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New 3-D map of Milky Way will 'revolutionise astronomy'

Paris - Europe's Gaia satellite has produced a 3-D map, hailed as revolutionary, of more than a billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy -- complete with their distance from Earth, colour, and motion through space.

Sudan unearths bones from pyramid for DNA testing

- Archaeologists in Sudan have reopened an ancient pyramid and extracted bones and artefacts, in order to carry out further examination including DNA tests.

Biggest fire-fueled thunderstorm event on record occurred in B.C.

Vienna - Large wildfires can fuel "dirty" thunderstorms that fill the stratosphere with as much smoke as a volcanic eruption. We know this because of a study on the biggest fire-fueled thunderstorm event on record that occurred in British Columbia last year.

Graphene spikes kill pathogenic bacteria

One of the risks with medical implants is infection from bacteria during the surgical process, leading to post-surgical infections. Researchers have demonstrated that coating implants with graphene can help to kill microorganisms

Essential Science: Antidepressants found in fish brains

Research into the U.S. Great Lakes has uncovered levels of antidepressants not only in the water but also in the brains of fish. This signals the polluting effect of wastewater and sewage treatment facilities.

Shrine to Osiris and bust of Roman emperor found in Egypt

Egypt says archaeologists have discovered a bust of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius in the southern city of Aswan. The Antiquities Ministry says Sunday the head was found in the Temple of Kom Ombo during work to protect the site from groundwater.

Hydrogels used for water purification

Texas City - Researchers have developed an effective and low-cost method to produce water of drinking water quality through the use of hydrogel technology. The process works in conjunction with sunlight.

Researchers find new source of melting ice in Antarctic

A new study has revealed a previously undocumented process where melting glacial ice sheets change the ocean in a way that further accelerates the rate of ice melt and sea level rise.

Scalable manufacturing using graphene

Boston - Scientists have worked out a continuous manufacturing process that produces long strips of high-quality graphene. This process will aid producers in achieving scalable filter manufacturing.

SpaceX blasts off NASA's new planet-hunter, TESS

Tampa - NASA on Wednesday blasted off its newest planet-hunting spacecraft, TESS, a $337 million satellite that aims to scan 85 percent of the skies for cosmic bodies where life may exist."Three, two, one and liftoff!

Google pledges major STEM investment

Kitchener - Google is to investment over $2 million into one of Canada’s emerging super-cluster technology areas. The focus will be on developing STEM projects and skills. Part of the funding is demarcated for youth projects.

How reliable is that science paper?

A few scientists are open to bribery and influence, but science journals and the peer review process have long been held up to be robust examples of the scientific method. A new report throws up some doubts.

One impact of climate change occurring in U.S. no one hears about

A boundary that divides the humid eastern U.S. and the dry western Plains appears to have shifted 140 miles to the east over the past century due to global warming, new research suggests. How will this affect farming and agriculture in the years to come?

SpaceX postpones launch of NASA's planet-hunter spacecraft

Tampa - SpaceX postponed the launch of NASA's new planet-hunting mission Monday in order to verify the Falcon 9 rocket's navigation systems, the California-based company said.

New class of antibiotics to combat drug resistance

Chicago - A new class of antibiotic has been discovered. The chemical kills bacteria by binding to ribosome. This disrupts protein synthesis, and stops the microbial cell from replicating. This is a step forward in the search for new antimicrobials.

Essential Science: Where coffee works like cannabis

Coffee is well known as a psychostimulant, however its effect on the body’s metabolism, in dozens of different ways, such as of steroids and the neurotransmitters, in a similar way to cannabis, is a new medical discovery.

How artificial intelligence is influencing drug discovery

The drive for new medications addresses patient need and is the motor that keeps the pharmaceutical sector turning. To accelerate the drug discovery process, pharmaceutical organizations are turning to artificial intelligence.

Affordable hepatitis C treatment close to launch

An affordable hepatitis treatment for the developing world's population is being planned, with medics confident that the new anti-virals are close to commercial launch. The drugs are expected to retail for no more than $3.50 per dose.

Slow down of Atlantic Ocean circulation is bad news for everyone

The Atlantic Ocean circulation that carries warmth into the Northern Hemisphere’s high latitudes is slowing down because of climate change - and is at its weakest point in the past 1,600 years.
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