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Throughout its 4.5-billion-year history, Earth has been repeatedly pummelled by space rocks that have caused anything from an innocuous splash in the ocean to species annihilation.When the next big impact will be, nobody knows.

Darwin's 'strangest animal ever' finds a family

Charles Darwin, Mr. Evolution himself, didn't know what to make of the fossils he saw in Patagonia so he sent them to his friend, the renowned paleontologist Richard Owen. Owen was stumped too. Little wonder.

'Sticky' nanoparticles help boost body's cancer defenses

Following cancer treatment the immune system will start to track down and kill cancerous cells. To enhance this process researchers have experimented with nanoparticles, designed to enhance cancer treatment.

Deadly snake fungus has now been found in wild snakes in Europe

A fungal disease that has been killing wild snakes in over 30 states in the U.S. and Canada has now been identified for the first time in wild snakes in Europe, according to the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

Dutch scientists fete rare meteorite find

Dutch scientists on Monday celebrated the discovery of only the sixth meteorite found in recent history in The Netherlands, which at 4.5-billion years old may hold clues to the birth of our solar system.

Essential Science: How pythons regenerate their organs

Pythons are remarkable in many ways and this includes the ability to regenerate their organs. Unlocking the genetic secret of this could aid medics who seek to improve the way people, recover from injuries.

Top ten recent discoveries about Mars

NASA’s space probe MAVEN has been exploring the upper atmosphere of Mars since late 2013. In this time the probe has captured masses of information which has been sorted through by NASA scientists. We review the ten most interesting.

Airborne fungal toxins from wallpaper create indoor health risk

A new study suggests that wallpaper may contribute to "sick building syndrome." When toxins from fungi growing on wallpaper become airborne, they can create an indoor health risk.

Success with bioengineered human livers

Scientists working on the development of artificial human livers have shown some success by bioengineering human liver tissues. The livers were generated from healthy and usable human liver tissue from human pluripotent stem cells.

Will it be possible to erase 'bad' memories?

Will it be possible, at some future point, to eradicate 'bad' memories? Such as those associated with post-traumatic stress disorder? New study of snail neurons suggests memories that trigger anxiety can be erased.

New wasp species names in honor of David Bowie

The 'star dust' wasp is a new extinct species, and it has named after David Bowie's alter ego in honor of the British singer's contribution to popular culture.

New orbiters for Europe's Galileo satnav system

The European Space Agency signed a contract with a German-British consortium Thursday to build eight more satellites for its Galileo satnav system, an alternative to America's GPS, the agency said Thursday.

Op-Ed: Is Elon Musk's Mars colony viable? Yes, if seriously addressed

Elon Musk has gone against prevailing wisdom with a statement that a working Mars colony with large numbers of colonists. The current thinking is that the technical difficulties have to be solved first. That thinking is also pretty turgid and negative.

Rare US total solar eclipse excites Americans coast-to-coast

For the first time in almost a century the United States is preparing for a coast-to-coast solar eclipse, a rare celestial event millions of Americans, with caution, will be able to observe.

Serotonin improves sociability in mouse model of autism

In promising new research, scientists working in Japan have linked early serotonin deficiency to various symptoms that occur along autism spectrum disorder. The research promises a new method for helping address autism symptoms.

Cats adopted humans, according to new study

New research looking at the genomes of cats has come up with something interesting: the domestic cats of today are genetically equivalent to ancient cats. Cats did not genetically adapt to become domesticated, they chose to.

Swiss Egyptologists studying a 3,000-year-old wooden prosthesis

Researchers in Switzerland have been examining what may turn out to be the world's oldest known prosthetic device. The 3,000-year-old wooden toe attests to the skill, medical and anatomical knowledge of the ancient artisan who made the device.

Tackling autism by targeting gut bacteria

As part of the research into probiotic and prebiotic supplements, researchers have reported on indications that suggest altering the bacteria found in the human gut could help to address the symptoms of autism.

Essential Science: Planets close to dim stars may support life

The question of whether life exists on other planets in the depths of our galaxy continues to intrigue people. If we are to find out that we are alone in the universe then examining planets orbiting dim red stars might provide the answer.

Thousands of sea creatures invading British Columbia coastline

The bioluminescent sea creatures started showing up along the coastline of British Columbia about two years ago. The soft, spongy, animals are called pyrosomes and they are not normally found in the Pacific Northwest. So why are they in BC's waters?

New prostate cancer test helps target treatment

A new prostate cancer blood test can help to target treatment by pinpointing more precisely where cancerous cells are. This fist with the paradigm of precision medicine.

