Removing aged cells boosts longevity in mice: study

2016-02-07 20:06

Zapping worn-out cells in the organs of "middle-aged" mice has caused the rodents to live longer and have healthier lives.

Mercury in seafood not harmful to aging brain

2016-02-02 22:47

Eating seafood may lead to higher levels of mercury in the brain, but a study found that increased mercury does not appear to raise the risk of dementia.

Cell-based tests promise respite for lab animals

2016-01-26 21:56

Scientists in the United States are developing a faster, more efficient way of gauging the toxicity of chemicals, which may reduce the need for animal testing.

SA innovators feel the funding pinch

2016-01-25 12:01

Fewer and fewer patent applications are being filed. Is a lack of funding inhibiting innovators and their ideas?

Particles could give clues on Egypt's bent pyramid

2016-01-17 15:54

An international team of researchers will soon begin analysing cosmic particles collected inside Egypt's Bent Pyramid to search for clues as to how it was built.

Giant comets may threaten Earth - astronomers

2015-12-22 18:24

Planet Earth could be at higher risk of a space rock impact than widely thought, according to astronomers who have suggested keeping a closer eye on distant giant comets.

Faster retreat of Greenland's ice sheet observed

2015-12-17 22:24

The Greenland ice sheet, a potentially massive contributor to land-encroaching sea-level rise, lost mass twice as fast between 2003 and 2010 as during the entire 20th century, researchers say.

German physicists at landmark in nuclear fusion

2015-12-10 22:36

Scientists in Germany say they had reached a milestone in a quest to derive energy from nuclear fusion, billed as a potentially limitless, safe and cheap source.

US scientists urge ban on human genetic modification

2015-12-01 05:18

Genetic engineering, allowing creation of 'designer babies', could lead to irreversible effects on humanity say scientists.

Gene mutation behind Finns' reckless drunkenness

2015-11-19 18:44

Finns may have a reputation for sometimes drunken and violent behaviour but a new scientific study suggests their impulsive and reckless actions may be caused by a genetic mutation.


Genes show why bedbugs are tough suckers to kill

2016-02-03 07:38

Bedbugs, the notorious bloodthirsty critters which tormented the residents of New York City some years ago, have become genetically wired to resist pesticides, experts said Tuesday.

Ravens can imagine being watched

2016-02-02 19:04

Ravens can imagine being spied upon by a hidden competitor, showing a capacity for abstraction once thought to be exclusively human.

Chinese scientists create 'autistic' monkeys

2016-01-25 19:41

Scientists in China have engineered monkeys with a human autism gene and symptoms, in the hopes of unlocking a treatment.

Scientists ID new genus of tree frogs long thought extinct

2016-01-21 12:05

Scientists have discovered a new genus of tree frogs in India thought to have been extinct for over a century.

Gravitational wave rumours hit science world

2016-01-12 21:13

Rumours are rippling through the science world that physicists may have detected gravitational waves.

Gene-editing is Science mag's breakthrough of 2015

2015-12-18 13:53

A gene-editing technique known as CRISPR was named by the influential US journal Science as 2015's breakthrough of the year, due to its potential to revolutionise health and medicine.

Scientists find six new species of African clawed frog

2015-12-17 11:52

Scientists have discovered six new kinds of African clawed frog, boosting the number of known species by 30% and offering new avenues for research on human disease.

First test-tube puppies in the world born

2015-12-10 08:21

Scientists knew they had 1st test-tube puppies in the world when the mutts wiggled and cried.

Only about 60% of SA believes in right to criticise govt

2015-11-23 08:03

Only about two-thirds of South Africans believe that citizens should have the right to criticize their government.

Plan B: Hacking the climate

2015-11-18 18:33

Scientists are exploring technological fixes to slow the earth's warming.

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