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.

Moon's 'wandering poles' shifted long ago - study

2016-03-24 09:22

Telltale patches of water ice on opposite ends of the Moon reveal that Earth's orbiting companion once spun on a different axis, according to a study.

Scientists discover surfing spider called Brian

2016-03-10 18:10

Scientists in Australia say they have discovered a large spider that can surf, swim and catch fish.

Russian explorers claim world-record dive into icy waters

2016-03-07 22:37

The Russian Geographical Society says two of its explorers have achieved a frigid world record with the deepest dive below ice


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.

Alzheimer's 'lost' memories may be recoverable - Study

2016-03-17 14:38

Sufferers of Alzheimer's disease may not have 'lost' their memories, but could simply have difficulty accessing them, researchers say as they unveiled a possible treatment that could one day offer a cure to the ravages of dementia.

Antarctic blue whales belong to 3 populations - Study

2016-03-09 08:44

Antarctic blue whales, the largest creatures on the planet, likely belong to three populations that feed alongside each other but breed in separate oceans, according to Australian-led research published Wednesday.

Gene holds key to grey hair

2016-03-01 21:57

Dyeing one's hair may no longer be the only option for keeping grey at bay, after scientists discovered a gene that makes hair lose its lustre.

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