Scientists trace 2002 Sars virus to colony of cave-dwelling bats in China

Scientists trace 2002 Sars virus to colony of cave-dwelling bats in China

Scientists have pinpointed a population of virus-infected bats, which they have linked to the mysterious outbreak of Sars disease 15 years ago. Hundreds died as the virus spread around the globe but its source was never traced.

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Christian Right Leader: The Sexual Revolution is to Blame for Sexual Harassment

Christian Right Leader: The Sexual Revolution is to Blame for Sexual Harassment

Focus on the Family ought to be renamed Focus on Your Sex Life since that seems to be their primary scapegoat for everything wrong in society, including all the sexual assault scandals we’ve seen in the news lately. As if abuse didn’t exist, at any time, until society normalized non-marital sex.

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Humanity Has Peaked And It’s All Downhill From Here, Says Study

Humanity Has Peaked And It's All Downhill From Here, Says Study

Sorry, folks. This is it. If new research is correct, this could be the best it's going to get for humanity in terms of physical fitness. According to the paper, humans have biological limitations – and there may be no more improvements for the sp

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The Virus That Kills Drug-Resistant Superbugs

The Virus That Kills Drug-Resistant Superbugs

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria kill 23,000 people every year in the United States, and the United Nations estimates that by 2050, more people will die from antibiotic-resistant infections than currently die from cancer.

Discovered 100 years ago, bacteriophages—viruses that eat bacteria—might provide an answer. But phage therapy has only been approved for use on humans in the former Soviet Union. Motherboard travels to Georgia to meet the doctors using phage therapy today, and meets with the American scientists trying to normalize phage therapy in the United States.

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The Remarkable “Curvature Blindness” Illusion

The Remarkable “Curvature Blindness” Illusion

A new optical illusion has been discovered, and it’s really quite striking. The strange effect is called the ‘curvature blindness’ illusion, and it’s described in a new paper from psychologist Kohske Takahashi of Chukyo University, Japan.

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Kevin Spacey ‘groped Norwegian royal’

Kevin Spacey 'groped Norwegian royal'

The King of Norway's former son-in-law has accused Kevin Spacey of groping him after a Nobel Peace Prize concert. Ari Behn told radio station P4 that it happened after the actor had hosted the event in 2007. "I am a generous person, but this was a bit more than I had in mind," said Behn, who was married to King Harald's daughter Martha Louise until last year.

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Genes linked to homosexuality discovered by scientists

Genes linked to homosexuality discovered by scientists

Genes linked to homosexuality have been discovered by scientists in the biggest ever study into the genetic basis for sexual orientation. For the first time, researchers looked at the complete genome – a person’s entire DNA code – for more than 1,000 gay men and compared it to genetic data from a similar number of heterosexual males.

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