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The sound of silence is the only thing heard in many households today. At the supper table and the living room, children are engrossed in the latest electronic media, or texting on their cell phones, oblivious to parents questions or demands.

Essential Science: Ultrasonics used to carry data to body tissues

Some medical devices can be controlled wirelessly. This becomes more difficult the deeper the device is embedded. An advancement in ultrasonic signals heralds a new wave of remotely controlled, implanted medical devices.

Is it possible for a machine to read your mind?

Those suffering from motor neuron disease such as Lou Gehrig's struggle to turn thoughts into words. A scientist from University of California, Berkeley, aims to overcome this through advanced technology.

Using bones and shells to make super-concrete

Concrete is a strong material, essential for most construction projects. It is, however, prone to cracking over time. Can concrete be made stronger? It seems so by adding bones and shells.

Nanoparticles created to seek out cancer cells

A key application of nanotechnology is in the medical field and one useful application is with the early detection of cancerous cells. Researchers from Russia report on a new innovation.

Ambitious plans for a Mars orbiter announced

The multi-billion-dollar company Lockheed Martin is planning to construct a space station that will orbit Mars. The platform will first be tested around the Moon.

New boa constrictor species found on remote island in Bahamas

A new species of boa constrictor has been discovered on an uninhabited island in the Bahamas. One of the manners in which the species introduced itself was to slither out of a tree right up upon the head of a researcher.

Greek archaeologist claims to have found Aristotle's tomb

Greek media reported on Thursday that the tomb of Aristotle has been found in the ancient city of Stagira. The discovery is the culmination of 20 years of digging in Aristotle's birthplace in northern Greece.

'Phage' that attacks antibiotic resistant bacteria found in pond

Yale researchers went fishing for a natural product to use in combating antibiotic-resistant pathogens and found one floating on the water of a Connecticut pond.

Next-gen carbon monoxide sensors based on nanotech

The monitoring of air, especially in homes and workplaces, for carbon monoxide is a critical part of health and safety. Early detection is key to lowering risks of poisoning. To improve current technology, Japanese researchers are looking to nanotech.

Solar Impulse lands in Pennsylvania on record-breaking flight

The sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft landed in the US state of Pennsylvania Wednesday, completing the latest leg of a record-breaking flight around the world to promote renewable energy.

Movile Cave in Romania has an ecosystem unlike any other on Earth

Movile Cave can be found in a barren, featureless field in Constanța County, Romania, not too far from the Black Sea. The cave is closed to visitors because of its unique ecosystem, and because it is extremely hazardous to humans.

Solar Impulse plane postpones Ohio departure

A solar-powered plane set to fly from Ohio to Pennsylvania on Tuesday delayed its departure to inspect possible damage due to a mishap, organizers said.

Colombia peace could reveal jungle species' secrets

Countless rare insects and flowers are said to inhabit the jungles of Colombia, but decades of war have stopped naturalists from discovering them -- until now.

Essential Science: Robot insects powered by static electricity

Scientists are examining tiny robotic insects in a quest to find new ways to power robotic devices. The basis of the research is to improve the efficiency for search and rescue operations.

Do cancer cells have special acoustic signals?

A new study suggests that cells have particular acoustic signals, and that the signal from cancerous cells differs from that of healthy cells. This could be the basis of a new cancer detection method.

World's rarest plant is a relic from the age of the dinosaurs

Palm tree-like plants called cycads grew in abundance 135 million years ago, providing shelter from the heat and forage for plant-eating dinosaurs. If you want to see one of these plants today, you will have to visit a botanical garden.

India's mini space shuttle blasts off

India successfully launched its first model space shuttle on Monday, a top official said, as New Delhi joined the race to develop a reusable rocket to make space travel easier and cheaper.

Brain waves used to control the flight of drones

It is possible, through the use of computers, to control an object with thought. This has been extended to drones, thanks to a University of Florida in Gainesville student project.

A compound from horseradish may help to fight cancer

Scientists have identified a cancer-fighting compound in the spicy root vegetable horseradish. The compound may induce an enzymatic reaction to destroy free-radicals.

New drug slows down rate of Zika infection

A science team have demonstrated that an experimental antiviral drug, designed for use against hepatitis C, can slow down the development of Zika in mice. Further studies will be undertaken to demonstrate the effectiveness in people.

