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New evidence suggests that a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) scientist who accidentally leaked H5N1 into a benign strain of avian influenza may have been rushing off to a meeting.

Octopus skin inspires sophisticated camouflage sensors

Cephalopod skin inspires engineers to design sheets of adaptive camouflage sensors. Inspired by the octopus, researchers have created sheets of sensors with a temperature-sensitive dye to mimic cephalopod camouflage.

Epigenetic patterns found with people who have Alzheimer’s

People with the neurodegenerative disease Alzheimer's are more likely to have certain epigenetic patterns than those without, according to a new study.

Lab mice have 'lost' traits through domestication

A study of laboratory bred mice has revealed that some behavioral traits, like female aggression, have been lost with domestication.

Marburg virus drug shows promise

Monkeys infected with lethal doses of Marburg virus, as part of a laboratory study, were rescued by an experimental siRNA-based therapeutic.

Microbes discovered 800 meters deep in Antarctica lake

Samples taken from an Antarctic lake 800 meters below the ice reveal an abundance of microbial life. The lake was the vast and mysterious Lake Whillans.

City spiders have it better than their country cousins

Spiders seem to bring out the "heebie-jeebies" in many people, and based on a new study out of Australia, there is good reason to feel freaked out by them, especially if you live in the city. The dog-gone city spiders are bigger and more fertile.

Hoopoes' eggs change color according to mother’s health

Biologists have discovered that preen gland secretion causes hoopoes’ eggs to change color, signalling about the health of the mother bird.

Ferroelectric materials show promise

Electronic devices with unprecedented efficiency and data storage may someday run on ferroelectrics - remarkable materials that use built-in electric polarizations to read and write digital information.

Bacterial meningitis incidence falls in the U.S.

Advances in the prevention and treatment of bacterial meningitis appear to be paying dividends in the U.S. A new report has revealed a significant drop in prevalence and mortality following the introduction of new treatments.

MERS transmission link between bats and humans revealed

The mechanism used by Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus to transmit from bats to humans has been identified by researchers. The finding could be critical for preventing and controlling the spread of MERS and related viruses in humans.

Scientists study Amazon turtles that ‘talk,’ take care of young

A team of scientists studying the Giant River Turtles of the Amazon River have found the species uses various sounds to communicate with each other, even one for newly-hatched nestlings, a previously unknown parenting behavior.

Burial site for Black Death victims a first in Spain

When the Black Death plague hit Spain back in the 14th century, the population reportedly plummeted from around six million to a mere 2.5 million people. However, the first mass grave from that period has only now been discovered, in Barcelona.

Fighting malaria by targeting genes

A new approach to preventing malaria by knocking out parasite's genes has been proposed. Biological engineers have demonstrated that a new genome-editing technique can disrupt a single parasite gene with a success rate of up to 100 percent.

New research to improve tuberculosis drugs

New clues to understanding how the most important medication for tuberculosis (TB) works may lead to a new generation of medicines to fight the virulent bacterium.

American farmers fighting wheat fungus outbreak

This year's soft red winter wheat crop has been hit with fusarium head blight, a fungal disease that develops if it rains during the critical growing period for wheat. Known as "head scab," the disease will have a broad impact on farmers and consumers.

Can Ebola be treated with the blood of survivors?

As part of its bid to tackle Ebola, the World Health Organization (WHO) is considering a potential Ebola treatment that involves using the blood of people who have recovered from an infection to treat those still fighting the virus.

Treating cancer with bacteria shows promise

In a remarkable study, researchers have shown that injecting bacteria into a cancer tumor helped shrink it. Studies were first carried out on dogs, and then, with interesting results, on a female cancer patient.

Extraterrestrial enthusiasts claim ISS cameras show several UFOs

NASA may not have realized that streaming video from the International Space Station (ISS) would lead to UFO enthusiasts claiming the videos have captured numerous UFOs, but that is exactly what is happening.

Antibiotic use linked to obesity

Low doses of antibiotics early in life lead to adult obesity in mice, according to some new research. Some scientists wonder if the same effects occur with people.

