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Essential Science: Health effects of antibiotic use

A disturbing, newly issued report suggests just one single course of antibiotics can disrupt the microbial composition in the gut sufficiently to trigger a spate of unintended ill-health effects. Digital Journal gets to the bottom of the issue.

Sy Montgomery honored as 2015 'National Book Award' finalist

Acclaimed author Sy Montgomery was named a finalist for the "National Book Award" for "The Soul of an Octopus" in the nonfiction category.

SpaceX gets new NASA contract to supply space station

Hawthorne - NASA agreed Friday that a private California aerospace company could continue to build an experimental launch vehicle expected eventually to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.

Fighting arthritic pain with the vagus nerve

The majority of nerves run from the body to the brain. The vagus nerve, however, goes in the opposite direction, running from the brain to the body. Scientists think they can exploit this for pain management.

Dressing senses infection with color change

A dressing has been devised which senses infections by changing color. People who suffer with burns are very vulnerable should the wound become infected; the new bandage is a way to signal medics.

Op-Ed: Scientists discover how camouflage 'trick' helps fish disappear

Scientists have discovered that some fish use a clever mechanism to disguise themselves and avoid hungry predators in the open ocean. These findings may also help the military create more effective ways to use this type of camouflage.

Milky Way once stole a neighboring star cluster

Sometime ago, the Milky Way stole a star cluster from one of its neighbors. This act of interstellar theft has come to light from data gathered from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Vampire bats vomit up blood to share with others

Panama - Stomach turning fact of the week: vampire bats vomit up blood they have recently eaten and share it with their fellow bats.

Eating sweets rewires the brain

Eating sweet foods leaves a trace memory in the brain in a way that is different when savory foods are consumed. Here neurons in the brain are switched on and a memory is formed.

High performing and low cost, new LED lights coming soon

A new type of light-emitting diode (LED) has been created using both inorganic and organic components. This could herald a new generation of brighter (and cheaper) lights.

New method for treating pancreatic cancer

Oxford - Scientists may have found a new method for treating pancreatic cancer, and one which could lead to improved survival rates. The research is, so far, based on animal models.

Journal pulls paper in science and immigration row

Berlin - A scientist who refused to let a software package he devised be used in European countries that are ‘soft’ on immigration has seen a research paper describing his software retracted by the publishing journal.

Whale watchers: Humpbacks returning to Salish Sea in big numbers

This may be the year of the humpback as one of the world's largest whales is being seen in record numbers in the West Coast's Salish Sea. Whale watchers and marine biologists regularly record sightings of new whales and humpbacks are topping the list.

New test can help distinguish between type 1 and type 2 diabetes

Researchers at the University of Exeter have developed a genetic test that can help in distinguishing between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, allowing for better diagnosis and patient care.

Drinking coffee could reduce the risk of death from some diseases

People who drink regular or decaffeinated coffee in moderation have been found to live slightly longer than those who don't drink coffee, and more surprising, are less likely to die from a number of chronic diseases.

Study: Many would reject their own argument if said by another

Psychologists have known for a while that, when evaluating the strengths of an argument, people tend to be a lot harder on others than they are on themselves.

New super glue only becomes sticky when crushed

Researchers in Japan have invented a new type of glue that is dry and non-sticky until it is crushed. Once broken up the substance acts like any other adhesive.

Essential Science: Graphene makes improved night vision tech

Graphene is the "wonder material" of our age, discovered just ten years ago. The scientific properties of the material are varied, from electronics to power systems. A new use applies to improved ways of penetrating the dark.

Watch ISS astronaut play bagpipes to honor deceased scientist

Kjell Lindgren is an American astronaut currently up on the International Space Station. He honored a deceased colleague recently by playing “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes in zero gravity.
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