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Top News: Science

A virus found in lakes may be literally changing the way people think

While conducting a totally separate experiment, a group of scientists from Johns Hopkins and the University of Nebraska accidentally discovered something unexpected and potentially disturbing.

Meditation may make even first-time practitioners more creative

A new study has concluded that meditation can enhance creativity in individuals even when they have no prior experience of meditation techniques.

Investigation opens into U.S. spaceship mishap

Wallops Island - NASA is warning coastal Virginia residents not to touch any debris they find from Tuesday night's explosion and crash of a rocket and supply capsule headed for the International Space Station.

Can crime be linked to genetics?

The nature-nurture debate has resurfaced in relation to a new scientific study which argues that certain genes are connected to violent crimes.

Ancient viruses survive in frozen Caribou poop

Looking for viruses in odd places can turn up some surprising results. One scientist looking at caribou poop frozen in ice for hundreds of years discovered two previously unknown viruses.

New species of frog discovered in New York City's own backyard

New York City's Staten Island is not the ideal place to be looking for frogs, especially in November. Most amphibians are already in hiding for the winter. But Brian Curry found one frog in that cold, hardwood forest swamp.

Giant tortoise species brought back from brink of extinction

A species of Galapagos giant tortoises that numbered just 15 individuals 50 years ago, now has a healthy breeding population numbering over a thousand. The news is a rare bright spot at a time when the outlook for many species is increasingly bleak.

Turning whisky waste into fuel

A small independent company in Scotland is turning the waste products from the whisky industry into alcohol for use as a biofuel.

Florida lizards amaze scientists, evolve rapidly in 15 years

Austin - One species of lizard in Florida is proving to be quite the quick-change artist, and it's all because of good old-fashioned competition. In just 15 years, green anoles on some of Florida's islands began changing after non-native anoles barged in.

Increased lava flow from KÄ«lauea prompts evacuation concerns

Pahoa - The oozing lava flow from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has picked up speed over the past weekend, forcing most of the inhabitants of the village of Pahoa on the Big Island to flee for their lives.

Real life Transformer introduced at Tokyo expo

Tokyo - If you are a Transformer fan who dreams of someday owning your own transforming robot, Project J-deite will soon make your dream a reality.

Australian Humpback dolphin ventures on land to eat

Only a few months ago was it revealed that the Australian humpback dolphin was now listed as a new species. Scientists have been studying these creatures for years, but it is just recently that they have found out just how truly unique they really are.

Heart transplant breakthrough could make more hearts available

Surgeons in Australia have successfully transplanted hearts that had stopped beating, a major breakthrough in the process that had usually used only beating hearts. This could significantly increase the number of hearts available for transplantation.

UK scientist: Oceans face serious risk from carbon emissions

Sir Mark Walport, the UK's leading chief scientist, warned the world's oceans face a growing and serious threat from man-made carbon emissions.

'Extreme Living' in high Andes occurred 12,000 years ago

Evidence of the very earliest and highest ice age settlement in the world has been unearthed in the Peruvian Andes recently. The site was found at an elevation almost 14,700 feet (4,500 meters) above sea level, and dates to 12,400 years ago.

First Europeans were lactose intolerant

New research reveals that 5,000 years after agricultural practices spread across Neolithic Europe, human populations remained unable to digest sugars from the milk of mammals.

Microbes used to detox marine pollutants

Manchester - Many microbes have an ability to "clean up" pollutants. A new study has shown how special cellular chemistry allows microbes to strip pollutants of halogen atoms. The finding could be useful for tackling marine toxins.

U.S. halts research on the word's deadliest pathogens

Washington - Following a series of biosafety errors at federal research facilities, the U.S. government has temporarily halted funding for new studies into serious pathogens like influenza, SARS, and MERS viruses.

Keeping rice arsenic free

Scientists have identified a transporter protein in rice that shifts arsenic in to vacuoles. This mechanism helps to prevent the toxic element from traveling into grains.
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