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With many wines, laying them down for a long period improves them and this is a factor in good wines becoming great wines. However, sometimes wines go off and develop a bad smell. New research reveals why.

Connecting humans and machines with e-skin

Human skin is a sensitive organ that allows us to differentiate different pressures of touch and temperature. Getting a robot to replicate that has proved challenging. A new breakthrough in electronic skin helps boost robot sensitivity.

The big graphene innovations you need to know about

Every month a new development using the ‘wonder material’ graphene is presented. Digital Journal has picked three recent research highlights that showcase the growing potential of graphene.

Improving AI by assessing where your eyes will look

By assessing precise brain measurements, scientists have successfully predicted how people's eyes move when viewing natural scenes. Understanding this is the key to improving visual-based artificial intelligence.

BMJ study — Parachutes don't save people who fall out of planes

The BMJ journal Christmas issue has not let readers down - producing another ground-breaking satirical study to wrap our minds around as we celebrate the holidays. BMJ takes on parachute safety, but the study is "well-grounded."

Micro sensor package can ride aboard bees

Assessing the state of agricultural environments can be assessed using drones, which provide the big picture. What about more sensitive evaluations? The answer is to fit sensors to bees. The technology is a "living IoT".

Scientists create bee vaccine to fight off 'insect apocalypse'

Scientists in Finland have developed what they believe is the world's first vaccine to protect bees against disease, raising hopes for tackling the drastic decline in insect numbers which could cause a global food crisis.

Digital Journal’s top science articles of the year

Digital Journal continues to provide cutting-edge science and technology features. We present the pick of 2018. From developments in AI to advances in cancer treatment, we present the latest innovative research.

AI can boost cancer drug discovery

Drug discovery is a long and often arduous process, with the typical time to market being 14 years and costs running into the billions per drug. AI offers a means to accelerate the development process and reduce costs.

Guiana Space Centre to get new rocket tower in the jungle

In a remote corner of a South American jungle, Europe’s new rocket launch tower is being built. French engineers working on the project in Kourou in French Guiana, affectionately call it a “moveable Eiffel Tower," even though it looks a bit boxey.

Huge cave discovered while counting caribou in British Columbia

While doing an aerial caribou count in east-central British Columbia in April, officials from Canada’s ministry of national resources, quite by accident, came across a massive cave never seen by humans before — possibly the largest in Canada.

3D printed wormhole for sound waves

A novel method has been used to create an unusual type of wormhole, or rather ‘fake wormholes’ for soundwaves. The mathematical model is designed to assist with the search for ‘real’ wormholes in spacetime.

NASA's InSight lander 'hears' wind on Mars

Humans can now hear the haunting, low rumble of wind on Mars for the first time, after NASA's InSight lander captured vibrations from the breeze on the Red Planet, the US space agency said Friday.

China launches rover for first far side of the moon landing

China launched a rover early Saturday destined to land on the far side of the moon, a global first that would boost Beijing's ambitions to become a space superpower, state media said.

Five women in STEM who changed the world

Women are continuing to push forward in STEM fields and are becoming a bigger part of the sciences. However, women still only constitute 30 percent of all scientists.

Greenland ice sheet melting at alarming rate of speed

The Greenland ice sheet is melting faster today than at any point in the last 350 years, according to a new study. The study found that the rate of melting is "off the charts."

Brazil researchers crunched as science spending collapses

In her Rio de Janeiro lab, biologist Michelle Klautau paid for the $1,400 photo machine, two air conditioning units, most of the chairs and even the paint and tiles from her own pocket.

Op-Ed: A real bio virus is being used to speed up computers

You hear a lot about computer viruses, but a new bit of technology has come from the use of a biological virus. It’s called “phase change memory”, and it relates to memory management in two states, “amorphous” and “crystalline” memory.

Has quantum artificial life been created?

A model of quantum artificial life on a quantum computer has been developed. This could mean, in the future, machine learning, artificial intelligence and artificial life will be combined on a quantum scale.

The pathogenic skin bacterium 'no one' is talking about

More high profile pathogenic bacteria regularly make news headlines, especially in relation to food recalls or to hospital hygiene. A new research paper warns that we shouldn't forget about a common bacterium that can cause harm.

Over 100 new exoplanets discovered

Using a combination of space-based and ground-based telescopes, scientists have revealed more than 100 new exoplanets. The discovery may prove useful for the search for life elsewhere in the universe.

