Scientists find shield for potato blight

57 minutes ago

Scientists have found a gene to help protect potatoes from a blight that unleashed a devastating famine in Ireland in the 19th century.

Chicken-sexing breakthrough earns award for German scientist

2015-03-24 09:34

A breakthrough that will spare male baby chickens the chop after they hatch has won a German scientist a €30 000 prize for animal protection.

Milky Way may host billions of planets in 'habitable' zones

2015-03-18 12:42

The Milky Way galaxy may be home to billions of planets orbiting their host stars in a 'habitable zone' where life could theoretically exist, researchers say.

Hidden paths could be behind Antarctic glacier melt

2015-03-17 07:58

Scientists have discovered two pathways that are likely channelling warm ocean water under a massive Antarctic glacier, which could contribute to rising global sea levels, a study reveals.

Horse dung mushrooms anti-bacterial

2015-03-16 21:01

Biologists have discovered a bacteria-killing compound in common mushrooms that grow in horse dung.

Bubbles from glacier ice turn up the noise in Alaska

2015-03-06 09:47

Glaciologist Erin Pettit began a research project to find out what humpback whales heard when a big piece of ice falls from a glacier and crashes into the ocean. But the sound generated by ice drifting in the water turned out to be just as interesting.

Herb derivative could work against Ebola

2015-02-27 10:25

A small molecule derived from an Asian herb may help stop Ebola infection by preventing the virus from entering the cells of the body, researchers say.

Epigenome decoded

2015-02-18 15:46

Scientists for the first time have mapped out the molecular switches that can turn on or silence individual genes in the DNA in more than 100 types of human cells.

Strongest known material: Spider silk or limpet teeth?

2015-02-18 09:05

Spider silk may lose its claim as the strongest known natural material after researchers found that limpet teeth have more mettle.

Scientists alarmed at short-term eroding gases

2015-02-17 15:51

Environmental scientists have raised concern at rising levels of gases that attack Earth's protective ozone layer, including manmade chemicals not covered by a key UN treaty.


Smartphone use changing our brain

2015-03-26 05:00

Typing text messages, scrolling web pages, and checking your email on your smartphone could be changing the way your thumbs and brain interacts.

Electrifying secrets behind killer eels

2015-03-23 12:20

Researchers unravel the complex system that gives eels the ability to remotely control the nervous systems of their prey while they hunt and kill them.

SA, Sudan pool R4m to build knowledge economies

2015-03-17 18:01

The Department of Science and Technology and its Sudanese counterpart have pooled over R4m in a bid to strengthen and build knowledge economies in its industrial communities.

7 strategies for keeping women in science fields

2015-03-17 06:00

Women who enter science and engineering fields often leave prematurely, prompting an academic panel to develop a seven-point plan for achieving gender equity.

Halt human embryo experiments - scientists

2015-03-12 21:08

With rumours that scientists are about to announce they have modified the genes of human eggs, sperm, or embryos, five prominent researchers have called on biologists to halt such experiments.

Pee powered lights possible

2015-03-05 22:32

British scientists have unveiled a toilet that unlocks energy stored within urine to generate electricity in urine-tricity project.

Scientists witness carbon dioxide trapping heat in air

2015-02-26 12:06

Scientists have witnessed carbon dioxide trapping heat in the atmosphere above the United States, chronicling human-made climate change in action, live in the wild.

Sepios the robot cuttlefish takes to the sea

2015-02-18 10:38

Sepios, a four-finned, omnidirectional robot built by undergraduate students at ETH Zurich, could inspire a new generation of eco-friendly, aquatic androids.

Electric fans help in extreme heat, humidity

2015-02-17 23:02

Electric fans can help keep core body temperatures and heart rates from going up in extreme heat and humidity.

Obesity DNA found

2015-02-11 22:57

The largest-ever DNA probe into obesity has thrown up scores of clues for the inherited factors behind a worsening health problem.

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