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A team of researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder has discovered an invisible shield about 7,200 miles above Earth. The shield protects the Earth from "killer" ultrarelativistic electrons which travel at near the speed of light.

Fiber supplements shift bacteria and trigger weight loss

A new study suggests that the addition of dietary fiber to a diet leads to a shift in the gut toward beneficial bacteria. This reduces risks of cancer and can help with weight loss.

Keeping medicines microbe free Special

This week some of Europe's leading microbiologists gathered in Nottingham (U.K.) for the Pharmaceutical Microbiology Interest Group (Pharmig) annual conference. One of the key themes was keeping medicines safe from harmful microorganisms.

'Beam me to Mars' event celebrates 50 years of Mars exploration

Man's exploration of Mars started on Nov. 5, 1964 with the launch of the ill-fated Mariner 3 spacecraft. When it died after almost nine hours in flight, Mariner 4 was launched on Nov. 28. It was the first spacecraft to successfully make a flyby of Mars.

2 new species of horned dinosaurs discovered from museum fossils

Two new species of horned dinosaur from the Cretaceous Period have only now been discovered, though the fossils the discoveries are based upon were found over 75 years ago. They sat in a Canadian museum, mistakenly identified as other, known, species.

Particle collisions are yours to see via CERN's Open Science

The world is abuzz because CERN has released in Open Science data sharing the first couple dozen terabytes of LHC high-velocity particle collisions such as the ones that brought the Higgs boson into view. Use the data for music, education or raw analysis.

First complete fossil of small dinosaur found in South Korea

A fisherman in Hadong County, southern South Korea, discovered a fossilized skeleton of a small carnivorous dinosaur complete with a skull and a jaw. This is the first such discovery of its kind, a state-run think tank reported Monday.

Scientists baffled by mysterious missing stars

Scientists are mystified because a huge group of stars aren't where they're supposed to be and they don't know where they've gone.

Unknown Roman god shows influence of Iron Age religion

Found as a buttress in a Medieval Christian monastery, a newly discovered bearded Roman fertility god shows evidence of continuing religious traditions having their beginning in the Iron Age and leaving their traces through the Middle Ages.

Digital Journal's top science stories of 2014 Special

2014 has seen a myriad of fascinating science news. Digital Journal looks back at the year in science and selects the 12 most interesting stories that have impacted people's lives around the world.

Why are some flu viruses more dangerous than others?

Certain types of avian influenza viruses have the potential to cause more severe disease in humans compared with others. This has come from new research which warns such viruses must be monitored carefully.

Study: Hailstorms are 'biological events'

A study has found that hailstones form around certain biological materials. This presents a new way of thinking about the formation of snow and rain.

Viruses help to maintain human health

Scientists now argue that the natural presence of viruses in the gut (virome) help to maintain health-maintenance and infection-fighting. This is similar to the role of the intestinal bacteria.

Nanoparticles used to monitor for cancer

Researchers have developed new nanoparticles that can be used for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This application could help medics to monitor a tumor’s environment and to assess if drugs have successfully reached their targets.

Revealing the secrets of HIV

Taking advantage of developments in electron microscopy, scientists have gained new insights into HIV and other viruses.

Graphene helps to construct flexible solar cells

Researchers have devised a new type of cathode that could be readily used to manufacture inexpensive, flexible dye-sensitized solar cells.

Nanorobots designed to swim through human blood

Nanorobots could be designed to carry out medical tasks in the human body. Researchers have created “swimming bodies” that can navigate through biological fluids like blood.

Alzheimer's blood test discovers disease 10 years before symptoms

A new test for Alzheimer's Disease appears to discover the illness up to 10 years before any symptoms appear. It's a groundbreaking test that could enable treatment options to begin far earlier than ever before.

Uncanny human-like robots debut in Japan, pose ethical questions

Are you a receptionist, bartender or newscaster? If so, you might want to start training for a new job if Japanese robotics experts have their way. Japan recently debuted uncanny human-like android robots that may be taking your job in the future.

NASA rover to probe Mars' mysterious pink cliffs

The search for life on Mars could be taken a step further when Curiosity's Rover next explores the planet's mysterious "pink cliffs."