Lab grown 3-D brain tissue could help with brain injuries

Researchers have engineered rat tissue so that it forms complex networks of functioning neurons. The developed tissue appears to behave normally after an injury, and could lead to innovative research on human brain injury.

Remarkable biology of the crayfish revealed

The blood cells in adult crayfish can form neurons, according to a new paper. The research supports the theory of trans-differentiation, in which cells of one type contribute to tissues that originate from a different part of an animal's body.

Op-Ed: Ebola drugs are a 'long way off' from large-scale production

The announcement that World Health Organization (WHO) consultants have agreed that experimental Ebola drugs can be used to tackle the African outbreak made headlines. However drug companies cannot readily produce the medications in large supplies.

The cost of scientific fraud revealed

According to a new study, each science paper exposed as incorrect and which is subsequently retracted because of research misconduct costs taxpayers roughly $400,000.

Bird parasite alert issued

House Finch eye disease, a bacterial parasite, is infecting a wide range of species, though most do not show signs of illness, according to a new report. The disease is primarily a respiratory infection and appears on birds as conjunctivitis.

New clues as to how Ebola fights the human body

The human body normally fights viral infections by releasing signalling proteins to trigger the immune response. Researchers have found a mechanism unique to the Ebola virus that blocks these proteins, allowing viral reproduction in infected cells.

New way of assessing the purity of graphene

The environment surrounding graphene can influence its electronic performance. To check the material purity researchers have come up with a simple way to spot contaminants.

Nanotechnology helps immune cells fight cancer

Scientists have developed a novel cancer immunotherapy. This involves growing and enhancing a patient’s immune cells using a nanotube and then injecting them back into the patient’s body to boost their immune response.

Op-Ed: First extra solar particles discovered

A NASA spacecraft called Stardust brought back particles from space which are now believed to be the first particles to be identified as originating from outside the solar system.

Hemp nanosheets rival graphene for conductivity

Scientists have reported that fibers from hemp can pack as much energy and power as graphene, which is known as the "wonder" model material for making supercapacitors.

Study: Infants may be more perceptive than we think

According to a new study babies can recognize not only new objects but new paths taken by objects. For example a 10-month-old child can notice when objects such as tables move unnaturally.

Study hints dogs might get jealous

A nine-month study published in the science journal, PLOS ONE, hinted in July there is a chance dogs might get jealous. Experts still aren't certain whether the exhibited behavior is actually jealousy, however.

South Korea's only astronaut quits and ends their space program

Yi So-yeon quit her job as an astronaut to focus on interactions between science and business. As South Korea's first and only astronaut this ends the program for the country at this time.

New study of hepatitis provides clues for fighting the disease

A new technique to sustain hepatitis B in liver cells has allowed researchers to study the immune response and drug treatments.

Advancements with graphene for conductivity

Researchers have discovered that the conductivity at the edges of graphene devices is different to the central material.

Venom may act as a cancer-fighting drug

A new study suggests that bee, snake, or scorpion venom could form the basis of a new generation of cancer-fighting drugs.

Is gold nanotechnology the key to fighting Ebola?

As the World Health Organization holds crisis meetings to discuss ways to battle the Ebola outbreak, one scientist thinks that one solution for fighting the deadly virus is nanotechnology.

New cling-wrap treatment for burns

Novel, ultrathin coatings called nanosheets have been produced to protect burns from bacterial infections. The sheets cling to the body’s most difficult-to-protect contours and prevent infection.

Scientists create water-based tractor beam

Researchers with the Australian National University (ANU) have created a water-powered beam which can move objects with the flow.

Natural light in offices boosts workers' health, study finds

Do you work in windowless surroundings? Your sleep could be at stake. Workers in sunlit office environments reported superior sleep quality and physical vitality in a recent study led by Northwestern University.

Study: Sheep with parasites reproduce better

Researchers have found that an animal's ability to endure an internal parasite strongly influences its reproductive success. The finding could provide the groundwork for boosting the resilience of humans and livestock to infection.
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