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Italian surgeon, Sergio Canavero, predicts that he will be ready to carry out the first head transplant in just two years from now. He says the various medical techniques already exist and he only has to bring them together to succeed.

Total eclipse of the sun will be seen over Europe on March 20

Europe will experience a major solar eclipse event on the morning of 20 March. The eclipse of the sun by the moon to be seen across Europe will be the biggest solar eclipse event on the continent since August 1999.

Baby born without heartbeat for 8 minutes is now doing well

The Daily Mail in the U.K. had a heartwarming story this week about a now-healthy five-month-old baby boy, who came into this world without a heartbeat. He was for all intents and purposes dead for the first eight minutes of his life.

Baby woolly rhino, 10,000 years old, found in Siberian permafrost

A baby woolly rhinoceros, believed to be 10,000 years old, has been discovered well-preserved in Siberian permafrost. The discovery is causing excitement because it is the first time that an infant specimen of the extinct species has been found.

Monster ancient black hole discovered at dawn of time

An international team of astronomers recently found an ultraluminous quasar, the brightest in the early universe, powered by the most massive black hole yet discovered.

Crescent moon highlights Venus and Mars for spectacular footage

Not since 2008 has a crescent-shaped new moon shone so elegantly on the rare planetary alignment of Mars and Venus, until now. On February 20, 2015, social sites around the world feasted on the spectacular viewings.

Plague alert: How agriculture could trigger problems in Africa Special

A warning has been sounded that methods deployed to increase food production in East Africa could increase the risk of plague, possibly to epidemic levels.

Why is the Universe full of ‘stuff’ and not nothingness?

Physicists at UCLA have a new slant on the origin of matter in the universe. That stars and planets are made of stuff we call matter is self-evident, but where did that stuff come from?

It wasn't rats but gerbils that caused the Black Plague

A new study looking at the climatic conditions that prevailed during outbreaks of bubonic plague in Europe has concluded that it isn't rats, but gerbils that caused the pandemics.

Scientists discover how C. diff disrupts the human gut

Scientists have determined how Clostridium difficile causes harm in the guts of animals and people in a relatively short time frame. It is hoped that the findings will help treat severe diarrhea in patients.

Potential antimalarial drug made from algae

Scientists have used algae to produce a malaria parasite protein. When the algae-produced protein is paired with an immune-boosting cocktail, studies showed generated antibodies in mice were able to eliminate a mosquito infection.

1,000-year-old mummy found inside Buddha statue

Doctors in the Netherlands were amazed to discover the contents of a mummified monk inside a Buddhist statue. This is the first time that such a thing has been found and it is thought to date back to the 11th or 12th century BC.

Big Bang, dark matter and black holes killed by math

Straight lines in the universe eradicate a big-bang beginning to the universe. Without a Big Bang beginning, there are no black holes. Without black holes, there is no dark matter and no dark energy. There is, instead, an infinite stable, universe.

The perils of publication, scientist in dispute with journal

The American Diabetes Association faces a lawsuit after journal editors express concern over several papers. This is a rare activity within the science world.

Dude, pass the chips: Study finds why you get marijuana munchies

For people who've smoked marijuana there is no need for a study to confirm the munchies exist. For them it's a case of been there, done that. But a new study went further - it found out why pot users get the munchies. And the results were a surprise.

MERS-CoV found in the Philippines

A nurse returning to the Philippines country from Saudi Arabia has tested positive for the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, according to the Filipino Department of Health.

Gene discovered that makes finches distinctive

New research into the full genomes of Galápagos finches has revealed an important gene for the beak shape of the birds. The research has also revealed three previously overlooked species.

Stephen Hawking says stop aggression, we need caring to survive

Stephen Hawking has warned that aggression could destroy the human race. He said that we must strive to replace it by empathy, if we are going to avoid self-annihilation.

Two new Jurassic mammals discovered

Archaeologists working in China have unearthed the fossil remains of two diminutive mammals. These findings suggest considerable species diversity existed during the Jurassic Period.

Role of reactive oxygen species on animal lifespans

Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are chemically reactive molecules containing oxygen. There is an on-going debate to the extent that such chemicals are harmful to animals, including people. This is tied in with the debate around antioxidants.

