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New research shows that antimicrobial-resistant infections are increasing in animals across low and middle income countries at a rate far faster that earlier predictions suggested.

Smart artificial hand for developed for amputees

A new smart artificial hand developed for amputees merges user and robotic control to improve movement, control and sensation. This forms part of the emerging field of neuroprosthetic technology.

Study on genetically modified mosquitoes prompts backlash

In an attempt to control the mosquito-borne diseases, English biotech company, Oxitec, developed a strain of transgenically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes having a "lethal gene." This gene should have doomed any offspring created.

North America has lost 3 billion wild birds since 1970

The skies over North America are quieter then they were 50 years ago - Bird species once considered “abundant” are becoming more scarce in Canada and the U.S. in what amounts to a net loss of almost 3 billion birds since 1970, according to a new analy

Artificial intelligence is probing the mystery of dark matter

Researchers are developing an alternative method for assessing dark matter and dark energy in the universe. This is based on machine learning tools, where computers can teach themselves how to extract the required information from maps of the universe.

Evidence found that particles of soot can get into placenta

Tackling air pollution just became more important after scientists found evidence that soot particles - also called black carbon - were found to be embedded in the fetal side of placentas

Q&A: AI fighting cancer by rescuing and repurposing failed drugs Special

Lantern Pharma is aiming to change how the industry thinks about clinical testing, by analyzing historical data with AI and machine learning to get the right people in the right trials with the right drugs.

Essential Science: Hydrogel can repair heart after heart attack

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) phase 1 trial shows that a new hydrogel designed to repair heart is safe to inject in humans. This represents the first application of this type of medical technology.

Antibiotic use may lead to heart problems

Medical researchers have found a link between two types of heart problems and a commonly prescribed class of antibiotics - fluoroquinolones. The greatest risk is where antibiotics are used for 30 days of use.

Skin-crawling discovery: 'body farm' scientists find corpses move

An Australian scientist has proved that human bodies move around significantly for more than a year after death, in findings that could have implications for detectives and pathologists around the world.

How fast is the universe expanding? The mystery endures

Scientists have known for decades that the universe is expanding, but research in the past few years has shaken up calculations on the speed of growth -- raising tricky questions about theories of the cosmos.

Hide and squeak: scientists reveal the playful lives of rats

The next time you come across a rat darting furtively for cover, consider this: It might just want to have a playful game of hide-and-seek.

Surprise! Scientists find two new 'high-voltage' electric eels

South American rivers are home to at least three different species of electric eels, including one newly identified species capable of generating a greater electrical discharge than any other known animal.

Water discovered for first time in atmosphere of habitable exoplanet

Water has been discovered for the first time in the atmosphere of an exoplanet with Earth-like temperatures that could support life as we know it, scientists revealed Wednesday.

Graphene is the key to next-generation space telescopes

New research demonstrates how a detector made from graphene has the potential to revolutionize the sensors used in next-generation space telescopes, leading to more sophisticated images being captured.

NASA pioneers malaria-predicting tech in Myanmar

NASA is developing a new technique to forecast malaria outbreaks in Myanmar from space, as the emergence of new drug-resistant strains in Southeast Asia threatens efforts to wipe out the deadly disease globally.

Following Neanderthals' footsteps to learn how they lived

Like modern humans and primates, Neanderthals -- our closest evolutionary cousins -- are thought to have lived in groups, but their size and composition have been difficult to infer from archeological and fossil remains.

Essential Science: Soft drink consumption and mortality risk

Researchers have examined data connecting soft drink consumption and the risk of early mortality and concluded that there is a connection. This relates to an International Agency for Research on Cancer study.

Ancient DNA study illuminates Indo-European language origins

For decades, researchers have debated how Indo-European languages came to be spoken from the British Isles to South Asia.

Destination Moon: Exploring our relationship with our satellite Special

A new exhibition at London's National Maritime Museum celebrates humanities relationship with the Earth's only satellite and the historic Apollo mission Moon landings. The displays show how the Moon has exerted a powerful pull on human imagination.

The worm that turned: fossils shed light on early animal movement

More than half a billion years ago, a worm-like creature wriggled its last, creating a groove preserved as a fossil that offers new insights into some of the earliest animal movement.

