When U2 releases their first new studio album since 2009’s No Line on the Horizon, there will be at least one song that most of their fans already own.
During a Super Bowl commercial, U2 offered the single “Invisible” for free on iTunes, with Bank of America pledging $1 to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for every download. Read More
The spread of malaria is one of the most significant threats to people—particularly children—in the developing world. Manu Prakash, a Stanford University assistant professor and bioengineer, understood that the ability to properly diagnose the illness with the use of lab-quality imaging equipment is key in distributing the proper treatment and preventing deaths from the disease. With the goal of testing a million people a year, Prakash and his team created the ingenious “Foldscope,” a microscope that’s made almost entirely from folded paper, that costs just 50 cents apiece to make. Because they require no power source and no mechanical elements, the Foldscopes are also incredibly durable. As Prakash explains in this video from Stanford, “One of the things that’s been shown over and over again is, if you put in an infrastructure to fight malaria that’s scalable and sustainable, than you get retraction of malaria in different regions.” Prakash believes that this brilliant new tool could provide just that ... Discuss
Doctors are grappling with a lethal new strain of gonorrhea (your great-grandparents called it "the clap") that's immune to antibiotics and can “put someone into septic shock and death in a matter of days. This is very dangerous," said Alan Christianson, who is a doctor of naturopathic medicine in Phoenix. "We need to move now before it gets out of hand.” The strain was discovered in a Japanese sex worker back in 2011, and has so far baffled scientists who are trying to treat it. If it starts to spiral out of control, doctors warn that it “might be a lot worse than AIDS” ... Discuss
Yeah, it's true. It's only been tested on mice so far, but the results are tremendously promising for an antibody Stanford researchers have been experimenting with that blocks the body from "eating" cancer cells. Researchers have injected mice with human breast, ovary, colon, bladder, brain, liver and prostate tumors, and their new drug has killed the tumors every time. According to Irving Weissman of the Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California: "We showed that even after the tumor has taken hold, the antibody can either cure the tumor or slow its growth and prevent metastasis." The drug has an unfortunate side effect of tricking the immune system into attacking healthy cells, but the relative damage was insignificant compared to what cancer would have done to them. All told, the results are exciting enough to warrant a $20 million grant and permission to move forward into human testing ... Discuss