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Botanists fight to save world's oldest living plant

Botanists in Australia are attempting to save the King's Holly, considered the world's oldest living plant. Lomatia tasmanica is found in only one place in the world, hanging on to life in a secluded location of South-West Tasmnia's Wilderness area.

First evidence of water discovered outside Solar System in clouds

The first evidence of water outside our Solar System has been found 7.3 light-years from Earth in ice clouds on a brown dwarf star.

Tomatoes linked with fighting cancer

A new study suggests that eating tomatoes may lower the risk of prostate cancer. The research shows that men who consume more than 10 portions of tomatoes each week reduce their risk by about 20 percent.

Death Valley's mysterious 'sailing stones' a mystery no longer

Death Valley - Sometimes a mysterious event is all the more fun knowing about when it remains unsolved. Such is the case with the sailing stones of Death Valley, California. For almost a century, the tracks of these stones have been studied, but now, we have an answer.

Op-Ed: Mars One asks, ‘Is a one-way journey to Mars insane?’

Sydney - Slightly belated as it may seem, this question is part of a bit of soul-searching on the part of Mars One, the first commercial-only one-way trip to Mars. One of the questions they asked was “Is a one-way mission insane?”

Natural proteins kill hospital ‘superbugs’

Belfast - Scientists have made a breakthrough in the fight against the most resistant hospital superbugs. Researchers have developed an innovative antibacterial gel that can break down the thick jelly-like coating (biofilms) which cover bacteria.

How genes tune the internal body clock

The human body clocks are regulated by a type of molecule known as long non-coding RNA, according to new research. Understanding this promises new insights into human health.

Mutated polio virus alert

Bonn - Scientists are reporting alarming findings: a mutated polio virus that is able to resist vaccine protection. The virus was found in victims of an outbreak in the Congo in 2010. The full analysis has only now been revealed.

Hot spring bacteria use red light for growth

Scientists have long been puzzled how bacteria grow in the near darkness of hot springs. It transpires that the bacteria can harness small quantities of red light from the little sunlight that permeates the depths.

Genetic recipe allows lizards to re-grow their tails

Scientists have discovered the genetic “recipe” for lizard tail regeneration. This comes come down to using genetic ingredients in just the right mixture and amounts.

Dinosaur track site in Utah soon to be opened to the public

Moab - 125 million years ago, in what is now Moab Utah, dinosaurs, crocodiles, and ancient birds walked through squelchy mud, leaving footprints behind to become immortalized in a trackway that will soon be open to the public.

Methane gas plumes erupting along Atlantic Coast

A two-year sweeping survey of the U.S. Atlantic Coast by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has led to an astounding discovery. From 2011 to 2013, scientists documented 570 methane gas seeps along the continental slope break.

Rosetta comet probe team narrows landing site to five locations

The European Space Agency's Rosetta Comet mission has chosen five likely landing sites for its Philae's lander on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The lander is scheduled to descend down to the comet's nucleus in November.

Schoolgirl scientist identifies source of deadly fungus

Scientists have located the environmental source of fungal infections that have been sickening HIV patients in Southern California. The discovery is based on the science project of a 13-year-old girl, who spent the summer gathering soil and tree samples.

Distressed family of trapped Orca whale stays until he's freed

The family of a young Orca whale who became tangled in a fisherman's net near Port Hardy in B.C. stayed by his side until he was freed. The Orca's mom, two siblings, an aunt and two of his cousins stuck near, making sounds indicating their concern.

Rare disease drug gains approval

Sanofi’s biologics unit Genzyme has been granted approval for a new drug to treat the rare genetic disorder Gaucher’s disease.

Astronomy: Radio waves key to tracking down elusive exomoons

Arlington - Hardly a week passes these days without scientists and astronomers reporting on the discovery of a new exoplanet — a planet outwith our solar system.

Multimillion dollar Ebola investment

London - The Wellcome Trust has launched a new multimillion dollar initiative for emergency Ebola research coupled with an investment for longer-term medical research in Africa.

Secrets of the 'zombie' ant fungus

The parasitic fungus that kills its ant hosts outside their nest in order to reproduce and transmit the infection, manipulates its victims to die in the vicinity of the colony, ensuring a constant supply of potential new hosts.
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