Comet team detects molecules, basis of life

2014-11-19 15:02

European comet lander Philae "sniffed" organic molecules containing the carbon element that is the basis of life on Earth before its primary battery ran out and it shut down, scientists have said.

Monkey business worries Florida residents

2014-11-16 22:00

Unhappy at the idea of sharing their rural county with 3 200 macaque monkeys destined for research labs, a group of Florida residents have gone to court to try to stop the building of a breeding facility for the primates.

Liberia lifts Ebola emergency

2014-11-13 20:32

Liberia has lifted its state of emergency, announcing huge gains in the fight with Ebola as Africa pinned its hopes on trials for a miracle drug.

Scientists: US-China pact won't slow warming much

2014-11-13 08:22

Don't expect the landmark US-China climate change agreement to nudge the world's rising thermostat downward much on its own, scientists say.

Scientists find rare Ice Age foetus in Alaska

2014-11-12 10:36

Archaeologists working in Alaska's remote interior have discovered the burial site of an Ice Age infant and a late-term foetus believed to be the youngest remains found in the Americas.

Cats love for treats may have helped them evolve

2014-11-11 08:02

A mild manner and a fondness for fatty treats like fish or meat scraps may have helped cats evolve into the tame yet independent-minded pets they are today, researchers say.

Insights on hummingbird travel, life span

2014-11-10 18:43

Hummingbirds are giving up some of their secrets. Researchers have discovered hummingbirds can live longer than 10 years as opposed to the two or three once thought likely.

1915 body gives up superbug secrets

2014-11-09 16:59

Scientists who unlocked the genetic code of bacteria grown from a soldier who died in 1915, say it has revealed a superbug already resistant to penicillin, decades before it was in common use.

Scientists find new coral species off California

2014-11-06 16:15

Scientists have discovered a new species of deep-sea coral in underwater canyons off the Northern California coast, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced.

Ichthyosaur fossil solves reptile riddle

2014-11-06 11:37

For millions of years ichthyosaurs that roamed the ocean, yet they were not fish. According to a new theory, their forebears were land-loving reptiles which adapted to the sea after the world was struck by a mass extinction.

Menthol cigarettes no safer than regular tobacco

2014-11-04 22:52

Menthol cigarettes might taste better than regular tobacco but are no safer and might lead to more severe lung problems.

World first: A glowing flower

2014-11-03 10:32

A glowing flower has gone on display in Tokyo. Instead of sorcery and magic, its creators used science to genetically modify the flower, adding a naturally fluorescent plankton protein to its genetic mix.

African funeral rites are 'superspreaders' of Ebola

2014-10-31 05:00

Traditional funeral rites in West Africa that include kissing and touching a dead body are "superspreaders" of Ebola and must be halted, researchers say.

Cocoa clue to reversing memory loss

2014-10-27 11:44

Bioactive ingredients found in cocoa have sharply reversed age-related memory decline in a group of volunteers, scientists report.

Volcano could destroy Japan

2014-10-23 22:31

Japan could be nearly destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption over the next century, putting almost all of the country's 127 million-strong population at risk.

Thousands of erection cases seen in ERs

2014-10-17 10:55

Priapism is an erection that lasts too long that can harm the penis permanently. Many men are showing up in emergency rooms in the US with this condition.

Saving Aussie Outback means living in it: Study

2014-10-15 16:42

As one of the wildest and most natural places on Earth, Australia's Outback is home to few people, but a new study argues that it needs a bigger population to escape decline.

Anthropocene: Age of humans

2014-10-14 15:25

People are changing Earth so much, warming and polluting it, that many scientists are turning to a new way to describe the time we live in. They're calling it the Anthropocene, the age of humans.

Soon we could all breathe underwater!

2014-10-13 10:34

The idea of humans breathing underwater has always belonged to the realm of fiction and fairytale, but with Denmark's new 'Aquaman Crystals' anybody can be a Spongebob. Plus, it could help those with lung cancer breathe in a whole new way.

Father of philosophy comes under forensic scrutiny

2014-10-10 14:42

After digging up the past of Joan of Arc, Richard the Lionheart and Napoleon Bonaparte, a top forensic sleuth has unveiled a medical secret of Rene Descartes, a founder of modern philosophy.

Questions about awareness in death

2014-10-09 05:00

Some people may retain awareness after they have technically died, according to an unusual study into hospital patients who went into deep cardiac arrest.

Online tool helps low-income people quit smoking

2014-10-07 10:32

StopAdvisor, an interactive website, was designed as both a source of useful information and a guide to help the smoker through the process of quitting.

Woman gives birth after uterus transplant

2014-10-04 12:46

A woman in Sweden has give birth for the first time after a uterus transplant, researchers at the University of Gothenburg say.

Green offices make employees happier - study

2014-10-03 16:30

People who work in a 'green' office, literally surrounded by plants, are happier than people in 'lean' offices without live foliage, suggests a new study.

Smell the - ahem - bacon

2014-10-02 22:11

Being unable to smell bacon frying may be far more dire than simply missing out on one of life's pleasures.


Polar bear numbers down 40% in Arctic

2014-11-19 12:02

Polar bears in the Arctic suffered sharp declines in the first decade of this century, losing about 40% of their population, according to US and Canadian scientists.

