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The importance of a contamination control strategy and a science-based approach to addressing microbial issues are the key elements for any pharmaceutical microbiologist’s toolbox. These were the main lessons from the Pharmig annual conference.

China completes Mars lander test ahead of 2020 mission

China on Thursday completed a test of its Mars exploration lander ahead of Beijing's first mission to the red planet slated for 2020.Beijing is pouring billions into its military-run space programme, with hopes of having a crewed space station by 2022....

Microbiologists 'colonize' Nottingham to discuss hot topics Special

Each November pharmaceutical microbiologists converge for the annual Pharmig conference to discuss medicinal safety and the latest developments in all-things microbiology. On day one of year's event pharmaceutical regulators outlined their expectations.

Op-Ed: Great science incoming as Voyagers find ‘Wall of Fire’

The Voyager probes have left the best to last. They have just delivered the most important information ever regarding the realities of interstellar space. This is Big Science which will be critical for millennia to come.

Little-known mouse deer, thought to be extinct, caught on film

With so many stories of animals going extinct these days it's rare to get some good news. But, a tiny rabbit-sized creature, known as a mouse deer, has been photographed in the wild for the first time in three decades in southern Vietnam.

Essential Science: Secret to living longer is more ‘rest’

If you want to live for longer, especially as you get older, then the answer, based on a new study, is to rest more and preferably to sleep more. This finding is drawn from a comparative review of people experiencing different lifestyles.

Novel process allows microbes to harvest electrons

In a new, and very novel, process researchers have shown how a species of bacteria can be used to 'eat' electricity. This involves pulling in electrons away from an electrode source.

Are we getting closer to achieving nuclear fusion?

Nuclear fusion is regarded by many as an environmentally-friendly and catastrophe- free option for the future. However, realizing this has remained out-of-reach. New funding aims to deliver electricity from a fusion reactor by 2040.

New tractor beam used to alter quantum computing materials

Scientists have used light-based technology, based on optical tweezers, to control a fluids and assemble nanoscale semiconductor materials precisely into larger structures.

Climate crisis causes deadly virus to spread among marine mammals

A lethal virus that killed tens of thousands of harbor seals in the northern Atlantic in 2002 suddenly spread to sea lions, seals and otters in the northern Pacific Ocean two years later, confounding scientists - until now.

Sending red wine into space could help food sustainability

Red wine has been taken up to the International Space Station as part of the latest cargo delivery. The aim is to study the wine to help to develop new solutions for the future of food and agriculture production on Earth.

Is it time for a ‘shocking’ new way to kill microbes?

A new electrochemical approach is being developed to treat infections of metal-based implants, according to a new research study. The technology appears to be able to kill bacteria and fungi and reduce infection risk.

Essential Science: Edging towards a universal flu vaccine?

Virologists are edging closer to developing a universal flu vaccine, based on an antibody that attaches to a protein. Given that flu viruses require this protein to reproduce in the body, this could provide the basis for a ‘universal’ vaccine.

Op-Ed: Following humans into space, fungi and bacteria are real risks

Humans live surrounded by microorganisms of all kinds. The most persistent are on skin and on anything around people. They’re also going into space and could become a serious issue.

Are antiferromagnetic materials needed for future computers?

Computer scientists have made an important move forwards in the adoption of insulating antiferromagnetic materials for use in future computers. This is to improve how information is written and read electrically.

New study improves our understanding of brain function

Researchers are one-step closer to understanding the brain and its function, following some pioneering experiments. This new insight could help those affected by strokes.

Mucus helps inactivate bacterial biofilms

New research into mucus shows that it plays an essential role in controlling bacterial biofilms and helping to prevent infection. This is due to sugar molecules present, termed glycans and these disarm opportunistic pathogens.

Artificial skin improves robots' sensory abilities

A new study demonstrates how a biologically-inspired skin improves robots' sensory abilities. This development is seen as a stepping stone towards developing robots that are able to interact more closely with people.

Q&A: Solving the tuberculosis crisis using technology Special

LLamasoft, a supply chain design software designer, and a FIND non-profit healthcare organization, have recently partnered to use AI technology to find millions of undiagnosed patients impacted by tuberculosis.

Q&A: How AI tech can make humans more emotionally intelligent Special

Research has shown that behavioral signaling is largely universal – not only across cultures, but across species too. Based on this knowledge, Cogito Corp. has created an AI technology to analyze how humans interact with each other during conversations.

