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A successful liftoff for a Russian Soyuz rocket on Friday from Kazakhstan was recorded by NASA TV. The mission will deliver a cargo ship loaded with food, water and equipment to the International Space Station.

Programmable robots can swim through arteries

Researchers have developed ting robots (‘nanobots’) that can swim through clogged arteries, carrying out lifesaving medical procedures.

Microchips designed to slow-release drugs over years

Medical technologists have developed an implantable device that can be placed at a specific body site to allow for the slow release of targeted medications.

Ocean-going spiders can sail like tiny boats to reach land

When Charles Darwin made his famous voyage on the HMS Beagle, he found spiders "ballooning" across the ocean, fluttering through the air onto the ship's sails. Since then, many a sailor has noticed this as well.

Solar plane lands in Hawaii after flying 4,480 miles in 118 hrs

After an epic flight starting in Japan, and covering 4,480 miles across the Pacific Ocean in only 118 grueling hours, Solar Impulse 2 landed in Hawaii on Friday, with pilot Andre Borschberg gently landing the plane at Honolulu's Kalaeloa Airport.

Making roses smell good again, enzymes at play

In the summer, the smell of roses, especially as the evening draw in, is one of the highlights. Once the smell fades, the aroma is gone forever. However, a key enzyme may be able to kick-start the distinctive scent.

Can bacteria reduce aggressive instincts?

A new study suggests that certain bacteria can alter the tendency for an animals to display aggressive behavior. This relates to studies conducted on scientists' favorite lab model: fruit flies.

Astronomers monitor extraordinary black hole 'eruption'

Astronomers worldwide are monitoring a newly awakened black hole after it released a blast of high-energy light. A black hole eruption is an extraordinary space phenomenon

Tiny genetic shift led to 'The Black Death' and worse

The bacterium responsible for plague — Yersinia pestis — gained its pathogenic activity through one tiny genetic alteration, according to new research. This alteration led to the bubonic plague.

Injecting sperm into the head, how flatworms might mate

Flatworms have a fascinating process of reproduction, according to a new study. This includes the bizarre practice, when things get desperate, of injecting sperm directly from their own heads into their bodies.

For your love of spicy mustard — Thank a caterpillar

Do you enjoy a hot-dog smeared with mustard, or maybe an Arby's roast beef sandwich with horseradish sauce? If you do, be sure to remember the humble cabbage butterfly caterpillar and its kin that made your meal possible.

Russian cosmonaut sets record for most time in space

Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, who is the current commander of the International Space Station, has set a new record for most time spent in space, with a total of 803 days, Russian space agency said Tuesday."The record is official.

Solar Impulse reaches quarter way point in Japan-U.S. flight

A solar-powered aircraft on a round-the-world flight was high above the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, over a quarter of the way to Hawaii after leaving Japan, the mission website showed.

Blue is the color for wiping out sleeping sickness

Scientists have found that the color blue is attractive to the tsetse fly. Knowing this could help in the battle against sleeping sickness.

Laboratory-made blood to begin trials

The U.K. National Health Service (NHS) aims to test blood made in a laboratory within the next two years. This could signal a move away from blood donations.

GM crops do not always work as expected

A genetically modified wheat has failed tests in the U.K. The crop was designed to repel pests and grow a more hardy variety of the grain.

Making smarter T cells to fight cancer Special

The war against cancer was never supposed to last this long or be this grueling. To fight some of the most intractable kinds of cancer scientists are trying to come up with new therapies and new approaches to old therapies.

Solar Impulse past 'point of no return' from Japan to Hawaii

A revolutionary solar-powered aircraft was past "the point of no return" and flying over the Pacific Ocean bound for Hawaii Monday, on the most ambitious leg of its quest to circumnavigate the globe.

SpaceX, NASA react to rocket fail and will 'get back to flight'

SpaceX and NASA answered questions about Sunday morning's Falcon 9 rocket explosion, but offered few explanations about why it happened. This is the third consecutive failed cargo mission to the International Space Station.

Smithsonian tightens up science ethics

Following an issue where a scientist who published research on climate change failed to declare where his funding came from, The Smithsonian has declared a crackdown on ethics and funding declarations.

Giant goldfish 'size of dinner plates' are becoming huge problem

You may not think a tiny goldfish could grow into a massive problem in Canadian, American and world waterways, but it can. It seems that when families no longer want Goldie they often dump the little guy into a lake, stream or other waterway.

