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British officials applaud cyber specialist for halting ransomware cyber attack

British officials applaud cyber specialist for halting ransomware cyber attack

Cybersecurity officials in United Kingdom have applauded a young cyber specialist for helping halt the global ransomware cyber-attack.

Britain’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) announced that the cyber specialist, known as Malware Tech, prevented further spreading of the ransomware by registering a domain name. The action has already prevented more than 100,000 potential infections.

In a tweet on Saturday, the anonymous cyber specialist/researcher acknowledged that he initially did not know that his action would help stop the malware.

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Researchers identify new species of ancient marine worm

Researchers identify new species of ancient marine worm

A fresh analysis of specimens stored at the Royal Ontario Museum for more than 20 years helped researchers identify a new species of ancient marine worm, according to a new study.

The specimens were collected by Canadian scientist Derek Armstrong from a remote corner of northern Ontario in 1994. These specimens were part of 400-million-year-old rocks, in which a team of researchers from the Royal Ontario Museum, University of Bristol, and Lund University of Sweden discovered jaws from the Polychaeta.

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British scientists may be allowed to conduct experiments in space

British scientists may be allowed to conduct experiments in space

The UK government is mulling a plan to allow scientists to fly into space to conduct zero gravity experiments and find cures for deadly superbugs like MRSA and Salmonella.

The Department for Transport (DfT) said in a statement that the Spaceflight Bill would enable scientists to carry out experiments in zero gravity in a bid to develop vaccines and antibiotics to fight back certain deadly superbugs.

The bill aims to allow British scientists to use commercial flights from the nation’s space ports for experiments in Earth’s orbit starting in 2020.

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Winston Churchill was open to the possibility of aliens

Winston Churchill was open to the possibility of aliens

A recently discovered essay written by Winston Churchill has revealed that the late British statesman was open to the possibility of alien life on other planets.

In 1939, Churchill wrote a popular science article, in which he mused about the possibility of some kind of extra-terrestrial life on some other planets.

The eleven-page typed draft was reportedly intended for a newspaper. The essay was updated in the 1950s but it never appeared in any newspaper. In early 1980s, it was passed to a U.S. museum, where it remained until it was rediscovered last year.

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GSK’s experimental HIV drug trial produces positive results

GSK’s experimental HIV drug trial produces positive results

U.K.-based GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s ViiV Healthcare on Tuesday announced positive results for its phase-three trial of its experimental HIV drug in a dual-drug regimen.

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Abortion -- a hot topic of debate around the world

Abortion -- a hot topic of debate around the world

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon last month announced that she would explore ways to offer women in Northern Ireland a free and legal means to terminate their pregnancy.

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New pre-IVF treatment calculator predicts odds of having a baby

New pre-IVF treatment calculator predicts odds of having a baby

A team of British researchers claimed to have developed a pre-treatment calculator that allows couples see their chances of success with in vitro fertilization (IVF) even before completion of the first cycle of treatment.

Traditionally, doctors have been reluctant to estimate a woman’s odds of having a baby before she completes at least one cycle of IVF. But the new calculator allows women to get an estimate of their odds before IIVF’s first cycle.

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Scientists reconstruct asteroid impact that killed dinosaurs

Scientists reconstruct asteroid impact that killed dinosaurs

A reconstruction of the deadly asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago helped scientists describe how the asteroid produced its huge crater.

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Leprosy bacteria lurking in British squirrels: researchers warn

Leprosy bacteria lurking in British squirrels: researchers warn

Leprosy virtually vanished from Europe in around the 16th century, and Great Britain has not had a case in the past many centuries. But, those who believe that the disease is gone forever may be wrong.

A team of biologists have warned that the disease of leprosy never left the region as the devastating bacteria still lurking in trees. Mysterious marks/sores on red squirrels across England, Scotland and Ireland have been linked to the disease.

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Global wildlife populations face two-thirds decline by 2020: report

Global wildlife populations face two-thirds decline by 2020: report

Global wildlife populations are facing an average decline of two-thirds by the end of this decade, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) warned in their recently-released Living Planet Report.

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