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Bloodthirsty Ticks Have A Seriously Weird Genome

Ticks — those unbreakable, blood-lusting arthropods that haunt your childhood memories — have some fascinating genetic secrets. The tick genome tells a tale of weaponised spit, expandable armour and how to drink 100 times one’s body weight in blood. Strangest of all, it’s utterly enormous.


Dystopia: When Walmart Is Supplying Your City's Water

Anything is better than drinking lead-poisoned water. But when Walmart, Coca Cola, and Nestlé are the only ones stepping up and offering alternatives, the future looks pretty grim.


Brazilian Doctors Find Active Zika Virus In Urine And Saliva

Brazilian health officials have discovered active Zika virus in urine and saliva samples, the Associated Press reports. While it isn’t clear at this time whether Zika is communicable through these bodily fluids, the prospect raises the ominous spectre of the Zika epidemic spreading even more rapidly.


New Zika Guidelines Advise Pregnant Women To Avoid Sex

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention is asking pregnant women to abstain from sex if their partner has recently visited an area where Zika is currently active. The CDC’s updated guidelines also offers advice for men and their nonpregnant partners.


Fitmodo: Fitbit Alta Launched, Over-The Counter Heroin Antidote And 3D Printing Health Risks

Welcome to Fitmodo, your regular weekly round up of the news you need to know to keep your earthly form in top shape — from fitness advice to breakthroughs in medical research.

This week: The Fitbit Alta hits stores, your 3D printer could be putting your health at risk, the real reason why your workout isn’t helping you shift any more kilos.


Zika Outbreak Is A 'Temperature Driven Eruption,' Say Scientists

While it’s too early to say exactly why this year’s outbreak has been so vicious, our recent record-breaking global heat wave offers one possible explanation. As if Zika virus couldn’t get any scarier.


Anybody Can Buy This Exoskeleton For The Price Of A Mid-Range Sedan

Here’s the Phoenix exoskeleton, a 12kg wearable robot that could help everyone from disabled vets to kids learn how to ditch their wheelchairs and walk again on their own two feet. It costs $US40,000 ($56,666).


World Health Organisation Declares Zika A Global Emergency 

After convening an emergency session to deal with the swift spread of the Zika virus, the World Health Organisation has declared the mosquito-borne outbreak a global emergency.


Fitmodo: This Week In Health And Fitness News

Welcome to Fitmodo, your regular weekly round up of the news you need to know to keep your earthly form in top shape — from fitness advice to breakthroughs in medical research.

This week: science proves that “muscle memory” isn’t just a buzzword, we take a look at the Microsoft Band 2, research breakthroughs in schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s, and calls for more research into the effect of medications on Indigenous Australians.


A New Sensor Turns Old Microscopes Into Super-Resolution Devices

‘Image enhance’ just got a little more real, for microscopes at least. A team of researchers form UCLA has developed a new sensor and software that turns an optical microscope into a super-resolution imaging device.


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