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Sepsis: New rapid test ‘could save thousands of lives’

Image copyright University of Strathclyde Image caption A close-up of the test device A new rapid test for earlier diagnosis of sepsis has been developed by University of Strathclyde researchers, which they say could save thousands of lives. A microelectrode device analyses the patient’s blood, with results coming through in two-and-a-half minutes. Current diagnosis tests for sepsis can take up to 72 hours. The researchers hope the low-cost test could come into everyday use in three to five years. It is estimated that 52,000 people in the UK die every…

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Japan approves test of iPS cells for treating spinal injuries

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese scientists will test the use of human-induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) to treat spinal cord injuries, a health ministry panel that approved the research project said on Monday. The research team from Tokyo’s Keio University planned to inject about two million iPS cells into the damaged areas of an individual patient and review the results over the course of a year, according to the plan approved by the health ministry. So-called iPS cells are made by removing mature cells from an individual – often from the…

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LGBT History Month: Test your knowledge

Sue Sanders founded LGBT History Month 15 years ago to improve education and awareness of LGBT historical figures. BBC News LGBT correspondent Ben Hunte travelled to Brighton – often referred to as the gay capital of the UK – to test how much the public really knows about LGBT history. We chose a diverse range of 6 British figures that you may not have heard of. Producer Fatma Wardy. Source link

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Russia to test cyber-war defences

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The net independence plan is seen as a way for Russia’s government to get more control over online life Russia is planning to briefly disconnect from the internet as part of planning for a future cyber-war. The test will mean data passing between Russian citizens and organisations stays inside the nation rather than being routed internationally. A law mandating technical changes needed to operate independently was introduced to Russia’s parliament last year. The test is due to happen before 1 April but no exact date…

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Thailand launches Huawei 5G test bed, even as U.S. urges allies to bar Chinese gear

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand on Friday launched a Huawei Technologies 5G test bed, even as the United States urges its allies to bar the Chinese telecoms giant from building next-generation mobile networks. FILE PHOTO: A Huawei 5G device is pictured outside an exhibition in Bangkok, Thailand, January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha Huawei, the world’s top producer of telecoms equipment and second-biggest maker of smartphones, has been facing mounting international scrutiny amid fears China could use its equipment for espionage, a concern the company says is unfounded. The 5G test bed…

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‘I nearly aborted my baby because of an unreliable test’

When Claire Bell became pregnant she paid for a test that would indicate whether the baby had Down’s Syndrome – and agreed to be screened for some other rare conditions at the same time. Not long afterwards, writes the BBC’s Charlotte Hayward, she received what appeared to be terrible news. For five years, Claire Bell’s husband was treated for two types of cancer. When it finally came to an end the couple decided to try having a baby through IVF, using some sperm her husband had had frozen and stored…

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Mirror test hints at surprising cognitive abilities in fish

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A small tropical reef fish was able to recognize itself in a mirror, scientists said on Thursday in a finding that raises provocative questions about assessing self-awareness and cognitive abilities in animals. A fish called a cleaner wrasse interacts with its reflection in a mirror placed on the outside of the aquarium glass at a laboratory in Konstanz, Germany in this image released February 6, 2019. Alex Jordan/Handout via REUTERS The study involved experiments in which the fish species Labroides dimidiatus, called the bluestreak cleaner wrasse, was…

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England in West Indies: Hosts take 85-run lead on second day of second Test

England’s Jos Buttler dropped two chances at third slip on the second day in Antigua Second Test, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua (day two) England 187: Moeen 60, Bairstow 52, Roach 4-30 West Indies 271-6: Brathwaite 49, Campbell 47, Broad 3-42 West Indies lead by 85 runs Scorecard England endured a frustrating day in Antigua as West Indies built an 85-run first-innings lead on day two of the second Test. Kraigg Brathwaite made 49, John Campbell 47 and Shai Hope 41 as West Indies reached 271-6 at the close. Darren…

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150 years of the periodic table: Test your knowledge

Image copyright Getty Images You’ll find it on the wall of nearly every school chemistry laboratory in the land. And generations of children have sung the words, “hydrogen and helium, lithium, beryllium…” in an attempt to memorise some of the 118 elements. This year, the periodic table of chemical elements celebrates its 150th birthday. As the candles on the cake are lit, it’s time to test your knowledge, with our quiz. The United Nations has designated 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table to celebrate “one of the…

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