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Unraveling breast cancer risk

By at August 10, 2019 | 1:36 pm | 0 Comment

Only about 10 percent of people with breast cancer have links to known gene variants, but another 20 percent have significant family history. Scientists are delving deeper into the genome to find what remains unexplained. By Ashleen Knutsen 2.14.2019 For decades, Piri Welcsh has had professional and personal stakes in understanding the genetics of breast cancer. In

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The dappled dilemma facing vitiligo science

By at August 10, 2019 | 1:24 pm | 0 Comment

Even as scientists celebrate progress in the lab, a stigma-busting movement asserts that those with the autoimmune skin condition are more in need of acceptance than medicine By Elie Dolgin 4.5.2019 Scientist John Harris doesn’t like to say the word “cure.” But after his discovery last year of a new strategy to alleviate a skin condition known as vitiligo, he now

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English Premier League: why the transfer window has lost some of its excitement

By at August 10, 2019 | 1:20 pm | 0 Comment

Rob Wilson, Sheffield Hallam University and Dan Plumley, Sheffield Hallam University Football players come and go. Sometimes they arrive at a new team with great fanfare, and sometimes they leave for a rival squad in a haze of bitter acrimony. At best, a new player can be a catalyst for a significant change of fortune, making the transfer window – when clubs buy and

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Premier League: how England’s clubs swept to European football dominance

By at August 10, 2019 | 1:16 pm | 0 Comment

Simon Chadwick, University of Salford Imagine the archetypal Hollywood blockbuster, where heroes battle adversity and come out on top. This is the kind of movie laden with star names and big brand product placements. Like an addition to the Star Wars franchise, it stirs emotions while turning over massive business worldwide. This is the level of entertainment currently

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Katy Perry liable for US$2.8m for Dark Horse ‘copyright infringement’ – but the real loser is the music industry

By at August 10, 2019 | 1:13 pm | 0 Comment

Hayleigh Bosher, Brunel University London A jury in the US District Court of California has decided that Katy Perry and the co-writers and record companies involved in the production of her song Dark Horse should pay US$2.8m in damages to Christian rap/hip-hop artist Flame for copyright infringement of his song Joyful Noise. The case adds to the growing number of music

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How a Beatles song about ‘revolution’ helped Nike become a billion dollar brand

By at August 10, 2019 | 1:04 pm | 0 Comment

Alan Bradshaw, Royal Holloway Fifty years ago the Beatles released a single that sold over 8m copies – their highest selling 45rpm – Hey Jude. While Hey Jude made the greater impression, it was the B-side – Revolution – in which John Lennon addressed the global political upheaval of 1968 that has the more interesting story. Rare as it was for a pop song to

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Space Oddity at 50: the ‘novelty song’ that became a cultural touchstone

By at August 10, 2019 | 12:54 pm | 0 Comment

David Bowie in the film clip for Space Oddity: the song would become an anthem for space exploration with an enduring appeal. YouTube Mitch Goodwin, University of Melbourne When the 22-year-old David Bowie penned Space Oddity, a song that would ultimately become a recognised classic, he was a burgeoning pop artist without a record deal. A folk singer without a gig, a

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Freddie Mercury’s family faith: The ancient religion of Zoroastrianism

By at August 9, 2019 | 8:50 pm | 0 Comment

Freddie Mercury, born Farrokh Bulsara, came from a family of Zoroastrians. atelier nerodimARTE/flickr, CC BY-NC-SA Vasudha Narayanan, University of Florida In the Freddie Mercury biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” there’s a scene in which a family member scolds Mercury. “So now the family name is not good enough for you?” “I changed it legally,” Mercury

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