HIV Patients Living As Long as the General Population – New Study Shows

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New research released last month shows HIV patients treated with the current recommended medical regimen are achieving life expectancy nearly equal to that of the general population. Although no cure yet exists for HIV, therapies developed in the past thirty years have now significantly prolonged the lives of individuals for whom previously a positive diagnosis was a death sentence.

By Kristen E. Strubberg Editor-in-Chief

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Indian Court Rules Ganges River A Living Person – A Useful Tactic Against Pollution?

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Uttarakhand, India On March, 20th, an Indian court in the state of Uttarakhand issued a historic ruling that the Ganges River was a living person, possessing all the rights and protections afforded any individual. This ruling was a creative judicial attempt to protect the famous river, which despite its iconic place in Indian culture’s is believed to be the fifth most polluted on Earth. The possible implications of this ruling are still unknown, and leaves much to be determined.

By Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor

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Ghosts of the Thylacine: Tasmanian Tiger Spied in the Wild?

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The last known living Tasmanian Tiger – also known as the thylacine – died in captivity eighty years ago. However, sightings of the striped, dog-like marsupials have persisted throughout the decades. Now, following a pair of new sightings in Queensland, Australia, James Cook University is officially tasking a scientific search for the erstwhile extinct species. What exactly is different about these sightings?

By Kristen E. Strubberg Editor-in-Chief
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First Artificial Embryo Grown: A Solution to the Stem Cell Debate

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A Cambridge University research team lead by Dr. Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz has successfully grown the first functioning artificial animal embryo in history. Pioneering a hitherto unattempted approach, the experiment managed to grow a “mouse-like embryo” without using a sperm or an egg. Instead, they joined two different types of stem cells – another first in creating animal life from its basic foundation. Zernicka-Goetz’s historic success is a long awaited scientific accomplishment. Yet it’s greatest implications come in helping clarify long standing mysteries of early pregnancy.

By Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor

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German Nuclear Fusion Reactor Passes Major Test

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In December of 2015, the Institute for Plasma Physics in Germany successfully activated one of the worlds largest nuclear fusion reactors, the Wendelstein 7-X (W 7-X) Stellerator, for the first time. This promising nuclear fusion technology has the ability to generate enormous amounts of energy while not producing any radioactive waste, and is believed to be much safer than traditional nuclear fission. Now US and German researchers have determined the W 7-X’s experimental 3D magnetic containment field – to control the plasma created by fusion – is operating properly as designed, which is a major finding. This confirmation opens the door to a technology that may revolutionize the search for safe and clean energy production. It is a goal that has eluded nuclear scientists for the last 60 years.

By Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor

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