Bubonic plague-carrying fleas found in parts of northern Arizona

Fleas in some parts of northern Arizona have tested positive for the bubonic plague, a now-rare disease believed to have been responsible for millions of deaths during the Middle Ages, health officials confirmed to ABC News, and other media outlets over the past week. The infected para...

IBM and Sony stuff 330 TB on a tiny tape

For the fifth time in just over a decade, IBM has set a new record for magnetic tape storage, as the New York-based computing giant has successfully captured 330 terabytes of uncompressed data – equal to more than 300 million books – onto a cartridge you can hold in your hand. According...

‘Helicopter parenting’ doesn’t work for dogs either, study finds

Similar to how previous research has found that being a so-called helicopter parent could harm a human child’s chances of success, a new study has found that being dog mothers who are overly involved raising their puppies could reduce their chances of training to become a guide dog. In ...

Younger people are dying of colorectal cancer, but nobody knows why 

For several years, rates of colorectal cancer have been rising among Americans aged below 55. This could be put down to better detection, but the revelation that deaths from that disease are also increasing is particularly worrying. For decades, screening has started at age 50, meaning ...

Defunding planned parenthood causes teen pregnancies to spike

Teenage birth rates in the state of Texas have increased by more than 3% since 2011, when the state voted to strip funding from family planning centers such as Planned Parenthood, according to a new study published online earlier this month by the . In the study, Analisa Packham, a prof...

Loneliness is becoming the biggest public health concern  

Long-standing threats to public health from substances like alcohol and tobacco are being overtaken by those created by modern living. Sedentary lifestyles are one problem, but loneliness is becoming the biggest. Loneliness and social isolation may also surpass obesity as a public healt...

Facing libel lawsuit, Techdirt takes large donations to broaden coverage

In the wake of an ongoing, expensive libel lawsuit that could drag on for years, Mike Masnick, the founder of Techdirt, announced Wednesday that his website would accept more than $250,000 in donations “to further reporting on free speech.” In a lengthy post, Masnick explain...

Facing libel lawsuit, Techdirt takes large donations to broaden coverage

In the wake of an ongoing, expensive libel lawsuit that could drag on for years, Mike Masnick, the founder of Techdirt, announced Wednesday that his website would accept more than $250,000 in donations “to further reporting on free speech.” In a lengthy post, Masnick explain...

Maybe Americans don’t need fast home Internet service, FCC suggests

Americans might not need a fast home Internet connection, the Federal Communications Commission suggests in a new document. Instead, mobile Internet via a smartphone might be all people need. The suggestion comes in the FCC’s annual inquiry into broadband availability. Section 706...

Maybe Americans don’t need fast home Internet service, FCC suggests

Americans might not need a fast home Internet connection, the Federal Communications Commission suggests in a new document. Instead, mobile Internet via a smartphone might be all people need. The suggestion comes in the FCC’s annual inquiry into broadband availability. Section 706...
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