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Biologists on the hunt for new medicines to fight a growing epidemic of drug resistance said last Wednesday they found an antibiotic in an unexpected place - the human nose. The promising compound is produced by a nose-dwelling bacterium, and is able to kill a disease-causing, antibiotic-resistant superbug, they reported.
Cars are getting smarter every year and it won't be long before a set of wheels books its own annual service and turns up at the repair shop with the cheery announcement: "Hallo workshop, here I am."
Some fish may cope with the changing chemistry of the oceans linked to global warming by permanently setting their body defences to night-time levels, the time of day when they find sea water least hospitable, a study said on Monday. Man-made carbon dioxide, released into the air by burning fossil fuels, forms a weak acid when mixed with water that can harm marine life in what is likely to be a worsening effect of global warming this century.
In the rarefied world of international espionage, where discretion is considered the better part of valor, no one expects you to be the life and soul of the party. But shadowy former CIA operative "Jason Bourne" is laconic even by a spy's standards, according to US actor Matt Damon, who has revealed his iconic character has just 25 lines in the latest Bourne film.
Bryan Cranston is back in the drug world, but this time he's one of the good guys. After his highly acclaimed performance as a high school chemistry teacher turned meth kingpin in the TV series "Breaking Bad," Cranston plays an undercover agent who goes after Colombian cocaine lord Pablo Escobar via his Miami money laundering network in "The Infiltrator."
Director, producer and writer Garry Marshall, who was responsible for creating sitcom hits such as "The Odd Couple" and "Happy Days" and directed hit movies "Pretty Woman" and "The Princess Diaries," died, Variety reported. He was 81. Marshall died in Burbank, California, from complications of pneumonia after a stroke, his representative Michelle Bega told USA Today.
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