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A potentially revolutionary new technology allows paralyzed people to speak by analysing their "breath signals". Software can recognise specific patterns of breathing and then translate those rhythms into a spoken word.

Siberian statue carries secret code 7,000yr before writing began

The Shigir Idol is the world's oldest known wooden statue. Built in 9,000 BC, it bears a secret code which nobody has ever been able to decipher. Even more startling is that it was written 7,000 years before writing was thought to have begun.

One year and counting: Mars isolation experiment begins

Six people shut themselves inside a dome for a year in Hawaii, in the longest US isolation experiment aimed at helping NASA prepare for a pioneering journey to Mars.

What to know about Saturday's supermoon

A full moon on Saturday will look larger and brighter than usual due to the lunar path being closer to the earth — which is the reason for the nickname "super moon." On September 27-28, a lunar eclipse of a supermoon is coming.

Mystery of the neon-green jackfish has been solved

A fluorescent green northern pike caught earlier this week in Canada's Great Slave Lake created quite a stir on the Internet as readers put forth various opinions on why the unusual fish got its coloration.

Scientists switch off cancer cells and return them to normal

A team of scientists at the US Mayo Clinic in Florida have succeeded in "switching off" cancer cells and making returning them to normal again.

Blood test detects cancer relapse

A new blood test has been developed that looks for signs of returning cancers. This situation can occur after someone has been treated.

Big Ben's 'bong' is ringing early say clockwatchers

Blame it on old-age, because after all, Big Ben is 156 -years-old, but for those who set their watches by the bongs of the grand old clock, Big Ben has been running six-seconds fast for the past two weeks.

Long-lasting flu vaccine in development

Researchers have published successful data on their quest to develop a 'universal' flu vaccine. Trials relating to animal studies have recently been reported.

European Union takes action on antibiotics

One root of antibiotic resistance is from animals to people. To assess this, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is running a public consultation on how to assess the risks of antimicrobial resistance passing from food animals to human.

How cryogenic sleep might become a reality

Long-term cryogenic sleep or hibernation may be useful for space travel. But with NASA backing out of the project, earthbound applications may be more likely.

Postojna Cave — The underground world of 'human fish'

The Postojna Cave in southern Slovenia's karst territory is the cradle of a special kind of biology called speleobiology. It is also home to the "human fish," an animal that gave rise to the legend of the "dragon's offspring."

Saturn flyby reveals icy moon Dione's enigmatic craters

Scientists get their last look at Saturn’s icy moon Dione after NASA's Cassini spacecraft made a flyby this week taking fresh images.

Keeping underwater surfaces dry

Can a surface remain dry underwater for several months on end? A group of scientists and engineers think so, and they believe their surface has many commercial applications.

Danny upgraded to 'category 3' — Expected to weaken over weekend

The National Hurricane Center's (NHC) latest update, issued at 5 p.m. EST is forecasting that Hurricane Danny, now a category 3 tropical cyclone, with sustained winds of 115 mph, is expected to weaken starting tonight.

Human skull 'trophy rack' found in ancient Aztec temple

Archaeologists announced on Thursday that while excavating in the Templo Mayor complex in Tenochtitlan, in modern Mexico City, they uncovered what could be the largest ceremonial skull rack ever built by the Aztecs more than 500 years ago.

Op-Ed: NASA has to tell people the world’s not ending — Again?

Trust the Internet to deliver absolute crap. Someone said it was going to happen, so every bozo on the planet believed it. That well-known biscuit maker and occasional laundromat, NASA, says an asteroid isn’t going to hit Puerto Rico next month.

Dementia may be stabilising in some countries: study

The occurrence of dementia and Alzheimer's disease may have stabilised in some wealthy nations, according to a study released Friday.

Hurricane Danny may give scientists a chance to use 'Global Hawk'

With National Hurricane Center forecasters putting Danny on a course to strike Puerto Rico, many Gulf Coast communities are hoping the storm misses them. But if Danny does get close to the U.S., scientists are ready with a new tool in their arsenal.

Special abilities of the hummingbird’s tongue revealed

Hummingbird tongues function as elastic micropumps instead of simple thin tubes, researchers have reported. This insight into the birds is not shared by all biologists.

