Scientists moot 'green fracking' technique

2016-06-21 19:38

Adding CO2 instead of water to the cocktail used in fracking, could boost oil and gas extraction and help fight global warming at the same time, scientists say.

Slip of the tongue: Chameleon's sticky secret revealed

2016-06-20 21:34

A stunningly efficient hunter, the chameleon relies on an impressive biological arsenal that includes colour-changing camouflage, panoramic vision - and lots of patience.

Gaps in sea-floor mapping carry hefty price - experts

2016-06-08 23:06

Lack of knowledge about the ocean floor is inflicting a heavy cost in oil exploration, fishery management and plane crash investigations, experts say.

Dutch want to grow human embryos for 'limited' research

2016-05-28 09:15

The Dutch government has announced that it wants to allow growing human embryos "under strict and limited conditions" for scientific research, thereby giving hope to parents struggling to conceive.

Magic mushrooms may dampen depression

2016-05-17 21:01

Hallucination-inducing 'magic' mushrooms could help some people blunt the anxiety caused by chronic depression.

Gene mutation explains why dogs work for treats

2016-05-03 21:57

Scientists have discovered a genetic mutation that appears to make certain dogs, like Labrador retrievers, extra motivated by food and treats and also more likely to be obese.

Mind-controlled drones race to the future

2016-04-22 19:52

Mind-controlled drones are racing into the future at the University of Florida, pushing the edge of what's possible with brain-wave technology.

Germs, not true love, make humans mate for life - study

2016-04-13 10:35

Why did humans become monogamous, apparently rejecting the promiscuity that is natural to most animals?

Scientists bemoan SeaWorld decision to stop breeding orcas

2016-04-05 10:22

While SeaWorld's decision to end its orca breeding programme has delighted animal rights activists, it has disappointed many marine scientists.

Cave bacteria could control superbugs

2016-03-29 22:42

Scientists are searching underground in Canada's Rocky Mountains for alternatives to cure infectious bacteria.


Sweet! Electrical trick may lead to less fat in chocolate

2016-06-21 10:32

Watt news: Sweet companies may someday be able to make chocolate with less fat if they expose it to an electrical field.

Researchers again detect gravitational waves from black hole merger

2016-06-16 07:47

Scientists have observed gravitational waves produced by the collision of two black holes for the second time in three months, researchers have announced.

Distressing data on SA's sexually abused children

Data from a national survey of 4 000 children reveals some distressing trends in the frequency of child abuse in South Africa.

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Stoners planted seed for safer meds

2016-05-26 19:55

Swiss scientists have taken a leaf from the pothead recipe book to brew an e-cigarette cannabis liquid for medical use which they say is safer than a joint and better than a pill.

African leopards under mounting threat

2016-05-08 15:52

A new study says leopards have lost 75% of their historic range across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, with three Asian subspecies in danger of eradication.

Live chick shredding end sought

2016-04-26 12:50

In a basement of Dresden University, German scientists are busy refining a technique that could save millions of fluffy chicks from being shredded to death moments after they hatch.

Did volcano eruptions tip Europe into Dark Ages?

2016-04-20 21:05

Back-to-back volcanic eruptions in the mid-6th century darkened Europe's skies for more than a year and may have ushered in the Dark Ages, according to finding to be presented at a science conference in Vienna.

Antarctica: International relations in a cold climate

2016-04-06 20:59

Winter is coming, and like many scientists posted in Antarctica, Bogdan Gavrylyuk is looking forward to going home.

Will it hurt? Uncertainty is worst of all, study finds

2016-03-30 07:19

Not knowing if a decision will provoke pain is more stressful than correctly anticipating the outcome, even when that outcome hurts like hell, according to a study.

Scientists create smallest ever viable genome

2016-03-25 18:03

American scientists have created in a lab the smallest viable genome existing in nature with just enough essential genes for an organism to function and reproduce on its own, in a major step toward unlocking the mysteries of how life is created.

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