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How brain training is effective against 'chemobrain': Interview Special

A specific type of brain training is effective against "chemobrain", the common cognitive deficits caused by cancer or its treatments. Up to 90 percent of cancer survivors report cognitive issues, and there is no widely-accepted treatment.

Arctic sea ice loss could drive California droughts

Melting Arctic sea ice could make California more vulnerable to increasing occurrences of droughts of the magnitude seen in recent years, according to new research led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists.

No single 'out of Africa' migration for humans: study

Miami - No longer can the tale of one single human migration out of Africa 60,000 years ago be considered an accurate history of humankind, said a review of scientific literature Thursday.

Nuclear fusion project faces delay over US budget cuts: director

Washington - The head of the multinational nuclear fusion project known as ITER, in Washington for talks with President Donald Trump's administration, has warned US budget cuts could delay completion of the experimental reactor.

'Take me home' unit keeps astronauts from becoming lost in space

Watch enough science fiction movies and there will be a scene where an astronaut gets into trouble and ends up floating away into the vast reaches of space. But astronauts today have a "life jacket" that keeps that scenario from happening.

New network of caves found in Montreal's St. Léonard cave system

Montreal - Pie-XII Park is a small suburban park in the heart of Montreal, Quebec. But, just 20 feet below the streets of the busy city is a cave system discovered in 1812. A new recently discovered cave system now makes the caverns bigger than anyone expected.

Africa given new hope against famine with 'super beans'

Drought conditions continue to contribute to famine in Africa, prompting a search for crops that are not only drought-resistant but provide a high yield. A so-called "super bean" has been developed that may give hope to hunger-prone areas of Africa.

Essential Science: Galápagos finches becoming new species

Galápagos finches, famed for being the inspiration behind Charles Darwin’s pioneering work on evolution, have been observed, by research biologists, transitioning into and then becoming a new species.

Sunday's full moon kicks off 'Supermoon Trilogy'

Starting Sunday night and continuing through the end of January, the night sky is going to give stargazers and astronomers a triple-treat. The world is in for a "Supermoon Trilogy," says NASA.

NASA tool will help coastal cities plan for rising ocean levels

With rising sea levels being one of the most noticeable results of climate change, being able to locate and pinpoint which glaciers and ice sheets are contributing to local sea level rises will be very helpful in how we prepare for the future.

Sentinel 5P satellite images reveal extent of Earth's pollution

Images released by the European Space Agency on Friday are very revealing - Showing the level of air pollutants around the world, including the sulfur dioxide, ash, and smoke from the Mount Agung volcano in Bali.

New technologies and risk assessments needed for medicinal safety Special

Oxford - The need to invest in new technologies and a call for a new paradigm for approaching risk assessment were the keynote messages from the 2017 Pharmig conference, which focused on making medicines safe for patients.

Will microbial protein replace meat on the table? Special

Oxford - In order to address global warming and the inefficiencies of animal production, a diet of a microbial derived protein could be on the menu, according to Professor Willy Verstraete from the University of Ghent.

Next generation of power electronics proposed

What will the next generation of power electronics be like and what are the key features required? One feature of interest is with reducing power loss. Aalto University researchers have a solution.

Genus of extinct North American horse was 'evolutionary dead end'

A new branch of the horse family, called the stilt-legged horse, has been named after the Canadian who first studied its fossil remains in the Yukon, where it lived until the end of the last ice age.

Collision detector to make robots better

The application of speedy collision detectors could make robots better human assistants, according from a study conducted at the University of California - San Diego.

Russia loses contact with satellite after launch from new spaceport

Uglegorsk - Russia said it had lost contact Tuesday with a weather satellite just hours after it was launched from its Vostochny cosmodrome, in only the second rocket liftoff from the new spaceport.

Russia launches second rocket from new cosmodrome

Uglegorsk - Russia launched a second rocket from its new Vostochny cosmodrome in the far east on Tuesday, as Moscow seeks to ease dependence on Baikonur in Kazakhstan.

World’s smallest tape, based on microbes

Microbiologists based at Columbia University Medical Center have successfully manipulated bacteria in order to create a microscopic data recorder.
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