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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.

Doomsday Clock moved up and now sits at 3 minutes before midnight

The metaphorical Doomsday Clock, created by and kept up by The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, has been moved. It is now the closest it's been to midnight in three decades, moving up Thursday to 3 minutes to midnight.

Got binoculars? Check out Monday's asteroid fly-by

Pasadena - Got binoculars? Monday's close encounter with Asteroid 2004 BL86 is probably the best time you'll have to use them for sky-watching in the next 13 years.

Huge asteroid passes Earth Monday, get out telescopes, binoculars

An asteroid that is half a kilometre wide will be zooming by the Earth Monday night, within a range that will make it easy for amateur telescopes to witness its passing. It won't be around again for a very long time.

Fat stored in moms' butts helps build babies brains, intelligence

A scientist at the University of Pittsburgh says recent studies have provided answers to a question that has baffled scientists for long: Why do women have so much fat in their thighs, hips and bottoms compared with females of other animal species?

DNA smart glue could fix organs together

Researchers are working on creating a so-called DNA ‘smart glue’ that could one day be used to hold together 3-D-printed materials, such as tissues or even organs grown in the laboratory.

Human muscle that contracts is made in laboratory

Scientists have successfully grown a human skeletal muscle that contracts and responds similarly to natural body tissue to electrical pulses. The laboratory development is designed to help researchers study new drugs.

Brain hormones affect fat and obesity

A new study has found how certain hormones, active in the brain, affect levels of fat (and types of "good" and "bad" fat). In turn, this influences levels of obesity.

Camels’ role in MERS virus now under question

A new research study suggests that transmission of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS) from camels to humans is poor.

Studying worms in space to boost astronaut health

Tokyo - A special study is taking place aboard the International Space Station. Astronauts are studying a roundworm to find out what the effects of being in zero gravity have on muscles.

Human cells found to have sensory capability

Copenhagen - A new study has found that cells possess finger-like projections that are used to sense the external environment. These projections can detect the chemical environment and they can "feel" the through ultrasensitive sensors.

Aerial transmission of antibiotic-resistant bacteria documented

Plainview - After testing dust from in the air near large-scale feedlots on the Southern High Plains, scientists found evidence of antibiotics, feedlot-derived bacteria and DNA sequences that encode for antibiotic resistance.
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