Size matters: Evolution helps sea creatures, land animals get big

A recent study suggests that sea creatures may follow a hypothesis known as "Cope's rule," and this rule states that in a lineage, animals grow larger in the passage of time.

Messing with 'Mother Nature' — Here comes DNA-altered mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are carriers of some horrible diseases like Dengue and chikungunya, to name just a few. A UK company has developed a genetically-mosified mosquito that may take care of the problem, reducing mosquito populations. But not everyone is happy.

New species of seadragon discovered — it's ruby red

The biodiversity found in the world's oceans is remarkable and sometimes unusual. There are still ocean creatures unknown to us, as shown by the recent discovery of a new species of seadragon, flaunting a deep, ruby red coloration.

Could dark matter cause our extinction?

Dark matter could be the cause of mass extinctions, according to scientists who have analyzed the movement of the Earth through the region called the galactic disc.

Using bacteria to battle malaria as possible drug treatment

A newly discovered family of bacteria, found in malaria-carrying mosquitoes, could hold the key to fighting the parasitic disease.

Nature’s strongest material ever discovered

What is the strongest ever naturally occurring material? You’ll probably not thinking of the teeth of a sea snail. Remarkably, this is toughest material yet.

Alien star passed through our solar system just recently

NASA publications have confirmed that an alien star passed through our own solar system just 70,000 years ago. This is recent in astronomical terms and the star was not alone.

Study: Plants less affected than animals during mass extinctions

Plants are truly survivors and apparently aren't as affected as animals are during mass extinctions. In Earth's long history of five major extinction events, plants have fared better in the survival game than animals have, scientists say.

Amazing NASA video reveals the far side of the moon

NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio has released a video showing what the far side of the Moon looks like, using images from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

For amphibians, size does matter in avoiding extinction

It has been generally accepted that different-sized sexes of the same species takes up more resources, making them less able to adapt and divesify than those species where the sexes are the same size. A new study may have turned this idea up-side down.

UMass Amherst bans Iranian students from science, tech classes

Two student groups have blasted an "outrageous" University of Massachusetts Amherst policy that bans Iranian students from enrolling in a wide range of science, engineering and technology courses due to US sanctions policy against the Islamic Republic.

NASA cameras catch fireball

NASA cameras caught a massive fireball that erupted over Pittsburgh at 4:45 a.m. on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. The fireball could be clearly seen from areas of New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Mothers pass traits to offspring via bacterial DNA

A remarkable study suggests that the DNA of bacteria that live in the body can pass a trait to offspring in a way similar to the parents' own DNA. This is based on studies conducted using mice.

Sex makes humans less prone to disease over time

Scientists at the University of Montreal have discovered that frequent sexual encounters between partners could prevent dangerous mutations in DNA, helping to prevent serious diseases.

Ebola remains infectious after the host has died

After a person has passed away from the Ebola virus, the virus remains infectious. To understand how long the virus remains infectious in a body after death researchers have undertaken animal studies.

Ghost super moon on February 18th will not be visible

The first "Super" moon of 2015 will rise on Feb. 18th. As the moon rises it will be a rare "Super New Moon" which means the moon will not be visible.

Scientists cannot explain strange plumes on Mars

Massive plumes soaring from the surface of Mars have left scientists mystified. As yet nobody can answer what they are or what is causing them and they are putting in question our whole understanding of the Martian atmosphere.

Penguins love to eat fish, but they probably can't taste them

Penguins love fish, krill, squid and other sea life they catch while swimming underwater in the cold Antarctic oceans. But did you know they probably can't taste what they are gulping down their throats?

Studying ageing using the African killifish

Studying aging the different diseases that come with it is complex. Finding the right species to mimic humans is challenging. One team of scientists are proposing a new model: the African turquoise killifish.

Oral bacteria play a role in promoting cancer

Bacteria found in the mouth are more prevalent in patients with colon cancer. It seems that these bacteria protect a variety of tumor cells from being killed by immune cells. This finding could lead to new treatments in cancer.

Doubt cast on gut bacteria triggering obesity

Some science studies indicate that the gut microbiome is the cause of obesity. However, one microbiologist is challenging this and says it is not so simple.