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Powerful microscope shrunk to dime-size

Dallas - A high-technology imaging device has been created, in the form of a an atomic force microscope on a chip. The microscope is powerful and it can be manufactured at a low-cost.

Dating app for primates developed and tested

Amsterdam - Tinder is a common way for humans to look for suitable partners. An app based dating system may also be suitable for primates, according to researchers. Dutch zoologists have tested out a dating app for orangutans.

SpaceX rocket blasts off from NASA launchpad with ISS cargo

Miami - SpaceX on Sunday blasted off its Falcon 9 rocket carrying the unmanned Dragon cargo ship, packed with food and supplies for the six astronauts living at the International Space Station.

New Zealand is part of a newly discovered continent

All school children are taught there are seven continents on the planet, but there may soon be an eighth continent, Zealandia. A new study suggests that a mostly submerged landmass in the southwest Pacific should be classified as a continent.

Dwarf planet Ceres contains organic material and possibly life

A recently published study reveals scientists have detected carbon-based materials on the dwarf planet Ceres. These organic molecules are considered to be the building blocks of life on Earth and it is possible life exists on the dwarf planet.

Microbiologists review best practices for making medicines Special

Birmingham - The manufacture of medicines is at risk from cross-contamination from people, a result of the shedding of microorganisms. In February a special two-day conference considered how best to manage this risk.

Harvard geneticist claims mammoths on verge of de-extinction

Harvard geneticist Dr. George Church has announced that he believes he is just two years away from creating a wooly mammoth embryo using CRISPR gene editing technology.

Failure of developmental Alzheimer's drug has wider implications

News that pharmaceutical company Merck has halted a clinical trial for a once promising Alzheimer’s treatment (verubecestat) is not only bad news for the patient group, it could signal that the general view as to the cause of Alzheimer's might be wrong.

Research group are the first to see DNA 'blink'

Scientists from Northwestern University have developed a new imaging technology that is the first to see DNA “blink,” or fluoresce. This is key to understanding the mechanism at play in relation to different diseases.

Tracking time without using a clock

Researchers have measured the time delay in electron photoemission without using a clock (a very tiny fraction of time). This carries importance for developing cutting-edge technology.

3D printing’s most stretchable elastomer fashioned

Elastomers are used for a variety of common goods, and they are the basis of flexible electronics. Increasing flexibility while maintaining elasticity is a key requirement; with this, a new super-stretchable elastomer has been developed.

'Ritual killing' of stones 12,000 years ago: A look into our past

Researchers studying broken pebbles found in the Arene Candide Epigravettian Cemetery in Italy have concluded that about 12,000 years ago, the stones were used to decorate the dead and then "ritually killed" to remove the stone's spiritual powers.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to launch from historic Apollo-era site

On Sunday afternoon, SpaceX completed a successful static fire test on its Falcon 9 rocket in preparation for a planned cargo launch this Saturday to the International Space Station (ISS).

Essential Science: Parallels between your brain and the Internet

The human brain and the interconnections that form the Internet share a key similarity, according to new research. Here a common rule governs traffic flow in engineered and biological systems.

Bacteria fed synthetic iron become electrical generators

Some bacteria are electrogenic, meaning they can generate current as part of their metabolism. Researchers have succeeded in conferring this ability onto bacteria that do not naturally have this function. The aim is sustainable electricity generation.

Hospital infections impact negatively on spinal cord patients

A new study heqaded by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has identified hospital-acquired pneumonia and wound infections negatively affect the clinical long-term outcome after acute traumatic spinal cord injury.

Triple delight in store for sky-watchers this Friday night

Stargazers will have three sweet treats if they're lucky, this Friday night and into Saturday when Comet 45P zooms across the sky. You might not see it well because of the snow moon and penumbral lunar eclipse, though.

New Vibrio strain along Atlantic coast poses health threat

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have found a new strain of bacteria thriving along the Atlantic Coast of the U.S. and Canada that can contaminate shellfish and sicken seafood lovers.

Human stomach acid powers tiny medical sensors

Researchers have developed small voltaic cells that are sustained by the acidic fluids in the stomach. The cells are designed to power sensors or as drug delivery vehicles.
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