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Op-Ed: Finding life on other worlds just got a bit easier

Ithaca - A new method for detecting bioluminescence from exoplanets may be the way of the future for finding life on these planets and may have applications on Earth.

Arctic sea ice loss not responsible for extreme cold winters

The dramatic loss of Arctic sea ice through climate change has only a "minimal influence" on severe cold winter weather across Asia and North America, new research has shown.

Neurostimulation patch aims to improve working memory

A wearable patch has been invented, designed to improve working memory. This is a neurostimulation device which works on the prefrontal cortex through electrical stimulation.

Controversial study links fluoridated water during pregnancy to lower IQ

Washington - A study published Monday linked consumption of fluoridated tap water during pregnancy to lower IQ scores in infants, a finding at odds with decades of public health messaging extolling the mineral's benefits in reducing cavities.

Essential Science: Revolutionizing the CRISPR method

Scientists working at ETH Zurich have refined the CRISPR-Cas gene editing method. Through this it is now possible for researchers to modify dozens of genes within a cell simultaneously, thereby speeding up the process.

Scientists involved with AI should take a 'Hippocratic oath'

London - Scientists and technologists working in the next phases of artificial intelligence should take an oath along the lines of the Hippocratic oath taken by medics, to pledge they will not develop technology that has the capability of harming humans.

Largest impact crater in the U.S. was buried for 35 million years

About 35 million years ago, an asteroid hit the ocean off the East Coast of North America. Its impact formed a 25-mile diameter crater that now lies buried beneath the Chesapeake Bay, an estuary in Virginia and Maryland.

Scientists detect eight mysterious repeating deep space signals

An unprecedented eight repeating radio signals, or fast radio bursts, have been detected emanating from deep space. Astronomers are edging closer to unraveling the mystery.

Chinese startup LinkSpace successfully tests reusable rocket

The Chinese company LinkSpace successfully flew a rocket prototype on its highest flight yet, then nailed the landing as the firm pursues reusable spaceflight technology.

Ebola appears to be curable, following successful drug tests

Scientists have raised the possibility that Ebola virus infection is curable. A new study found that over 90 percent of infected people can survive if treated early using one of two newly assessed drugs.

'Sorcerer's treasure trove' of relics uncovered in Pompeii

A stash of ancient amulets is seeing the light of day, now that archaeologists in Pompeii have unearthed the treasures from under a pile of ash dating to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79.

Cannabis leaves show antibacterial effect against MRSA

The search for antimicrobials often leads scientists into the unlikeliest of areas. New research shows that the leaves of the cannabis plant have an antimicrobial effect, including efficacy against drug resistant forms of Staphylococcus aureus.

Essential Science: Developing a smartphone-controlled brain

Scientists have fitted a wireless device to the brains of mice and can control the brain neurons via smartphone. It may have an ominous, dystopian sci-fi feel to it but there is a serious side too, with potential for healthcare.

The curious story of a dog's cell that turned into a cancer

A contagious canine cancer that conquered the world by spreading between dogs during mating likely arose around 6,000 years ago in Asia and spread around the globe through maritime activities, scientists say.

The world's thinnest gold created by scientists

Leeds - Scientists have succeeded in creating a new form of gold, just two atoms thick. This is the e thinnest unsupported gold ever created and it will benefit electronics and medical equipment.

Major advance with bioprinting brings 3D-printed hearts closer

A new 3D bioprinting method has been developed by scientists. The technique pushes the field of tissue engineering closer to being able to 3D print a full-sized, functioning adult human heart.

Q&A: Machine learning can reduce a risk factor in Alzheimer’s Special

Alz1 has launched the first solution to detect and reduce high free copper levels — a risk factor associated with Alzheimer's disease — through a in-home blood test and dietary supplement to lower free copper levels. The kit was developed through AI.

Hidden mysteries lie in wait inside Kenya's fossil treasury

Nairobi - The only hint that something extraordinary lay inside the plain wooden drawer in an unassuming office behind Nairobi National Museum was a handwritten note stuck to the front: "Pull Carefully".

Heatwaves kill coral reefs far faster than thought: study

Sydney - Marine heatwaves are killing coral reefs far more quickly than previously believed, according to a new study released on Friday.
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