She Gets Her Voice Back- 52 Year Old Woman Gets Larynx Transplant

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A wonderful news. The University of California Davis surgeons successfully transplanted a larynx into a 52- year old woman who had not been able to speak or breathe on her own for more than 10 years.

Banding Penguins To Track Them For Climate Study Harm Them, Yield Wrong Data

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A new study shows that research data obtained by flipper-banding penguins may not be reliable and such techniques are  more likely to harm the penguins.  The controversial study was published in today's online issue of Nature magazine. 

Floating Ark Housing 10,000 In Catastrophe- A Russian's Prototype

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A Russian has a prototype for housing 10,000 people, in land or in water. Remember the movie 2012 and huge rescue ships? In that movie that pictured the Mayan calendar ending in 2012, a large group of people had to deal with natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, typhoons and glaciers. 

Growing up poor can suppress a child's genetic potential to excel cognitively even before the age of 2

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Growing up poor can suppress a child's genetic potential to excel cognitively even before the age of 2, according to research from psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin.

Online Impersonation Is Now Punishable in California.

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No more digital impersonations in California.  As of January 1st a new law took into effect in California to curb online impersonations.  This means that those pretending to be Bill Gates or some other famous personalities online may get into trouble.

Rare and Elusive Saharan Cheetah Snapped By Hidden Camera

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An elusive Saharan cheetah recently came into the spotlight in Niger, Africa, where a hidden camera snapped photos of the ghostly cat, whose pale coat and emaciated appearance distinguish it from other cheetahs.

In one of the images the sleek, light-colored cat with small spots on its coat and a small head is turning in the direction of the camera, its eyes aglow.

Genome Sequenced From Ancient Female's Bone From Denisova Cave Show Modern Connection

in biology, omics

Scientists from Max Planck Institute sequenced the nuclear genome from a bone obtained from the cave Denisova in Siberia and conclude that her genome is more closer to the present-day human than the Neanderthals, who also inhabited the cave area the same time.  This data demonstrate a more complex pattern of human migration and evolution.

Family Member with Tuberculosis Transfers Disease To Others In The Household- Guilt By Association!

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A new study published in The Lancet shows that members of household with one member having active tuberculosis are at high risk of contracting the disease.

The study was conducted in Lima Peru, by scientists from the Harvard Medical School, Socios En Salud Sucursal Peru, Lima, Peru and  Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston.