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Engineered vocal cords have shown promise in animal tests. The laboratory-grown tissue could be used to treat people who have lost their voice to surgery or following a disease.

China 'clone factory' scientist eyes human replication

The Chinese scientist behind the world's biggest cloning factory has technology advanced enough to replicate humans, he told AFP, and is only holding off for fear of the public reaction.

Aspirin could one day help target neurodegenerative diseases

Medical scientists have found that a breakdown product from aspirin can block the cell death associated with various neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases.

Essential Science: Space-food for astronauts made from bacteria

Longer hauls on the International Space Station (ISS) or deep space missions pose problems in terms of the food supply for astronauts. To help to overcome this, sugar-producing bacteria are to be tested in space as a potential food source for astronauts.

Study finds talking with teens about sex leads to safer choices

The word from an author of a report on the sexual practices of teenagers is that "Parents really matter, and they're influential." According to the report setting rules and communicating with teens about sex works.

Naturalist David Attenborough says sun can save Earth

Filmmaker David Attenborough, whose soothing voice narrated the vicarious journey of millions of TV viewers through the wonders of the natural world, called at a climate summit Monday for scientific investment in "saving the world".

Breathtakng drone video shows 2,000 beluga whales in Arctic

CBC News in Canada obtained a wonderful drone video of over 2,000 beluga whales in the waters of Nunavut's Cunningham Inlet. The spectacular footage was shot by a 24-year-old adventure tour guide, who describes it as a beluga "party."

High-strength marijuana is increasing cases of psychosis: study

A newly-released study from London has found high-potency marijuana is of great danger to the brain. Skunk cannabis is the name of the high potency marijuana studied — there are many others — and the results reveal it may be leading to psychosis.

Heart beat rate predicts life expectancy

A study suggests how fast a person's heart beats, when resting, can help to predict whether they are going to die early.

Weird purple slime choking Norway's fjords — What is it?

Fisherman in northern Norway first noticed the strange-looking purple slime in late August of this year. At first, there were large clots of the slimy stuff, but now, it has collected in a 200 meter (219 yards) wide belt around Lyngen Fjord.

Catch the dust, real gold as light as air

A new type of gold has been created and it is as light as air. The new material takes the form of a foam and it is one thousand times lighter than mined gold, making the material the lightest form of the metal ever produced.

Review: Microbiologists from Europe discuss keeping medicines safe Special

This week the U.K.'s biggest conference dedicated to pharmaceutical microbiology took place in Nottingham. The key themes were risk assessment, coping with aging facilities, and addressing contamination issues.

Four pre-Inca tombs found in Peru's Lima

Archaeologists in Peru have found four tombs that are more than 1,000 years old in a pyramid-shaped cemetery that now sits in the middle of a residential neighborhood in Lima, experts said.

Start-up company wants to bring you back to life after you die

For many people, cheating death is either an abomination or perhaps, an inevitable consequence of our ever-expanding use of technology. One start-up company has announced its plans to cheat death and reinvent the afterlife.

Canadian 'dinosaur' discovered in 1845 rebranded as a Dimetrodon

A fossil found in Canada two centuries ago believed to be from a dinosaur has now been found to be a creature called a Dimetrodon. These large beasts actually pre-date dinosaurs by many millions of years.

Wearable kidneys could replace dialysis machines

Kidney dialysis is a long, drawn-out process, requiring those undergoing the treatment to spend long periods inside specially designed machines. This could be about to change with a new, wearable medical device.

Sy Montgomery honored as 2015 'National Book Award' finalist

Acclaimed author Sy Montgomery was named a finalist for the "National Book Award" for "The Soul of an Octopus" in the nonfiction category.

Essential Science: Health effects of antibiotic use

A disturbing, newly issued report suggests just one single course of antibiotics can disrupt the microbial composition in the gut sufficiently to trigger a spate of unintended ill-health effects. Digital Journal gets to the bottom of the issue.

SpaceX gets new NASA contract to supply space station

NASA agreed Friday that a private California aerospace company could continue to build an experimental launch vehicle expected eventually to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.