Octopus inspires S. Korea 'breakthrough' adhesive patch

The clinging power of octopus tentacles has inspired a breakthrough new adhesive patch that works on wet and oily surfaces with potentially huge medical and industrial uses, according to South Korean researchers.

Ladybug wings could lead to new foldable technologies

In an example of biology meeting physics, the study of ladybug wings could lead to new types of foldable technologies and flexible electronic devices.

Looking to the human brain to improve artificial intelligence

How can artificial intelligence be improved if the working model is the human brain and neural network? Moreover, if we do not fully understand how the brain works, will this hamper AI progress? A new insight could help.

New technology makes electricity from urine

An emerging biotechnology process that allows electricity to be generated from urine is closer to realization, following a new study produced by the University of the West of England.

Widespread melting of West Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf documented

Large-scale melting of snow and ice on Antarctica's massive Ross Ice Shelf, brought on by an unusually warm stretch of weather in the austral summer of 2015-2016, has been documented for the very first time, according to a new study.

Big scientific breakthrough at sub-atomic level holds promise for secure comms

Chinese scientists have pulled off a major feat with one of the sub-atomic world's weirdest phenomena: photons that behave like twins and experience the same things simultaneously, even over great distances.

'Cat litter' method for storing dangerous gases invented

University of Western Australia researchers have developed a so-called 'kitty litter' method of storing gas. The aim is to do away with high-pressured, sometimes dangerous gas tanks.

Prefabricated blood vessels could revolutionize root canals

Root canal surgery can help to save teeth. The downside is that teeth can become brittle and they can eventually fracture. A new process, involving the engineering of new blood vessels in teeth, could prevent this.

Marine ecosystem death found in beach mud of southern California

Ancient sea bed uncovered in southern California. Scallops and shelled marine animals thrived there until the 1700s. Molecular dating technology shows species absent for 100 years. Livestock grazing caused sediment silt and die-off of 4,000-old ecosystem.

Twin dwarf stars do circling dance without expected exoplanet

ESO data suggested a large undetected exoplanet in the interacting, twin brown dwarf star system Luhman 16AB. Hubble high-precision images collected over three years' time show the system is two dwarfs dancing, with no influencing exoplanet present.

Have New Zealand's lost 'Pink and White Terraces' been found?

It's not often that something from the past, lost due to a cataclysmic event is ever found again. But two researchers are certain they have rediscovered what was known as the 'Eighth Wonder of the World', New Zealand's famed pink and white terraces.

Chemists develop 'synthetic tongue' to test whisky

Aside from the connoisseur, companies that manufacture whisky rely upon traditional chemical techniques such as mass spectrometry to break down a mixture into the individual chemicals to assess quality. A new method takes a different approach.

Deadly fungus found in over 30 species of snakes in US and Canada

Fungal diseases are an emerging threat to animals worldwide, including bats, frogs, and salamanders. Now, at least 30 snake species in North America are being hit with a deadly fungal infection and scientists want to know why.

Moroccan fossil find rearranges Homo sapiens family tree

Last week's unveiling of the oldest-known Homo sapiens' remains has painted an excitingly chaotic picture of what Earth was like 300,000 years ago -- bustling with hominin species that included a very early version of our own, experts say.

Essential Science: Year-long survey tracks microbes in hospitals

Understanding the types of microorganisms found in a typical hospital and whether they are pathogens is an important part of good governance. Such investigations need to go further and understand changes over time.

Genetics reveals some of the secrets for long life expectancy

Researchers have been keenly studying the populace of isolated Greek village, called Mylopotamos, in order to understand the ‘genetic secrets’ that appear to confer protection against heart disease.

Meet synestia, a new type of planetary object

Astrophysicists are proposing a new type of planetary object which they’ve named a 'synestia'. By this they are referring to a large, rotating, donut-shaped mass of hot, vaporized rock.

Gravitational waves part 2: Project launches to find space waves

The big news in astrophysics this year was the detection of ripples in the fabric of spacetime, known as gravitational waves. Scientists want to enlist the help of citizen scientists in helping to spot more occurrences.

Gravitational waves part 1: Waves detected for the third time

Gravitational waves have been detected for the third time, deep within space. These are confirmed by alterations in sound and were directed by Northwestern University scientists and engineers.

After removing years of corrosion, we can now see the H.L. Hunley

Back in 2000, when the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley was raised from its watery grave off Sullivan's Island in Charleston County, South Carolina, it looked like a lumpy, corroded artifact and not the submarine conservationists proudly show-off today.
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