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Asthma pill ‘promising’ for people with severe symptoms

An experimental pill could help adults with severe asthma, an early study in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal suggests. In the small trial, patients who were given the drug, known as Fevipiprant, had less inflammation in their airways. And some patients with uncontrolled asthma felt their symptoms improved. Charity Asthma UK said the research showed “massive promise and should be ...

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US economy added 255,000 jobs in July

The US economy added a stronger-than-expected 255,000 jobs in July, fuelling speculation that interest rates could rise before the end of the year. The figure was below June’s upwardly revised figure of 292,000 jobs, but was far higher than analysts’ forecasts of between 175,000 and 180,000. The US unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.9%. Dennis de Jong from UFX.com said ...

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Syria Aleppo siege: Rebels storm artillery base

A coalition of Syrian Islamist rebel groups has said it stormed an artillery base in the strategic city of Aleppo to try to end a government siege. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group, said part of the base had been taken. But the Syrian army said it had repelled the assault, inflicting heavy casualties on the ...

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Beliefs: The Religion V Science Debate

Share your thoughts with ETW, on the debate of Religion V Science… Delve into your inner thoughts, and let us get this conversation going.

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A series of lightning storms hit parts of Europe

One man was killed and several people, including children, were injured on Saturday (local time) when lightning strikes hit parts of Europe, including a park in Paris and a football pitch in Germany. In southern Poland a man in his forties was killed when he was struck by lightning as he descended the Babia Gora mountain, local media said. Three ...

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Getting to know you: the robot assistant who can second-guess your every need

It’s here – a world in which helper robots live with us, get us through the day, and yes, become our trusted friend. Science fiction is becoming science fact. As sci-fi writer William Gibson has apparently noted: “The future is already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed.” The demand for helper robots is booming, and academia, industry and ...

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How children’s brains develop to make them right or left handed

As children grow older, they tend to favour one hand over the other for certain tasks, particularly for writing or drawing. A child’s “handedness” is generally categorised as right, left or mixed, and tends to settle around the same time they acquire language – about four-years-old. It remains a persistent characteristic throughout our life. We now know that a child’s ...

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The new breed of terrorists: criminals first, Islamists second

Media outlets were quick to note the criminal backgrounds of the perpetrators of last week’sBrussels terror attacks. Drawing comparisons with those who undertook the November 2015Paris attacks, this analysis suggested the rise of a new generation of terrorist recruits who are not “radical Islamists” but “Islamised radicals”. A closer analysis of the perpetrators of recent attacks suggests that Islamic State ...

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Universe: The Science V Religion Debate

My father has been pondering science for most of his life, but he is equally passionate about the existence of God. With the advent of new technology which highlights even moreso the wonders of our Universe today, than it has in the past, it is a wonder people’s faith have not be strengthened further. Sir Isaac Newton (1642 – 1727) ...

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Universities Australia calls for certainty in higher education funding

With the higher education sector still in limbo about the government’s plans for it, Universities Australia (UA) is calling for certainty and warning of the damage done by the current vacuum. The peak body’s chair, Barney Glover, will warn in a speech on Wednesday: “Almost two years of policy insecurity and uncertainty is taking its toll on the ability of ...

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