Verily’s Project Baseline is set to study the genes, microbiomes and well-being of US volunteers, but it might not cover enough people to give useful results… Read the rest
Note: EpiPens are sold in the UK by Meda Pharmaceuticals, which was acquired by Mylan in 2016. They can be acquired for just £45 a piece online in the UK. But the US and UK healthcare markets are quite different beasts…
Pharmaceutical company Mylan sued West Virginia in 2015 to keep its EpiPens on the state’s “preferred drug list,” which, if successful, would mean that the state’s Medicaid programs would have to automatically pay for the pricey epinephrine auto-injectors.
The bold and unusual move by Mylan—which ultimately failed—is yet another example of the aggressive marketing and legal tactics the company used to boost profits from EpiPens, which halt life-threatening allergic reactions. Since Mylan acquired rights to EpiPen in 2007,… Read the rest
When she’s not working in her lab at Spain’s IBBTEC institute, Federica Bertocchini keeps bees. One day, when she looked at her hives, she found them infested with caterpillars called waxworms. These insects are the bane of beekeepers because they voraciously devour the wax that bees use to build their honeycombs. Bertocchini picked out the pests and put them in a plastic bag, while she cleaned out the hives. And when she returned to the bag, she found it full of holes.
The waxworms had eaten their way out.
Bertocchini doesn’t study insects, waxworms, or plastic—she focuses on the early development of animal embryos. But you can’t keep a good scientist away from an interesting question, and the perforated bags posed an obvious one: Were the … Read the rest
Mysterious mats of bacteria, dubbed Venus’s hair, have been found thriving on a volcano near the Canary Islands after it erupted and wiped out other living things… Read the rest
In the summer of 2011, earthquake swarms started hitting the Canary Islands off the African coast. The ocean belched up sulfur, staining the water yellow and green. Fish died. Seawater bubbled over like a jacuzzi. Smoking lava balloons leapt from the roiling surface.
These violent events were all hallmarks of an erupting underwater volcano, which over 138 days blanketed the seafloor with newly formed volcanic rock.
By the time a group of Italian and Spanish scientists sailed to the Tagoro Volcano in 2014, things had quieted down—geologically, at least. Biologically, something extraordinary was happening. The once barren rock was now covered in a lush carpet of long, white hair, the size of eight tennis courts. “It was an impressive and surreal landscape, like discovering life on … Read the rest
A new theory may explain the background to one of the most famous works of art every produced.… Read the rest
A number of academics at the March for Science weren’t there to protest—they were there to research the composition and intention of the marchers. The post Scientists Actually Did Some Science at the March for Science appeared first on WIRED.… Read the rest
Opinion: Computer science departments need to teach coders more than just how to code. The post Hey, Computer Scientists! Stop Hating on the Humanities appeared first on WIRED.… Read the rest
The first analyses of skull data from the most recently discovered species of early human suggest that its brain was surprising sophisticated… Read the rest
How one software engineer at a traditional space company convinced the bigwigs to share his command and control program. The post An Aerospace Coder Drags a Stodgy Industry Toward Open Source appeared first on WIRED.… Read the rest
Damn you, Nebraska Man!… Read the rest
His 200-year-old essay on “shaking palsy” ensured his name lived on. But during his life, James Parkinson was a star fossilist who eroded creationist views… Read the rest
In 1882, the world’s first coal-fired public-use power station opened in London at 57 Holborn Viaduct—today a fairly nondescript location in the centre of London close to Blackfriars. On Friday, some 135 years, a few monarchs, and an entire Industrial Revolution later, the UK power grid had its first ever day without coal energy.
The National Grid control room announced on April 21 that from 11pm on Thursday to 11pm on Friday the UK’s electricity demand was supplied without firing up some coal power plants. The UK’s power mix for the day was: 50.3% natural gas, 21.2% nuclear, 12.2%… Read the rest