Schizophrenia symptoms alleviated in new model

Scientists have succeeded in alleviating schizophrenia symptoms using a mouse models. This involved restoring brain cell receptors, which was demonstrated to help to restore ‘normal behavior’.

Soyuz crew successfully docks at ISS — Met by jubilant astronauts

An international crew aboard a Russian-made Soyuz rocket docked safely at the International Space Station on Monday, the first manned voyage to the ISS since a mission in October was aborted mid-air because of a rocket malfunction.

New NASA mission will create first 3-D map of world's forests

When SpaceX's Falcon 9 mission, CRS-16, lifts off Dec. 4 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the Dragon spacecraft will be carrying an instrument called GEDI, short for Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation, that will map the world's forests.

Essential Science: Halting neuronal loss in Parkinson’s disease

A new drug aims to freeze Parkinson's disease in its tracks. The drug targets neuroinflammation, and researchers think this could halt further neuronal loss in Parkinson’s disease.

Soyuz heads to ISS on first manned mission since October failure

A Soyuz rocket carrying Russian, American and Canadian astronauts took off from Kazakhstan and reached orbit on Monday, the first manned mission since a failed launch in October.

Astronauts say look forward to space launch after Soyuz accident

Astronauts set to board the first manned space mission since an unprecedented accident aboard Russia's Soyuz, on Sunday brushed aside safety concerns, saying they were ready to take risks.

Op-Ed: Shiny rocks on Mars surprise just about everyone

What’s shiny, and sits around on the surface on Mars? Nobody’s too sure, but the stampede of theories is thundering through the sciences. Pictures could be anything from another shiny meteorite to odd fragmented shapes meaning something quite else.

New approach to treating depression with brain implants

For several years researchers have been looking at the application of deep brain stimulation to treat depression, with mixed results. A new study signals a breakthrough, based on a new target.

China AIDS group 'really regrets' role in gene-editing

The head of a Chinese AIDS support group expressed deep regret Friday for helping a scientist recruit participants for a controversial experiment claiming to have created the world's first genetically-edited babies.

Predictive analytics to improve tornado warnings

A new way of examining weather data has been used by researchers to try and predict extreme weather patterns. It is hoped that the big data analytics approach can be used to gain improved predictions for tornadoes.

Infectious bacteria on-board the International Space Station

The International Space Station hosts some less desirable strains of bacteria, with the organism Enterobacter bugandensis having been identified from samples taken from the toilets used by the astronauts.

Science conference slams 'deeply disturbing' baby gene-editing claim

A scientist who upended a Hong Kong conference with his claim to have created the world's first genetically-edited babies cancelled a fresh talk and was heavily criticised by organisers Thursday, who labelled him as irresponsible.

New process melts gold at room temperature

To melt metals requires the application of high levels of heat. This fundamental of physics has been altered by a research team who have succeeded in melting gold at room temperature. This comes down to tension.

Egypt unearths eight ancient mummies

Egyptian archaeologists have discovered eight mummies dating back over 2,300 years at a pyramid complex south of Cairo, authorities said Wednesday.

China scientist defends gene-editing babies as trial paused

The Chinese scientist who claims to have created the world's first genetically-edited babies defended the highly controversial procedure Wednesday, but announced a halt to the trial following an international outcry.

Co-creator of gene editing speaks out on CRISPR embryo research

Professor He Jiankui claims to have genetically edited human babies, an announcement that led to widespread dismay from scientists. Now, the co-creator of the CRISPR method used in the reported genetic editing, Jennifer Doudna, is voicing her opinion.

Gene-edited babies and cloned monkeys: China tests bioethics

A Chinese scientist's claim that he created the world's first genetically-edited babies has shone a spotlight on what critics say are lax regulatory controls and ethical standards behind a series of headline-grabbing biomedical breakthroughs in China.

Legalization of cannabis sets Canadian researchers free

Canada was the first G7 country to legalize cannabis. By doing so, the country also allowed researchers to openly pursue a greater quantity and quality of cannabis science than ever before - thrusting Canada to the frontlines of research in the weed.

After dramatic plunge, InSight Lander sets down on Mars

NASA's InSight lander touched down safely on the Martian surface today (Nov. 26), pulling off the first successful Red Planet landing since the Curiosity rover's arrival in August 2012 — on the seventh anniversary of Curiosity's launch, no less.

Cheers as Mars InSight spacecraft lands on Red Planet

Cheers and applause erupted at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Monday as a waist-high unmanned lander, called InSight, touched down on Mars, capping a nearly seven-year journey from design to launch to landing.