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clockFeb 18 2022, 10:51 UTC
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A Third Person – The First Woman – Has Been Effectively Cured Of HIV

A woman in New York City appears to have been effectively cured of HIV after receiving a transplant of HIV-resistant stem cells and antiretroviral therapy. She is the third person – and the first woman – to achieve remission of HIV after receiving a stem cell transplant from a donor. Doctors reported the patient has no detectable traces of HIV in their body over a year after stopping antiretroviral therapy.

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The Most Extreme Rogue Wave On Record Let It Rip In 2020

An enormous wave roughly the height of a four-story building is believed to be the most extreme rogue ever recorded. The marine beast surged through waters off the west coast of Vancouver Island in 2020 where it was picked up by open ocean buoys. Using Second Order Theory, the standard for estimating the occurrence rate of extreme waves, researchers established that this was a one in every 1,300 years kinda wave.

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Fish Cleaning Themselves In A Mirror May Have Just Demonstrated Self-Awareness

Cleaner fish with parasite tattoos will try to scrape them off if they catch sight of themselves in a mirror, indicating that these fish have mirror self-recognition. Self-awareness is a trait that’s so far only been conclusively shown in chimpanzees. Parasite tattoos created the optical illusion that there was something on the cleaner fish’s necks for them to remove and eat (they love a good parasite, hence the name).

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A Man Drowned. Six Weeks Later, He Was Still Testing Positive For COVID

A man died from drowning. For nearly six full weeks after his death, his body tested positive no fewer than 28 times for COVID-19 – a discovery that researchers say is of “fundamental importance for pathologists.” Even weirder is the fact that, before death, the man had been “completely asymptomatic.” This is more than just a mildly morbid curiosity: the case report has real implications for how corpses are treated in the age of COVID.

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New Photos And Footage Show Radioactive Ruins Of Fukushima Nuclear Plant

A remote-controlled robot has dived into the radiation-riddled waters of the Fukushima power plant and captured images of melted nuclear fuel laying along the murky depths of a reactor. With the help of the robot submarine's camera, the team installed special guide rings around the building, which will help steer the path for future probes. The camera also managed to capture some snaps of nuclear fuel that melted and fell to the bottom of the damaged reactor.

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How To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse (According To Math)

If (or when) the zombie uprising begins, you’re going to need a plan.

Luckily, zombie apocalypses are one of many areas where the answer all boils down to math.

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