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A disturbance the National Hurricane Center has been tracking for the past several days was officially upgraded to Tropical Storm Matthew as of 11 a.m. today.

Using computers to spot global pathogen spread

The digital age is making inroads into microbiology and epidemiology. Researchers have developed software to help track and to predict pathogenic infections around the world.

Using X-rays to determine fat content in food

Canadian scientists have developed a novel method to study the structure of edible fats, with help from the U.S. Department of Energy. The aim to see where ‘unhealthy’ fats and be replaced with ‘healthy’ types.

Plumes of water may be erupting from Jupiter's moon Europa: NASA

NASA announced the Hubble Space Telescope has imaged what appears to be plumes of water coming from Jupiter's moon Europa. This could signal the possibility of life underneath the moon's frozen surface.

Elon Musk's ambitious vision for the future of Mars Colonization

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, speaking to a rapt audience at the 67th International Astronautical Congress today in Guadalajara, Mexico, finally told the world about his company's long-anticipated plans to colonize Mars.

Rare lunar event — 'Black Moon' to grace the night sky on Friday

We are in for a treat, sort of, at the end of this month when a second new moon will rise. It's a relatively rare lunar event and will take place Friday night with the rising of the "Black Moon." The last time this occurred was in March 2014.

Magnetic bacteria used to deliver anti-cancer drugs

A new research project has shown promise in using magnetic bacteria as a vehicle for delivering anti-cancer drugs more accurately to tumors in patients.

SpaceX successfully test fires Raptor engine for Mars Mission

The first test-firing of the Raptor engine that will launch the company's interplanetary spaceship to Mars was a resounding success tweeted SpaceX CEO Elon Musk late last night.

Essential Science: New ideas for avoiding mosquito bites

Bites from mosquitoes range from the annoying to the dangerous, depending upon whether the mosquito is a vector for a dangerous virus. Mosquitoes do not bite indiscriminately, with some preferring people to other mammals.

Rosetta: The end of a space odyssey

Europe's trailblazing deep-space comet exploration for clues to the origins of the Solar System ends Friday with the Rosetta orbiter joining robot lab Philae on the iceball's dusty surface for eternity.The 1.4-billion-euro ($1.

Putting ‘feed a cold, starve a fever’ to the test

It’s an old wives tale – “feed a cold and starve a fever.” But does it come with any scientific basis? One research laboratory has put the aphorism to the test.

World's largest radio telescope starts operating in China

The world's largest radio telescope began operating in southwestern China Sunday, a project Beijing says will help humanity search for alien life.

Mosquito spit may limit Dengue virus transmission

A key transmission factor with many viral diseases carried by mosquitoes is the saliva of the insects. A new finding, however, suggests that saliva can also help to prevent viral transfer, particularly Dengue virus.

Man lives as a goat and wins Ig Nobel prize

This year's alternative science prizes — the Ig Nobels — have seen one prize go to a man who lived in the Alps as a goat for three days. The other awards are just as bizarre.

Antibody strategy shows promise against Ebola

A recent study, involving a new therapeutic strategy, points towards a weakness with the Ebola virus. Could this Achilles’ heel point towards an anti-Ebola treatment involving antibodies?

Human migration — a study of our first road trip out of Africa

Three studies published in the journal Nature on Wednesday tackle the question of when did humans begin the great migration that led them out of Africa to populate the world.

Op-Ed: What do Clinton and Trump think about science?

The eyes of the world are focused on the increasingly tight tussle to succeed President Obama to the White House. While key issues have been debated, what do the major party candidates have to say about key science topics?

China's 'out of control' space station will crash into Earth

China has announced its first space lab, Tiangong-1, will fall out of orbit next year and crash into the Earth. Officials have pretty well admitted they have lost control of the orbiting space station and have no idea when or where it will come down.

Solar system is much bigger than we thought

The size of the solar system, that’s Earth and the planets that orbit the Sun, is much bigger than previous calculations indicated.

Antibodies discovered that can crack HIV’s defences

In new research virologists has found that that gaps in the Human Immunodeficiency Virus’ (HIV) defensive sugar shield provide a clue to the development of an HIV vaccine.

Studying the guts of babies predicts asthma

Microbiologists are now certain that characterizing the gut microorganisms of new born babies informs about the likelihood of babies going on to develop diseases such as asthma later in life.

