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Rare celestial event coming: Lunar eclipse of a 'supermoon'

Skywatchers in the Americas, Europe, and parts of Asia will see a total lunar eclipse of the moon on September 28 — which will cause the moon to have a blood-red or copper hue.

Neurodegenerative disease risk as new prion is discovered

The first new human prion in almost 50 years has been discovered, a team of scientists report. The prion is called alpha-synuclein and it is believed to the causative agent for a rare neurodegenerative disease in people.

Bacteria help deliver fish-oil diet benefits

Diets rich in fish oil compared with diets where lard is the predominant fat lead to very different types of bacteria being found in the guts. The bacteria appear to help with the health benefits of fish oil and the harmful effects of lard.

Probiotic trial fails in ICU pilot study

New York - A large-scale study examining the effects of probiotics (beneficial bacteria) in preventing gastrointestinal colonization with drug-resistant bugs in intensive care units (ICUs) has not been successful, researchers report.

Tweaking fungi to boost biofuel enzyme production

Researchers have used mutant variants of a fungus to double the production of endoxylanase enzymes. These enzymes are used to bleach wood in chlorine free processes and for biofuels.

First impressions made faster than eye blink

People make snap judgments — a quality wired into the eye and brain. Studies show that first impressions are quick to form and hard to change.

Pre-washed spinach still contains pathogens

It can be convenient to purchase pre-washed vegetables, especially for those with busy lives. It would be wrong, however, to assume that pre-washed veg is free from pathogens. A new study casts some light.

Software lets paralyzed people speak by breathing

Another example of a potentially revolutionary new technology allows paralyzed people to speak by analysing their "breath signals". Software can recognise specific patterns of breathing and then translate those rhythms into a spoken word.

Siberian statue carries secret code 7,000yr before writing began

The Shigir Idol is the world's oldest known wooden statue. Built in 9,000 BC, it bears a secret code which nobody has ever been able to decipher. Even more startling is that it was written 7,000 years before writing was thought to have begun.

Mystery of the neon-green jackfish has been solved

A fluorescent green northern pike caught earlier this week in Canada's Great Slave Lake created quite a stir on the Internet as readers put forth various opinions on why the unusual fish got its coloration.

What to know about Saturday's supermoon

A full moon on Saturday will look larger and brighter than usual due to the lunar path being closer to the earth — which is the reason for the nickname "super moon." On September 27-28, a lunar eclipse of a supermoon is coming.

One year and counting: Mars isolation experiment begins

Miami - Six people shut themselves inside a dome for a year in Hawaii, in the longest US isolation experiment aimed at helping NASA prepare for a pioneering journey to Mars.

Scientists switch off cancer cells and return them to normal

A team of scientists at the US Mayo Clinic in Florida have succeeded in "switching off" cancer cells and making returning them to normal again.

Blood test detects cancer relapse

London - A new blood test has been developed that looks for signs of returning cancers. This situation can occur after someone has been treated.

Big Ben's 'bong' is ringing early say clockwatchers

London - Blame it on old-age, because after all, Big Ben is 156 -years-old, but for those who set their watches by the bongs of the grand old clock, Big Ben has been running six-seconds fast for the past two weeks.

European Union takes action on antibiotics

One root of antibiotic resistance is from animals to people. To assess this, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is running a public consultation on how to assess the risks of antimicrobial resistance passing from food animals to human.

Long-lasting flu vaccine in development

Researchers have published successful data on their quest to develop a 'universal' flu vaccine. Trials relating to animal studies have recently been reported.

How cryogenic sleep might become a reality

Long-term cryogenic sleep or hibernation may be useful for space travel. But with NASA backing out of the project, earthbound applications may be more likely.

Postojna Cave — The underground world of 'human fish'

Postojna - The Postojna Cave in southern Slovenia's karst territory is the cradle of a special kind of biology called speleobiology. It is also home to the "human fish," an animal that gave rise to the legend of the "dragon's offspring."
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