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Rainbows can occur at night. Never seen one? This is because the so-called 'moonbows' are very rare phenomena. A rare lunar rainbow occurred this week in northern England.

Giant new species of herbivorous dinosaur found in Australia

A species of dinosaur has been found in the outback of Australia, a giant creature that lived almost a hundred million years ago. It's already been given a name, one derived from the couple who discovered it and the land it was found upon.

Bone healing advanced through crab shell protein

An advancement in nanotechnology: scientists have succeeded in combining a sugar, extracted from crab and shrimp shells, with nanomaterials. This is the building block for bone regeneration and wound healing.

Great white sharks and tuna share predatory instincts

Great white sharks and tuna are both efficient predators within their domains. New research suggests this is due to genetic similarities. This is despite the two species splitting 400 million years ago.

Did Europe's Mars lander survive? Time will tell: ESA

Europe's second attempt at reaching the Mars surface appeared in peril Thursday as initial analysis suggested a lander dubbed "Schiaparelli", a test-run for a future rover, may have plummeted to its demise.

Rapid test for tuberculosis developed

A rapid, accurate and inexpensive test for tuberculosis has been developed by a researcher based at the Texas A&M University Health Science Center. The test is called TB Read.

Hybrid Ice Age Higgs bison has been hiding in plain sight

About 120,000 years ago, now-extinct steppe bison mated with aurochs, the ancient ancestor of cows, creating a rare hybrid mammal. But we have discovered this unusual animal, the ancestor of the European bison, and it was hiding in plain sight.

Two Russians, one American blast off to ISS

Two Russian cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut soared into orbit in a Soyuz spacecraft Wednesday at the start of a two-day journey to the International Space Station.

Robot explorers headed for Mars quest: ESA

Europe will send a tiny lander on a scorching, supersonic tumble to Mars on Wednesday and place a gas-sniffing probe in orbit around the Red Planet in a daring quest with Russia for extraterrestrial life.

Stretchy optical fibers used to assess for signs of diseases

A special type of optical fiber, made from a hydrogel, has been developed. This rubber-like device can detect diseases early and send an alert signal.

Gut microbes change after spinal cord injury

Further research about the body’s dynamic microbiome has been published, this time in relation to alterations following a spinal cord injury. The findings are important for patient recovery.

First launch for Orbital's Antares rocket since 2014 explosion

Orbital ATK launched its Antares rocket en route to the International Space Station for the first time since a massive explosion after liftoff two years ago.

Scientists find new clues to boost fertility chances

Researchers have been examining semen and the movement of sperm. This has led to the conclusion that the rate of spinning correlates with improved success of fertility. At least with cattle.

Bird migration patterns contain clues to bird flu risks

Avian flu remains an ever-present risk. According to new research, monitoring the migration routes of wild birds should give an early warning of potential bird flu outbreaks.

Mars explorer duo on course: ESA

European-Russian spacecraft were on course for Mars Monday after crucial deep-space manoeuvres in preparation for a daring mission to find evidence of life on the Red Planet.

Essential Science: Saturn’s moon contains an underground ocean

Reviewing data from the Cassini spacecraft, astrophysicists think there’s a strong chance that the Saturnian satellite Dione contains a vast underground ocean.

Rare orca sighting in Hawaii caught on video by fisherman

The power of dreams may be a lesson learned in the story of a fisherman in Hawaii who caught two orcas on video while out with his daughters last week. He wasn't expecting to see such a majestic sight but he got one — and a great video to commemorate i

Neither photosynthetic or flowering — strange new plant discovery

A new species of plant has been discovered in Japan on the subtropical island of Kuroshima. It was given the name Gastrodia kuroshimensis. Two things make this plant very special. It is non-photosynthetic and it produces flowers that to not bloom.

Nanotechnology provides solution for oil spills

Oil spills are very difficult to address and cause significant ecological harm. A new method, based on nanotechnology, can turn an oil spill into a floating mass of brown jelly.

Silkworms that munch on graphene make stronger silk

A new study from China has found that by adding anno-sized fragments of graphene to the diet of silkworms results in the larvae producing stronger and more resilient silk.

Scientists map the ‘dark matter’ of DNA

Understanding DNA variations can inform about health risks and it can also provide the basis for personalized medicine. There are still some knowledge gaps — which some call the ‘dark matter' of DNA.

