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Can a blood pressure drug help with autism?

New research suggests a common drug, administered to people with high blood pressure, could be effective for people with autism, in addressing some of the behaviors associated with the condition.

Genetic makeup of the most deadly strains of E. coli identified

A group of researchers from the university of Maryland have for the first time identified the genetic makeup of a number of strains of E. coli responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people around the world every year.

Indian scientists study deadly 'meteorite'

New Delhi - Indian scientists were Tuesday analysing a small blue rock that authorities say was a meteorite that fell from the sky and killed a bus driver. If proven, it would be the first such death in recorded history.

Tamil Nadu meteorite death could be first in 200 years

Tamil Nadu scientists are now investigating the death of a man in Vellore, declared to have been killed by a falling meteorite.

Essential Science: Tackling concussion and head injuries

Many types of sport, as well as everyday activities, carry the risk of head injuries. How to deal with head injuries and concussion requires care to avoid permanent damage. Scientists have been investigating the most effective therapies.

Astrophysisist Rashied Amini can help people find love Special

The former NASA employee has lent his expertise to Nanaya, an app that can determine whether or not a person will find true love based on science and probability. Digital Journal found out more.

Study shows cats may have been domesticated more than once

The rise of the domesticated house cat may have been inevitable, according to a new study that found ancient Chinese farmers were domesticating leopard cats 5,000 years ago, a different species from cats domesticated in the Middle East 10,000 years ago.

Eastern U.S. white-tail deer carry a mysterious malaria parasite

White-tail deer are a familiar sight across America. However, a recent study by National Zoo researchers discovered Eastern white-tail deer have been harboring a malaria parasite, and in some areas, up to 25 percent of them have the parasite.

100-foot diameter asteroid to pass close to Earth on March 5

A small asteroid that passed by Earth at a distance of 1.3 million miles away two years ago is set to make a return appearance on March 5. This time, it could come much closer to Earth, perhaps as close as 11,000 miles, says NASA.

New, lower cost HIV drug developed

A new, more affordable, and clinically effective drug is being developed to treat patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The drug has been developed at the University of Minnesota.

Could life survive on Mars?

The question preoccupying NASA scientists is not so much "is there life on Mars?" but could life survive on Mars? In the case of fungi, the answer appears to be yes.

Vagus nerve stimulation helps cure depression

A new technique, where the Vagus nerve is stimulated, has been found to be effective for treating certain types of depression. This follows trials involving adult patients.

Drink coffee to avoid cirrhosis: Study

Drinking coffee on a regular basis lowers the risk of developing cirrhosis of the liver, according to a new research study.

Mysterious change in European population at end of last Ice Age

Europe's population changed rapidly thousands of years ago. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute in Germany revealed this after studying DNA samples from different regions of the continent.

Devising biological sensors to kill a range of cancer cells

Scientists are investigating the use of biological sensors to trigger the body's own immune cells to seek out, locate and destroy a range of different cancerous cells.

Johnny Cash gets his very own namesake — A black tarantula

In a study lasting over a decade, an arachnologist at Auburn University in Alabama discovered 14 new species of tarantula and completely rewrote the family tree of the Aphonopelma genus. One tarantula found near Folsom prison got a very special name.

Czech scientists find 4,500-year-old funerary boat near Cairo

An incredible and rather unique discovery has been made at the site of a necropolis near Cairo, Egypt. Czech archaeologists have unearthed a 4,500-year-old, 59-foot long funerary boat.

Seaweed provides an unusual treatment process for wounds

To accelerate the treatment of wounds, scientists have experimented with adding stem cells to plasters and bandages. The optimal method for this is locking stem cells into a matrix fashioned from seaweed.

Nobel scientist says we can live to 150

With the potential advances in biomedicine, by how far could human life expectancy be extended? 150 years according to a Nobel Prize winning scientist.
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