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Tim Sandle

Editor-at-Large based in London, United Kingdom, United Kingdom. Joined on Oct 1, 2011
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Where will the next major infectious disease outbreak occur?

Copenhage - Macroecologists are altering the health and medical community over a serious lack of data on the worldwide distribution of disease-causing organisms. This paucity of information will happen responses to the next global epidemic.

Extending battery life through low-cost material

The limitation with the life-time of batteries remains a big frustration for consumers, especially as our reliance upon electronic devices increases. Several projects are underway to make batteries last longer. We look at one of the latest ideas.

Why corn is best used for food and not for biofuels

Should corn production be orientated more towards biofuels, as a green energy alternative, or for food? This debate has continued to run since biofuel technology has come to the fore. A new report argues that the biofuel argument has lost credibility.

Top ten recent discoveries about Mars

Houston - NASA’s space probe MAVEN has been exploring the upper atmosphere of Mars since late 2013. In this time the probe has captured masses of information which has been sorted through by NASA scientists. We review the ten most interesting.

Success with bioengineered human livers

Cincinnati - Scientists working on the development of artificial human livers have shown some success by bioengineering human liver tissues. The livers were generated from healthy and usable human liver tissue from human pluripotent stem cells.

Climate change is adversely affecting sea turtles

Swansea - Sea turtles are endangered animals, with the global population in decline. Risks include hunting, for turtle eggs and skin, and now, based on new research, from climate change.

Treating depression with brain orientated magnets

New research has been undertaken relation to lowering the impact of depression on the affected individual. Researchers from the Semel Institute report on an interesting new approach using magnets.

Will it be possible to erase 'bad' memories?

Will it be possible, at some future point, to eradicate 'bad' memories? Such as those associated with post-traumatic stress disorder? New study of snail neurons suggests memories that trigger anxiety can be erased.

Ebola burial teams saved thousands of lives

Geneva - A new study, reviewing the actions taken in response to the 2014-2015 West African Ebola crisis, has found the burial practices conducted by medical staff were highly effective in reducing the infection spread.

Where is the next global health threat going to come from?

New York - So long Ebola; sans Chagas disease; goodbye Zika... where will the next major heath threat come from? South America is a hotbed of potential viruses, according to a new study.

Software detects sarcasm on social media

The American Technion Society reports on a novel piece of software designed to detect whether comments made on social media are 'sarcastic' or laden with irony. Such a tool could help those with learning difficulties.

New wasp species names in honor of David Bowie

Beijing - The 'star dust' wasp is a new extinct species, and it has named after David Bowie's alter ego in honor of the British singer's contribution to popular culture.

Dark side of social media: cosmetic procedure boom

London - The influence of social media should never be underestimated. A new study links the prevalence of the digital realm to a rise in young people seeking cosmetic surgery procedures. This relates to increases 'pressure' to match the types of images shared.

New catalyst could lead to carbon neutral solar-derived fuel

Australian researchers have made progress towards developing carbon neutral fuel. This is due to a new catalyst which can converts carbon dioxide from the air into a synthetic natural gas, using solar energy.

App uses cough sounds to diagnose respiratory disease

A new app has been developed which works on smartphone. The app is aimed at the medical community and it can use cough sounds to diagnose respiratory disease.

Serotonin improves sociability in mouse model of autism

Tokyo - In promising new research, scientists working in Japan have linked early serotonin deficiency to various symptoms that occur along autism spectrum disorder. The research promises a new method for helping address autism symptoms.

Lowering cholesterol thanks to artificial prebiotics

Budapest - A new study indicates that a naturally synthesized prebiotic can target and increase the growth of bacteria in the human gut which lead to a reduction in cholesterol levels. The research comes from the University of Reading in the U.K.

Cats adopted humans, according to new study

Leuven - New research looking at the genomes of cats has come up with something interesting: the domestic cats of today are genetically equivalent to ancient cats. Cats did not genetically adapt to become domesticated, they chose to.

Using machine learning to detect fake on-line profiles

Edinburgh - The era of ‘fake news’ extends to ‘fake profiles’ on social media designed for the spreading of misinformation, as well as being used for criminal activities. A new computer program shows success in spotting these.

See why nanowires are the future of electronics

Barcelona - The current consumer demand for small-sized electronic devices requires new approaches for their design. One answer is nanowires, according to scientists from the University of the Basque Country.
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