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Scientists stunned — 'Sofa shark' found off coast of Scotland

Scientists with Marine Scotland were on a deep sea survey last week off the Scottish coast when they pulled in a rare shark previously found only one time before in the region.

Palaeontologists discover fossils of new species of spunky mammal

In the badlands of northwestern Mexico scientists have discovered the fossil remains of a previously unknown creature that lived many millions of years ago. The name is hard to pronounce but the creature easy to define: spunky.

Factfile on Nobel anti-malaria drug artemisin

Paris - A frontline drug in the fight against malaria, artemisinin has a history going back many centuries, for it traces its past to ancient Chinese medicine.

Chinese herbal expert among Nobel medicine prize winners

Stockholm - A trio of scientists earned the 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine on Monday for unlocking revolutionary treatments for malaria and roundworm, helping to roll back two parasitic diseases that blight millions of lives.

Nobel Medicine Prize opens week of awards

Stockholm - A week of Nobel prize announcements kicks off Monday with the medicine prize, while the most closely-watched award, the Nobel Peace Prize, is seen possibly honouring work to help refugees to a better life.

'Miracle down-under' — Toddler has head reattached to neck

Brisbane - In a surgical procedure that is being hailed as "miraculous," a 16-month-old child had his head reattached to his neck after suffering an internal decapitation as the result of an automobile accident.

Does an ancient bacterium hold the key to eternal life?

Injecting yourself with a bacterium that's 3.5 million years old is either the dumbest thing a person could do, or it's brilliant. But that is exactly what a Russian scientist has done, in a quest to see if Bacillus F has the answer to eternal life.

Op-Ed: Disappointing science plan for U.K. announced

London - A report from the U.K. Government Chief Scientific Adviser outlines the scope of the Government Office for Science for the next five years. The report discusses government policy and funding of external agencies.

Making better batteries with nano-mechanics

As consumer electronics become ever more demanding in terms of power consumption, the hunt for new and improved batteries continues. Does nano-mechanics hold the answer?

Review: 'Biohistory — Decline and Fall of the West'

Author Dr. Jim Penman PhD discusses the future of western civilization in his new book – turns out, the future for many of us isn't pretty, and the content within 'Biohistory: Decline and Fall of the West' let's us in on the reason why.

New test can detect any virus known to infect humans and animals

Saint Louis - There are thousands of viruses in the world, and detecting which virus is responsible for an illness in humans or animals can end up being an exhausting exercise, often involving numerous tests. A new test called ViroCap will make diagnosis easier.

Op-Ed: It’s true — Women get less in STEM, academia, research, grants

Sydney - Feminist advocates have been making the point for years that women don’t get the support and breaks that men get. Now, the numbers are backing them up. New grim stats are showing how wide the financial gaps are.

Man is stung in 25 places by bees, for science

A scientist has let bees sting him repeatedly in 25 different body locations. The idea was to map out the most sensitive areas of the body to bee stings.

Op-Ed: Politics and science collide in immigration row

A German scientist has pulled back the rights for some key European countries to use some software he has developed. The reason is because eight European countries are allowing too many immigrants in.

Layman help sought in solving dwarf planet mysteries

Paris - Throwing open the doors to the hallowed halls of science, stumped researchers welcomed help from the public Wednesday in solving a number of nagging mysteries about dwarf planet Ceres.

Catch a glimpse of the world's first-ever glowing sea turtle

In the dark depths of the nighttime ocean, marine biologists filmed something they had never seen before: A sea turtle glowing a brilliant green and red. The turtle is the first reptile that scientists have observed with this trait.

Too much willpower leads to memory loss

A new study indciates that people who exercise willpower could suffer impaired memory function, via the draining of shared brain mechanisms and structures.

British archaeologist aims to pinpoint Nefertiti's tomb

Luxor - Standing before the majestic gold, ochre and white frescos of Tutankhamun's tomb, British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves on Monday passionately defended his daring theory that Nefertiti is buried in a secret chamber.

Ancient Greek shipwreck reveals remarkable artifacts from 65 BC

It is a shipwreck that has been dubbed the 'Titanic of the Ancient World' and though found at the start of the last century it remains a source of "fabulous finds." Famous for revealing the wondrous Antikythera Mechanism, it is now revealing even more.
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