Totally ‘Murican

Wired News - Fri, 03/07/2015 - 11:00am

Lots of foreign automakers have piled on horsepower, speed, height, width, weight, and noise, with no practical aim in mind.

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Medicine Is a Battlefield. Here’s How to Stay in the Know

Wired News - Fri, 03/07/2015 - 11:00am

It's been said science is a full contact sport. And no branch gets rowdier in a political sense than health care.

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The Week in TV: Good Luck Surviving This Charm Overload

Wired News - Fri, 03/07/2015 - 11:00am

It’s the freakin' weekend, let us help you have you some fun! Here are the week's best late-night TV bits.

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Absurd Creature of the Week: If This Wasp Stings You, ‘Just Lie Down and Start Screaming’

Wired News - Fri, 03/07/2015 - 11:00am

The tarantula hawk is actually a kind of solitary wasp, with a sting that causes a fiercely electric pain that could only be described as totally unacceptable.

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Tech Time Warp of the Week: Before WIRED, There Was the Eccentric Mondo 2000

Wired News - Fri, 03/07/2015 - 11:00am

When WIRED launched in 1993, few people had seen anything like it. But it wasn't totally alone.

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Security News This Week: Your VPN Probably Isn’t Private

Wired News - Fri, 03/07/2015 - 11:00am

Every week, WIRED Security rounds up the vulnerabilities and privacy updates you may have missed.

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How Startups Like Uber Get People to Work on July 4

Wired News - Fri, 03/07/2015 - 11:00am

On-demand workers supposedly have flexibility. So how the heck do startups make sure they have enough people working on July 4?

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Forget Blockbusters. Watch These Movies Instead on July 4th

Wired News - Fri, 03/07/2015 - 11:00am

Summer is all about blockbusters. But now that you have a long holiday weekend ahead it's time to support some great indie films. Here, we made you a list.

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What’s Inside Fireworks: Glitter, Starch, and Gunpowder

Wired News - Fri, 03/07/2015 - 10:45am

The fireworks that go boom so colorfully every Fourth of July are a chemical cocktail of explosives and pigments.

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