All in My Head by Jessica Morris review – an attempt to make the incurable treatable
Faced with a devastating diagnosis, Morris responds by doing all she can to improve the odds of survival for her, and othersIn 2016 Jessica Morris was on an annual hiking weekend with friends in upstate New York when she started to feel all wrong. Being out of breath was nothing new since she was in her mid-50s, and exercise had never been her thing. What was her thing, though, was talking – and now, weirdly, she couldn’t do that either. The words were all bunched up in her head and refused to launch themselves on to her tongue. The next thing she remembered was waking up in an ambulance, her face twisted into a perman...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 10, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Kathryn Hughes Tags: Autobiography and memoir Books Cancer Culture Cancer research Medical research Source Type: news

In your own time: how to live for today the philosophical way
What ’s gone is gone, but don’t waste time worrying about that.Or on what comes next. The ideal way to age is to be in the momentArguably the most useless observation ever made by an ancient Greek philosopher – putting aside, for now, Pythagoras’s theory thatfava beans contained the souls of the dead– was Epicurus’s argument that we shouldn’t fear death, because we won’t be around when it happens. Nobody gets upset about the fact that they didn’t exist before their birth, he reasoned, so why feel bad about the fact that you won’t exist again soon?But I ’ve never met anyone who found this remotely cons...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 10, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Oliver Burkeman Tags: Philosophy Older people Ageing Psychology Death and dying Health & wellbeing Life and style Culture Society Science Source Type: news

Xi Jinping says ‘persistence is victory’ as Covid restrictions return to Shanghai and Beijing
Both cities back on high alert, with new lockdowns in Shanghai , and the shutdown of entertainment venues in BeijingSee all our coronavirus coverageXi Jinping has reiterated China ’s commitment to zero-Covid, declaring “persistence is victory”, as Shanghai and Beijing were hit with new lockdowns, shutdowns, and mass testing drives just a week after the citiescelebrated the easing of restrictions.In response to China ’s worst outbreak of the pandemic, Shanghai spent months under an arduous and strict citywide lockdown, while Beijing authorities imposed localised lockdowns, venue and public transport shutdowns, and w...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 10, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Helen Davidson in Taipei Tags: China Coronavirus Asia Pacific World news Infectious diseases Science Source Type: news

Cocktail of chemical pollutants linked to falling sperm quality in research
Exclusive: Study finds people have ‘astonishing’ levels of compounds thought to disrupt hormonesA cocktail of chemical pollutants measured in people ’s bodies has been linked to falling semen quality by new research.Chemicals such as bisphenols and dioxins are thought to interfere with hormones and damage sperm quality, and the study found combinations of these compounds are present at “astonishing” levels, up to 100 times those considered safe.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 10, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Damian Carrington Environment editor Tags: Pollution Fertility problems PFAS Environment Health Medical research Science Society Source Type: news

Nasa forms independent team to study unexplained UFO sightings
The space agency ’s mission chief said scientific community may see it as ‘selling out’ with study expected to begin this fallNasa is launching a study of UFOs as part of a new push toward high-risk, high-impact science.The space agency announced on Thursday that it was setting up an independent team to see how much information is publicly available on the matter and how much more is needed to understand the unexplained sightings. The experts will also consider how best to use all this information in the future.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 10, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Associated Press Tags: Nasa US news UFOs Space Source Type: news

Scientists make ‘slightly sweaty’ robot finger with living skin
Japanese innovation thought to have potential to ‘build a new relationship between humans and robots’Japanese scientists have developed a “slightly sweaty” robotic finger covered in living skin in an advance they say brings truly human-like robots a step closer.The finger, which was shown to be able to heal itself, is seen as an impressive technical feat that blurs the line between living flesh and machine. But scientists were divided on whether people would warm to its lifelike anatomy or find it creepy.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 9, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: Science Robots Japan Technology Asia Pacific World news Source Type: news

Foaming at the mouth: the superworms making a meal of polystyrene waste
New research shows the gut of the Zophobas morio beetle larvae contains enzymes capable of breaking down the plastic, which is difficult to recycleBeetle larvae that can shred and eat polystyrene may provide alternative methods of breaking down and upcycling plastic waste, new research suggests.The larvae ofZophobas morio, a species of beetle, are commonly known as superworms and contain several gut enzymes that are capable of digesting polystyrene, Australian scientists have found.Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morningContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 9, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Donna Lu Tags: Waste Recycling Environment Insects Science Animals Source Type: news

