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About 35 million years ago, an asteroid hit the ocean off the East Coast of North America. Its impact formed a 25-mile diameter crater that now lies buried beneath the Chesapeake Bay, an estuary in Virginia and Maryland.

Scientists detect eight mysterious repeating deep space signals

An unprecedented eight repeating radio signals, or fast radio bursts, have been detected emanating from deep space. Astronomers are edging closer to unraveling the mystery.

Chinese startup LinkSpace successfully tests reusable rocket

The Chinese company LinkSpace successfully flew a rocket prototype on its highest flight yet, then nailed the landing as the firm pursues reusable spaceflight technology.

Ebola appears to be curable, following successful drug tests

Scientists have raised the possibility that Ebola virus infection is curable. A new study found that over 90 percent of infected people can survive if treated early using one of two newly assessed drugs.

'Sorcerer's treasure trove' of relics uncovered in Pompeii

A stash of ancient amulets is seeing the light of day, now that archaeologists in Pompeii have unearthed the treasures from under a pile of ash dating to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79.

Cannabis leaves show antibacterial effect against MRSA

The search for antimicrobials often leads scientists into the unlikeliest of areas. New research shows that the leaves of the cannabis plant have an antimicrobial effect, including efficacy against drug resistant forms of Staphylococcus aureus.

Essential Science: Developing a smartphone-controlled brain

Scientists have fitted a wireless device to the brains of mice and can control the brain neurons via smartphone. It may have an ominous, dystopian sci-fi feel to it but there is a serious side too, with potential for healthcare.

The curious story of a dog's cell that turned into a cancer

A contagious canine cancer that conquered the world by spreading between dogs during mating likely arose around 6,000 years ago in Asia and spread around the globe through maritime activities, scientists say.

The world's thinnest gold created by scientists

Scientists have succeeded in creating a new form of gold, just two atoms thick. This is the e thinnest unsupported gold ever created and it will benefit electronics and medical equipment.

Major advance with bioprinting brings 3D-printed hearts closer

A new 3D bioprinting method has been developed by scientists. The technique pushes the field of tissue engineering closer to being able to 3D print a full-sized, functioning adult human heart.

Heatwaves kill coral reefs far faster than thought: study

Marine heatwaves are killing coral reefs far more quickly than previously believed, according to a new study released on Friday.

Q&A: Machine learning can reduce a risk factor in Alzheimer’s Special

Alz1 has launched the first solution to detect and reduce high free copper levels — a risk factor associated with Alzheimer's disease — through a in-home blood test and dietary supplement to lower free copper levels. The kit was developed through AI.

Hidden mysteries lie in wait inside Kenya's fossil treasury

The only hint that something extraordinary lay inside the plain wooden drawer in an unassuming office behind Nairobi National Museum was a handwritten note stuck to the front: "Pull Carefully".

Mysteries of the deep: how some sharks glow green in the dark

It may not sound like the best way to go incognito, but some species of shark that lurk on the ocean floor glow a bright green hue visible to others of their kind.

Tardigrades may have survived crash of Israel's lunar spacecraft

Israel’s attempt to become the first country to land a private spacecraft on the Moon ended in failure on Thursday, April 11, 2019. However, the chances of finding life on the lunar surface has ratcheted up, owing to its cargo of "water bears."

Essential Science: The major radioactive cloud no one noticed

Did you hear about the most serious release of radioactive material since Fukushima 2011? If not, you’re not alone. But in September, 2017, a radioactive cloud moved across Europe. Scientists have been investigating the source.

Trust for scientists remains strong despite anti-expert rhetoric

Despite the anti-expert rhetoric exposed by some politicians (especially when they are unable to to challenge facts), the standing of scientists in the U.S. remains strong according to a new survey.

Red wine’s resveratrol could help Mars explorers stay strong

A new study finds that nutraceuticals which preserve muscle in reduced gravity are an essential requirement in the diet of astronauts embarking long-term space missions. These chemicals include resveratrol, found in red wine.

