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Essential Science: Parkinson's test offers faster diagnosis

Edinburgh - Medics hope that a new Parkinson's protein test could lead to earlier diagnosis of the disease. The disease is connected to the accumulation of the protein alpha-synuclein.

Tapeworm drug stops Zika from replicating in lab: study

Paris - A common drug used to kill tapeworm prevented the Zika virus from replicating in lab experiments, scientists said Monday.

Mars isolation experiment in Hawaii ends

Los Angeles - The six people who went into isolation for a year in Hawaii to help NASA plan for a mission to Mars emerged Sunday, happy to breathe fresh air and meet new people.

Newly discovered Guaico Culex virus breaks all the rules

When it comes to viruses, scientists have long thought that it only takes being infected by just one to get the full experience. But that was before they came across the Guaico Culex virus.

At least 10 new species of trapdoor spiders found in Queensland

A scientist has discovered not one, but at least 10 new species of trapdoor spiders in southeast Queensland, hiding in Brisbane forests and national parks throughout the state.

Op-Ed: New planet discovered close to the Sun's closest star

A new planet has been found orbiting within the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our Sun. This has triggered much media frenzy. However, many of the statements in the media take liberties with the evidence.

Astronaut Williams overtakes Kelly for most days in space

One of the most distinguished records in the increasingly-space-bound United States is an astronaut’s cumulative days logged in space.

Deep brain simulation aids chronic brain injury patients

Patients with chronic brain injury are being helped with a pioneering technique: deep brain simulation. Tests have shown how the technique improves quality of life and functioning of people with severe disability.

Habitable planet found in solar system next door

Paris - Scientists Wednesday announced the discovery of an Earth-sized planet orbiting the star nearest our Sun, opening up the glittering prospect of a habitable world that may one day be explored by robots.

B.C.'s Fraser River has worst sockeye salmon run since 1893

This year's sockeye salmon run in British Columbia's Fraser River was not expected to be a good one but it was expected to be better than it was. The run turned out to be the worst since late in the century before last.

NASA may have less than two minutes to rescue lost spacecraft

Twenty-two months ago, NASA lost contact with its Stereo-B spacecraft during a routine 72-hour test. The long silence ended on Sunday, when the probe — some 189 million miles away from Earth — finally said "hello" again to the space agency.

Mysterious book no one can understand will be reproduced

Burgos - The Voynich manuscript has been locked away in a vault at Yale University for almost a half-century, its pages accessible to only a few, and its secrets still hidden in its undecipherable code.

Magnetic bacteria carry anti-cancer drugs to tumors

Toronto - Studies have taken place in Canada whereby magnetic bacteria are used to power nano-devices, to help ferry anti-cancer medicines to sites of tumors. Such devices offer faster and more precise drug delivery.

Dealing with barnacle damage through new paints

Barnacles cause considerable damage to ships. One way barnacles are attracted to the hulls of ships is through protein attraction. Understanding this interaction could help with new solutions, like special paints, to reduce the damage.

Essential Science: Electroconvulsive shock treatment on the rise

Electroconvulsive shock treatment, once a fairly common treatment for mental illness, is regaining popularity and could be set to make a comeback to the psychiatric mainstream.

Could future humans lap Usain Bolt?

At the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, some of the fastest and strongest people in the world showed us what humans in peak physical condition can accomplish.

This wasp has an unusual way of feeding her young

It is always fun to learn something new and unusual about the world we live in. Would you believe a species of wasp has been found that knows how to sew?

Malaria infection boosts Ebola survival rates

A review of medical and epidemiological data has shown people who are infected with malaria at the same time as becoming infected with Ebola have a higher chance of surviving the Ebola virus.

'New port of call' installed at space station

Miami - With more private spaceship traffic expected at the International Space Station in the coming years, two US astronauts embarked on a spacewalk Friday to install a special parking spot for them.
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