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Vaccines block Zika in mice, boosting hopes for human jab

Paris - New research in lab animals, including Zika vaccines successfully tested on mice, boosted hopes Tuesday for a jab to shield humans against the brain-damaging virus.

NASA to test fire a megarocket booster Tuesday — Watch live

We can expect a lot of smoke, fire and noise when the second and final test of NASA's most powerful and biggest rocket booster is test-fired on Tuesday at Orbital ATK’s test facilities in Promontory, Utah.

What is the reason behind Mt. Baldy sand dune's mysterious holes?

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is well-known for Mt. Baldy, an enormous sand dune that until 2013 was open to the public. In 2013, mysterious holes began appearing in the dune, one almost swallowing a young boy alive. Now we know what causes the holes.

Squeezing the most out of soaps and shower gels

An innovative new coating has transformed the use of soaps and shower gels. One of the frustrations faced by consumers is getting the remaining product out from the bottle. The new coating solves this problem.

Essential Science: West Nile virus causes memory loss

One of the lasting effects of West Nile virus, for some sufferers, is neurological problems including memory loss. A new study links this to an immune reaction.

Curiosity rover finds unusual mineral on Mars

Houston - The Mars rover Curiosity has made a surprising discovery on the Martian surface. The rock sample offers tantalizing clues as to how the planet evolved.

Disney makes gender role stereotyping worse

A new study suggests that heavy exposure to Disney princesses makes little boys more likely to share their toys; however, little girls are more likely to have stereotypical attitudes about gender.

New mini-moon discovered orbiting the Earth

Houston - Gaze up at night and you’ll see the familiar silvery moon. Our only natural satellite, right? Not so, it seems, for a new, much smaller mini-moon has been discovered by astrophysicists.

Op-Ed: Brexit — Why British science and medicine will suffer

London - The unexpected outcome of the U.K. vote to leave the European Union is likely to hit science and medicine hard, among other areas of industry.

India’s space rocket carrying 20 satellites blasts off

New Delhi - India’s space industry has risen a notch higher with the successful launch of a rocket carrying 20 satellites from at least five countries, an achievement the Indian president said exhibited the country’s increasing space capabilities.

Dutch crops grown on 'Mars' soil found safe to eat

Den Haag - Dutch scientists said Thursday crops of four vegetables and cereals grown on soil similar to that on Mars have been found safe to eat, amid plans for the first manned mission to the planet.

Life-saving water holding nanorods invented

Researchers have accidentally created nanorods with incredible water holding potential. These rods could be used to help those who need to work in hot climates or travellers through desert regions.

New nano-sensor detects food poisoning organisms

There are several tests for food poisoning bacteria. However, most are limited by their sensitivity or the time taken to obtain a result. A new nano-sensor promises the delivery of a more accurate result.

Canadian rescue plane lands at British research station

A small Canadian plane has successfully completed a dangerous rescue mission, evacuating two sick Lockheed-Martin workers from the Amundson-Scott research station to the UK's Rothera station on Tuesday.

Solar Impulse 2 completes first-ever Atlantic flight

Seville - The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Spain Thursday after completing a 71-hour flight from New York in the first "magical" solo transatlantic crossing in a solar-powered airplane.

Monarch butterfly: Canadian towns to help endangered species

An American study released earlier this year said there is a possibility that the number of monarch butterflies could fall so low their migratory patterns will be disrupted. The study authors said that could lead to the Monarch becoming "quasi-extinct."

Solar plane powers on over Atlantic after turbulence

Madrid - The Solar Impulse 2 plane went through "a long night of turbulence" over the Atlantic, its weary pilot said Wednesday as he continued on the challenging leg of its sun-powered trip around the world.

Solar-powered plane more than halfway across the Atlantic

New York - The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft passed the halfway mark of its marathon flight across the Atlantic late Tuesday, one of the most challenging legs of its historic sun-powered journey around the world.

Using ultrasound to tackle brain tumors

To help tackle brain tumors, researchers have designed an ultrasound implant that allows more chemotherapy meds to reach the cancerous site. This could lead to a breakthrough in tackling aggressive types of brain cancer.
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