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Biotech is advancing the fragrance industry

Biotech has altered the way that perfumes are manufactured, making them more consistent and removing many animal products. New research promises to extend these innovations further.

Toddler robots designed to understand how children to learn

Interactive learning of machine could help researchers to understand how children learn new words, according to a new study. Evidence suggests children effectively learn new words in same way as robots.

Russian authorities inspecting crashed spacecraft debris

Moscow - Authorities in Russia's Siberian region of Tuva on Monday were examining several pieces of the Progress cargo spaceship found after it crashed last week having failed to reach orbit.

Essential Science: Zeroing in on a gene that stops you drinking

A large study has pinpointed a gene variant that suppresses the desire of a person to drink alcohol. The next question is whether the discovery can be used for medicinal purposes.

Researchers — Humans have been polluting rivers for 7,000 years

Human-caused environmental pollution is usually associated with the start of the modern industrial era, but researchers looking for evidence of when humans first began using metal tools may have found the world's first polluted river.

The answer to why the surface of ice is wet

A mystery of why ice is wet has been solved. Physicists have long been puzzled why, and the answer has come via an advanced optical microscope.

Magic mushrooms help those with cancer face death

A science group are proposing that a psychedelic trip is the optimal way to end life. Here a single dose of psilocybin has been shown to increase the feeling of well-being with those with terminal cancer.

Most astronauts need to wear glasses after return to Earth

Houston - A curious fact: most astronauts returning to Earth need to wear glasses shortly after setting foot back on the planet. The reason has confounded scientists until now.

Study: Probiotics reduce stress and anxiety

A study on animals suggests that increased knowledge about gut health could lead to the use of probiotics to alter the microorganisms of the gut and modulate behavioral responses to stress.

Regenerating body parts might be possible

Washington - Regenerating body parts sounds like the stuff of science fiction. However, researchers studying worms that are capable of regeneration, think that a closer understanding could lead to a human being able to regenerate a limb one day.

Strange radio waves emanating from space

Astrophysicists have detected gamma rays that are associated with one of mysterious intergalactic fast radio bursts. Such mysterious flashes of radio waves from deep space continue to be detected.

British doctors request three-person baby study

Newcastle - British doctors have made a formal request to the national fertility regulator to undertake mitochondrial replacement therapy. This involves creating a baby with DNA from three people.

Element 113 has an official name

Wako - A new element — element 113 — officially recognized this year now has an internationally agreed name. The element has been named nihonium and given the symbol Nh.

'Thank the aliens': Thousands displaced for China's huge telescope

Ronghua - Humanity’s best bet at detecting aliens is a giant silver Chinese dish the size of 30 football fields -- one that simultaneously showcases Beijing's abilities to deploy cutting-edge technologies and ignore objectors' rights as it seeks global promine...

Remains of 5,000-year-old city discovered in Abydos, Egypt

Cairo - Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered the remains of an ancient city said to be close to 5,000-years-old, including a cemetery and a number of houses, near the site of Abydos.

New insights on how depression and anxiety change the body

A new study suggests that depression and anxiety change the body in different ways, with depression affecting the stomach and anxiety affecting the skin. This highlights how mental problems and physical disorders are often interlinked.

Relationship between jet lag and obesity for liver cancer

Cases of liver cancer linked to obesity have risen in recent decades. This has prompted a research inquiry into the causes for this. The research has centered on obesity and jet lag.

Putting stress at bay through memory tests

When people are stressed they tend, sometimes, to become confused and forget things. New research suggests learning by taking practice tests helps to protect the memory against the negative effects of stress.

Essential Science: Why nitrogen is a key driver for gut health

Researchers have moved closer to connecting diets and dieting strategies and a healthy gut. This fits together with the need for having the right balance of microorganisms, and here nitrogen plays a key role.
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