• Elephants’ low cancer rates explained

    Elephants’ low cancer rates explained

    Image copyright SPL Elephants have enhanced defences against cancer that can prevent tumours forming, say scientists. They were trying to explain why the animals have lower levels of cancer than would be expected by their...
  • Trendspotting: early-access games to play now

    Survival Survival games are in vogue, and there are plenty in early-access, with zombie survival game DayZ a successful example. Currently popular is ARK: Survival Evolved, in which you’re stranded on an island populated by...

Headline News

  • One dead, three injured after shooting at university in Arizona

    A shooting at Northern Arizona University killed one person and injured three others, the school said on Friday, adding that the suspect was in custody. “Situation is stabilized,” the university in Flagstaff, Arizona, said in a post on Twitter. The campus was not on lockdown, the university said. The first call of shots fired came in at 1:20 a.m. local time, university spokeswoman Cindy Brown told CNN. The incident occurred in a parking lot adjacent to a residence hall, Brown said. The three injured victims were being treated at Flagstaff Medical Center, Brown said. Their conditions were not known, she said. Brown said she did not know the identities of the victims or shooter, or if they are students. A university news conference was scheduled for 6 a.m. (9 a.m. ET). President Barack Obama will travel to Roseburg, Oregon, on Friday to meet privately with families of the nine victims of the mass shooting at …

    October 9, 2015 7:07 am


  • Tea Party wave that lifted Republicans threatens to engulf them

    WASHINGTON In Washington, Republicans are rudderless after their candidate to lead the House of Representatives drops out. On the campaign trail, seasoned conservatives struggle in the presidential race while a reality TV star alienates the nation’s fastest-growing slice of the electorate. Since 2010, Republicans have harnessed the anti-establishment energy of the Tea Party movement to win control of Congress and recruit a deep field of candidates for the November 2016 presidential election. Now that insurgent fervor threatens the party’s ability to govern effectively and win over new voters, strategists warn. While many Americans share Republicans’ skepticism of government, they also need to show they are capable of handling power responsibly – or else face punishment from voters next year. “I think conservatives are in real danger,” said David Bozell, president of the conservative advocacy group For America. “They kind of caught the dog by the tail and they didn’t know what to do next.” Short-term, …

    October 9, 2015 6:27 am


  • This ‘Roll Tide’ investor is beating Wall Street pros

    Dan Miller, left, in University of Alabama football gear with family friend Louis Nieves. Danny Miller loves investing and Alabama football. So far this year, Miller and the Crimson Tide (4 wins, 1 loss) are rolling over the competition. But unlike the aspiring football pros at Alabama, Miller didn’t grow up aiming to be an all-star trader. He never worked on Wall Street. He didn’t even take a finance class in college. Yet he and his childhood friend Jason Robinson are beating Wall Street pros on estimating Corporate America’s earnings. So far this year, Miller and Robinson’s earnings estimates are more accurate than the Wall Street consensus 63% of the time. That’s according to Estimize, a website where anyone can predict earnings and see how they stack up. Beating the Wall Street consensus is a big deal. When companies announce earnings, they’re often judged a success or failure based on whether they beat what “the …

    October 9, 2015 6:47 am


  • Argentina’s Aguero injures hamstring, faces spell out

    MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was carried off on a stretcher, in tears, with a hamstring injury during Argentina’s 2-0 loss to Ecuador in a World Cup qualifier and faces a spell on the sidelines. Aguero lasted 24 minutes of Thursday’s game before he pulled up sharply, holding his left hamstring, while chasing a long ball. More from FoxSports Argentina coach Gerardo Martino said on City’s website that Aguero had arrived on international duty carrying a knock. Martino says ”during the week we took good care of him. He was moving around the pitch well, but unfortunately he felt some discomfort and we are going to lose him.” Martino says it is a different injury to the one Aguero was carrying with his club. Aguero scored five goals in 20 minutes in his last game for City – a 6-1 win over Newcastle that returned his team to the top of the …

    October 9, 2015 7:08 am

World News

  • Elephants’ low cancer rates explained

    Image copyright SPL Elephants have enhanced defences against cancer that can prevent tumours forming, say scientists. They were trying to explain why the animals have lower levels of cancer than would be expected by their size. The team at the University of Utah said “nature has already figured out how to prevent cancer” and plan to devise new treatments. But experts said the focus should be on the “ridiculous” and “absurd” things humans do to increase risk. There is a train of thought that says every cell can become cancerous so the more of them you have, the more likely you are to get cancer. So if an elephant has 100 times as many cells as a person then the trunk-swinging mammals should be 100 times more likely to have the disease. And yet the analysis, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed only 5% of elephants die from cancer compared to …