Holding cells in limbo may combat cancer

A new study has found that delaying cellular activity can help keep cancer in control and may also slowdown the process of aging. This has been found through some molecular biological investigations.

Scientists grow first human brain in laboratory

Stunning but spooky – scientists have succeeded in growing the first human brain ever in a laboratory and the implications are mind-boggling.

Op-Ed: EMDrive ‘does work,’ but Spectator Science disagrees

Arguably the least progressive of all the sciences, physics is also the most hidebound when it comes to new ideas. Anything which contradicts a geriatric old theory is “impossible.”

Video of resourceful seal jumping into boat to escape orca whales

A rather resourceful seal saved itself from getting eaten alive by orca killer whales in B.C. waters last week. The desperate fellow jumped into an empty dinghy to avoid the whales and there is video of the seal waiting it out as the orcas search nearby.

Spectacular 'rainbow lightning' photo goes viral

An image of a storm that produced a rainbow and lightning at the same time was captured by a photographer in Tucson, Arizona.

Technology and Water is Life creates 'The Drinkable Book'

A new book is out, and it may end up being a best-seller. Called "The Drinkable Book," it is the first-ever manual that not only provides tips on safe water, but also serves as a tool to provide clean, safe drinking water.

Insect chitin could have antimicrobial properties

A new study suggests chitin, a biopolymer extracted from insects and crustaceans, could be effective against pathogenic microorganisms.

Oilseed plants being considered for biofuels

A non-food oilseed crop appears to a strong candidate for biofuel production. The crop has not previously been considered as a basis for fuels. New research suggests the crop has potential.

Is modern living responsible for rise in dementia cases?

A wide-ranging study of patients in 21 western countries has led researchers to suggest modern living, with its rising levels of pollution and increased use of insecticides, may be behind why people are developing dementia at increasing rates.

Genetically modified mice see rise in intelligence

Researchers have succeeded in genetically engineering mice to produce rodents of greater intelligence and less anxiety. The research could one day help those with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The evolution of lager yeast charted

The key to making a good beer is a mix of the best ingredients, craft and the best yeast. In the beer world, lagers dominate the market. Researchers have been pondering the origins of the lager yeast.

Rosetta hits 'milestone' in comet's run past Sun

The European space probe Rosetta captured a range of scientific data as it trailed an ancient comet past the Sun which could help scientists better understand the origins of life on Earth.

Queen Nefertiti's remains finally found

In what could be a breakthrough discovery, archaeologist Nicholas Reeves claims that he could have found a hidden door in Tutankhamun's tomb that leads to Nefertiti's remains.

Scientists discover Mars lake that may have had microbial life

Colorado scientists says they've identified the best place to search for signs of past life on Mars — within an evaporated lake basin.

Gut bacteria could prevent type 1 diabetes

Through an investigation of the immune response, researchers have discovered that certain bacteria can protect against the development of type 1 diabetes.

Discovering how Listeria grows on refrigerated salmon

Listeria monocytogenes, in sufficient numbers on refrigerated food, can present the serious risk of listeriosis. Researchers have been investigating the growth mechanism of the bacterium to find a way of reducing infection rates.

Wonderful video of 50 orca killer whales playing off B.C. Coast

Orca whales, also called killer whales, playing amongst themselves, breaching the water in their natural habitat, is a common sight off the coast of B.C. But to see 50 of them swmmiing and playing together, from two different pods, that is a rare treat.

Nervous system filmed for the first time

The inner workings of the human body have always intrigued scientists. Now for the first time they have been able to film a functioning nervous system.

Music may help prevent epileptic seizures, researchers find

Researchers studying epilepsy have made an interesting discovery, with a little help from music by John Coltrane and Mozart. For people with epilepsy, listening to music causes a rather unusual side-effect known as musical brainwave synchronization.

New hydrogel can 'walk' in water by changing temperature

Scientists have developed a new hydrogel that stretches and contracts relatively quickly in response to temperature variations, which may offer practical uses.

Highly infectious disease affecting tadpoles across the globe

British scientists announced today that a highly infectious disease may be threatening frog populations worldwide. Caused by organisms known as "protists," the disease has been found in the livers of tadpoles from six countries on three continents.
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