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The five: back-from-the-brink species once thought extinct

The five: back-from-the-brink species once thought extinct

Horned marsupial frog This week, scientists in South America spotted a rare frog previously thought to be extinct. The Tropical Herving research group found a colony of horned marsupial frogs in a recent expedition into the Chocó rainforest. The...

Guardian, 10 March 2019
 
Chancellor pledges £200m for research into medical lasers and gene technology

Chancellor pledges £200m for research into medical lasers and gene technology

Philip Hammond will boost public spending on genetic research and laser technology by £200m in this week’s spring statement to support some of Britain’s fastest-growing industries as they prepare for Brexit. The chancellor said the extra spending on...

Guardian, 10 March 2019
 
15-minute laser is best treatment for glaucoma patients, says study

15-minute laser is best treatment for glaucoma patients, says study

Lasers should become the principal method in the UK for treating patients with the debilitating eye condition glaucoma. That is the stark conclusion of a three-year study published on Sunday. The report, which appears in the Lancet, says the laser...

Guardian, 9 March 2019
 
Can AI become conscious? Bach, Escher and Gödel's 'strange loops' may have the answer

Can AI become conscious? Bach, Escher and Gödel's 'strange loops' may have the answer

This year is the 40th anniversary of the publication of one of the cult books of my generation: Gödel Escher Bach by Douglas Hofstadter. This Pulitzer prize-winning tome was essential reading in the 1980s for emerging geeks like me. But, despite its...

Guardian, 9 March 2019
 

'It's scary': motor neurone disease spikes sevenfold in rural NSW

As a child, Tania Magoci spent every weekend at Lake Wyangan near Griffith, waterskiing, swimming and boating with her family. She and her siblings would use the serpentine concrete outlet into the lake as a slippery slide. In summer, the slime from...

Guardian, 8 March 2019
 
Facebook declares war on anti-vaxxers and vows to stop the spread of ‘misinformation’

Facebook declares war on anti-vaxxers and vows to stop the spread of ‘misinformation’

Facebook has vowed to clamp down on anti-vaccination groups and reduce the audience available to pages that ‘spread misinformation’ on the subject. The social network said it will also reject any adverts it finds include false information on the topic...

Metro, 8 March 2019
 
SpaceX Dragon Crew capsule splashes back down to Earth

SpaceX Dragon Crew capsule splashes back down to Earth

SpaceX’s swanky new crew capsule made an old-fashioned splashdown in the Atlantic on Friday, ending a six-day test flight to the International Space Station. The Dragon capsule pulled away from the orbiting lab early Friday. Six hours later, the...

Metro, 8 March 2019
 
Patients with severe OCD undergo deep brain stimulation trial

Patients with severe OCD undergo deep brain stimulation trial

Patients with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder have shown remarkable improvements after undergoing an experimental procedure in which electrodes are placed inside the brain. The first UK trial of deep brain stimulation for OCD involved six people...

Guardian, 8 March 2019
 
Urgent warning over 'serious' Windows 7 bug

Urgent warning over 'serious' Windows 7 bug

Windows 7 users are at risk from a "serious" bug that could let malicious hackers take over their computer, Google has warned. Cyber-thieves are "actively exploiting" the vulnerability by combining it with a separate flaw found in...

BBC, 8 March 2019
 

Security holes found in big brand car alarms

Security flaws in three specialist car alarms have left vehicles vulnerable to being stolen or hijacked, say researchers. The bugs were found in alarm apps by Clifford, Viper, and Pandora. The alarms are on three million vehicles. The security...

BBC, 8 March 2019
 
New ketamine-related drug could be ‘watershed’ in treating depression

New ketamine-related drug could be ‘watershed’ in treating depression

Experts are cautiously optimistic a drug related to ketamine, recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, could be a “watershed” moment in the treatment of depression, and one of the first drugs to be a “rapid acting” medicine to treat...

Guardian, 8 March 2019
 
Elon Musk's security clearance under review by the Pentagon over pot use

Elon Musk's security clearance under review by the Pentagon over pot use

SpaceX chief executive and Tesla boss Elon Musk’s security clearance is being reviewed by the Pentagon after the billionaire smoked marijuana on a California comedian’s podcast last September, a US official said on Thursday. An incident report was...

Guardian, 8 March 2019
 
Spacewatch: ESA and China plan new sun-Earth mission

Spacewatch: ESA and China plan new sun-Earth mission

The European Space Agency has given the go-ahead to plans for a spacecraft to study the magnetic interaction between the sun and the Earth. The mission, known as Smile (Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer), will be conducted in...

Guardian, 7 March 2019
 
Scientists discover what the Milky Way weighs

Scientists discover what the Milky Way weighs

Astronomers have hauled the Milky Way on to a cosmic scale of sorts, and found that our galaxy has as much mass as 1.5tn suns, give or take. The measurement, the most accurate yet, covers all of the stars and planets, the dust and gas, and the...

Guardian, 7 March 2019
 
Facebook finds UK-based 'fake news' network

Facebook finds UK-based 'fake news' network

Facebook has removed more than 130 accounts, pages and groups it says were part of a UK-based misinformation network. The company said it was the first time it had taken down a UK-based group targeting messages at British citizens. The same group set...

BBC, 7 March 2019
 
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