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A low-cost, but effective, means of detecting schizophrenia has been developed by means of a virtual reality "game." The computer program requires users to replicate the movement of a computer avatar.

Dating app for primates developed and tested

Tinder is a common way for humans to look for suitable partners. An app based dating system may also be suitable for primates, according to researchers. Dutch zoologists have tested out a dating app for orangutans.

Powerful microscope shrunk to dime-size

A high-technology imaging device has been created, in the form of a an atomic force microscope on a chip. The microscope is powerful and it can be manufactured at a low-cost.

SpaceX rocket blasts off from NASA launchpad with ISS cargo

SpaceX on Sunday blasted off its Falcon 9 rocket carrying the unmanned Dragon cargo ship, packed with food and supplies for the six astronauts living at the International Space Station.

New Zealand is part of a newly discovered continent

All school children are taught there are seven continents on the planet, but there may soon be an eighth continent, Zealandia. A new study suggests that a mostly submerged landmass in the southwest Pacific should be classified as a continent.

Microbiologists review best practices for making medicines Special

The manufacture of medicines is at risk from cross-contamination from people, a result of the shedding of microorganisms. In February a special two-day conference considered how best to manage this risk.

Dwarf planet Ceres contains organic material and possibly life

A recently published study reveals scientists have detected carbon-based materials on the dwarf planet Ceres. These organic molecules are considered to be the building blocks of life on Earth and it is possible life exists on the dwarf planet.

Failure of developmental Alzheimer's drug has wider implications

News that pharmaceutical company Merck has halted a clinical trial for a once promising Alzheimer’s treatment (verubecestat) is not only bad news for the patient group, it could signal that the general view as to the cause of Alzheimer's might be wrong.

Research group are the first to see DNA 'blink'

Scientists from Northwestern University have developed a new imaging technology that is the first to see DNA “blink,” or fluoresce. This is key to understanding the mechanism at play in relation to different diseases.

Harvard geneticist claims mammoths on verge of de-extinction

Harvard geneticist Dr. George Church has announced that he believes he is just two years away from creating a wooly mammoth embryo using CRISPR gene editing technology.

Tracking time without using a clock

Researchers have measured the time delay in electron photoemission without using a clock (a very tiny fraction of time). This carries importance for developing cutting-edge technology.

3D printing’s most stretchable elastomer fashioned

Elastomers are used for a variety of common goods, and they are the basis of flexible electronics. Increasing flexibility while maintaining elasticity is a key requirement; with this, a new super-stretchable elastomer has been developed.

'Ritual killing' of stones 12,000 years ago: A look into our past

Researchers studying broken pebbles found in the Arene Candide Epigravettian Cemetery in Italy have concluded that about 12,000 years ago, the stones were used to decorate the dead and then "ritually killed" to remove the stone's spiritual powers.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to launch from historic Apollo-era site

On Sunday afternoon, SpaceX completed a successful static fire test on its Falcon 9 rocket in preparation for a planned cargo launch this Saturday to the International Space Station (ISS).

Essential Science: Parallels between your brain and the Internet

The human brain and the interconnections that form the Internet share a key similarity, according to new research. Here a common rule governs traffic flow in engineered and biological systems.

Hospital infections impact negatively on spinal cord patients

A new study heqaded by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has identified hospital-acquired pneumonia and wound infections negatively affect the clinical long-term outcome after acute traumatic spinal cord injury.

Bacteria fed synthetic iron become electrical generators

Some bacteria are electrogenic, meaning they can generate current as part of their metabolism. Researchers have succeeded in conferring this ability onto bacteria that do not naturally have this function. The aim is sustainable electricity generation.

Triple delight in store for sky-watchers this Friday night

Stargazers will have three sweet treats if they're lucky, this Friday night and into Saturday when Comet 45P zooms across the sky. You might not see it well because of the snow moon and penumbral lunar eclipse, though.

New Vibrio strain along Atlantic coast poses health threat

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have found a new strain of bacteria thriving along the Atlantic Coast of the U.S. and Canada that can contaminate shellfish and sicken seafood lovers.

Human stomach acid powers tiny medical sensors

Researchers have developed small voltaic cells that are sustained by the acidic fluids in the stomach. The cells are designed to power sensors or as drug delivery vehicles.

Efficient microbial fuel cell made from paper

Fuel cells are one of the renewable sources of energy being actively worked on by scientists. The basis of many fuel cells are specific bacteria, and a new breakthrough has been made using a paper-based system.

