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Caring for Bacteria in Intensive Care Patients

Compared to healthy people, patients in Intensive Care Units have drastically different gut bacteria – leaving them vulnerable to serious infection and even death.

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Tracking Bat Movements to Predict Rabies Outbreaks

October 8, 2016 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 114

Disease-carrying bats may bring deadly rabies outbreaks to the Peruvian coast by 2019, scientists predict.

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Head in the Clouds

October 1, 2016 • Physical Sciences, Snippets • Views: 84

Are robotic cloud-based labs the future of research? Teodora Aldea explores how outsourcing routine experiments could help research by saving scientists time and money.

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Are Your Clothes Smart Enough?

September 17, 2016 • Physical Sciences, Snippets • Views: 177

As clothing becomes increasingly technological, Stanford engineers create a new textile that cools the body. The secret? Infrared radiation.

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Is There Anybody Out There?

September 10, 2016 • Physical Sciences, Snippets • Views: 134

Game changing discovery in the search for extra-terrestrial life – could Earth’s life-sustaining conditions also exist on nearby planet Proxima b?

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The Glaring Menace of Future Solar Eruptions

September 3, 2016 • Physical Sciences, Snippets • Views: 271

Richard Murchie explores how the sun’s erratic nature puts modern society at risk – could an eruption on the sun’s surface cause major electrical failure on Earth?

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A New Life Form is in Town!

August 27, 2016 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 431

Forget GMOs – it’s time for the GROs! Alisha Aman looks at genomically recoded organisms and the impact they could have on viruses and biochemicals.

Leishmania mexican parasite at its promastigote stage. Image Credit: Wellcome Trust Images

A New Cure for Neglected Parasitic Diseases?

August 20, 2016 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 574

Scientists screen over 3 million candidates to find one new compound capable of killing three species of disease-causing parasites.