AI-powered drug discovery in days, not years

A new study has found that artificial intelligence can drastically speed up drug discovery, from years to just days. This has significant implications for the discovery of new medicines for the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare sector.

Mystery of unique probiotic yeast solved with CRISPR

Microbiologists have found discovered that the yeast Saccharomyces boulardii produces high amounts of acetic acid. By locating the genetic basis for this, the researchers could cancel the acetic acid production to find its probiotic effect.

Op-Ed: Space Hotel Von Braun Space Station due for 2025

The wheel-like Von Braun Space Station, which is based on the International Space Station, has a lot of new tech, and some not-so-new tech. It’s to be a mix of space hotel and seminar and educational centre.

Scientists discover mineral in meteorite never found in nature

Scientists have discovered a new mineral, one that has never before been seen in nature, lodged inside a meteorite found near Wedderburn in central Victoria, Australia.

Essential Science: Big advances with drone technology

The application of drones continues to increase, for consumer deliveries, hobby use, and with military deployment. At the same time, drone technology is also advancing. This week we look at three innovations with drone technology.

New digital technique to assess heart rhythms

Do our hearts beat digital or analog? Answering this seemingly simple question will have implications for the development of new new classes of drugs to treat heart rhythm disorders.

What are the factors that determine the severity of hurricanes?

Hurricane Dorian is classified as a Category 5 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale, however, it takes more than winds to determine a storm's ferocity. And if we add several more factors, it doesn't really matter if a storm is a Category 5 or 6 hurricane.

NASA prepares tiny chopper for Mars flight

A future mission to Mars will require more than just rovers, according to NASA's assessment. A Mars mission will require craft that are capable of flying so that wider surface imaging can be conducted.

Microbiology News: Antimicrobials and mother's microbiome

From a rise of superbugs in Southeast Asia, the earliest recorded evidence of tapeworm, and the microbial community of the mother influencing that of her child, represent three of the biggest microbiology news items this month. We delve deeper.

Why E coli knows how to produce the worst possible infection

Medical microbiologists have established how the bacterium Escherichia coli knows how to cause the worst possible infection. The new insight should assist with preventing the foodborne illnesses.

Australian men live longer than any other group of males

New data analysis reveals that Australian men are now living longer than any other group of males in the world. The data has been normalized for historical mortality conditions.

New assisted reproduction techniques to save endangered rhinos

A team of scientists have completed a procedure which will enable assisted reproduction techniques to help save an endangered species - the Northern White Rhinoceros - from potential extinction.

Op-Ed: Why don’t kids like science – New tests try to find out

The lack of interest in science, maths and other high-value education is driving some to despair. Researchers are now trying to decipher the problems, and measuring student brain activity.

Liquid biopsy improves personalized medicine for cancer

A new liquid biopsy medical technique promises to take personalized medicine for cancer into the future, offering better treatment options with treatment based on real-time data assessments.

HMS Terror shipwreck offers up secrets of lost Arctic expedition

Almost two centuries after descending to its watery grave, the HMS Terror could offer up new clues to its demise -- and solve one of the most enduring mysteries in the history of Arctic discovery.

Decoding the mysteries of da Vinci's paintings with proteomics

Scientists have used the technique of proteomics to assess the paint blends used in a painting supervised by Leonardo da Vinci. The exercise paves the way for improving the restoration and validation of older paintings.

Archeologists find remains of 227 sacrificed children in Peru

Archeologists in Peru say the 227 bodies they have unearthed from a site used by the pre-Columbian Chimu culture is the biggest-ever discovery of sacrificed children.

The Amazon's 'weather engine' has impacts on rainfall globally

The Amazon's lush greenery and network of waterways are at risk in the face of this summer's record fires, but another force of nature brewing high above the landscape is also deserving of attention, scientists and researchers say.

Spacecraft carrying Russian humanoid robot docks at ISS

An unmanned spacecraft carrying Russia's first humanoid robot to be sent into orbit successfully docked at the International Space Station on Tuesday, following a failed attempt over the weekend.

Essential Science: First circular pure carbon molecule created

Carbon atoms are of great importance for science, being able to form a variety of three-dimensional configurations. These allotropes are structurally different and have several key industrial uses.
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