Astronaut sets record, throws football more than 500,000 yards

It was “sort of a record” and there are a lot of “buts” associated with it. The ball was thrown by Astronaut Tim Kopra while orbiting the Earth on the ISS and it travelled 564,664 yards. The distance was measured relative to the Earth.

Essential Science: Gut microbes cause your blood pressure to rise

Unhealthy gut microorganisms can trigger a rise in blood pressure and this can trigger the unhealthy effects of hypertension, according to new research. The research further reinforces the role the balance of human microorganisms play in disease.

Japan's troubled 'space junk' mission fails

An experimental Japanese mission to clear 'space junk' or rubbish from the Earth's orbit has ended in failure, officials said Monday, in an embarassment for Tokyo.

Hydrogen production advanced through electron spinning

Hydrogen is one of the potential renewable energy sources and part of the strategy to reduce the use of fossil fuels. One of the problems is dealing with the generation of the chemical hydrogen peroxide. A new method overcomes this.

Soybeans hold key to stronger graphene

Graphene is the material of the modern age: strong, light, flexible and highly conductive. It is the basis of a new generation of wearable electronics. To improve the material further, researchers have been looking at the humble soybean.

De-extinction — A look at the potential impacts and risks

The issue of bringing back extinct or near-extinct animal and plant species has gained acceptance in many scientific circles, but what about the impacts and potential risks to resurrecting a species?

Canadian scientists are organizing a boycott of U.S. conferences

The Trump ban on travel from seven countries not only impacts refugees, U.S. residents and their families, but also scientists who rely on international cooperation with considerable travel in their ongoing research..

Radiation in Fukushima reactor No. 2 reaches 'unimaginable' level

Radiation levels in reactor No. 2 at the Fukushima nuclear power plant have inexplicable soared to the highest readings recorded since the plant was crippled by a triple meltdown almost six years ago.

New wind power generator uses trees as inspiration

Scientists have developed a system that is based on the branches and leaves of a cottonwood tree. The device produces energy as its artificial leaves sway in the breeze, harnessing wind power to generate electricity.

Synthetic chemicals — An ignored risk to ecological change

Concerns over the proliferation of synthetic chemicals and pesticides, in particular, gave rise to the environmental movement in the 1960s. But scientific analysis of synthetic chemical pollution and their ecological impacts is disproportionately low.

Medical technologists investigate irregular heartbeats

Investigative medical technology could change the way doctors treat an irregular heartbeat condition called atrial fibrillation.

3D printer set to print human skin

An innovative 3D bioprinter is being prepared to produce human skin, designed for medical research purposes (such as the testing out of new drugs). This skin may also be adequate for transplanting to patients.

'De-extinction' or saving the species nearing extinction?

If you were given the unique pleasure of deciding which species of now extinct animal or plant you would like to resurrect, what would you choose, a Tasmanian tiger, or perhaps the woolly mammoth?

Link between common synthetic chemicals and diabetes

Researchers have drawn a connection between the synthetic chemicals typically found in insecticides and other garden products and an affect these play on the receptors that govern our biological clocks. The disruption could lead to diabetes.

Essential Science: What would landing on Pluto be like?

This week’s Essential Science takes a step into speculative science (fiction) and discusses some new research that wonders what landing on the surface of the dwarf planet Pluto would be like.

The moon is older than previously thought

The moon is probably 40 to 140 million years older than previously thought. This is based on new analysis of samples brought back from Apollo 14 which have been subjected to more sophisticated testing.

Embryo photographer Lennart Nilsson dies at 94

Swedish photographer Lennart Nilsson, who shot to fame in the 1960s with photographs of human foetuses and embryos, died on Saturday at the age of 94, his family told TT news agency.

NASA opens exhibit marking 50th anniversary of Apollo 1 disaster

NASA opened a new exhibit yesterday to mark the 50th anniversary of the deaths of Virgil (Gus) Grissom, Ed White II and Roger Chaffee. The three Apollo 1 astronauts died when their capsule caught on fire while they were performing pre-launch checks.

Museum's 'Arab Courier Attacked by Lions' has a real human skull

A tableau featuring an Arab courier and his camel being attacked by lions has enthralled, intrigued, and sometimes repulsed generations of visitors who have come to the Carnegie Natural History Museum in Pittsburg. However, the piece hid a secret.

Where does dyslexia begin in the brain?

Scientists think they have identified the point in the brain where dyslexia begins. It is hoped the insight gained will help to develop improved treatment options for those with the comprehension disorder.
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