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Op-Ed: Is Elon Musk's Mars colony viable? Yes, if seriously addressed

Sydney - Elon Musk has gone against prevailing wisdom with a statement that a working Mars colony with large numbers of colonists. The current thinking is that the technical difficulties have to be solved first. That thinking is also pretty turgid and negative.

New orbiters for Europe's Galileo satnav system

Paris - The European Space Agency signed a contract with a German-British consortium Thursday to build eight more satellites for its Galileo satnav system, an alternative to America's GPS, the agency said Thursday.

Cats adopted humans, according to new study

Leuven - New research looking at the genomes of cats has come up with something interesting: the domestic cats of today are genetically equivalent to ancient cats. Cats did not genetically adapt to become domesticated, they chose to.

Rare US total solar eclipse excites Americans coast-to-coast

Washington - For the first time in almost a century the United States is preparing for a coast-to-coast solar eclipse, a rare celestial event millions of Americans, with caution, will be able to observe.

Swiss Egyptologists studying a 3,000-year-old wooden prosthesis

Basel - Researchers in Switzerland have been examining what may turn out to be the world's oldest known prosthetic device. The 3,000-year-old wooden toe attests to the skill, medical and anatomical knowledge of the ancient artisan who made the device.

Serotonin improves sociability in mouse model of autism

Tokyo - In promising new research, scientists working in Japan have linked early serotonin deficiency to various symptoms that occur along autism spectrum disorder. The research promises a new method for helping address autism symptoms.

Tackling autism by targeting gut bacteria

Beijing - As part of the research into probiotic and prebiotic supplements, researchers have reported on indications that suggest altering the bacteria found in the human gut could help to address the symptoms of autism.

Thousands of sea creatures invading British Columbia coastline

Vancouver - The bioluminescent sea creatures started showing up along the coastline of British Columbia about two years ago. The soft, spongy, animals are called pyrosomes and they are not normally found in the Pacific Northwest. So why are they in BC's waters?

Essential Science: Planets close to dim stars may support life

The question of whether life exists on other planets in the depths of our galaxy continues to intrigue people. If we are to find out that we are alone in the universe then examining planets orbiting dim red stars might provide the answer.

New prostate cancer test helps target treatment

London - A new prostate cancer blood test can help to target treatment by pinpointing more precisely where cancerous cells are. This fist with the paradigm of precision medicine.

Octopus inspires S. Korea 'breakthrough' adhesive patch

Seoul - The clinging power of octopus tentacles has inspired a breakthrough new adhesive patch that works on wet and oily surfaces with potentially huge medical and industrial uses, according to South Korean researchers.

Looking to the human brain to improve artificial intelligence

How can artificial intelligence be improved if the working model is the human brain and neural network? Moreover, if we do not fully understand how the brain works, will this hamper AI progress? A new insight could help.

Ladybug wings could lead to new foldable technologies

Tokyo - In an example of biology meeting physics, the study of ladybug wings could lead to new types of foldable technologies and flexible electronic devices.

Widespread melting of West Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf documented

Large-scale melting of snow and ice on Antarctica's massive Ross Ice Shelf, brought on by an unusually warm stretch of weather in the austral summer of 2015-2016, has been documented for the very first time, according to a new study.

New technology makes electricity from urine

Bristol - An emerging biotechnology process that allows electricity to be generated from urine is closer to realization, following a new study produced by the University of the West of England.

Big scientific breakthrough at sub-atomic level holds promise for secure comms

Washington - Chinese scientists have pulled off a major feat with one of the sub-atomic world's weirdest phenomena: photons that behave like twins and experience the same things simultaneously, even over great distances.

'Cat litter' method for storing dangerous gases invented

University of Western Australia researchers have developed a so-called 'kitty litter' method of storing gas. The aim is to do away with high-pressured, sometimes dangerous gas tanks.

Prefabricated blood vessels could revolutionize root canals

Root canal surgery can help to save teeth. The downside is that teeth can become brittle and they can eventually fracture. A new process, involving the engineering of new blood vessels in teeth, could prevent this.

Marine ecosystem death found in beach mud of southern California

Ancient sea bed uncovered in southern California. Scallops and shelled marine animals thrived there until the 1700s. Molecular dating technology shows species absent for 100 years. Livestock grazing caused sediment silt and die-off of 4,000-old ecosystem.
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