Mapping the human interactome predicts cancer genes Special

Researchers have developed the largest-scale map of direct interactions between proteins encoded by the human genome. This allows for predictions about the genes involved with cancer.

The key to having a good memory is ridiculously simple

Memories don't just happen on their own. You have to, quite literally, pay attention. "The process [of memory] starts with our attention," Michele L. Brennan explains at Psych Central.

Interview with Sy Montgomery: Acclaimed author and naturalist Special

Naturalist Sy Montgomery took some time from her busy schedule to talk about her book "The Tarantula Scientist" and her career in writing.

Op-Ed: Gigantic pattern of ancient quasars spans billions of light years

A decidedly eerie pattern of consistent positioning of ancient quasars has been discovered. This is a vast pattern, billions of light years across. Either someone’s taking “join the dots” way too far, or a new cosmic structure's been found.

New osteoarthritis therapy revealed Special

The company Levolta Pharmaceuticals has outlined the results of an initial Phase II study for a potential disease modifying drug. The drug is designed to treat patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA).

Sea star wasting disease may be caused by virus

Starfish wasting disease first came to the public's attention in 1978, when a large number of starfish died from the disease in the Gulf of California. The loss of this top-level predator had profound effects on the ecosystem.

Cartilage cells can 'sense' injury

Researchers are examining how human cartilage senses mechanical strain at the cellular level. It seems that a pair of channels that work together to cause cartilage cells to die off in droves. New research suggests that this mechanism can be blocked.

Is depression linked to an infectious disease?

Some types of major depressive disorder (MDD) could be re-assessed as infectious diseases, according to a new study. The study suggests that some forms of depression result from parasitic, bacterial, or viral infection.

Scientists one step closer to resurrecting the woolly mammoth

Scientists may finally have what they need in order to resurrect a woolly mammoth, but there's one really big if: They need to find the mammoth's complete DNA, and with a mammoth named Buttercup, they may have it.

Video: Antarctic fur seal uses penguin to relieve sexual tension

Scientists on Marion Island, located in the sub-antarctic Indian Ocean, documented a rare phenomenon between the fur seals and king penguins from 2006 to the present day.

Carbon monoxide could help battle pathogens

Biologists have found that naturally occurring carbon monoxide (CO) is essential for immune system cells in the human body to be able to combat invasive bacterial pathogens.

New antibiotic found in horse dung fungus

Researchers have isolated a new substance from a fungus that kills bacteria. The substance, known as copsin, has the same effect as traditional antibiotics. The substance was found in the common inky cap mushroom that grows on horse dung.

Marijuana helps to reduce glioma cancer

Researchers have successfully shrunk one of the most aggressive adult brain cancers by combining cannabinoids with radiotherapy.

There's an incredible meteor shower happening this week

November is the time of year to watch one of the most brilliant meteor showers of the year: the Leonid meteor shower, also known as the Leonids.

Alien life may exist without conditions like Earth

A group of scientists are proposing that alien life forms may not need conditions similar to Earth to survive and that we should not exclude the possibility of other “exotic” types of life existing in the Universe.

Google to offer genome storage facility

The Internet search giant Google has added its name to a number of other companies offering cloud computing and genome storage for scientists.

Long-term marijuana use may affect brain region

A new study suggests that long-term marijuana smokers have less gray matter in their orbitofrontal cortex compared with non-smokers. However, the study further notes that other brain circuits compensate by increasing connectivity.

Nanotechnology leads to improved retinal implants

Researchers have developed a new light-sensitive nanotube-based film. The technology could pave the way to more flexible and durable retinal implants.

Op-Ed: Bacteria as memory storage – E. coli’s new gig

E. coli are tough bacteria. There are a lot of different strains, but this time they’re working for us. The new approach to managing medical and environmental data is to store it in bacterial genomes.

Searching for aliens, forty years on Special

On 16 November 1974 an encoded radio message was transmitted into deep space by the Arecibo radio telescope. The objective is to see if an alien civilization will respond. In London, a special event was held to mark the fortieth anniversary.

New understanding into how MERS infects

A new study has shown how the deadly MERS virus enters human cells. This new insight provides information about the rate of infection. The results could also signal a new path for treatment.
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