Russian microbiologists discover substitution for banned drug meldonium
Apr20

Russian microbiologists discover substitution for banned drug meldonium

Russian microbiologists discovered a substitution for medial preparation meldonium, which was listed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) since the beginning of last year as a banned performance enhancing drug, Russian Federal Micro-Biological Agency (FMBA) Head Vladimir Uiba said on Wednesday. “We have found a substitution for meldonium,” Uiba said. “This is a set of medications, which are not included in the list...

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That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think
Apr18

That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think

Fingerprint sensors have turned modern smartphones into miracles of convenience. A touch of a finger unlocks the phone — no password required. With services like Apple Pay or Android Pay, a fingerprint can buy a bag of groceries, a new laptop or even a $1 million vintage Aston Martin. And pressing a finger inside a banking app allows a user to pay bills or transfer thousands of dollars. While such wizardry is convenient, it has also...

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WhatsApp’s privacy protections questioned after terror attack
Mar30

WhatsApp’s privacy protections questioned after terror attack

Chat apps that promise to prevent your messages being accessed by strangers are under scrutiny again following last week’s terror attack in London. On Sunday, the home secretary said the intelligence services must be able to access relevant information. Her comments followed the discovery that Khalid Masood appeared to have used WhatsApp minutes before carrying out his killings. There are doubts about whether that action was...

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Solar system’s weirdest moon: Seas of methane & ‘electric sands’
Mar30

Solar system’s weirdest moon: Seas of methane & ‘electric sands’

While Saturn’s largest moon Titan may appear Earth-like at first glance, with liquid oceans, mild breezes, and sandy beaches, new research by scientists at Georgia Tech shows it truly is an alien world unlike anything we know here on Earth. “If you grabbed piles of grains and built a sand castle on Titan, it would perhaps stay together for weeks due to their electrostatic properties,” Josef Dufek, the Georgia Tech professor who co-led...

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Legal controversy might lead to ban of surrogacy in Russia
Mar29

Legal controversy might lead to ban of surrogacy in Russia

A Russian senator has proposed a ban on surrogacy, saying that current imperfect laws provide little protection for all participants of the process as well as alleging that the procedure can hurt babies born through it. The main sponsor of the motion, Senator Anton Belyakov (Vladimir Region, central Russia) told Izvestia daily that in his opinion Russia has become an international center of “surrogacy tourism,” but regulation of this...

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