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Clouds spotted swirling around Pluto

Despite the downgrading of Pluto from a planet (and the ninth in the solar system) to a dwarf planet, much about the far-flung celestial object remains a mystery. A new puzzle involves the presence of clouds.

Anti-fungal RNA spray developed to combat barley crop disease

Barley fields can be devastated by fungal infections and many fungicides are limited in their effectiveness or they are too toxic to be deployed safely. A new approach involves spraying barley crops with RNA molecules to inhibit fungus growth.

Milk from Tasmanian devils helps fight superbugs

It seems one of the strange science stories of the week, but Australian scientists have discovered that the milk from Tasmanian Devils has antimicrobial properties, including activity against antibiotic resistant organisms.

Moonbow, a night-time rainbow, occurs in England

York - Rainbows can occur at night. Never seen one? This is because the so-called 'moonbows' are very rare phenomena. A rare lunar rainbow occurred this week in northern England.

Fossils of new dinosaur have been found in outback of Australia

A species of dinosaur has been found in the outback of Australia, a giant creature that lived almost a hundred million years ago. It's already been given a name, one derived from the couple who discovered it and the land it was found upon.

Bone healing advanced through crab shell protein

An advancement in nanotechnology: scientists have succeeded in combining a sugar, extracted from crab and shrimp shells, with nanomaterials. This is the building block for bone regeneration and wound healing.

Great white sharks and tuna share predatory instincts

Great white sharks and tuna are both efficient predators within their domains. New research suggests this is due to genetic similarities. This is despite the two species splitting 400 million years ago.

Hybrid Ice Age Higgs bison has been hiding in plain sight

Adelaide - About 120,000 years ago, now-extinct steppe bison mated with aurochs, the ancient ancestor of cows, creating a rare hybrid mammal. But we have discovered this unusual animal, the ancestor of the European bison, and it was hiding in plain sight.

Did Europe's Mars lander survive? Time will tell: ESA

Paris - Europe's second attempt at reaching the Mars surface appeared in peril Thursday as initial analysis suggested a lander dubbed "Schiaparelli", a test-run for a future rover, may have plummeted to its demise.

Rapid test for tuberculosis developed

Austin - A rapid, accurate and inexpensive test for tuberculosis has been developed by a researcher based at the Texas A&M University Health Science Center. The test is called TB Read.

Two Russians, one American blast off to ISS

Baikonur - Two Russian cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut soared into orbit in a Soyuz spacecraft Wednesday at the start of a two-day journey to the International Space Station.

Robot explorers headed for Mars quest: ESA

Paris - Europe will send a tiny lander on a scorching, supersonic tumble to Mars on Wednesday and place a gas-sniffing probe in orbit around the Red Planet in a daring quest with Russia for extraterrestrial life.

Gut microbes change after spinal cord injury

Further research about the body’s dynamic microbiome has been published, this time in relation to alterations following a spinal cord injury. The findings are important for patient recovery.

Stretchy optical fibers used to assess for signs of diseases

A special type of optical fiber, made from a hydrogel, has been developed. This rubber-like device can detect diseases early and send an alert signal.

Bird migration patterns contain clues to bird flu risks

Edinburgh - Avian flu remains an ever-present risk. According to new research, monitoring the migration routes of wild birds should give an early warning of potential bird flu outbreaks.

First launch for Orbital's Antares rocket since 2014 explosion

Miami - Orbital ATK launched its Antares rocket en route to the International Space Station for the first time since a massive explosion after liftoff two years ago.

Scientists find new clues to boost fertility chances

London - Researchers have been examining semen and the movement of sperm. This has led to the conclusion that the rate of spinning correlates with improved success of fertility. At least with cattle.

Essential Science: Saturn’s moon contains an underground ocean

Reviewing data from the Cassini spacecraft, astrophysicists think there’s a strong chance that the Saturnian satellite Dione contains a vast underground ocean.

Rare orca sighting in Hawaii caught on video by fisherman

The power of dreams may be a lesson learned in the story of a fisherman in Hawaii who caught two orcas on video while out with his daughters last week. He wasn't expecting to see such a majestic sight but he got one — and a great video to commemorate i
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