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Studying a person’s blood says how old they are

Scientists have found a way to accurately determine how old a person is biologically from studying some newly identified biomarkers in the blood. This represents a step forward in estimating age and this will lead to medical benefits.

Essential Science: Using bacteria to generate useful chemicals

Bacterial cells have been engineered to produce quantities of a chemical called serine. This chemical has a useful function – it is used to manufacture detergents and its acts as a building block for many industrially important chemicals.

Controversial Stonehenge tunnel given OK by U.K. government

Plan to build a 1.8-mile tunnel near Stonehenge and widen nearby highway A303 has been given the green light by the British government. Construction is estimated to cost £2 billion ($2.4 billion).

Depressions on surface of Mars offer clues for life

Austin - Was there life on Mars? This question continues to interest many people. The area to focus on, according to a new study, are the surface features, especially the depressions located close to volcanoes.

New carbon dioxide recycling method aids biofuels

A new method for converting carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide has been developed. This process step could be used to drive efficiencies in biofuel production, as well as aiding with the manufacture of some chemical products.

Scientists engineer human stomach for research

Cincinnati - Scientists have successfully grown functional stomach and intestinal tissues. This has been created to study diseases and new drugs, and looking at the interactions between health and disease.

SpaceX launches, lands rocket for first time since September blast

Miami - SpaceX on Saturday successfully launched and landed its first unmanned Falcon 9 rocket since a costly and complicated launchpad explosion in September.

Women who hold a baby on the left side bond more closely

Women who hold their baby on their left side tend to bond more closely with their child than women who tend to hold their baby on the right hand-side, according to a new psychological study.

SpaceX poised to launch for first time since Sept blast

Miami - SpaceX is poised to launch a Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday, marking its first return to flight since a costly and complicated launchpad explosion in September.

Sugar molecule slows down respiratory disease

A type of sugar molecule can reduce the inflammatory response and progression of emphysema, according to a new study. This could lead to a new, biological drug to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.

French, US astronauts install batteries outside space station

Miami - French astronaut Thomas Pesquet floated into space on his first-ever spacewalk Friday, and helped install three new, refrigerator-sized lithium-ion batteries to upgrade the power system at the International Space Station.

Construction of NASA's massive Space Launch System stand complete

Huntsville - NASA's enormous Space Launch System (SLS) is an advanced space vehicle, the world's most powerful rocket. It will be used to launch astronauts on missions to distant planets. An enormous stand has been built to test the rocket's biggest fuel tank.

Byzantine skeleton provides clues to maternal sepsis

While excavating a late Byzantine era cemetery near Troy in modern-day Turkey, researchers discovered an 800-year-old skeleton of a woman. Two calcified nodules found at the base of her chest have yielded the complete genomes of two pathogenic bacteria.

Brain ‘re-wires’ after pregnancy

When a woman becomes a mother it is a life-changing experience. While this is obvious in many ways, new research indicates that the brain undergoes changes and the changes persist for many years.

Scientists closer to solving mystery of Earth's core

Toukyo - Japanese scientists say that silicon is likely the mystery element in the Earth's inner core, claiming progress on solving one of the planet's deepest secrets.

Asteroid just flew by Earth and we barely saw it coming

Early Monday morning, while people on the East Coast were making coffee, dropping kids off at school, and cursing in traffic, a space rock as big as a 10-story building slipped past Earth.

Scientists develop new theory on how Earth's moon was formed

A new theory about how Earth’s moon was formed has been advanced. It speculates that several extra-terrestrial objects struck Earth creating a series of small moons or moonlets. These moonlets gradually merged to form the moon we see today.

Tauros program would bring back Europe's famed Auroch cattle

Scientists are well under way to resurrecting an ancient breed of land herbivore, the auroch, an ancestor of the cattle we know today. The auroch roamed the plains of the European continent for 250,000 years until the very last one died in 1627.

‘Missing’ element discovered in Earth’s core

San Fransisco - Japanese scientists have revealed a third major element that makes up the core of the Earth, along with iron and nickel. The search for the third element has been underway for several years.
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