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A 'digital dark age' could help us let go of the past

Who hasn’t started a spring clean and become sidetracked, having discovered an old photo album? Which of us doesn’t love perusing early Facebook pics? The man with the best job title in the world, chief internet evangelist and vice president at Google, Vint Cerf, has warned of a possible “digital...
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FBI probes claim suspects in 1946 Georgia mass lynching may be alive

US authorities are investigating whether some of those responsible for one of the American south’s most notorious mass lynchings are still alive, in an attempt to finally bring prosecutions over the brutal unsolved killings. FBI agents questioned a man in Georgia who was among several in their 80s...
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Composer and pianist John McCabe dies aged 75

A gifted artist, he had composed 13 symphonies by the age of 11, and his recordings of Joseph Haydn's piano sonatas are considered definitive. His own compositions included orchestral and chamber music, and he was director of the London College of Music between 1983 and 1990. Confirming his death,...
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Vaccine opposition has ebbed and flowed over centuries

NEW YORK (AP) — They're considered one of mankind's greatest medical achievements, yet people have balked at vaccines almost since the time of the first vaccination — in 1796, when an English country doctor named Edward Jenner inoculated an 8-year-old boy against smallpox. In the mid-1800s, people...
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HRT treatment raises risk of ovarian cancer, says study

Women who undergo hormone replacement therapy (HRT) have a significantly increased risk of developing ovarian cancer, according to a major study. Researchers from the University of Oxford analysed 52 previous studies involving 21,000 women and found that even those who took it for less than five...
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Jodrell Bank work threatened by housing plans, say scientists

One of Britain’s most ambitious astronomy projects is under threat due to a large housing development being planned nearby, scientists have warned. Prof Simon Garrington, director of Jodrell Bank observatory, said proposals to build 119 houses just over a mile from the Lovell telescope in Cheshire...
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Scientists create contact lens that magnifies at blink of an eye

A contact lens that magnifies objects at the wink of an eye has been created by scientists to help people with impaired vision. The lens contains an extremely thin telescope that is switched on when the wearer winks their right eye and returns to normal when they wink their left eye. Eric...
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Canadian company's genetically modified apples win US approval

US regulators have approved what would be the first commercialised biotech apples, rejecting efforts by the organic industry and other GMO critics to block the new fruit. The US Department of Agriculture’s animal and plant health authority, Aphis, approved two genetically engineered apple...
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Virtual cadavers may help surgeons save limbs and lives

Soldiers will have full-body scans stored on their medical files to help surgeons rebuild them should they become injured in war, under plans drawn up by US doctors. The proposals call for computed tomography (CT) scans to create “virtual twins” of soldiers before they are deployed, so that...
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