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Self-healing fungal concrete developed

A new concept in self-healing fungal derived concrete could provide sustainable solution to crumbling infrastructure, according to new research. The material is low polluting and low cost.

Essential Science: Zero emission vehicles are on the horizon

Hydrogen may be a small molecule but scientists have big ideas for the element. This includes low cost, high output fuel generation for next-generation vehicles.

Brains of jazz and classical pianists work differently

Whether jazz or classic is the preference, the brains of musicians who excel in different music forms differ according to a neuroscience study.

How a tropical pathogen came to reside in the Pacific Northwest

Flagstaff - In what is being described as “The Teddy Roosevelt effect,” a deadly fungus in the Pacific Northwest may have arrived from Brazil via the Panama Canal, according to a new study led by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

'Climate envelope' responsible for mass deaths of Saiga antelopes

Over the span of three weeks in 2015, more than 200,000 saiga antelope suddenly died in central Kazakhstan from hemorrhagic septicemia caused by a normally harmless bacteria called Pasteurella multocida type B. Now, scientists know what happened.

Scientists identify what killed millions in 16th century Mexico

In 1545, an epidemic known as “cocoliztli,” an Aztec Nahuatl word for “pestilence," swept through large areas of Guatemala and Mexico. The disease caused high fevers, headaches, bleeding from the eyes, mouth, and nose, ending in death.

Essential Science: Biological clocks and brain cancer treatment

Information is emerging about how our internal body clocks influence health and disease. A new study shows how circadian rhythms can help with cancer treatments, and that the time of treatment plays a critical role.

Rising CO2 affecting freshwater three times faster than saltwater

As carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere rise, more CO2 is absorbed into our oceans, making them more acidic. We know the problems this has caused in the saltwater environment. Now, rising CO2 levels are also affecting some freshwaters, too.

Microsoft to use artificial intelligence to improve CRISPR

There is considerably scientific interest in CRISPR, the gene editing technology, especially in the potential to address genetic diseases. To speed up development, Microsoft plans to harness artificial intelligence.

Bacterium from dirt could fight melanoma

Scientists have identified a type of organism found in the soil which has the potential to induce the death of melanoma cells. This is through a molecule made as a metabolite from the organism.

NASA's GOLD and ICON missions will study Earth's outer boundary

In a live feed on January 4, NASA researchers discussed the agency's January 25 mission: the launch of GOLD, the Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk mission.

Essential Science: Graphene makes for cell-sized robots

Imagine an electricity-conducting, environment-sensing, shape-changing cell-sized machine, used for medical diagnosis. Impossible? Not according to new research that has harnessed the properties of graphene.

SpaceX launches secretive Zuma mission

Miami - SpaceX on Sunday blasted off a secretive US government payload known as Zuma, a mission whose nature -- and the agency behind it -- remains a mystery.

Space 2018: China mission will create miniature ecosystem on Moon

Beijing - If all goes according to plan, China may become a new world leader in Lunar exploration. China's space program is preparing to launch a lunar probe, lander, and rover in the first half of 2018, hopefully making a landing on the far side of the Moon.

Artificial intelligence used to identify bacteria

Microbial identification has been streamlined in recent years through rapid methods and computer reading. However, a skilled microbiologist is often required. Can AI replace the need for the microbiologist?

Textile based bio-battery for wearables

Researchers have constructed a textile-based, bacteria-powered biobattery. The aim of the flexible battery is for incorporation into wearable electronic devices.

New study: UV light may save bats from deadly fungus

White-nose syndrome is a disease caused by a fungus that infects bat populations in the U.S. and Canada while they hibernate during the winter. However, new studies suggest the fungus may have an "Achilles' heel" - UV light.

Robots en route to Antarctica to study underside of ice shelves

It has become increasingly common to see cliff-sized chunks of glacial ice falling into the Southern Ocean, suggestive of a warming climate. But scientists don't know what's going on beneath Antarctica's ice sheets., so they are preparing to find out.

Skin patch responds to sugar levels for diabetes care

A pain-free skin patch, which responds to sugar levels, has been developed for the management of type 2 diabetes. The patch, which has been tested out in rodents, continues to work for several days at a time.
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