• January 19, 2018
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  • There’s no way to predict what strain of the shape-shifting flu virus could trigger another pandemic or, given modern medical tools, how bad it might be
  • The 21st century has so far been a period of the hottest weather, accounting for 17 of the 18 warmest years on record
  • New blood test to screen for 8 kinds of cancer
    06:51 pm By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times
    Together, these eight forms of cancer are responsible for more than 60 per cent of cancer deaths in the US
  • Fighting climate change with mushrooms
    Jan 17, 2018 By Stanley Reed
    Seeking a more environmentally friendly detergent, scientists are hunting for enzymes in mushrooms that speed up chemical reactions or natural processes like decay
  • Watch: 3D flight through that stars
    Jan 14, 2018 Compiled by Sanya Nayeem, Deputy Readers Editor
    This visualisation is an excerpt from a longer sequence that explores the Orion Nebula, using both visible and infrared light
  • With only a single degree Celsius of warming so far, our planet is already coping with a crescendo of climate impacts including deadly droughts
  • Concentrated dose of the over-the-counter painkiller taken by young, healthy men appears to be linked to a testicular condition
  • The dirty way to a green planet
    Jan 03, 2018 By Jacques Leslie
    Many scientists believe that the emerging understanding of soil’s role in climate stability and productivity will prompt a paradigm shift in agriculture
  • To slim as you age, add weights
    Jan 03, 2018 By Gretchen Reynolds
    Instead of beginning a walking programme or cutting calories, include weights to exercise regimen
  • Global warming fuelled 5 extreme weather events
    Dec 27, 2017 By Brad Plumer and 
Nadja Popovich
    Scientists are starting to study which of last year’s calamities can, and can’t, be linked to climate change
  • Little exercise is good too
    Dec 27, 2017 By Amby Burfoot
    New studies show that even light activity is healthier than previously thought
  • Group A strep bacteria releases toxins that can cause streptococcal toxic shock syndrome, destroy tissue and lead to organ failure and death
  • Are sugar alternatives a healthier option?
    Dec 20, 2017 By Nicole Mowbray
    From honey and agave to plant extracts, ‘natural’ sweeteners may not actually be any better for our bodies
  • Are UFOs real? What Pentagon knows
    Dec 17, 2017 New York Times
    Backers say that while the Pentagon ended funding for the effort in 2012, the programme remains in existence
  • Water is also warming and sea ice is melting at the fastest pace in 1,500 years at the top of the world
  • ‘Opiophobia’ has left Africa in agony
    Dec 13, 2017 By Donald G. Mcneil Jr
    Palliative care experts wonder how they can help the 25m people who die in pain each year in poor and middle-income countries, and do so without risking an American-style overdose epidemic