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Essential Science: Medical technology that can dissolve away

Tiny electronic sensors and devices are being developed as medical devices. These can be implanted in the body and then dissolve away without a trace. This avoids the risks involved with removing them.

Scientists discover three 'potentially habitable' planets

Paris - An international team of scientists said Monday they had discovered a trio of Earth-like planets that are the best bet so far for finding life outside our solar system.

Archaeologists may have solved mystery of Peru's 'band of holes'

A strange-looking construction in the Pisco Valley on the Nazca Plateau in Peru was documented by aerial photography in 1933. No one has ever been able to figure out what the 5,000 or so strange looking holes could possibly be, until now.

Solar Impulse 2 soars over U.S. southwest on round-the-world flight

San Francisco - The Solar Impulse 2, an experimental aircraft flying around the world to draw attention to clean energy technologies, soared over the US Mojave Desert Monday en route to the southwest city of Phoenix.

Phase two of ExoMars mission delayed to 2020

Paris - The second part of a joint European-Russian mission to probe Mars for traces of life has been delayed two years, with a new launch date set for July 2020, officials said Monday.

Solar-powered plane to soar again on round-the-world flight

San Francisco - Solar Impulse 2, an experimental aircraft flying around the world to draw attention to clean energy technologies, is to take flight again on Monday, organizers said.

Intelligence not related just to brain size as some birds show

Researchers have found that absolute brain size is not the only factor determining intelligence. Corvid birds such as crows, magpies, and jays have brains that perform as well as chimpanzees on some tasks measuring intelligence.

New study finds way of reducing the ‘sweet tooth’

Atlanta - Sugar carvings are one of the main reasons for the global rise in obesity. Researchers have been looking at new ways to reduce the craving for sugar and one potential means is through the use of bacterial cell fragments.

Are brainwaves unique to each person?

People can be differentiated through their fingerprints and retinal scans. However, what about brainwaves? Binghamton University neuroscientists seem to think so.

Pop goes the weasel as Hadron Collider shuts down

Ginebra - A weasel shut down the world's most powerful particle smasher when it wandered onto a 66,000-volt transformer and caused a short circuit, Europe's physics lab CERN said Saturday.

Feeding the world through the use of nanoparticles

Saint Louis - With the world's population soon expected to reach eight billion, scientists have been working to find a way to produce enough food to feed all those hungry mouths. A team of engineers has found a way to do this using nanoparticles.

Biologically powered solar cells tested

The search for alternative forms of power, necessary to future-proof electricity generation in the face of dwindling sources of oil, has led to biological life forms. A new development is a so-called bio-solar cell.

Life on other planets? Scientists look to Ethiopia first

Scientists have been studying extreme conditions within the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia to see if the conditions there, which mimic conditions on other worlds, could predict life on certain planets.

Who will get to Mars first? SpaceX plans on landing in 2018

SpaceX is shooting for a landing on Mars by 2018. This simple sentence was the gist of a statement made by the company's founder, Elon Musk via a Twitter post Wednesday.

Demographics: Millennials in front, now outnumber Baby Boomers

The U.S. Census Bureau has released new statistics that show Baby Boomers have at last been supplanted as kings and queens of the U.S. demographic hill. That is because there are now more millennials in America than Boomers.

Could Mars once have supported life?

Houston - NASA’s Curiosity rover has collected data from Mars that scientists are interpreting as indicating that the red planet once had an oxygen-rich atmosphere.

James Webb telescope set to replace Hubble

Houston - NASA has revealed details of the main mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope. The telescope is set to be launched in 2018 and it will be bigger and more powerful than Hubble.

Essential Science: Are parasitic worms good for the gut?

Horrible as it may seem, there are biological advantages to having parasitic worms in terms of warding off various diseases. This is because parasites trigger an immune reaction that calms inflammation. The benefit has been explored in a new study.

New model for predicting Zika virus infection rates

Zika virus disease is easily transmitted. However, in the majority of people the disease is asymptomatic — symptoms appear in only one in four people, mostly as a mild fever. To find out why, a new study has been running.
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