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Biologists have completed the genetic analysis on the African midge. The remarkable insect can survive a variety of extreme conditions. The basis of this “invulnerability” is the insect’s genes.

Studying flatworms to fight infections in people

Scientists are studying the way that flatworms defend themselves against bacteria in order to understand more about the way that the human body deals (or fails to deal with) pathogenic infection.

Tackling piglet parasites

Biologists have examined a parasitic disease that affects piglets during the first days of their life and can cause heavy diarrhea in the animals. To find out more, the researchers analyzed the immune response to the infection.

You're attracted to the smell of those with same politics

According to a new study published in the American Journal of Political Science, people are attracted to the body odor of others with similar political beliefs.

Hemp batteries could be a reality

Researchers have found a way to boost the energy density of supercapacitors through the use of more sophisticated electrodes. These electrodes are composed of hemp fibers, and they have a high energy storage capacity.

FDA approves new melanoma drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first of a new type of immunotherapy that aims to direct a patient’s own immune system against the body's cancer.

IBM’s Watson to compute clinical trials

IBM’s cognitive computer has a new task for its massive "brain". The computer will be individualizing trial plans for cancer patients at the Mayo Clinic.

Op-Ed: The patent gene debate: who owns your genes?

The Federal Court of Australia has rejected an appeal of a ruling that allows companies to patent isolated human genes. This reignites the debate: who owns your genes - you or the company that extracts them?

Pilot study for infants with autism

A new trial has found that teaching parents certain therapeutic interactions for babies showing early signs of autism may improve the infants’ future social development.

Pioneering scientist scoops Lemelson-MIT Prize

Sangeeta Bhatia, creator of miniature medical technologies, has won the Lemelson-MIT Prize. Bhatia is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and a professor at MIT, where she directs the Laboratory for Multiscale Regenerative Technologies.

Enterovirus spreading among U.S. children

A previously rare respiratory virus is landing hundreds of children in hospitals across the U.S. Worryingly, it is unknown why the virus seems to only cause severe illness in children.

Latest genome sequencing research

Scientists continue to make advances with genome sequencing. Digital Journal has reviewed the latest research and some of the new creatures to be typed and categorized.

Stem cell study for eye disease

Scientists at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology will shortly treat the first patient in using a stem cell-based treatment for age-related macular degeneration.

Paleontologists discover pterosaur that resembles 'Avatar' beast

Paleontologists have discovered fossils of a 120 million-year-old pterosaur that bears a striking resemblance to a winged creature in James Cameron's movie 'Avatar.' Unearthed in China, the pterosaur also bears a pouch similar to a pelican's.

Mysterious lights in West Coast sky likely from meteor

Mysterious lights streaking across the sky in Northern and Southern California early Friday were most likely caused by a meteor burning up in the atmosphere.

Large magnitude earthquake predicted in Pacific Northwest

Chris Goldfinger, professor of geology and geophysics at Oregon State University, says, "sooner or later a [large magnitude] earthquake will occur in the Pacific Northwest." And on Sept. 10, a major solar flare headed toward earth, to hit on Sept. 13.

Bacteria could be used to 'eat nuclear waste'

Researchers have unearthed microbes, found living underground, that could help tackle the problem of nuclear waste disposal. The bacteria can survive in the very harsh conditions found in radioactive waste disposal sites.

Viruses spread easily from a single doorknob

Scientists have used special tracer viruses to show that contamination of just a single doorknob can leads to the spread of viruses throughout an entire office building. The idea was to see how easily something unpleasant like norovirus spreads.

Playing a musical instrument could boost brain function in kids

New research from a team at the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University has studied the benefits of learning to play musical instruments, and concluded that the process can result in significant positive impacts on a child's brain.

Are females more attracted to artistic men?

A recent study by an Italian postgraduate student claims that art and creativity is a masculine representation of one's genes in the context of selective mating in humans, and therefore makes males more attractive.

Sure, sloths are slow, but their evolution was in a big hurry

Modern sloths may not be the speediest creatures on the planet but their gigantic ancestors were certainly in a hurry. At least from an evolutionary standpoint anyway, a recent study suggests.

