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Musical training helps to shape the developing brain of children. Studies showed that after two years in a music enrichment program children displayed enhanced sophisticated brain responses to spoken syllables.

New clue about cholera infection

A new study has revealed how humans become infected with cholera. The infection is linked to RNA in the human body which triggers a rise in temperature. This rise in temperature signals to the contaminating bacterium to release a toxin.

Hookworms used to treat celiac disease

In a ground breaking study Australian scientists have successfully used hookworms to alleviate the symptoms of celiac disease.

Op-Ed: Mystery on Titan — Why did a feature in Titan’s sea disappear?

Astronomers watching features on Saturn’s moon Titan were astonished to see a “land” feature simply disappear on photos from the Cassini spacecraft. This large feature, a peninsula on the Saturnian hydrocarbon “sea,” seems to have disappeared.

World’s smallest diamonds produced by nanotech

Scientists have found out how to produce ultra-thin "diamond nanothreads." These nano-diamonds have greater strength and stiffness compared with any other nanotubes and polymer fibers.

Super fast lasers break world record

Researchers have engineered a record-breaking laser that accelerates the interaction between light and matter by over 10 times.

Origin of Earth’s water may be key to life on other planets

A new study suggests the origins of water on Earth may lie far outside our solar system, in interstellar space, and took place long before the formation of the sun. If so, the same chain of events that led to life on Earth could happen elsewhere.

NASA rover collects first samples from Mars' Mount Sharp

The Mars mission rover Curiosity has successfully collected the first sample of the red planet's layered Mount Sharp after it drilled roughly 2.6 inches into its surface last Wednesday, September 24.

Study to explore medical marijuana as a treatment for epilepsy

Scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are to examine the genes from people with a form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome and who have been treated with medical marijuana. The aim is to see if medical marijuana helps.

Mantis shrimps can see cancer

Australian scientists have discovered that the mantis shrimp has an amazing ability: the shrimps can detect a variety of cancers inside the human body. The researchers hope to harness this to make a special camera.

FDA approves new Ebola drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given permission for an experimental short interfering RNA treatment against Ebola to be used in field.

Predicting the next Nobel Prizes

Using citation statistics, the Thomson Reuters is forecasting which researchers are likely to take home science’s top honors this year: the Nobel Prizes.

Are soil microbes linked to climate change?

Without knowing how microbes in the soil contribute to atmospheric carbon, researchers are unclear how microbes impact on climate change. This conundrum has lead to a series of recent studies.

ICU’s effects on gut microbes

Lengthy spells in intensive care units can alter the gut microflora, according to a new study. When a patient spends a long time in ICU the gut seems to undergo near-complete ecologic collapse. This has major health consequences.

Using anthrax to fight cancer

In an attempt to use Bacillus anthracis to kill cancer, scientists have succeeded in sending “antibody mimics” inside tumor cells.

Search for biofuels leads to the human gut

The search for microorganisms to use in biofuel generation has led to the human lower intestine. A new study demonstrates how such microorganisms could be effective candidates for organic fuel production.

Animals around Fukushima are still suffering

Animals and insects in the vicinity of Fukushima show higher rates of death and disease, according to new research. Scientists attribute these to the consumption of contaminated food.

Four large fireballs reported across eastern United States

The American Meteor Society is reporting four large fireballs over various parts of the eastern United States. Witnesses first spotted the fireballs on Tuesday but many also saw the strange sights into Wednesday.

Hawking: 'I'm an atheist, science is more convincing than God'

The world's preeminent theoretical physicist has explicitly acknowledged for the first time that he is an atheist, explaining that "science offers a more convincing explanation" of the origins of the universe than 'God.'

Ancient diseases provide new insights into today’s pathogens

Humans have lived with deadly epidemics since they formed the first communities. Researchers study ancient scourges, such as the bubonic plague, in order to understand how the body responds to infections. Such insights can inform about modern infections.