China to launch manned spacecraft: Xinhua

China will launch a manned space mission on Monday, official media said, as the Asian giant works towards setting up its own space station.

In space, the looming threat of a new arms race

Killer satellites, blinding lasers, sophisticated jammers: the world's military powers are quietly readying for a war in outer space -- at the risk of fueling a dangerous new arms race.

Wurdi Youang may be world's oldest astronomical observatory

Researchers are investigating an ancient and historic aboriginal site in Australia that could very well be the world's oldest astronomical observatory, even pre-dating Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Giza.

The Maud floats again after being raised from the depths

It has been over 80 years since the Maud, Polar explorer Roald Amundsen's ship sank in 1930 near what is now Cambridge Bay. After being raised from its watery grave in July, the sturdy ship is now resting on a barge, ready for the trip home to Norway.

ZMapp drug shows further Ebola promise

The results of a new clinical trial for Ebola Virus Disease have been published. The trial results indicate the medication was well-tolerated by patients and shows promise for tackling the virus.

Belgium establishes a global brain bank

A brain bank, a grisly sounding collection of brains and tissues, has been established in Belgium, with parts of the collection being shipped from the U.K. The idea is to provide tissue and medical records to researchers all over the world.

Periodic Table is declared ‘complete’

The periodic table has been declared ‘complete’ after scientists agreed that the recent discovery of four new elements add the missing information to fill in the table’s seventh row.

Scientists discover two trillion new galaxies in the universe

Scientists have discovered that the universe contains a mind-blowing, two trillion galaxies. The discovery could change our view of the cosmos and open up a vast unknown territory of scientific knowledge.

Asgardia, our first 'space-nation' will be launched in 2017

Instead of moving to Canada or Russia after the November election, you have another choice. A brand-spanking-new country called Asgardia wants you, or at least the first 100,000 people who sign up to become citizens. This is not sci fi, folks. It's real.

Syrian seed bank moved away from the war zone

With the horrific war continuing in Syria, biologists have taken steps to protect the Syrian seed bank to ensure that precious strains are protected and conserved for future research.

‘Supramolecule' discovered, could reduce nuclear waste

Chemists have out forward evidence of a chemical bond between two negatively charged molecules of bisulfate. This new molecular structure could aid the safe storage of nuclear waste and lead to a reduction of chemicals that contaminate water.

New technique allows medics to watch a brain tumor glow

Using an experimental bio-paint, scientists have gained the ability to watch a brain tumor glow. Using this improved visual ability this will make surgical procedures more accurate.

Can genetics explain our food preferences?

Meat, vegetables or fish? Whether craving pasta or a chocolate bar our food preferences appear to have a genetic basis, according to a new study.

ESA uploads final commands for ExoMars spacecraft landing on Mars

The final commands for the landing of the ExoMars spacecraft have been uploaded in preparation for the joint European Space Agency/Roscosmos “ExoMars” mission's landing on the Martian surface on Sunday.

Skull implant breakthrough helps with brain disorders

A novel transparent skull implant has been created. The device will allow laser-based treatments for brain disorders to be conducted. Disorders that could be treated include brain cancers, traumatic brain injuries, neurodegenerative diseases and stroke.

Stronger protection: New nanofiber renders material bullet proof

No clothing material is totally impregnable to a projectile but some are tougher than others, and researchers continue to make improvement. A new breakthrough at the nano-scale has been announced.

Testing for poison using lab-on-a-chip technology

Technologists have developed a lab-on-a-chip device that enables the rapid screening for a range of poisons. The device overcomes the short lifetime of many toxic substances, allowing rapid detection.

Scientists grow human brains in lab which could think and feel

Scientists are now growing brains outside the human body which could one day think and feel and even suffer from autism or schizophrenia.

Essential Science: New fabric overcomes chemical warfare agents

Chemists have fashioned what they’re terming a ‘nano-kebab fabric’ that is resistant to most chemical warfare agents. The aim is to use the fabric to protect military personnel in the combat field.

Immunotherapy drug is a game changer for cancer

Study results presented at the European Cancer Congress about a new immunotherapy drug for cancer have been described as "a game changer", based on the clinical trail evidence.
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