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NASA has begun testing its Parker Solar Probe that will 'touch the sun' when it launches into space this summer. The probe's journey will be humanity’s first visit to a star and will come as close as 3.9 million miles (6.3 million km) to the sun.

Speech analysis software predicts psychosis

A new study shows how speech analysis software can predict a mental illness like psychosis, in at-risk patients, with up to 83 percent accuracy. This offers a potential diagnostic tool for psychiatry.

Two US spacewalkers start work on robotic arm repair

Two US astronauts floated outside the International Space Station on Tuesday to start a new round of repairs on the orbiting outpost's aging robotic arm, NASA said.

New evidence suggests Australia was once part of Canada

Geologists believe Columbia, also known as Nuna and Hudsonland, was one of Earth's ancient supercontinents, 2.5 to 1.5 billion years ago. Researchers now believe a remote part of Australia was once part of Canada, based on an interesting discovery.

Self-healing fungal concrete developed

A new concept in self-healing fungal derived concrete could provide sustainable solution to crumbling infrastructure, according to new research. The material is low polluting and low cost.

Essential Science: Zero emission vehicles are on the horizon

Hydrogen may be a small molecule but scientists have big ideas for the element. This includes low cost, high output fuel generation for next-generation vehicles.

Brains of jazz and classical pianists work differently

Whether jazz or classic is the preference, the brains of musicians who excel in different music forms differ according to a neuroscience study.

How a tropical pathogen came to reside in the Pacific Northwest

In what is being described as “The Teddy Roosevelt effect,” a deadly fungus in the Pacific Northwest may have arrived from Brazil via the Panama Canal, according to a new study led by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

'Climate envelope' responsible for mass deaths of Saiga antelopes

Over the span of three weeks in 2015, more than 200,000 saiga antelope suddenly died in central Kazakhstan from hemorrhagic septicemia caused by a normally harmless bacteria called Pasteurella multocida type B. Now, scientists know what happened.

Scientists identify what killed millions in 16th century Mexico

In 1545, an epidemic known as “cocoliztli,” an Aztec Nahuatl word for “pestilence," swept through large areas of Guatemala and Mexico. The disease caused high fevers, headaches, bleeding from the eyes, mouth, and nose, ending in death.

Essential Science: Biological clocks and brain cancer treatment

Information is emerging about how our internal body clocks influence health and disease. A new study shows how circadian rhythms can help with cancer treatments, and that the time of treatment plays a critical role.

Rising CO2 affecting freshwater three times faster than saltwater

As carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere rise, more CO2 is absorbed into our oceans, making them more acidic. We know the problems this has caused in the saltwater environment. Now, rising CO2 levels are also affecting some freshwaters, too.

Microsoft to use artificial intelligence to improve CRISPR

There is considerably scientific interest in CRISPR, the gene editing technology, especially in the potential to address genetic diseases. To speed up development, Microsoft plans to harness artificial intelligence.

Bacterium from dirt could fight melanoma

Scientists have identified a type of organism found in the soil which has the potential to induce the death of melanoma cells. This is through a molecule made as a metabolite from the organism.

NASA's GOLD and ICON missions will study Earth's outer boundary

In a live feed on January 4, NASA researchers discussed the agency's January 25 mission: the launch of GOLD, the Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk mission.

Essential Science: Graphene makes for cell-sized robots

Imagine an electricity-conducting, environment-sensing, shape-changing cell-sized machine, used for medical diagnosis. Impossible? Not according to new research that has harnessed the properties of graphene.

SpaceX launches secretive Zuma mission

SpaceX on Sunday blasted off a secretive US government payload known as Zuma, a mission whose nature -- and the agency behind it -- remains a mystery.

Space 2018: China mission will create miniature ecosystem on Moon

If all goes according to plan, China may become a new world leader in Lunar exploration. China's space program is preparing to launch a lunar probe, lander, and rover in the first half of 2018, hopefully making a landing on the far side of the Moon.

Artificial intelligence used to identify bacteria

Microbial identification has been streamlined in recent years through rapid methods and computer reading. However, a skilled microbiologist is often required. Can AI replace the need for the microbiologist?

Textile based bio-battery for wearables

Researchers have constructed a textile-based, bacteria-powered biobattery. The aim of the flexible battery is for incorporation into wearable electronic devices.