Cornell team develops water-powered satellite for lunar orbit

A tiny satellite, about the size of a cereal box and powered by water, is in the running to become the first CubeSat to orbit the moon.

Nanoparticles used to differentiate healthy and cancerous cells

Medical technologists have fashioned synthetic nanoparticles to track down cancerous cells and to enable medics to differentiate cancerous cells from healthy cells. The technique should enable better targeted treatments.

UN sets sights on antibiotic-resistant superbugs

World leaders on Wednesday will for the first time tackle the growing scourge of superbacteria, which are resistant to antibiotics and are making illnesses from tuberculosis to sexually transmitted diseases increasingly difficult to treat.

Gamers take on scientists in protein challenge

As part of a crowdsourcing challenge gamers, playing a bespoke game called Foldit, have folded a protein into a new shape ahead of professional scientists.

Essential Science: New pathogen causes anthrax like disease

A new report has detected a species of Bacillus, genetically distinct to the bacterium that causes anthrax, which causes a similar disease in chimpanzees, gorillas and other animals in Africa.

Heart defects stem from complex mutation web

New research suggests that pinpointing the cause of congenital heart defects will be very difficult, given that the condition relates to a complex web of genetic mutations from across the entire body.

Stone Age mummy still revealing secrets, 25 years on

When police heard about the frozen corpse up in the Alps in September 1991, they opened a criminal probe. Murder it was, but the crime was rather old -- and the ultimate cold case.

Open data is needed to address world hunger

The extent to which data is shared between scientists is limited. To address major global issues, like word hunger, a group of scientists are calling for an 'open data' approach.

Venom from snails could assist with diabetes management

Scientists have examined a cone snail venom insulin. The inquiry into these proteins suggests they operate faster than human insulin. The natural proteins have the potential to be used as a human therapeutic medicine.

Battling superbugs with star-shaped polymers

Small polymers, of star-shape formation, have been proven to be effective at killing a range of bacteria. This includes bacteria that are antibiotic resistant. These polymers are formed from proteins.

Milky Way Gaia probe 'maps more than a billion stars'

The Gaia space probe, launched in 2013, has mapped more than a billion stars in the Milky Way, vastly expanding the inventory of known stars in our galaxy, the European Space Agency said Wednesday.

HMS Terror from Sir John Franklin Expedition found in Nunavat

One of the two vessels lost in the ill-fated 1845 Sir John Franklin expedition to the Arctic has been found in Nunavut in 75 feet of water in great condition. The HMS Terror was located by a research vessel that has long hunted for it.

HMS Terror discovery may rewrite history of Franklin Expedition

British polar explorer Sir John Franklin's long-lost ship, the HMS Terror has been found, and it's in pristine condition, sitting upright at the bottom of an Arctic bay, say researchers with the ArcticResearch Foundation.

The genetic roots of crime are making scientists nervous

There is no easy explanation for why some people commit crimes and others don't. Similarly, there's no easy answer to the question of why some people end up in jails and prisons while others do not.

Essential Science: Dragonfly wings help Alzheimer’s detection

Building surfaces as complex as insect wings allows for advanced research into light scattering, techniques that might shine a spotlight on the assessing the developed of Alzheimer’s disease early.

Op-Ed: Brown research into managing perceptions raises big issues

Brown University has come up with a way of managing people’s opinions of faces. The technique uses “MRI feedback” to cause people to re-evaluate pictures of faces. Useful? Hmmm….

New genus of bacteria found in fracking wells

Dig deep and there are potentially hundreds of bacteria on Earth that have yet to be discovered or characterized. One recent discovery relates to fracking where a new genus of bacteria has been discovered.

Magnetic nanotech leads to marijuana roadside test

Researchers have successfully used magnetic nanotechnology to develop a rapid test for marijuana in a person. The application will be used as a road side test for police officers.

First human head transplant set for 2017

The idea of a human head transplant may seem like science fiction. However, the proof-of-concept study is edging closer to reality, with one surgeon claiming that he plans to undertake the procedure next year.

Will technology allow us to talk to our dogs?

Some scientists are hopeful that a device will be created to allow humans to 'directly' communicate to their dogs. This is based on dogs being able to 'understand' some aspects of human vocabulary.