An AIDS cure at last? +4 more news you missed
AN AIDS CURE AT LAST?
A team of global scientists are devising a strategy to find a cure for AIDS based on the remarkable story American patient Timothy Ray Brown, who was cured from the disease. Brown's treatment in Berlin involved the destruction of his immune system and a stem cell transplant from a donor with a rare genetic mutation that resists HIV infection. However, the procedure may prove costly and difficult to replicate on a large scale.
GAMERS THINNER THAN COUCHERS
Active video games might help people burn more calories than couch-based screen time, but those who play active games tend to undo most of the difference if there's junk food available, says a new study. Those active gamers tended to eat more calories than they spend dancing, playing hockey and drumming. They took in an average of 376 more calories than they burned, compared to about a 650-calorie surplus among the inactive groups.
DEAD MAN PROCREATING
A new survey of more than 1,000 American adults, which asked people about their views on "posthumous reproduction", suggests that many Americans may think it's OK to retrieve sperm or eggs from a dead or dying spouse in order to have children in the future. But only if there's written consent.
Peter Kirn makes music with an unusual instrument, his own body. The Kentucky native pinches two electrically charged pennies connected to a laptop via two short green wires.
A REAL PAGE SWIPER
Electronic books more than doubled in popularity in 2011, with e-books outselling hardcover books in adult fiction for the first time, according to a survey released last week. Net sales of e-books jumped to 15% of the market in 2011 from 6% in 2010, said a report by the Association Pf American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group. The groups compiled data provided by nearly 2,000 publishers.
Published: 23rd July 2012