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Customized soap bubbles for vaccine and drug delivery

Soap bubbles filling our warm bath give us great pleasure. But scientists with the University of Maryland has taken bubbles to new heights, by discovering a way of coating them with biomolecules, making them a delivery system for drugs and vaccines.

New protein detonates bacteria from within

Tel Aviv - By sequencing the DNA of bacteria resistant to viral toxins, scientists have identified novel proteins capable of stymieing growth in pathogenic, antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Earth-sized planet implies ancient solar system life

The Kepler Mission photometer discovered a Sun-like star system with five Earth-like planets transiting, ranging in size between Mercury and Venus and opening new scopes of implications.

Ancient skull found in Israel documents migration from Africa

Tel Aviv - Modern humans came out of Africa 60,000 to 40,000 years ago, beginning a migration that eventually was to lay the foundation for our modern world. Now scientists in Israel have found a fossil that documents that journey.

Vernon Mountcastle, pioneering neuroscientist, has died

New York - Vernon Mountcastle, who mapped the functional landscape of the neocortex, has died at the age of 96. His original theory, now commonly accpeted, was seen as of immense controversy back in the 1960s.

NASA's 'Dawn' approaches dwarf planet Ceres,takes best images yet

NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which is about 147 million miles or 237 million kilometers from dwarf planet Ceres, in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, sent home the sharpest images yet of the body.

Developing gene therapy to lower cancer risks

Gene therapy is the primary method for treating rare, genetic diseases. However, many treatments carry the risk of cancer. A new study has attempted to lower this risk.

Ravens use social intervention to maintain social structures

Social birds aren't just for Twitter. A recent study on social behavior has revealed a hierarchical structure of dominance and intervention amongst ravens that adds to the ever-growing knowledge of the lives of these peculiar birds.

New understanding with anti-malarial drug resistance

London - Researchers have identified mutations associated with resistance to afrontline antimalarial drug called artemisinin. This is part of the fight back against anti-malarial drug resistance.

1947 Air Force UFO study released to the public

After almost seventy years, the Air Force's classified UFO files known as 'Project Blue Book' have finally been released to the general public

Diaper compound makes cells appear 'really big'

In order to improve the power of optical microscopy, researchers have managed to enlarge key biological features inside cells.

Generating bioethanol with starch and yeast

A new class of enzymes can degrade previously resistant forms of starch, according to a new study. The resultant product is a source of material for making biofuels.

Chemists 'unboil' eggs to prove how they can lower drug costs

Chemists from UC Irvine decided to unboil egg whites to demonstrate an innovation that could slash costs for cancer treatments, food production and other segments of the $160 billion global biotechnology industry.

Ancient Ice Age forest found underwater off Norfolk coast

Imagine if you will, seeing a forest of 10,000-year old Oak trees, the branches reaching out 8 meters (26 feet) from the trunks. Diver Dawn Watson, 45, saw this remarkable forest, under the sea, 300 meters off the coast of Cley next to the sea, Norfolk.

Oxytocin could be the new treatment for autism

The hormone oxytocin may help improve social deficiency-related symptoms of autism, according to research on a mouse model of the disorders.

Does this mystery tomb contain Alexander the Great’s mother?

The discovery of five skeletons in a vast tomb near Thessaloniki, Greece, has scholars debating whether the 60-odd-year-old female skeleton is that of Alexander the Great’s mother, Olympias.

Keeping GMOs safe in the event of environmental break-out

One of the fears with genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) is that there is the risk of GMOs escaping into the environment and causing uncontrolled damage. To off-set this, two research groups have proposed new bio-safety measures.

Tackling cocaine addiction with bacteria-protein cocktail

In a new study, a modified bacterial protein is able to trigger a robust immune response against a cocaine-linked molecule in mice. The creators hope it will stop addicts from taking the drug.

Environment affects immunity more than genetics

A new study into twins reveals that environmental factors play a greater role in shaping individual immunity than genetic ones.
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