Bones found on Isle of Wight may be from Europe ’s biggest predator dinosaur
Remains suggest spinosaur, a crocodile-faced hunter, measured over 10 metres from snout to tailFossil hunters on the Isle of Wight have unearthed the remains of what may be the largest predatory dinosaur ever found in Europe.Pieces of bone belonging to a massive spinosaur, a two-legged crocodile-faced beast that lived 125m years ago, suggest the land-based hunter measured over 10 metres from snout to tail.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 9, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Tags: Dinosaurs Evolution Biology Fossils Science UK news Source Type: news

Tell us: have you been affected by the UK monkeypox outbreak?
The current outbreak of monkeypox in the UK has reached over 300 cases, according to official figuresThe current outbreak of monkeypox in the UK has reached over 300 cases,according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). Experts, while concerned, have stressed that the risk for the general public remains low.We want to hear from anyone affected by the outbreak, particularly cases and contacts. Do you have any concerns? You can tell us about your experiences below.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 9, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Guardian community team Tags: Monkeypox World news Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Source Type: news

EU regulators ‘dismissed evidence’ linking glyphosate to rodent tumours
European Chemical Agency ’s positive assessment for continued sale of substance is flawed, say environmental campaignersEU regulators dismissed key scientific evidence linking glyphosate to rodent tumours ina positive assessment they gave for continued sales of the substance last week, according to anew report by environmental campaigners.Glyphosate is the world ’s most widely used weedkiller and its EU relicensing has becomea touchstone in a wider battle between environmentalists and agribusiness over the future of farming.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 9, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Arthur Neslen Tags: Environment Bayer Business Monsanto Agriculture Science Cancer research Medical research Health Source Type: news

Beetroot juice may aid people with coronary heart disease – study
Research suggests a daily glass reduces harmful inflammation by boosting nitric oxide levelsA daily glass of beetroot juice could reduce harmful inflammation in people with coronary heart disease, according to new research.Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, the most common cause of heart attacks and the single biggest killer of both and men and women worldwide.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 9, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Andrew Gregory Health editor Tags: Heart disease Vegetables Medical research UK news Science Health & wellbeing Life and style Food Source Type: news

Why would Boris Johnson want to bring back imperial units?
When reports surfaced thatBoris Johnson would be announcing the return of imperial measurements to mark the Queen ’s platinum jubilee, there was some celebration, consternation, and a lot of confusion. Britain already uses a mix of both imperial and metric, and it is legal to price goods in pounds and ounces if this is displayed alongside the price in grams and kilograms. So what’s really behind this rekind led debate over units? Science editor Ian Sample speaks to author and metrology historian James Vincent about the rise of metric, the enduring political power of measurement, and why it’s unlikely we’ll be getti...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 9, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Presented by Ian Sample, produced by Anand Jagatia, sound design by Tony Onuchukwu, and the executive producer was Lorna Stewart Tags: History of science Brexit Source Type: news

Rectal cancer: researchers hail ‘breakthrough’ experimental treatment
Every patient treated with immunotherapy drug went into remission, researchers in New York reportedEvery patient treated for rectal cancer with an experimental immunotherapy drug went into remission, in findings that researchers have hailed as a breakthrough.All 14 patients who were given the new drug, dostarlimab, were found after six months to have no trace of cancer. Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering cancer center in New York could find no sign of the disease through physical examination, endoscopies, MRIs or other scans.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 8, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Ed Pilkington in New York Tags: Cancer research Medical research Science Source Type: news

Trials of new Covid vaccine raise hopes of once-a-year booster
Moderna shot is said to produce eightfold increase in antibody levels against Omicron in first four weeksAn updated version of Moderna ’s Covid vaccine produces an eightfold increase in antibody levels against the Omicron variant, according to early trial results, raising hopes for a once-a-year booster to protect against the disease.The vaccine is the first “bivalent” formulation to combine protection against Omicron and the original strain of coronavirus, and is the company’s leading candidate for upcoming autumn booster programmes.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 8, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Coronavirus Vaccines and immunisation Health Science World news Omicron variant Pharmaceuticals industry Source Type: news

Scientists use food puzzles to show how otters learn from each other
Experts hope study can help with reintroducing captive otters into wild to aid conservation effortsOtters are able to learn from each other – but still prefer to solve some puzzles on their own, scientists have found.The semi-aquatic mammals are known to be very social and intelligent creatures, but a study by the University of Exeter has given new insight into their intellect.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 8, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Helena Horton Environment reporter Tags: Animal behaviour Wildlife Conservation Environment Animals Science World news Source Type: news