Op-Ed: Is political preference tied to weight loss?

A research group in the U.S. has concluded that the ability of people to diet is tied to their political preferences, with so-called conservatives finding it easier than so-called liberals. Great science or pseudoscience?

Rats dream about the places they want to go

According to new research, rats dream about places that they want to go next. This is a theory from neuroscientists following some classic maze and hidden food experiments.

Biological lock-and-key for GMO safety

Researchers have developed a way to allay one concern with GMOs entering the environment. This is based on a molecular lock-and-key, to inactivate unwanted microbes.

Mistletoe is genetically different to other plants

Mistletoe has been found to be made-up in a slightly different way to other plants or animals: it is missing several key genes needed for energy production in cells.

Alzheimer's: Low memory test scores may be early sign of dementia

A new study has found low scores on memory and thinking tests may be a signal a person will develop Alzheimer's Disease. Researchers found that a signal that Alzheimer's is there may be detected up to 18 years before a diagnosis of the illness.

Here's how almost dying in a plane crash affects your brain

When a plane flying several thousand feet above the Atlantic ran out of fuel, everyone on board was afraid they were about to die. Air Transat Flight 236 developed a fuel leak in 2001, making an emergency crash landing after plummeting thousands of feet.

Reviving an old therapy to fight a new threat Special

It’s an arms race and one we’re losing. MRSA is a bacterial infection that’s evolved to resist just about everything medicine can throw at it including methicillin, amoxicillin, penicillin and oxacillin.

Solar Impulse could be stuck in Japan for a year: Pilot

A solar-powered plane attempting to fly around the world must cross the Pacific within a few weeks or it could remain stuck in Japan for a year, its pilot said in an interview published Thursday.

Humpback whale tangled in nets survives after dramatic rescue

A juvenile humpback whale in waters off Powell River in B.C. became tangled in the ropes of a prawn fisherman's nets over the weekend and almost died because of it. It was rescued in a lengthy operation by fisheries officials.

Human footprints found on Calvert Island oldest in North America

An amazing archaeological find has been made on British Columbia's Calvert Island. It consists of 12 human footprints from three persons, thought to be the oldest footprints in all of North America.

Hallucination? No, this Cambrian period creature was really weird

When Hallucigenia was first discovered in the Burgess shale of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, its fossilized skeleton showed two rows of spines on one side of the animal and one row of tentacles on the other. New studies show us how weird it really was.

Tsetse fly, sleeping sickness and the bacterial mystery

Scientists are edging closer to wiping out sleeping sickness worldwide. However, to do so a greater understating of the relationship between the Tsetse fly and the disease causing parasite is required.

Major solar storm hits Earth, brings beauty to U.S. night skies

The Earth was hit by a massive solar storm on Monday. While the sun's potent energy could disrupt the power grid and GPS, it is also bringing rare sightings of auroras to parts of the US.

Fishing boat donates huge, rare basking shark to Melbourne Museum

When commercial angler James Owen and his crew accidentally reeled in an enormous, 2.6-tonne basking shark, they knew the huge fish would have fetched big money on the Chinese market for shark fin soup.

Forearming for Armageddon: Asteroid Day 2015

Asteroid Day 2015 is scheduled for June 30 and, with less than a week to go, organizers are putting the final touches on more than 50 events planned worldwide with the aim of raising public awareness about asteroids and their detection.

Solar Impulse 2 Japan take-off postponed

A solar-powered plane on a mission to fly around the world was back in its mobile hangar Wednesday, after take-off from Japan was postponed at the 11th hour because of bad weather over the Pacific Ocean.

New Neil Young album makes Monsanto chemical company mad

On the heels of telling long-shot U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump to cease using his song "Rockin' in the Free World," Neil Young announced he has a new album coming out. Called 'The Monsanto Years,' it has made Monsanto, the company, unhappy.

Snake fungus causing havoc in North America

Snakes in North America are under threat from a fungus similar to the "white nose" disease that has been affecting bat populations. New research draws parallels between the two diseases.

Why scientists are trying to reboot the gut Special

We’ve coexisted with bacteria for years because evolution has ensured we can’t do without them. Bacteria form large colonies or ecological communities — known as the microbiome or microbiota.

Rosetta comet-chasing mission extended to September 2016

The European Space Agency announced Tuesday that its historic comet-chasing mission Rosetta had been extended until the end of September 2016."The adventure continues," the ESA declared.
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