Solar Impulse plane lands in Dayton from Oklahoma

A solar-powered plane landed in Dayton, Ohio on the latest leg of a record-breaking trip to circle the globe without consuming a drop of fuel.

Solar Impulse plane leaves Oklahoma for Dayton

An experimental, solar-powered aircraft took off from Tulsa in the midwestern US state of Oklahoma early Saturday, kicking off the latest phase of its record-breaking quest to circle the globe without consuming a drop of fuel.

Battling against crop pests thanks to genetics

Three research groups have recently reported on advances with crop diseases resistance. These related to detecting novel disease resistance genes and the successful transfer of resistance into wheat, soybean, and potato.

Mega-tsunamis 'sculpted' Mars surface

Monster tsunamis caused by meteor impacts swept across the northern plains of Mars more than three billion years ago, radically resculpting the edges of the Red Planet's ancient seas, according to a study published Thursday.

Scientists find evidence that a moon of Jupiter could hold life

A new study released by NASA on Tuesday shows that oceans on Europa, one of Jupiter’s 67 known moons, might have a lot in common with our own oceans, including a chemical balance capable of harboring life.

Out of this world: 'Moon and Mars veggies' grow in Dutch greenhouse

Establishing a human colony on the Moon and travelling to Mars has been the stuff of dreams since the dawn of the space age.But these visions face many hurdles. How can humans survive for months or years in the ultra-hostile environment of space?

Essential Science: How science can improve craft beer

Taking a sip of a cold beer on a warm day seems a step away from science. However, both microbiology and chemistry are crucial to creating your favorite brew. With the popularity of craft beers, the scientific approach is important.

New figure puts number of microbes at 1 trillion

The numbers of different microorganisms on the planet have always outweighed the numbers of other organisms. A new estimate paces a very large figure on the numbers of microorganisms, possibly up to one trillion.

Technologies for improving medicinal safety discussed in London Special

On May 12, 2016 healthcare pharmacists gathered at the Royal Society for Chemistry in central London to discuss the safety and safe preparation of medicines intended to be sterile. Most sterile medicines are biologics.

Tiny coffin holds youngest preserved fetus from ancient Egypt

The tiny cedar-wood coffin has been sitting in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge since it was donated by archaeologists in 1907. Curators assumed the little coffin contained preserved body organs, certainly not a tiny body.

Cells carry memory of an injury, resulting in chronic pain

A new study from King's College in London has opened the door into further research into chronic pain and why it persists, even after the injury that caused the pain is gone.

Turning tobacco plants into cannabinoid bio-factories

With the medical marijuana market heating up, the company 22nd Century has announced a new initiative to produce medically important cannabinoids in plants other than cannabis, like tobacco plants.

Cryo-electron microscopy technology opens up DNA

Bioscientist Yuan He has made a breakthrough in understanding how proteins orchestrate the first key steps in gene activation. This was achieved by using new technology to "open up" the double helix of DNA.

Solar Impulse 2 lands in Oklahoma on record-breaking flight

The Solar Impulse 2 plane touched down in Tulsa, in the south-central US state of Oklahoma, ending the latest stage of its record-breaking quest to circle the globe without consuming a drop of fuel.

Rapid test for Zika virus developed

Scientists have come up with a new way to diagnose Zika virus infection in under four hours. The test is based on paper and uses an electronic reader.

Op-Ed: Canadian student who found lost city of Mayas deserves respect

It didn't take long for the "experts" to shoot down the story of the young Quebec teenager who possibly had found a lost Mayan structure in the middle of nowhere in Central America. But the story is much bigger than debunking a theory, isn't it?

Rainwater trigger earthquakes in New Zealand

A new study has found that along New Zealand fault, rainfall can contribute to plates slipping and sliding, thereby triggering earthquakes.

Fifth of world's plants under threat, warns Kew Gardens

A fifth of the world's plant species are at risk of extinction, British researchers warned Tuesday in an unprecedented global census of the plant kingdom.

Essential Science: Investigating the true nature of water

It might be thought that we know everything there is to know about water. However, many of the properties of the compound remain unclear to scientists. New research sheds some light.

Mercury rising: Astronomers gear up for planetary alignment

Astronomers are preparing for one of the highlights of the skywatchers' year, when the Sun, Mercury and Earth all line up -- a phenomenon that happens just a dozen or so times per century.