Humanity's homeland found in ancient Botswana

Modern humans emerged 200,000 years ago in a region of northern Botswana, scientists claimed Monday, in what appeared to be the most precise location of mankind's "ancestral homeland" yet discovered.

Essential Science: Linking screen time and obesity together

New research suggests that too much screen time, for young people, is correlated with an increased consumption of sugary-foods and caffeine. This draws a connection between the use of devices and obesity.

Air Force's X-37B spaceplane back on Earth after 780-day mission

The U.S. Air Force’s reusable Boeing-built X-37B space plane returned to Earth early Sunday with a touchdown at NASA’s Shuttle Landing Facility runway at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Impacts of Santa Ana and Diablo winds on California fire risk

California's damaging Santa Ana and Diablo wind events - occurring in otherwise sunny skies might be hard to comprehend for people living in other parts of the world where such winds usually accompany a storm with rain or snow.

New beetle named after Greta Thunberg

The environmental activist Greta Thunberg has had a beetle named after he, joining a small band of public figures who have been honored by having a newly classified animal named after them.

America's bridge infrastructure needs some serious work

America has over 600,000 bridges. Steel girder bridges, among the most common, could face serious infrastructure problems thanks to man-made climate change.

Invest in Artemis to get a ride to Moon: US

Several countries want their astronauts to hitch a ride with the United States on its next set of lunar missions, but the second nation to have Moon boots on the ground will depend on how much they contribute, NASA's chief said Thursday.

Study: Too much screen time may speed up ageing

New research, from the U.S., finds that daily exposure to blue light could accelerate ageing, even if it the light does not reach the eyes of the person viewing the screen.

New technique reveals lost splendours of Herculaneum art

One of the best preserved Roman houses at Herculaneum reopened on Wednesday after more than 30 years, its exquisite paintings brought back to life thanks to a revolutionary new technique.

Rats trained to drive tiny cars find it relaxing, scientists report

Sometimes life really can be a rat race.US scientists have reported successfully training a group of the rodents to drive tiny cars in exchange for bits of Froot Loops cereal, and found that learning the task lowered their stress levels.

Quantum leap in computing as scientists claim 'supremacy'

Scientists claimed Wednesday to have achieved a near-mythical state of computing in which a new generation of machine vastly outperforms the world's fastest super-computer, known as "quantum supremacy".

NASA wants international partners to go to Moon too

As it looks to return to the Moon, NASA is open to the idea of international participation, which could mean a non-American setting foot on Earth's natural satellite for the first time in history, global space chiefs said Monday.

Essential Science: Improving agriculture with new AgriTech

AgriTech and associated financial solutions are revolutionizing agriculture, helping to secure the food supply and boost agricultural economics. This week’s Essential Science surveys some of the innovations.

Review: What does it mean to be human? New London exhibit reveals all Special

What can an urban spaceman tells us about the human condition? These are some of the unusual objects on display at a new exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London.

In first, spacewalk conducted by two women: NASA TV

US astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir became the first all-female pairing to carry out a spacewalk Friday, following a spacesuit flub earlier this year that caused the historic mission to be aborted.

Paris Zoological Park unveils 'The Blob' on Saturday

It is bright yellow, can creep along at a speed of up to 4 centimeters (1.6 inches) per hour, can solve problems even though it doesn't have a brain and can heal itself if it is cut in two. Meet the "blob," a most unusual organism.

Archaeologists uncover 20 sealed coffins near Luxor, Egypt

Archaeologists have found more than 20 ancient wooden coffins near the Egyptian city of Luxor, the country's antiquities ministry, Khaled Al-Anany says.

Scientists shed light on how brains turn pain up or down

Pain perception is essential for survival, but how much something hurts can sometimes be amplified or suppressed: for example, soldiers who sustain an injury in battle often recall not feeling anything at the time.

Nobel prizes for chemistry and physics announced

October 2019 has seen the announcement of the Nobel prizes for chemistry and physics. These are awarded for developments with lithium-ion batteries and for the hunt for new exoplanets.

Predictive analytics assesses an India-Pakistan nuclear war

Any nuclear war would devastating, but how devastating and it does it matter when or where? A further factor is with the continued after-effects of any bombs exploded. Predictive analytics assesses a potential conflict between India and Pakistan.

Essential Science: Changes to weather events 'could be lethal'

The world faces extreme weather events leading to environmental change. This is impacting on animals and plants. Predictive analytics has helped to map out the changes and shows if a certain species could be driven to extinction.
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