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Top News: Science

Hover bikes soon to be a reality

In the future flying machines would replace the automobile our teachers once told us. That prediction has just become a reality. The first hover bike is now making headlines for being the first of many hover machines being produced for the mass market.

Yeast used to make morphine

Biologists have successfully introduced bacterial and poppy plant genes into yeast to manufacture morphine. The research is important because opiates are medically essential. However, current production via opium poppy leads to supply inefficiencies.

Chimps use eyes to show empathy

Amsterdam - New research suggests that Chimpanzees may reinforce social bonds with each other by involuntarily mimicking a fellow chimp’s pupil size.

Animal welfare groups raise concerns over laboratory animals

A strongly worded report from an animal rights group states that many accredited laboratories violate animal welfare rules, and that the mistreatment cases are generally more often than with non-accredited facilities.

Surgical studies are biased against using women

An analysis of papers published in several surgical journals has revealed an overwhelming reliance on male subjects and male-derived cells, and consequently less female subjects or female cell lines are used.

Altering neurons improves autism in mice

Fixing impaired neurons appears to ease the symptoms of autism in laboratory studies on mice, where mice have the disorder. This is according to a new study published in the journal Neuron.

Ancient DNA shows Inuit were not the first to settle the Arctic

The first people to enter into North America's Arctic were a very shy people who didn't intermix with their neighbors. More importantly, anthropologists now say that DNA studies show that Inuit and Native Americans are genetically separate from them.

New findings into an alcohol dependence gene

Scientists have linked a gene, already identified with alcohol dependence, with a neurotransmitter involved in anxiety and relaxation.

Raising fish to walk on land

Researchers have turned to a living fish, called Polypterus, into a fish that can walk on land. This was carried out in order to see what might have happened when fish first attempted to walk out of the water.

Botanists fight to save world's oldest living plant

Botanists in Australia are attempting to save the King's Holly, considered the world's oldest living plant. Lomatia tasmanica is found in only one place in the world, hanging on to life in a secluded location of South-West Tasmnia's Wilderness area.

Tomatoes linked with fighting cancer

A new study suggests that eating tomatoes may lower the risk of prostate cancer. The research shows that men who consume more than 10 portions of tomatoes each week reduce their risk by about 20 percent.

First evidence of water discovered outside Solar System in clouds

The first evidence of water outside our Solar System has been found 7.3 light-years from Earth in ice clouds on a brown dwarf star.

Death Valley's mysterious 'sailing stones' a mystery no longer

Death Valley - Sometimes a mysterious event is all the more fun knowing about when it remains unsolved. Such is the case with the sailing stones of Death Valley, California. For almost a century, the tracks of these stones have been studied, but now, we have an answer.

Op-Ed: Mars One asks, ‘Is a one-way journey to Mars insane?’

Sydney - Slightly belated as it may seem, this question is part of a bit of soul-searching on the part of Mars One, the first commercial-only one-way trip to Mars. One of the questions they asked was “Is a one-way mission insane?”

Natural proteins kill hospital ‘superbugs’

Belfast - Scientists have made a breakthrough in the fight against the most resistant hospital superbugs. Researchers have developed an innovative antibacterial gel that can break down the thick jelly-like coating (biofilms) which cover bacteria.

How genes tune the internal body clock

The human body clocks are regulated by a type of molecule known as long non-coding RNA, according to new research. Understanding this promises new insights into human health.

Mutated polio virus alert

Bonn - Scientists are reporting alarming findings: a mutated polio virus that is able to resist vaccine protection. The virus was found in victims of an outbreak in the Congo in 2010. The full analysis has only now been revealed.

Hot spring bacteria use red light for growth

Scientists have long been puzzled how bacteria grow in the near darkness of hot springs. It transpires that the bacteria can harness small quantities of red light from the little sunlight that permeates the depths.

Genetic recipe allows lizards to re-grow their tails

Scientists have discovered the genetic “recipe” for lizard tail regeneration. This comes come down to using genetic ingredients in just the right mixture and amounts.
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