Big solar storm headed our way Saturday

Meteorologists are forecasting a big storm for Saturday, Sept. 13, but it's not a storm where an umbrella will be of much use. The sun is responsible for the solar storm, caused by a sunspot erupting and creating an X1.6-class solar flare.

Phosphorus could make an ideal semiconductor

Phosphorus is an ideal candidate for nano-electronic applications that require stable properties, according to a new study.

Discovery of shipwreck in Canadian Arctic solves 169 year mystery

One of Canada's most enduring mysteries may have been solved with the discovery of a near intact shipwreck near Nunavut's King William Island. The wreck is believed to be one of the two Franklin Expedition ships lost in 1846 after being stuck in the ice.

Finding new ways to identify Ebola drugs

Discovering new ways to identify drugs that could be used to treat Ebola virus infection should relate to the types of proteins inside a cell that are critical for the functions of Ebola virus, according to a new study.

Graphene sandwich bites for next-gen electronics

Researchers have discovered that sandwiching layers of grey graphene with white graphene together could produce materials capable of creating high-frequency electronic devices.

Bee bacteria make for antibiotic alternatives

A new study has shown that certain types of bacteria extracted from the stomachs of honeybees could be promising targets as antibiotics against pathogenic bacteria like MRSA.

Op-Ed: Malaysian Airliner investigation says plane shot down

The Dutch government has released a report on its investigation of the downing of a Malaysian Airliner, at a cost of 298 lives, though it admits the presence of Russian-backed forces has prevented experts from determining exactly what happened.

Tectonics on Jupiter’s moon Europa — another similarity to Earth

Planetary geologists report evidence that Jupiter’s moon Europa shows signs of plate tectonics, shaping and moulding the moon’s surface similar to geological activity on Earth.

Op-Ed: Delaying aging by remote control with gene activation

A new study has discovered that it is possible to delay ageing by a comparatively simple process of simply activating a gene called AMPK. This gene slows ageing and increases lifespan by triggering a response to low energy levels.

Exercise and smelly clothes: why cotton is best

According to a new study, polyester clothes smell worse than cotton after exercise by their wearers. This is because bacteria that cause odor grow better on polyester.

Mother’s diet can influence obesity in her young

By studying rats, researchers have unearthed an epigenetic link between a mother's diet and an offspring's risk of future obesity. This link relates to the blocked expression of a gene which goes onto trigger overeating.

Avian influenza virus carried by seals poses a risk to people

The avian influenza A H3N8 virus found in harbor seals can potentially spread through respiratory droplets and therefore it poses a threat to humans. This is according to a new study.

25 percent of world's languages threatened says new study

A new study published on September 3 in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, suggests that many world languages are threatened by economic growth, and may go extinct.

Op-Ed: Mars One University Challenge – Rate ideas for Mars exploration

If you’re one of those people has been watching the Mars One mission evolve, you’ll be pleased to hear your input is needed. The new Mars One University Challenge is designed to get feedback and ratings from interested people and followers.

Scientists warn us to stay away from the 'Puss' caterpillar

Caterpillars are the larvae of moths and butterflies, and while many are agricultural pests, it's hard to deny that sometimes, they are just plain fascinating. They come in so many unusual colors and variations that it's hard not to pick them up.

Cancer fighting nanoparticles in development

Researchers have created "dynamic" nanoparticles that could provide an array of applications to diagnose and treat cancer. The nanoparticles have been made from a polymer, and they are designed to seek out and to identify tumors.

New advancement with graphene

Scientists have reported the first experimental observation of ultra-fast charge transfer in grapehene based semiconductors. The recorded charge transfer time was under 50 femtoseconds. This sounds fast, but was does it mean?

Newly discovered asteroid paying close visit to earth

A newly discovered asteroid will be paying a visit Sunday night as it zips remarkably close to earth over New Zealand at approximately 2:18 p.m. EDT (18:18 UTC/GMT).

Op-Ed: When methodologies collide — Assessing UK fossil biodiversity

Data used to assess fossil biodiversity in the UK has been hit with a major contest of views. The present methodology, which is a systematic approach to mapping recorded fossil biodiversity, is now being criticized for a range of reasons.

Goodbye Latin, hello English for science papers

The International Botanical Congress has decided that for its publications newly discovered species will be named using English rather than the conventional use of Latin words.

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