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Solar plane attempts to cross front

A solar powered plane is encountering its first weather front during its attempt to cross the Pacific Ocean. Continue reading ...

Babbler bird calls ‘convey meaning’

A bird can communicate by rearranging sounds into calls that convey meaning in the same way that humans use language, say scientists. Continue reading ...

Antibiotics and the Gut Microbiome

Antibiotics given to infant mice may have long-term effects on the animals’ metabolism and gut microbiota.  Continue reading ...

Diagnosing Ebola in 15 Minutes

A new test that scans for the Ebola virus with just a fingerprick could be a practical diagnostic for use in West Africa. Continue reading ...

Anti-Vax Doctor Found Dead

Police are calling the death of James Bradstreet, a physician who claimed vaccines cause autism and offered autism cures to patients, an apparent suicide. Continue reading ...

VIDEO: Leap second: What does it mean?

Midnight will come later tonight, as for the first time in three years, an extra second is added to the official time set by atomic clocks. Continue reading ...

China climate change plan unveiled

China - the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases - has announced details of its climate action plan. Continue reading ...

Image of the Day: Illuminated Limb

Researchers labeled this embryonic mouse limb with a variety of techniques to differentiate muscles, tendons, bones, and nerves. Continue reading ...

China ‘to set out climate pledges’

China is set to reveal how much it will cut carbon emissions by beyond 2020, says Premier Li Keqiang during a visit to Europe. Continue reading ...

Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti on life in space

Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti on life in space Continue reading ...

Climate change ‘action needed’

The UK must take urgent action to prepare for the impacts of climate change in the UK, according to a report submitted to the government. Continue reading ...

‘Leap second’ set to delay midnight

Midnight will come later tonight as for the first time in three years an extra second is added to the official time set by atomic clocks. Continue reading ...

Insurer attacked for Facebook tie-up

A health insurer is criticised for advising members to use a Facebook-owned activity tracker without making the social network's involvement more clear. Continue reading ...

Indiana Joneses run hi-tech race against Islamic State

The kit recording the world's threatened cultural treasures Continue reading ...

VIDEO: Power glove lets you carve stone

A young designer based in London has developed a hand tool that he hopes can change the way craftsmen and women work. Continue reading ...

Obama Administration Eases Marijuana Research Requirements

Scientists wishing to study marijuana’s health effects may now forgo a review by Public Health Services. Continue reading ...

Stink bugs have strong taste for ripe fruit

The brown marmorated stink bug has a bad reputation. Every summer, this pest attacks crops and invades homes, causing both sizable economic losses and a messy, smelly nuisance. A new study by entomologists shows that these pests, known simply as stink bugs, have a strong preference for ripe fruit. Moreover, stink bugs track their favorite fruits throughout the growing season in an effort to maximize their access to food. Continue reading ...

Stuck on you: Research shows fingerprint accuracy stays the same over time

Fingerprints have been used by law enforcement and forensics experts to successfully identify people for more than 100 years. Though fingerprints are assumed to be infallible personal identifiers, there has been little scientific research to prove this claim to be true. As such, there have been repeated challenges to the admissibility of fingerprint evidence in courts of law. Continue reading ...

Talk is cheap: New study finds words speak louder than actions

When it comes to the art of persuasion, you can attract more followers if you turn conventional wisdom on its head and stress what you like, not what you do. The researchers found that people conform to others' preferences at last partially because they adopt others' judgments as their own. They further found that when people behave as if they are not conforming, their motivation could be to coordinate or complement their actions with others' actions. Continue reading ...

Researchers define unique group of high-risk lymphoma patients

About 20 percent of follicular lymphoma patients consistently experience their disease coming back within two years of being treated with the latest therapies. New research confirms that patients in this group have very poor survival outcomes; 50 percent die in five years. People who relapse early may have a disease with distinctly different biology and should not be approached the same at diagnosis nor at the time of relapse in terms of therapies, scientists report. Continue reading ...

Clot-removal devices now recommended for some stroke patients

Updated stroke treatment recommendations include using a stent retrieval device to remove blood clots from large arteries in select patients. Clot-busting medication -- tPA -- continues to be the gold standard for treating clot-caused stroke. Clot busters and/or clot-removal procedures must be administered within a few hours of stroke symptoms, so everyone needs to know to call 9-1-1 and seek immediate help if they occur. Continue reading ...

Blood test for lung cancer a step closer

Two oncologists and a research scientist are helping pave the way to an easier, more accurate, less invasive way to screen for the most common form of lung cancer. Lung cancer is the most common cancer in men worldwide and the number one cancer killer in the United States. Continue reading ...

First-ever possible treatments for MERS; two promising candidates

As the South Korean MERS outbreak continues, researchers have discovered and validated two therapeutics that show early promise in preventing and treating the disease, which can cause severe respiratory symptoms, and has a death rate of 40 percent. Continue reading ...

Children from high conflict homes process emotion differently, could face social challenges

Children of parents who are frequently in conflict process emotional interactions differently and may face social challenges later in life compared with children from low conflict homes. The findings are based on measuring research subjects’ brain activity during a psychological test. Continue reading ...

Sugary drinks linked to high death tolls worldwide

Consumption of sugary drinks may lead to an estimated 184,000 adult deaths each year worldwide, according to research. In the first detailed global report on the impact of sugar-sweetened beverages, researchers estimated deaths and disabilities from diabetes, heart disease, and cancers in 2010. In this analysis, sugar sweetened beverages were defined as any sugar-sweetened sodas, fruit drinks, sports/energy drinks, sweetened iced teas, or homemade sugary drinks such as frescas, that contained at least 50 kcal per 8oz serving. 100 percent fruit juice was excluded. Continue reading ...

Huge congregations view racial inequality differently than others do, study shows

Congregation size has an impact on how people view the reasons for racial inequality in America, according to a new study. Those who attend very large congregations do not tend to attribute social divisions between blacks and whites to discrimination, but to something other than structural failings in society, the authors suggest. Continue reading ...

Largest freshwater lake on Earth was reduced to desert dunes in just a few hundred years

Researchers used satellite images to map abandoned shore lines around Palaeolake Mega-Chad, and analyzed sediments to calculate the age of these shore lines, producing a lake level history spanning the last 15,000 years. Continue reading ...

Helium leakage from Earth’s mantle in Los Angeles Basin

Geologists have found evidence of helium leakage from Earth's mantle along a 30-mile stretch of the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone in the Los Angeles Basin. Using samples of casing gas from two dozen oil wells ranging from LA's Westside to Newport Beach in Orange County, researchers discovered that more than one-third of the sites -- some of the deepest ones -- show evidence of high levels of helium-3 (3He). Continue reading ...

Vaccine to protect global communities from malaria under development

A professor studying malaria mosquito interaction has discovered a new mosquito protein for the development of a vaccine that is expected to stop the spread of the disease in areas where it is considered endemic. Malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes, and it infects millions of people in Africa, Asia and South America every year, causing a global health crisis. Local populations, US military personnel stationed in these areas and travelers to these malaria-prone areas are at risk of becoming infected. Continue reading ...

Atmospheric mysteries unraveling

It's been difficult to explain patterns of toxic mercury in some parts of the world, such as why there's so much of the toxin deposited into ecosystems from the air in the southeastern United States, even upwind of usual sources. Now, a new analysis shows that one key to understanding mercury's strange behavior may be the unexpected reactivity of naturally occurring halogen compounds from the ocean. Continue reading ...