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Top News: Science

Japanese company announces space elevator to be completed by 2050

Tokyo - Although it may sound like something from a Hollywood science fiction movie, engineers at a prominent Japanese construction company are serious about building the world's first working space elevator.

Ten months in the making, Mars and MAVEN finally meet tonight

Ten months after being launched into space, NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) is set to reach its final destination tonight.

Op-Ed: Crowdfunding for medical research hits a new high

Sydney - A new report from The Lancet indicates that crowdfunding for medical research is getting bigger. This is an interesting development in an industry which is seen as a pet for Big Pharma and other dubious institutions.

People can categorize words while asleep

Paris - According to a new study, the human brain can process information and even direct responses to cues while a person is sleeping.

Obama's strategy to tackle antibiotic-resistant superbugs

Washington - President Obama has launched a new national strategy to combat antibiotic resistance. The strategy seeks to find new types of diagnostic testing and to improve disease surveillance.

New elastomer inspired by squids

A new synthetic material that imitates how squid skin changes color and texture, has been developed. The remarkable polymer changes color and texture in response to remote signals.

Revealing the genetics of schizophrenia

Three independent genetic studies suggests that schizophrenia is a group of heritable disorders associated with distinct clinical syndromes.

Largest 3-D DNA structure produced

Scientists have created the largest 3-D DNA structure to date. This new model many times bigger than previously constructed origami shapes.

Statins could treat forms of dwarfism

Kyoto - Researchers from Kyoto University in Japan have found through a drug screen on human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) that statins can stimulate bone growth. This has led some to speculate if statins can be used for certain forms of dwarfism.

New nanopatch can be used against polio

A new nanopatch has been developed as a candidate method for the delivery of a polio vaccine. The patch thereby avoids the use of a needle.

Microscopic bumps could repel hospital superbugs

New research suggests that coating surfaces in hospitals with microscopic bumps and ridges could repel hospital superbugs (or at least prevent their attachment).

Studying the eyes of fruit flies to fight cancer

Mutations in the human retinoblastoma protein can cause a form of eye cancer. To try and understand what is going on at the genetic level, researchers have begun studies in fruit flies.

Op-Ed: Is modern society less evolved than chimps for fairness? Yes

Atlanta - If there’s one thing which annoys everyone, it’s unfairness, as applied to themselves. A new theory, that the sense of fairness evolved to promote cooperation, has now had some confirmation through a new study. It also raises a few questions.

Old and new aerospace firms win NASA contract for 'space taxi'

Cape Canaveral - Boeing and SpaceX have been chosen for nearly $7 billion in U.S. funding to develop a commercial space capsule to bring astronauts to the international space station.

The incredible life of the African midge

Biologists have completed the genetic analysis on the African midge. The remarkable insect can survive a variety of extreme conditions. The basis of this “invulnerability” is the insect’s genes.

Studying flatworms to fight infections in people

Scientists are studying the way that flatworms defend themselves against bacteria in order to understand more about the way that the human body deals (or fails to deal with) pathogenic infection.

Tackling piglet parasites

Biologists have examined a parasitic disease that affects piglets during the first days of their life and can cause heavy diarrhea in the animals. To find out more, the researchers analyzed the immune response to the infection.

You're attracted to the smell of those with same politics

According to a new study published in the American Journal of Political Science, people are attracted to the body odor of others with similar political beliefs.

Hemp batteries could be a reality

Researchers have found a way to boost the energy density of supercapacitors through the use of more sophisticated electrodes. These electrodes are composed of hemp fibers, and they have a high energy storage capacity.
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