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Smartphones are revolutionising medicine

Smartphones are revolutionising the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, thanks to add-ons and apps that make their ubiquitous small screens into medical devices, researchers say. “If you look at the camera, the flash, the microphone… they all are getting better and better,” said Shwetak Patel, engineering professor at the University of Washington. “In fact the capabilities on those phones are ...

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No designer babies, but gene editing to avoid disease

Don’t expect designer babies any time soon – but a major new ethics report leaves open the possibility of one day altering human heredity to fight genetic diseases, with stringent oversight, using new tools that precisely edit genes inside living cells. What’s called genome editing already is transforming biological research, and being used to develop treatments for patients struggling with ...

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People use Facebook for social support, Twitter for knowledge: Study

Social support is the main motive for the use of Facebook, while Twitter usage focuses more on gaining new knowledge and seeking advice, suggests a new study which reviewed 10 years of research on social support via social networking sites. Researchers at Michigan State University and San Diego State University in the US examined the role of social networks as ...

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Scientists disprove global warming took a break

  A reported pause in global warming between 1998 and 2014 was false, according to US-British research published Wednesday that confirmed the findings of a controversial US study on ocean warming. Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of York, England, corroborated the results of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) research paper in 2015. Their ...

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Wow! Moon over the hill at 4.51 billion years old

It turns out the moon is older than many scientists suspected: a ripe 4.51 billion years old. That’s the newest estimate, thanks to rocks and soil collected by the Apollo 14 moon walkers in 1971. A research team reported Wednesday that the moon formed within 60 million years of the birth of the solar system. Previous estimates ranged within 100 ...

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CES 2017: Nokia Android phone spurns the West

The first Nokia-branded smartphone is to be released exclusively in China. The device will be marketed in partnership with the local internet retail giant JD. com. The team behind the Nokia 6 phone said it believed the handset’s “premium design” would appeal to the local market. The announcement coincided with the final day of the CES tech show in Las ...

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‘Missing element’ found in Earth’s core

Japanese scientists believe they have established the identity of a “missing element” within the Earth’s core. They have been searching for the element for decades, believing it makes up a significant proportion of our planet’s centre, after iron and nickel. Now by recreating the high temperatures and pressures found in the deep interior, experiments suggest the most likely candidate is ...

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Yahoo hack: Security of 1bn accounts breached

Science Desk: Yahoo Inc warned on Wednesday that it had uncovered yet another massive cyber attack, saying data from more than 1 billion user accounts was compromised in August 2013, making it the largest breach in history, Reuters reports. The number of affected accounts was double the number implicated in a 2014 breach that the internet company disclosed in September ...

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Facebook ‘made China censorship tool’

Online Desk: Facebook worked on special software so it could potentially accommodate censorship demands in China, according to a report in the New York Times. The social network refused to confirm or deny the software’s existence, but said in a statement it was “spending time understanding and learning more” about China. No decisions about the company’s approach in the country ...

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NGC The igloo could be man`s first home on Mars

Bdtodays Desk: At first glance, it looks like an igloo – but in fact, this could be man`s first home on Mars. National Geographic created the home as part of its research for a new miniseries on the red planet. The home is now set to be built in London using materials as close to possible as those found on the red ...

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