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Scientists have developed a new method to make nanostructured carbon using the waste product sawdust. The tubes can be used as conductors, for a range of technological applications.

A virus found in lakes may be literally changing the way people think

While conducting a totally separate experiment, a group of scientists from Johns Hopkins and the University of Nebraska accidentally discovered something unexpected and potentially disturbing.

Investigation opens into U.S. spaceship mishap

NASA is warning coastal Virginia residents not to touch any debris they find from Tuesday night's explosion and crash of a rocket and supply capsule headed for the International Space Station.

Meditation may make even first-time practitioners more creative

A new study has concluded that meditation can enhance creativity in individuals even when they have no prior experience of meditation techniques.

New species of frog discovered in New York City's own backyard

New York City's Staten Island is not the ideal place to be looking for frogs, especially in November. Most amphibians are already in hiding for the winter. But Brian Curry found one frog in that cold, hardwood forest swamp.

Can crime be linked to genetics?

The nature-nurture debate has resurfaced in relation to a new scientific study which argues that certain genes are connected to violent crimes.

Ancient viruses survive in frozen Caribou poop

Looking for viruses in odd places can turn up some surprising results. One scientist looking at caribou poop frozen in ice for hundreds of years discovered two previously unknown viruses.

Giant tortoise species brought back from brink of extinction

A species of Galapagos giant tortoises that numbered just 15 individuals 50 years ago, now has a healthy breeding population numbering over a thousand. The news is a rare bright spot at a time when the outlook for many species is increasingly bleak.

Turning whisky waste into fuel

A small independent company in Scotland is turning the waste products from the whisky industry into alcohol for use as a biofuel.

Florida lizards amaze scientists, evolve rapidly in 15 years

One species of lizard in Florida is proving to be quite the quick-change artist, and it's all because of good old-fashioned competition. In just 15 years, green anoles on some of Florida's islands began changing after non-native anoles barged in.

Increased lava flow from KÄ«lauea prompts evacuation concerns

The oozing lava flow from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has picked up speed over the past weekend, forcing most of the inhabitants of the village of Pahoa on the Big Island to flee for their lives.

Real life Transformer introduced at Tokyo expo

If you are a Transformer fan who dreams of someday owning your own transforming robot, Project J-deite will soon make your dream a reality.

Australian Humpback dolphin ventures on land to eat

Only a few months ago was it revealed that the Australian humpback dolphin was now listed as a new species. Scientists have been studying these creatures for years, but it is just recently that they have found out just how truly unique they really are.

Heart transplant breakthrough could make more hearts available

Surgeons in Australia have successfully transplanted hearts that had stopped beating, a major breakthrough in the process that had usually used only beating hearts. This could significantly increase the number of hearts available for transplantation.

UK scientist: Oceans face serious risk from carbon emissions

Sir Mark Walport, the UK's leading chief scientist, warned the world's oceans face a growing and serious threat from man-made carbon emissions.

'Extreme Living' in high Andes occurred 12,000 years ago

Evidence of the very earliest and highest ice age settlement in the world has been unearthed in the Peruvian Andes recently. The site was found at an elevation almost 14,700 feet (4,500 meters) above sea level, and dates to 12,400 years ago.

Brain patterns help to detect consciousness

Scientists have identified brain activity patterns that appear to indicate when an unresponsive patient is conscious. The finding helps to characterize brain activity patterns that can identify signs of awareness in seemingly vegetative patients.

U.S. halts research on the word's deadliest pathogens

Following a series of biosafety errors at federal research facilities, the U.S. government has temporarily halted funding for new studies into serious pathogens like influenza, SARS, and MERS viruses.

Microbes used to detox marine pollutants

Many microbes have an ability to "clean up" pollutants. A new study has shown how special cellular chemistry allows microbes to strip pollutants of halogen atoms. The finding could be useful for tackling marine toxins.

First Europeans were lactose intolerant

New research reveals that 5,000 years after agricultural practices spread across Neolithic Europe, human populations remained unable to digest sugars from the milk of mammals.

