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Can We Fight Drug-Resistant Bacteria With Non-Antibiotic Drugs?

Today at 18:34 PM, via Slashdot

Slashdot reader Bruce66423 shares what researchers learned by studying the effect of drugs on bacteria in the gut:
The research reveals that it’s not just antibiotics that have the effect of causing resistance to antibiotics. “Of the drugs in the study, 156 were antibacterials (144 antibiotics and 12 antiseptics). But a further 835, such as painkillers and blood-pressure pills, were not...

William Shatner Criticizes Facebook Hoax Ad Announcing His Death

Today at 17:34 PM, via Slashdot

“William Shatner is alive and well — in fact, he turned 87 on Thursday, so the actor was not pleased when he saw an ad on Facebook sharing a story about his alleged death,” writes the Hollywood Reporter. An anonymous reader quotes People:

“@WilliamShatner I thought you might want to know you’re dead,” a Twitter user wrote, along with a screenshot of the ad. Less than a half hour later, Shatner...

Dropbox IPOs. Its Founders Are Now Billionaires

Today at 16:34 PM, via Slashdot

Yesterday Dropbox finally launched its stock on NASDAQ. Reuters reports:
Dropbox Inc’s shares closed at $28.42, up more than 35 percent in their first day of trading on Friday, as investors rushed to buy into the biggest technology initial public offering in more than a year even as the wider sector languished… At the stock’s opening price, Dropbox had a market valuation of $12.67 billion, well...

Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Were Struggling Before Arizona Crash

Today at 15:00 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Uber’s robotic vehicle project was not living up to expectations months before a self-driving car operated by the company struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Ariz. The cars were having trouble driving through construction zones and next to tall vehicles, like big rigs. And Uber’s human drivers had to intervene far more frequently than...

British Scientists Develop Wearable MRI Scanner

Today at 12:00 PM, via Slashdot

British scientists have invented a new type of brain scanner that patients can wear on their head allowing them to move while being tested. “Neuroscientists will be able to envisage a whole new world of experiments where we try to work out what a brain is doing but whilst a person is behaving naturally,” said Matt Brookes, a physicist at the University of Nottinham. CBS reports: The device,...

Eradicating poverty would dramatically reduce TB cases, study finds

Today at 11:00 AM, via The Guardian

Preventative measures, like poverty reduction, could be just as effective in tackling the disease as drugs and vaccines

Programmes to tackle poverty could be just as effective in the fight against tuberculosis as medicines and vaccines, research has found.

Eradicating extreme poverty would lead to an 84% reduction in TB cases by 2035, according to a report published to coincide with World...

One Startup is Using Phone Calls and Other Inexpensive Means To Save TB Patients

Today at 10:00 AM, via Slashdot

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of most common causes of death globally. In 2016 alone, more than 10.4 million people fell sick to TB and 1.7 million TB-related deaths were reported. The WHO says India, in particular, and developing markets, in general, lead the count for the occurrence of TV in the world even as the local authorities provide free and effective medications to anyone who is ill. From a...

Britain’s Plan To Build a 2,000 Foot Aircraft Carrier Almost Entirely From Ice

Today at 09:00 AM, via Slashdot

dryriver writes from a report via the BBC: In World War 2, Britain was losing the Battle of the Atlantic, with German U-boats sinking ship after ship. Enter Project Habakkuk, the incredible plan to build an aircraft carrier from ice. The British government wanted a better way of battling German U-boats and needed an aircraft carrier invulnerable to torpedoes and bombs. Inventor Geoffrey Pyke...

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