New study: UV light may save bats from deadly fungus

White-nose syndrome is a disease caused by a fungus that infects bat populations in the U.S. and Canada while they hibernate during the winter. However, new studies suggest the fungus may have an "Achilles' heel" - UV light.

Robots en route to Antarctica to study underside of ice shelves

It has become increasingly common to see cliff-sized chunks of glacial ice falling into the Southern Ocean, suggestive of a warming climate. But scientists don't know what's going on beneath Antarctica's ice sheets., so they are preparing to find out.

Teaching machines to think like humans

Developing a different type of neural network made with memristors can significantly raise the efficiency of machines to think like humans, according to new research.

Skin patch responds to sugar levels for diabetes care

A pain-free skin patch, which responds to sugar levels, has been developed for the management of type 2 diabetes. The patch, which has been tested out in rodents, continues to work for several days at a time.

Essential Science: 3D printed rocket parts now a reality

A sign that 3D printing has matured sufficiently for products to be entrusted for use in one of the most risk adverse areas, additive manufacturing produced materials are to be used in spacecraft.

Addressing 'fake news' through sound science

For any person used to a reasoned and balanced interpretation of facts, the 'fake news' era is of great concern. To combat misinformation, researchers have proposed a new international non-governmental organization.

Russia loses contact with Angolan satellite: space industry source

Russia has lost contact with Angola's first national telecoms satellite launched from the Baikonur space pad, a source in the space industry told AFP on Wednesday.

Mining for silver in your laundry wastewater

Silver nanoparticles are being used in clothing for their anti-odor abilities but some of this silver comes off when the clothes are laundered. The wastewater from this process could end up in the environment, having a detrimental effect.

Blockchain technology to equip scientists and drug developers Special

Caywon Pharmaceuticals Group has adopted blockchain technology to equip scientists with the necessary IT tools to translate their requirements into a digital workflow by using Crowd Machine. Dr. Matthew Lee, VP of Innovations at Caywon explains more.

Essential science: Link between gut microbes and despair

Research into to the human microbiome continues to produce new medical findings of interest. The latest news is a connection between an imbalance of microorganisms in the human gut and feelings of despair.

Male contraceptive rub-on gel trials to start in 2018

Government researchers in the U.S. are about to embark on a four-year study of a birth-control method for men, a topical gel that could prevent the production of sperm. And no, it is not put on the genitals.

Russian scientists slam security chief for Stalin purge comments

A group of Russian scientists have sounded the alarm over what they said were attempts by the head of the security service to openly justify Stalin's mass purges, the first such attempt in decades.

Optoelectronics advanced with graphene-like material

Scientists have observed the electronic structure of graphene in laboratory designed semiconductor. This finding could lead to advanced optoelectronics and data processing.

Triboelectrics: a new form of energy harvesting

Triboelectrics is a new area of science and technology, a field that investigates an alternate form of energy harvesting and a type of self-healing material. One potential is to generate a wave energy; another is with self-healing rubber.

New study: Snake fungal disease may now be a global threat

A potentially fatal fungus infection found in more than two dozen snake species in Europe and the United States could be lethal to serpents across the globe, a new study finds.

Digital Journal’s top science articles of the year

From super-fast 3D printers to a major leap forwards with gene editing to address genetic diseases, Digital Journal continues to provide cutting-edge science and technology features. We present the pick of 2017.

Thirsty rocks may contain the missing water of Mars

What happened to all the water that once sloshed in lakes and oceans on Mars? Much of it, researchers proposed Wednesday, may be locked up in stone.

Fish sex so loud it could deafen dolphins

A species of Mexican fish amasses in reproductive orgies so loud they can deafen other sea animals, awed scientists said Wednesday, calling for preservation of the "spectacle" threatened by overfishing.

Lizard, turtle among more than 100 new species found in Mekong region

A Vietnamese 'crocodile lizard' and a Thai turtle found on sale in a local market are among more than 100 new species discovered in the ecologically diverse but threatened Mekong region last year, researchers said Tuesday.

Scientists confirm 3.5 billion-yr-old fossil life in rock

It took more than 10 years of painstaking work, grinding an Australian rock containing fossils smaller than the eye could see, to confirm the earliest direct evidence of life on Earth, scientists said Monday.The 3.

Essential Science: Delivering drugs via nanoscale emulsion

Researchers have used nanotechnology to improve drug delivery. This is in the form of tailorable nanoscale emulsions which effectively interact with their intended targets.