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October 30, 2017 11:47 PM Climate change fueling disasters, disease in ‘potentially irreversible’ ways, report warns

Climate change significantly imperils public health globally, according to a new report that chronicles the many hazards and symptoms already being seen. The authors describe its manifestations as “unequivocal and potentially irreversible.” Heat waves are striking more people, disease-carrying mosquitoes are spreading and weather disasters are becoming 214

October 29, 2017 4:54 AM Psoriasis patients receive hope through new vaccine

Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that is unpredictable in its development. It causes skin inflammation in the form of red scaly patches and, in 30 percent of cases, a form of inflammatory arthritis. The condition affects around 125 million people worldwide and is more often relieved by reducing visible signs and symptoms rather than being cured 282

October 25, 2017 6:05 PM Kayentapus ambrokholohali: 200 Million-Year-Old Mega-Carnivore Dinosaur Discovered in Southern Africa

Two hundred million years ago, in the early Jurassic, a giant carnivore roamed what is now Southern Africa. It left tracks in the mud, which hardened and became the first proof that giant, T. Rex-like predators lived in that era. The newly-discovered dinosaur, called Kayentapus ambrokholohali, was estimated to be 9 meters long, or 30 feet, or a little 193

October 24, 2017 5:10 PM Destiny 2 review in progress: one of the most beautiful, satisfying shooters on PC

Welcome to our review in progress of Destiny 2. We've played hundreds of hours on console and visited Bungie at Activision's invitation last week to play a wide range of activities on PC. We're holding off on a final verdict until we've had a chance to test the game on our machines in a live environment, but there is already a lot to say about the game that you might 178

October 23, 2017 8:31 PM Brit Marling Says Harvey Weinstein "Suggested We Shower Together"

"What could I do? How not to offend this man, this gatekeeper, who could anoint or destroy me?" Brit Marling has shared her account of meeting with Harvey Weinstein, who has been plagued with decades of allegations of sexual harassment, assault and rape. "I, too, went to the meeting thinking that perhaps my entire life was about to change for the better 223

October 22, 2017 4:25 AM Fear Of Spiders And Snakes Stems From Our Ancestors

A new study finds that the fear of spiders and snakes actually stems from our ancestors. We likely developed these fears as a result of our ancestors' coexistence with them for millions of years. Over a third of both the children and adult population have a strong dislike or fear of spiders, despite having only a 5 percent prevalence rate of related 169

October 20, 2017 7:27 PM AlphaGo Zero, the Self-Taught AI, Thrashes Original AlphaGo 100 Games to Zero: DeepMind

The computer that stunned humanity by beating the best mortal players at a strategy board game requiring "intuition" has become even smarter, its makers said Wednesday. Even more startling, the updated version of AlphaGo is entirely self-taught -- a major step towards the rise of machines that achieve superhuman abilities "with no human input", they reported 158

October 20, 2017 9:12 AM Hollywood to the rescue: Can pop culture fight climate change?

"Cli-fi" movies are turning global warming into apocalyptic drama, but the genre's latest release – Geostorm – has been slammed as insensitive to climate-change victims. Can a good story motivate people to take action? Disaster movie "Geostorm" opens in cinemas this week, starring Gerard Butler as a rocket scientist tasked with saving the world after 473

October 19, 2017 3:17 AM Madagascar plague death toll climbs to 74

An outbreak of highly contagious plague has claimed 74 lives in Madagascar over the past two months with the capital particularly affected, according to a new official toll. A total of 805 cases have been reported on the poor Indian Ocean island nation since August, the health ministry said in a statement. Madagascar has suffered plague outbreaks almost 156

October 12, 2017 9:43 AM Pangolin trade forces Ghana to look at new wildlife laws

Ghana is facing calls to update its laws on wildlife crime after fears the country has become a transit route for the illegal trade in pangolin scales. More than 31,000 kilograms (68,000 pounds) of scales from the nocturnal mammal have been seized across the world this year, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). In May and June, two major 208