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Europe's first non-beating heart transplant deemed a success

Surgeons have successfully performed Europe's first transplant using a non-beating heart. Donor hearts usually come from people who are brain-stem dead, but have hearts that are still beating.

How to swallow without a tongue?

How do animals without tongues swallow? With one species - mudskippers - scientists have shown that these creatures use mouthfuls of water, like land-based amphibians use their fleshy tongues, to catch and swallow their prey.

Water tunnels lead to 5,000-year-old underground city in Turkey

Nevsehir - A construction project in Cappadocia, Turkey, already famous for its underground cities, cave churches and strange chimney houses, has unearthed what may be the largest hiding place ever found in the region.

Dark matter is a fluid — Its particles aren't particles at all

The mystery of dark matter just got more mysterious. The latest research into the effects on dark matter of galaxy collisions, suggests that it may not be made up of particles, but is, instead, a fluid-like substance.

Scientists successfully 'delete' HIV virus from human DNA

Over the decades, HIV has remained elusive, meaning a cure couldn't be found. A wizard at installing its genome into human DNA, it is impossible for our immune system to get rid of it.

Scientists solve the puzzle of 'Darwin's strangest animals'

When Charles Darwin sailed the HMS Beagle to South America in the 1830's, he discovered fossils of bizarre mammals that defied classification and scientists have never been able to figure out where these creatures fit in the mammalian family tree.

Universe on edge of collapse, at least on cosmological time scale

Astronomers believe the universe is on the edge of "imminent" detruction, at least when viewed on a cosmological time scale.

Soil microbes influence grape and wine quality

Researchers have studied the microbial composition of a wine grapevine. The examination unearthed the fact that the microbes found in grapes, on leaves and flowers are derived from the microbes found in the plant's roots.

Malaria cells produce odors that attract mosquitoes

Malaria causing parasites produce chemical compounds that give off odors. These odors attract mosquitoes to come and bite an infected animal, thereby ensuring the cycle of infection continues.

Tiny bio-robots used to fight assess humidity

Scientists have developed an electromechanical device (a type of humidity sensor) placed on top of a bacterial spore. This nanobot is a form of robotic germ and it could play role in assessing food storage conditions.

NASA: Huge asteroid 2014-YB35 makes close Earth approach Friday

A massive space rock, asteroid 2014-YB35, about 1 km across, will hurtle past Earth on Friday at a speed of 23,000 mph, passing safely at a distance of 2.8 million miles at closest approach, about 11.7 times the distance of between Earth and Moon.

Life on Mars? Curiosity Rover finds biologically useful nitrogen

Pasadena - NASA scientists using instrumentation on board NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover have discovered nitrogen on the Martian surface for the first time.

NASA announces next steps on its ARM mission for Journey to Mars

On Wednesday, NASA announced additional details for future human expeditions into deep space, which will include going to Mars. The mission is ARM, or Asteroid Redirect Mission, which will test new astronaut capabilities by the mid-2020s.

Site reveals how mobile and sedentary groups of Mayans coexisted

The ancient Mayan archaeological site at El Ceibal in Guatemala has given archaeologists new evidence that strikes down the assumption that mobile and sedentary groups maintained separate communities.

Preventing antibiotics from killing beneficial bacteria

The microorganisms in the human gut can help the body to maintain a state of health. One problem with antibiotics, when used to fight pathogens, is that they can indiscriminately kill off beneficial bacteria. A new compound can help address this concern.

Skin of a frog determines its disease susceptibility

The relationships between microbial communities on skin and amphibian disease resistance have been explored. This is in relation to combating a frog-killing fungus called Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis.

Ancient Chinese super-crossbow discovered

Xi'an - Archaeologists have discovered an extraordinarily powerful crossbow at Xian, the site of the famous terracotta warriors of the First Emperor, Chin Shi Huang Di.

Largest known asteroid crater found in Australia

Two massive underground domes found in the Earth's crust in the Warburton Basin in Central Australia represent the remains of the largest known asteroid impact crater on our planet.

New major study finds magnets can control heat and sound

Researchers at the Ohio State University have discovered how to control heat with magnetic fields, proving that both heat and sound have magnetic properties.
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