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Keeping medicines microbe free Special

Nottingham - This week some of Europe's leading microbiologists gathered in Nottingham (U.K.) for the Pharmaceutical Microbiology Interest Group (Pharmig) annual conference. One of the key themes was keeping medicines safe from harmful microorganisms.

'Beam me to Mars' event celebrates 50 years of Mars exploration

Man's exploration of Mars started on Nov. 5, 1964 with the launch of the ill-fated Mariner 3 spacecraft. When it died after almost nine hours in flight, Mariner 4 was launched on Nov. 28. It was the first spacecraft to successfully make a flyby of Mars.

2 new species of horned dinosaurs discovered from museum fossils

Two new species of horned dinosaur from the Cretaceous Period have only now been discovered, though the fossils the discoveries are based upon were found over 75 years ago. They sat in a Canadian museum, mistakenly identified as other, known, species.

Scientists baffled by mysterious missing stars

Scientists are mystified because a huge group of stars aren't where they're supposed to be and they don't know where they've gone.

Particle collisions are yours to see via CERN's Open Science

Geneva - The world is abuzz because CERN has released in Open Science data sharing the first couple dozen terabytes of LHC high-velocity particle collisions such as the ones that brought the Higgs boson into view. Use the data for music, education or raw analysis.

First complete fossil of small dinosaur found in South Korea

Hadong - A fisherman in Hadong County, southern South Korea, discovered a fossilized skeleton of a small carnivorous dinosaur complete with a skull and a jaw. This is the first such discovery of its kind, a state-run think tank reported Monday.

Unknown Roman god shows influence of Iron Age religion

Gaziantep - Found as a buttress in a Medieval Christian monastery, a newly discovered bearded Roman fertility god shows evidence of continuing religious traditions having their beginning in the Iron Age and leaving their traces through the Middle Ages.

Digital Journal's top science stories of 2014 Special

2014 has seen a myriad of fascinating science news. Digital Journal looks back at the year in science and selects the 12 most interesting stories that have impacted people's lives around the world.

Revealing the secrets of HIV

Taking advantage of developments in electron microscopy, scientists have gained new insights into HIV and other viruses.

Viruses help to maintain human health

New York - Scientists now argue that the natural presence of viruses in the gut (virome) help to maintain health-maintenance and infection-fighting. This is similar to the role of the intestinal bacteria.

Why are some flu viruses more dangerous than others?

Certain types of avian influenza viruses have the potential to cause more severe disease in humans compared with others. This has come from new research which warns such viruses must be monitored carefully.

Study: Hailstorms are 'biological events'

A study has found that hailstones form around certain biological materials. This presents a new way of thinking about the formation of snow and rain.

Nanoparticles used to monitor for cancer

Researchers have developed new nanoparticles that can be used for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This application could help medics to monitor a tumor’s environment and to assess if drugs have successfully reached their targets.

Graphene helps to construct flexible solar cells

Researchers have devised a new type of cathode that could be readily used to manufacture inexpensive, flexible dye-sensitized solar cells.

NASA rover to probe Mars' mysterious pink cliffs

The search for life on Mars could be taken a step further when Curiosity's Rover next explores the planet's mysterious "pink cliffs."

Uncanny human-like robots debut in Japan, pose ethical questions

Tokyo - Are you a receptionist, bartender or newscaster? If so, you might want to start training for a new job if Japanese robotics experts have their way. Japan recently debuted uncanny human-like android robots that may be taking your job in the future.

Nanorobots designed to swim through human blood

Bonn - Nanorobots could be designed to carry out medical tasks in the human body. Researchers have created “swimming bodies” that can navigate through biological fluids like blood.

Alzheimer's blood test discovers disease 10 years before symptoms

A new test for Alzheimer's Disease appears to discover the illness up to 10 years before any symptoms appear. It's a groundbreaking test that could enable treatment options to begin far earlier than ever before.

Mapping the human interactome predicts cancer genes Special

Researchers have developed the largest-scale map of direct interactions between proteins encoded by the human genome. This allows for predictions about the genes involved with cancer.
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