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COMMENT: What is threatening science?

Scientists in recent decades have felt increasingly compelled to oversell their research for funding COMMENT | JEREMY J.BAUMBERG | Scientific knowledge and technological innovation, as Yuval Noah Harariemphasises in hisbookSapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, are among the key drivers of economic progress. Yet there is remarkably little reflection taking …

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Candidate AIDS vaccine passes key early test

Paris, France | AFP | The near 40-year quest for an AIDS vaccine received a hopeful boost Saturday when scientists announced that a trial drug triggered an immune response in humans and shielded monkeys from infection. Shown to be safe in humans, the candidate vaccine has now advanced to the …

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Scientists keep pigs’ brains alive for 36 hours

Paris, France | AFP | US-based researchers have successfully kept alive the brain cells of decapitated pigs for 36 hours, sparking concerns over the ethics involved in such frontline research. The MIT Technology Review said a team at Yale University led by neuro-scientist Nenad Sestan had carried out experiments on …

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Scientists create tiny booze detector

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Scientists have created a tiny new sensor that can continuously monitor levels of alcohol in the blood. The device, which measures roughly one cubic millimeter, is injected beneath the skin and can be linked up to a smartphone. Alcohol levels in the blood can …

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THIS WEEK: Shs18billion needed to recruit science teachers

THIS WEEK: Shs18billion needed to recruit science teachers Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni has appealed to the parliamentary committee on education to help her ministry secure Shs18billion to recruit 2000 teachers for science subjects in secondary schools. Janet, also the First Lady …

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Stars turn out for Stephen Hawking’s funeral

Cambridge, United Kingdom | AFP | Film stars, supermodels, comics and astronomers joined Stephen Hawking’s family and friends for his funeral in Cambridge Saturday, the city where he dedicated his life’s work to unravelling the mysteries of the universe. The theoretical physicist who captured the imagination of millions around the …

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