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Putting ‘feed a cold, starve a fever’ to the test

It’s an old wives tale – “feed a cold and starve a fever.” But does it come with any scientific basis? One research laboratory has put the aphorism to the test.

Mosquito spit may limit Dengue virus transmission

A key transmission factor with many viral diseases carried by mosquitoes is the saliva of the insects. A new finding, however, suggests that saliva can also help to prevent viral transfer, particularly Dengue virus.

Man lives as a goat and wins Ig Nobel prize

This year's alternative science prizes — the Ig Nobels — have seen one prize go to a man who lived in the Alps as a goat for three days. The other awards are just as bizarre.

Human migration — a study of our first road trip out of Africa

Three studies published in the journal Nature on Wednesday tackle the question of when did humans begin the great migration that led them out of Africa to populate the world.

Antibody strategy shows promise against Ebola

A recent study, involving a new therapeutic strategy, points towards a weakness with the Ebola virus. Could this Achilles’ heel point towards an anti-Ebola treatment involving antibodies?

Op-Ed: What do Clinton and Trump think about science?

The eyes of the world are focused on the increasingly tight tussle to succeed President Obama to the White House. While key issues have been debated, what do the major party candidates have to say about key science topics?

China's 'out of control' space station will crash into Earth

China has announced its first space lab, Tiangong-1, will fall out of orbit next year and crash into the Earth. Officials have pretty well admitted they have lost control of the orbiting space station and have no idea when or where it will come down.

Solar system is much bigger than we thought

The size of the solar system, that’s Earth and the planets that orbit the Sun, is much bigger than previous calculations indicated.

Antibodies discovered that can crack HIV’s defences

In new research virologists has found that that gaps in the Human Immunodeficiency Virus’ (HIV) defensive sugar shield provide a clue to the development of an HIV vaccine.

Cornell team develops water-powered satellite for lunar orbit

A tiny satellite, about the size of a cereal box and powered by water, is in the running to become the first CubeSat to orbit the moon.

Nanoparticles used to differentiate healthy and cancerous cells

Medical technologists have fashioned synthetic nanoparticles to track down cancerous cells and to enable medics to differentiate cancerous cells from healthy cells. The technique should enable better targeted treatments.

Studying the guts of babies predicts asthma

Microbiologists are now certain that characterizing the gut microorganisms of new born babies informs about the likelihood of babies going on to develop diseases such as asthma later in life.

UN sets sights on antibiotic-resistant superbugs

New York - World leaders on Wednesday will for the first time tackle the growing scourge of superbacteria, which are resistant to antibiotics and are making illnesses from tuberculosis to sexually transmitted diseases increasingly difficult to treat.

Gamers take on scientists in protein challenge

Detroit - As part of a crowdsourcing challenge gamers, playing a bespoke game called Foldit, have folded a protein into a new shape ahead of professional scientists.

Essential Science: New pathogen causes anthrax like disease

A new report has detected a species of Bacillus, genetically distinct to the bacterium that causes anthrax, which causes a similar disease in chimpanzees, gorillas and other animals in Africa.

Heart defects stem from complex mutation web

New research suggests that pinpointing the cause of congenital heart defects will be very difficult, given that the condition relates to a complex web of genetic mutations from across the entire body.

Stone Age mummy still revealing secrets, 25 years on

Bolzano - When police heard about the frozen corpse up in the Alps in September 1991, they opened a criminal probe. Murder it was, but the crime was rather old -- and the ultimate cold case.

Open data is needed to address world hunger

The extent to which data is shared between scientists is limited. To address major global issues, like word hunger, a group of scientists are calling for an 'open data' approach.

Venom from snails could assist with diabetes management

Scientists have examined a cone snail venom insulin. The inquiry into these proteins suggests they operate faster than human insulin. The natural proteins have the potential to be used as a human therapeutic medicine.
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