    October 9, 2015 6:48 am


  • Trendspotting: early-access games to play now

    Survival Survival games are in vogue, and there are plenty in early-access, with zombie survival game DayZ a successful example. Currently popular is ARK: Survival Evolved, in which you’re stranded on an island populated by dinosaurs and other prehistoric wildlife. For a more thoughtful, less fantastical experience, try The Long Dark. Action Dutch developer Vlambeer is known for action games such as Super Crate Box and more recently shoot-’em-up Luftrausers. Their new game, Nuclear Throne, an action roguelike about mutants fighting to survive in a post-apocalyptic world, is available now. Role-playing game Darkest Dungeon is also a roguelike, but in this case a turn-based RPG. You lead a team of heroes through monster-filled dungeons, but the heroes have flaws and can suffer from afflictions such as paranoia and masochism. Multiplayer For a fast-paced competitive game, try SpeedRunners, in which you run, jump, and swing through levels while trying to prevent opponents doing the same. For …

    October 9, 2015 6:47 am


  • Spay, neuter, or shot? How an injection could be the future of animal control

    A single shot into the muscle is enough to stop egg and sperm production in mice, report California Institute of Technology scientists on October 5 in Current Biology. The injection delivers packaged DNA into muscle cells, causing them to produce neutralizing antibodies against male and female reproductive hormones. All mice that received the shot were unable to sire offspring after about two months, with no side effects. The researchers see this proof-of-concept study as the first step for developing a cheap alternative to spaying or neutering feral animals. “The field of immunocontraception has been around for many, many decades but has always run up against the variability in the immune response,” says senior study author Bruce Hay of Caltech. “In recent years, a number of labs have shown that you can express high levels of antibodies in small and larger animals to prevent disease. We thought: why not try it to manipulate physiology as well?” …

    October 9, 2015 5:27 am


  • Smoking set to kill one in three young men in China, study finds

    LONDON One in three of all the young men in China will eventually be killed by tobacco unless a substantial proportion of them succeed in quitting smoking, researchers said on Friday. “Without rapid, committed, and widespread action to reduce smoking levels, China will face enormous numbers of premature deaths,” said Liming Li, a professor at the Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing who co-led a large analysis of the issue. The study, published in The Lancet medical journal, found that two-thirds of young men in China start to smoke, mostly before age 20, and that unless they quit for good, around half of those who start will eventually die from their habit. The scientists conducted two large, nationally representative studies 15 years apart, tracking the health consequences of smoking in China. The first was in the 1990s and involved a quarter of a million men. The second study is ongoing, and involved half a million men …

    October 9, 2015 6:07 am


  • Selena Gomez Says She Underwent Chemotherapy To Treat Lupus In 2013

    Posted on Thu Oct 8th, 2015 8:59am PDT       By X17 Staff Selena Gomez is breaking her silence on being diagnosed with the autoimmune disease lupus, revealing that during her tour break in 2013, she underwent chemotherapy treatment to alleviate the symptoms of lupus — and didn’t go to rehab, as was reported at the time. In a new interview with Billboard, the “Come and Get It” singer said, “That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke.” Gomez cancelled the Australian and Asian leg of her tour in December 2013 — and the move ignited Internet rumors that the young starlet was struggling with addiction. But in fact she was dealing with the poorly understood condition of Lupus which affects the immune system, which fails to detect the difference between healthy tissue and germs and viruses which enter the system from the outside. The 23-year-old told Billboard, “I wanted so badly to say, …

    October 8, 2015 9:05 pm


  • Hillary Clinton and your right to self-defense

    While the FBI continued to analyze the emails Hillary Clinton thought she deleted and her advisers pressed her to hire a Republican criminal defense attorney in Washington, a madman used a lawfully purchased handgun to kill a professor and eight students at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon. Looking to change the subject away from her emails, Clinton was quick to pounce. She who has ripped into Republicans for seeking political gain from the four American deaths in Benghazi, Libya, now seeks her own political gain from the dozens of murdered children and young adults in Newtown, Connecticut, and Roseburg. On the heels of the latter and referring to both tragedies, she launched an emotional attack early this week on the two most recent Supreme Court decisions upholding the personal right to keep and bear arms. She offered to “fix” them should she be elected president. Her so-called fix consists of a dead-on-arrival legislative proposal …

    October 9, 2015 4:46 am

Odd News

  • Police rescue Kentucky store owner from large python

    The owner of a Kentucky reptile store had to be rescued by police after a 20-foot-long (6-meter) python weighing up to 125 pounds (57 kg) wrapped around him, authorities said. Terry Wilkins was tangled up with the snake when two police officers arrived at the Captive Born Reptiles store in Newport, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, at around noon on Monday. “When officers arrived on the scene, they located the victim who was total(ly) unconscious with a large snake wrapped around his head and neck,” according to a Newport police report. The officers grabbed the snake by the head and unwrapped it from Wilkins, who was not breathing, the report said. He began to breathe as rescue squad workers arrived, it said. Wilkins was treated at a Cincinnati hospital with nearly two dozen stitches to his arm where the snake bit him and went home later on Monday, according to a colleague, who declined …

    October 6, 2015 5:29 pm