Breast cancer rates lower among Latina women

A genome-wide association study has identified that a specific gene could help explain the relatively low rates of breast cancer among Latina women.

Can electromagnets 're-program' cells?

Scientists have reported that electromagnetic exposure facilitates cell reprogramming. Not all scientists are convinced.

Keeping rice arsenic free

Scientists have identified a transporter protein in rice that shifts arsenic in to vacuoles. This mechanism helps to prevent the toxic element from traveling into grains.

Oldest human genome sequenced

A 45,000-year-old bone has been sequenced. This is the oldest human genome yet to have been sequenced. The bone came from a leg bone preserved in Siberia.

Doctors treating more drug-resistant patients: Study

More patients in the U.S. are coming down with drug-resistant bacterial infections because of overuse and over-prescription of antibiotics in humans and animals.

Lab creates coldest air in the universe

A laboratory has created the coldest cubic meter in the universe. The air was developed in Italy and was verified using instruments designed by Yale University.

Easter Islanders also made voyages to the New World

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, is one of the world's most remote inhabited islands. The closest continental land mass is Chile, 2,182 miles away. Yet, science has proven the Rapa Nui people met with early South Americans, well before Europeans came visiting.

Humans genetically engineered to become super intelligent could have an IQ of 1000

Genetically engineered human beings could have IQs of 1000 or higher. At least that's the theory from scientist Stephen Hsu.

Black holes acting as stopcocks shutting off new star formation

Massive black holes at the centre of older galaxies operate as a brake on the formation of new stars, a study has found.

Plant grown treatment for pulmonary hypertension

People suffering with pulmonary hypertension have few treatment options. However, a novel therapy, that has been trialled in animals, has the potential to be an effective therapy.

Notebook found in Antarctica is an unexpected treasure to science Special

While some speculate there might be diamonds in the Kimberlite rock found in some of the mountains of Antarctica, conservation teams at the Antarctic Heritage Trust of New Zealand continue to uncover rare treasures of their own.

Study: Shape of person's face indication of aggression, dominance

Researchers in the United Kingdom have found that the shape of a person's face can determine how domineering and aggressive they are.

Two families of comets found orbiting nearby star

Such has been the huge advances in the field of space telescopes in recent years that astronomers are now turning their attention to comets in orbit around stars other than our Sun.

Solar flares might increase, disrupting communication

Communications on Earth might be disrupted and Northern Lights could intensify if solar flares increase as some scientists expect.

How to watch this week's incredible solar eclipse

A partial solar eclipse, like the one happening this Thursday, will not be visible from across the entire US again until the year 2023. Since the next one is nearly a decade away, you'll want to get the most out of this one.

Jerusalem stone will help explain Bar Kokhba revolt

On Tuesday, Israeli archaeologists announced the discovery of a large stone bearing Latin inscriptions that appears to give credence to the reasons behind the Bar Kochba revolt in the second century A.D. against Roman rule.

Paralyzed man walks again

A remarkable story: a paralyzed Bulgarian man called Darek Fidyka is walking again after novel treatment by doctors. The treatment consisted of implanted regenerative cells.

Computer design helps build new antibiotics

Technologists and biologists have combined resources to use computer simulations to show how bacteria are able to destroy antibiotics. This combination approach could lead to the development of a new generation of drugs.

Not just sci-fi, long-range tractor beam now a reality

Two Australian laser physicists have developed the world's first first long-distance optical tractor beam, capable of not only attracting objects, but repelling them as well.

Op-Ed: Sex invented in Scottish lake? Well, where else?

Two armoured fish called Microbrachius dicki are believed to be the pioneers of sex, 385 million years ago. The fish used a side-on position to mate, breaking with a long tradition of somewhat impersonal spawning.

Study of zebrafish helps boy with rare disease

A study into zebrafish has helped identify the cause of an unknown genetic disorder affecting a boy and two of his uncles. Although no cure is imminent, the study could pave the way to alternative approaches for dealing with rare genetic diseases.

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