India arrives at Mars to applause and some bitchiness

India has achieved a first-try Martian orbit with a low cost spacecraft. All other nations failed on their first attempt. While most have congratulated India on this significant achievement, some media outlets have been quite catty about it.

Using bacterial biofilms to create new materials

A science group believes that bacterial biofilms are a potential new platform for designer nanomaterials. Such materials could clean up polluted rivers, manufacture pharmaceutical products and fabricate new textiles.

Russia announces 'full-scale Moon exploration' by early 2030s

Officials with the Russian Federal Space Agency have announced plans to begin full-scale Moon exploration within the next 15 to 20 years.

New species of mushroom found in a London grocery store

When scientists search for new species, the first places that usually come to mind are tropical rain forests, deserts, the world's oceans and numerous other places. A grocery store, however, isn't a place that comes to mind when looking for new species.

New underwater glue developed by MIT

A team of MIT engineers have designed new waterproof adhesives that work under water, even at high pressure. These glues can be used to repair ships damaged at sea.

Space pathogens: how to travel to Mars in safety

Astronauts are as much at risk travelling in space for pathogens infections as they are on Earth. The microorganisms carried on the body can turn on a stressed person with a weaker immune system. For this reason, NASA has been studying the issue.

Tracking Ebola using ape poop

Researchers have developed a novel method to study the Ebola virus in wildlife. The new technique is based on apes, like humans, who survive viral infections developing antibodies against the infection.

Nanoribbon film keeps glass ice-free

Scientists have created a nanoribbon that can keep glass free from ice. The material takes the form of a transparent coating, and it is based on graphene.

Japanese company announces space elevator to be completed by 2050

Although it may sound like something from a Hollywood science fiction movie, engineers at a prominent Japanese construction company are serious about building the world's first working space elevator.

Ten months in the making, Mars and MAVEN finally meet tonight

Ten months after being launched into space, NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) is set to reach its final destination tonight.

Op-Ed: Crowdfunding for medical research hits a new high

A new report from The Lancet indicates that crowdfunding for medical research is getting bigger. This is an interesting development in an industry which is seen as a pet for Big Pharma and other dubious institutions.

People can categorize words while asleep

According to a new study, the human brain can process information and even direct responses to cues while a person is sleeping.

Revealing the genetics of schizophrenia

Three independent genetic studies suggests that schizophrenia is a group of heritable disorders associated with distinct clinical syndromes.

New elastomer inspired by squids

A new synthetic material that imitates how squid skin changes color and texture, has been developed. The remarkable polymer changes color and texture in response to remote signals.

Largest 3-D DNA structure produced

Scientists have created the largest 3-D DNA structure to date. This new model many times bigger than previously constructed origami shapes.

Statins could treat forms of dwarfism

Researchers from Kyoto University in Japan have found through a drug screen on human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) that statins can stimulate bone growth. This has led some to speculate if statins can be used for certain forms of dwarfism.

Obama's strategy to tackle antibiotic-resistant superbugs

President Obama has launched a new national strategy to combat antibiotic resistance. The strategy seeks to find new types of diagnostic testing and to improve disease surveillance.

New nanopatch can be used against polio

A new nanopatch has been developed as a candidate method for the delivery of a polio vaccine. The patch thereby avoids the use of a needle.

Studying the eyes of fruit flies to fight cancer

Mutations in the human retinoblastoma protein can cause a form of eye cancer. To try and understand what is going on at the genetic level, researchers have begun studies in fruit flies.

Microscopic bumps could repel hospital superbugs

New research suggests that coating surfaces in hospitals with microscopic bumps and ridges could repel hospital superbugs (or at least prevent their attachment).

Op-Ed: Is modern society less evolved than chimps for fairness? Yes

If there’s one thing which annoys everyone, it’s unfairness, as applied to themselves. A new theory, that the sense of fairness evolved to promote cooperation, has now had some confirmation through a new study. It also raises a few questions.

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