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New study finds genetic link to some SIDS cases

New study finds genetic link to some SIDS cases

Health
Oct. 11 (UPI) -- A genetic anomaly may be responsible for some cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, which kills more than 3,000 toddlers annually, according to a study released Friday. The study by University of Washington researchers, published in Nature Communications, examined the impact of mitochondrial tri-functional protein deficiency, a possibly fatal cardiac metabolic disorder caused by a genetic mutation in the gene HADHA. Researchers said babies with the genetic anomaly can't metabolize the lipids found in milk, and die suddenly of cardiac arrest when they are a few months old. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about 3,500 babies in the United States die suddenly and unexpectedly each year. Sudden unexpected infant deaths include SIDS, accidental suffocation...
Chinese lunar rover finds strange ‘gel-like’ substance on moon

Chinese lunar rover finds strange ‘gel-like’ substance on moon

Technology
China's Yutu-2 lunar rover has discovered a strange "gel-like" substance on the dark side of the moon.The rover launched as part of the Chang'e 4 mission, which has been on the moon since January. It has meant Yutu-2 is the the first robot to ever explore the moon's far side and has previously discovered that the composition of the moon's surface is different to what scientists expected. Image: Yutu-2 previously found the moon's surface was different to what scientists were expecting. Pic: China National Space Administration Now, the rover has also discovered a substance in a crater during an exploration activity.Yu Tianyi, a team member on Earth, was reviewing images taken by the rover when the material was discovered. ...
Google finds ‘indiscriminate iPhone attack lasting years’

Google finds ‘indiscriminate iPhone attack lasting years’

Technology
Security researchers at Google have found evidence of a “sustained effort” to hack iPhones over a period of at least two years. The attack was said to be carried out using websites which would discreetly implant malicious software to gather contacts, images and other data.Google’s analysis suggested the booby-trapped websites were said to have been visited thousands of times per week. Apple told the BBC it did not wish to comment.The attack was shared in great detail in a series of technical posts written by British cybersecurity expert Ian Beer, a member of Project Zero, Google’s taskforce for finding new security vulnerabilities, known as zero days. "There was no target discrimination,” Mr Beer wrote. “Simply visiting the hack
Insecticides that threaten bees also harm damselflies, study finds

Insecticides that threaten bees also harm damselflies, study finds

Science
July 5 (UPI) -- New research suggests damselflies are being harmed by thiacloprid, a common neonicotinoid insecticide used by farmers to kill aphids and whiteflies. When researchers first began testing the efficacy and safety of neonicotinoids, insecticides synthetically derived from nicotine, they determined the chemicals only harmed insects that actually ate the sprayed crops. Thus, only the targeted pests would be killed. But over the last decade, dozens have studies have shown this assumption to be false and identified neonicotinoid exposure as the primary driver of colony collapse disorder and the decline of honey bees all over the world. The latest study, published this week in the Journal of Applied Ecology, suggests other bystanders are also being negatively affected, including d...