The malaria species rampant in the Asia-Pacific region has been a significant driver of evolution of the human genome, a new study has shown.

‘Benign’ Malaria Key Driver of Human Evolution in Asia-Pacific ScienceDaily (Sep. 4, 2012) Professor Ivo Mueller led a study that showed the malaria species rampant in the Asia-Pacific region has been a significant driver of evolution of the human genome An international team of researchers has shown that Plasmodium vivax malaria, the most prevalent malaria…

Report: 15% of Americans on food stamps

Christian Science Monitor / Getty Images A record number of Americans are using this food stamp card to purchase groceries these days. By Jeff Cox, cnbc.com The number of Americans on food stamps hit a record high in June, and economists don’t expect much improvement as long as unemployment remains high. Those receiving benefits through…

Neuroscientists successfully control the dreams of rats. Could humans be next?

  George Dvorsky Researchers working at MIT have successfully manipulated the content of a rat’s dream by replaying an audio cue that was associated with the previous day’s events, namely running through a maze (what else). The breakthrough furthers our understanding of how memory gets consolidated during sleep — but it also holds potential for…

Baffling supermarket prices and poor labelling and could be hiking up your shopping bill

Baffling supermarket prices and poor labelling and could be hiking up your  shopping bill By Sean Poulter PUBLISHED:18:50 EST, 5  September 2012| UPDATED:19:27 EST, 5 September 2012 Supermarkets are confusing shoppers and  pocketing extra profits at their expense by labelling the price of products  poorly, it is claimed today. Stores routinely sell fresh fruit and …

Harvard psychology professor ‘faked data and fudged results in monkey experiments’

Marc Hauser, 52, researched evolutionary  roots of human abilities Probe by Office of Research Integrity found  Hauser responsible for six cases of scientific misconduct Allegedly fabricated data in a paper on  monkeys’ ability to learn syllables Currently works with at-risk youth at Cape  Cod Collaborative By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED:17:26 EST, 5  September 2012| UPDATED:17:48…

Banks plan outside spending group to influence elections

By Alina SelyukhPosted 2012/09/05 at 4:54 pm EDT WASHINGTON, Sep. 5, 2012 (Reuters) — A major banking industry trade group is planning a foray into the U.S. elections by creating a tax-exempt organization capable of raising unlimited anonymous funds, the groups’ chief operating officer said Wednesday. The board of directors at the American Bankers Association,…

Consumer group sues FDA over Aricept safety

By LINDA A. JOHNSON | Associated Press – 38 mins ago TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A consumer group pressing the Food and Drug Administration to remove the highest dose of an Alzheimer’s disease drug from the market is suing the agency for what it calls “foot-dragging.” Public Citizen said Wednesday that the FDA’s own medical…

Briton who launched first web page in 1990 reiterates opposition to extending government control of internet

Tim Berners-Lee: the internet has no off switch Charles Arthur and agencies guardian.co.uk,         Wednesday 5 September 2012 12.02 EDT Sir Tim Berners-Lee at the launch of the World Wide Web Foundation in London, where he said the internet ‘has no one off switch’. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA There is no “off switch” for the internet, says…

Jeremy Hunt under fire for stance on NHS tribute, homeopathy and abortion:” Leading scientists have also questioned Hunt’s suitability to be responsible for the NHS because he endorses homeopathy”

Labour claims health secretary’s apparent attempt to exclude NHS scenes from Olympic ceremony shows lack of support Denis Campbell, health correspondent guardian.co.uk,             Tuesday 4 September 2012 13.48 EDT Jeremy Hunt reportedly tried to remove the NHS tribute from Danny Boyle’s Olympics opening ceremony. Photograph: Jae C. Hong/AP New health secretary Jeremy Hunt is under…