THE NEWS IN BRIEF
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New to this issue, Guru gives you an easily digestible roundup of the news you probably missed. We’ve got stories about prehistoric birds, telescopic contact lenses, and plenty more too. We just don’t want to ruin the surprise.
A growing resistance: malaria is outwitting the best brains. Scientists are discovering that malaria is becoming immune to their best drugs. So, what are the plans for attacking the deadly parasite?
Prehistoric songbird felt our pain. A recent paleovirology study has discovered
evidence of Hepatitis B infection within a 65 million-year-old fossil. Hidden away in the DNA of an ancient bird, there is hope that this new finding will lead to a better understanding of this viral infection, which can cause serious liver damage. Your very own superpower: new contact lens offers telescopic vision. It’s not clear what motivated such an awesome piece of tech, but we think it’s something to do with watching too many Bond movies. It could be the perfect gift for a peeping Tom!
The HIV cure could be in your bones. Two HIV infected men in the US have undergone two weeks without any anti-HIV drugs – and without any sign of the disease – having both received bone marrow transplants. The world is waiting with bated breath to see if it is the long anticipated cure. Coming soon to a store near you: a Harry Potter invisibility cloak Well, perhaps… Prof John Pendry has developed and led the way in research towards materials that makes light bend around them. Some day he may be remembered as the ‘invisibility cloak’ creator. Something to tweet about: new bird species flies in the face of researchers While making checks for avian flu in 2009, researchers were surprised to find an entirely new species of bird living under their noses – on a city construction site. It has now been Christened ‘Orthotomus chaktomuk’ (or known as the Cambodian Tailorbird to their friends). What seems more important to you, clean energy or a fast train? With ecological disaster sitting uncomfortably close, should we be considering how our leaders spend money? In the UK, £50 billion pounds ($76 billion dollars) is being spent on a high speed train system that shaves 35 minutes off a 120 mile journey. But couldn’t this money be better spent on building a sustainable future?