Fighting arthritic pain with the vagus nerve

The majority of nerves run from the body to the brain. The vagus nerve, however, goes in the opposite direction, running from the brain to the body. Scientists think they can exploit this for pain management.

Dressing senses infection with color change

A dressing has been devised which senses infections by changing color. People who suffer with burns are very vulnerable should the wound become infected; the new bandage is a way to signal medics.

Op-Ed: Scientists discover how camouflage 'trick' helps fish disappear

Scientists have discovered that some fish use a clever mechanism to disguise themselves and avoid hungry predators in the open ocean. These findings may also help the military create more effective ways to use this type of camouflage.

Milky Way once stole a neighboring star cluster

Sometime ago, the Milky Way stole a star cluster from one of its neighbors. This act of interstellar theft has come to light from data gathered from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Vampire bats vomit up blood to share with others

Stomach turning fact of the week: vampire bats vomit up blood they have recently eaten and share it with their fellow bats.

Eating sweets rewires the brain

Eating sweet foods leaves a trace memory in the brain in a way that is different when savory foods are consumed. Here neurons in the brain are switched on and a memory is formed.

High performing and low cost, new LED lights coming soon

A new type of light-emitting diode (LED) has been created using both inorganic and organic components. This could herald a new generation of brighter (and cheaper) lights.

New method for treating pancreatic cancer

Scientists may have found a new method for treating pancreatic cancer, and one which could lead to improved survival rates. The research is, so far, based on animal models.

Journal pulls paper in science and immigration row

A scientist who refused to let a software package he devised be used in European countries that are ‘soft’ on immigration has seen a research paper describing his software retracted by the publishing journal.

Whale watchers: Humpbacks returning to Salish Sea in big numbers

This may be the year of the humpback as one of the world's largest whales is being seen in record numbers in the West Coast's Salish Sea. Whale watchers and marine biologists regularly record sightings of new whales and humpbacks are topping the list.

New test can help distinguish between type 1 and type 2 diabetes

Researchers at the University of Exeter have developed a genetic test that can help in distinguishing between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, allowing for better diagnosis and patient care.

Drinking coffee could reduce the risk of death from some diseases

People who drink regular or decaffeinated coffee in moderation have been found to live slightly longer than those who don't drink coffee, and more surprising, are less likely to die from a number of chronic diseases.

Study: Many would reject their own argument if said by another

Psychologists have known for a while that, when evaluating the strengths of an argument, people tend to be a lot harder on others than they are on themselves.

New super glue only becomes sticky when crushed

Researchers in Japan have invented a new type of glue that is dry and non-sticky until it is crushed. Once broken up the substance acts like any other adhesive.

Essential Science: Graphene makes improved night vision tech

Graphene is the "wonder material" of our age, discovered just ten years ago. The scientific properties of the material are varied, from electronics to power systems. A new use applies to improved ways of penetrating the dark.

New type of bacteria-powered energy source

As part of the hunt for new types of energy, especially those that are renewable, microbiologists have been examining the properties of marine bacteria. One species, called Cyanothece 51142, is of particular interest.

Watch ISS astronaut play bagpipes to honor deceased scientist

Kjell Lindgren is an American astronaut currently up on the International Space Station. He honored a deceased colleague recently by playing “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes in zero gravity.

Do antibiotics to treat MRSA make patients sicker?

New evidence suggests certain antibiotics intended to treat patients with MRSA infections are actually causing more harm than good.

Astronomers discover Venus-like planet 39 light-years away

A newly discovered planet, said to be a 'Venus twin', has caught the interest of astronomers. The planet has been coded GJ 1132b by the International Astronomical Union.

Genetically engineered algae kill cancer cells

In studies, genetically engineered algae have been shown to kill 90 percent of cancer cells without harming healthy ones.

Chocolate's sweet beginnings are older than first thought

New research suggests it took geological events and a genetic tweak over 10 million years ago to give us the velvety chocolate treats the world enjoys today.

Can science find a solution to global hunger?

The journal Food and Nutrition Security has produced a special issue on the question: “can science and good governance deliver dinner?’ The findings are thought provoking.
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