Chimpanzee study reveals the value of being a bully

2014-11-14 14:21

Scientists say a study of chimpanzees in Tanzania spanning 17 years found that males that subjected females to long-term aggressive behaviour, often including physical attacks, greatly improved their chances of fathering babies with them.

World's oldest people share no genetic secrets: study

2014-11-13 10:59

Think the reason some people live beyond the age of 100 is because of their genes? Think again. US scientists say they've found no genetic secrets shared between a group of 17 super centenarians

Punch on nose for sharks makes swimmers safe

2014-11-12 22:19

A high-tech version of the reputedly life-saving punch to a shark's nose is being tested in an effort to protect humans without harming the toothy predators or other sea creatures.

Baby skeletons hint at death rituals 11 500 years ago

2014-11-11 16:51

A pair of baby skeletons in Alaska, that are more than 11 500 years old are offering new hints about the death rituals of early people in North America, researchers say.

Robot dolphins spy Antarctic melt

2014-11-10 21:01

Dolphin-sized robots are giving clues to a thaw of Antarctica's ice in a sign of how technology is revolutionising data collection in remote polar regions.

SA study sheds light on tortoise evolution

2014-11-10 10:56

Evolutionary processes that led to tortoises developing shells and how this affected their respiratory systems is the subject of research written by South African scientist Dr Tyler Lyson.

2 million rats call the Big Apple home

2014-11-07 09:23

There may be 8 million stories in the Big Apple, but one of them, that New York City is home to 8 million rats, or one for every human resident is probably a tall tale, according to new research.

US hospital to build store of cancer genetic data

2014-11-06 15:34

An American university wants to build a store of genetic data about various metastatic cancer cases, theoretically sharpening treatment or even coming up with new therapies.

New research for spontaneous HIV 'cure'

2014-11-05 08:16

French scientists claim to have found the genetic mechanism for a 'spontaneous cure' in two HIV-infected men, proposing a new strategy for combating AIDS even as other experts urged caution.

Roving chick spy keeps tabs on shy penguins

2014-11-03 13:47

The newest tool for biologists is the baby penguin robotic spy. Scientists have created a remote control rover disguised as a chick to snuggle up to shy penguins in Antarctica.

Ebola-carrying bats may be heroes and villains

2014-11-03 08:17

Bats are living up to their frightening reputation in the world's worst Ebola outbreak as prime suspects for spreading the virus to humans, but scientists believe they may also shed light on fighting infections.

Is being a criminal rooted in our genes?

2014-10-29 13:23

Is a violent criminal born that way? Delving into one of oldest questions in psychology, some scientists have suggested genes may contribute to roughly half of the influence, by affecting brain chemistry.

Sea 'mushroom' could be early branch in tree of life

2014-10-27 10:33

Miniature deep sea animals discovered off the Australian coast almost three decades ago are still puzzling scientists, who say the organisms have proved impossible to categories.

Sex? It all started 385 million years ago

2014-10-20 05:00

It may not have been love as we know it, but around 385 million years ago, our very distant ancestors - armoured fish called placoderms - developed the art of intercourse.

Humans may have evolutionary bond with dogs - study

2014-10-17 10:00

Brain scans showing that human responses to our dogs are not unlike those evoked by our children and suggest a deep evolutionary bond, a study shows.

Collapsible wings help eagle fight air turbulence

2014-10-15 12:37

Soaring eagles tuck in their wings when encountering turbulence to avoid damaging their muscles, scientists suggest.

Soon we could all breathe under water!

2014-10-13 12:23

The idea of humans breathing underwater has always belonged to the realm of fiction and fairytale, but with Denmark's new 'Aquaman Crystals' anybody can be a Spongebob. Plus, it could help those with lung cancer breathe in a whole new way.

SA pins hopes on small Brazilian bug

2014-10-11 11:44

Researchers have released several small Brazilian bugs into the wild, marking the start of a campaign to halt the spread of an alien invasive plant infesting parts of SA.

Hi-tech images point to chinks in HIV's armour

2014-10-09 13:49

In a boost for the long and frustrating quest for an Aids vaccine, researchers have unveiled molecular imaging of an elusive feature that helps HIV infect immune cells.

Gulping coffee all day? It may be in the genes

2014-10-07 21:36

Scientists have long known that your DNA influences how much coffee you consume. Now a study has identified some genes that may play a role.

Animal rights group sad over Nobel prize

2014-10-06 20:05

A Norwegian animal rights group says it is sad that the Nobel Medicine Prize has gone to research involving "very invasive" experiments with rats' brains.

Professors to teach from under the sea

2014-10-03 21:21

Two US professors will spend 73 days in an underwater laboratory near the Florida Keys, where they'll teach courses via internet.

Scientists check the 'engine' of animal Ferraris

2014-10-03 05:00

Cheetahs can aptly be called the race cars of the animal kingdom: sleek, graceful and supremely speedy. Now scientists are going to look under the hood, as it were.

First year fatties may be oversold

2014-09-29 21:04

College students may not become the much-dreaded "First Year Fatties" but they do gain weight during their years in school.

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