Potentially habitable planet found in new solar system

An international team of astronomers has discovered a new solar system with a planet that could be habitable, a Spanish astrophysicist who led the research said Thursday.

Can diet help cancer treatment? Study in mice offers clues

Diet is already a key part of managing diseases like diabetes and hypertension, but new research adds to a growing body of evidence that it could help cancer treatment too.

CRISPR trial sets out to cure human blindness

The next-step with the progression of the gene editing tool CRISPR is to be with non-genetic diseases, based on a new phase where the technology can be used to edit single letters in RNA. One application is to attempt to find a cure for blindness.

3D-printed pills sample the gut microbiome to aid treatment

To explore the inner complexities of the human gut microbiome, researchers have developed a 3D-printed pill that can sample bacteria found in the gut. This is designed to improve the diagnosis and treatment of diseases related to a shifting microbiome.

Colossal dinosaur bone find in France thrills scientists

Scientists have unearthed a huge two-metre (6.5-foot) dinosaur bone in a winegrowing village in southwestern France dubbed a "national treasure" for its prehistoric gems.

Essential Science: Neuroscience is aiding self-driving cars

There are many projects underway to attempt to improve the navigation of self-driving vehicles. The answer to improved navigation could rest with neuroscience, in the form of special 'mapping' brain cells.

Japan set to undertake human-animal embryo experiments

Japan has approved the first ever human-animal embryo experiments. This research could produce an alternative sources of organs for transplant. However, there are an array of ethical and technical hurdles to be addressed.

New plasma tsunamis dubbed 'Terminators' discovered on the Sun

The solar magnetic activity cycle is a nearly periodic 11-year change in the Sun's activity. Little is known why this happens, although scientists continue to identify new Sun related facts, including 'Terminators' (plasma tsunamis).

Prosthetic arm created that enables patients to feel touch again

Prosthetics enables those who have lost a limb to regain a degree of functioning in terms of movement but not with touch. This could be about to change, as scientists have developed technology that can return some degree of feeling.

Climate crisis may be behind the rise of superbug C. auris

The climate crisis may be to blame for the mysterious spread of a multidrug-resistant superbug, Candida auris, according to a study published Tuesday.

Nano-engineered cuttlefish ink may hold cancer cure

Medical technologies produce nanoparticles like photothermal agents, that when irradiated can destroy cancer cells. These synesthetic chemicals are expensive; a new research stream has turned to the humble cuttlefish for an alternative.

Astronomers decode Milky Way's violent birth

The Milky Way gobbled up a galaxy one quarter of its mass 10 billion years ago in a "violent collision" that didn't fully settle for eons, astronomers said in new research published Monday.

Proud India launches historic bid to put spacecraft on Moon

India on Monday launched a low-cost rocket on a historic bid to put a landing craft on the surface of the Moon and join an elite space force.

Essential Science: Is anorexia partly caused by gut bacteria?

Anorexia is primarily a psychological condition and there are many underlying factors. One new factor to come to light, which may well play an influence, is with the microbiome of the human gut, according to British researchers.

Will you next computer be made using graphene and bacteria?

To develop more efficient computers, along with medical devices, scientists are examining nanomaterials. These are materials manipulated on the scale of atoms and which exhibit unique properties, opening a gateway to advanced technology.

Mathematics helps us understand the complexity of our microbiome

Understanding as much as possible about the human microbiome carries important implications for our understanding of health and disease. Unravelling the complexities proves challenging, and here new mathematical models may help.

American, Italian, Russian blast off for ISS

US, Italian and Russian astronauts blasted into space Saturday, headed for the International Space Station, in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

New method for turning human waste into clean chemicals in space

Astronauts embarking on deep space missions (such as to Mars) or those residing on space stations will need to watch out for harmful microbes. Disinfectants are not easy to come by, so how about making some from human waste?

One giant leap: 50 years ago, humanity's first steps on the Moon

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind": it was with these words that Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the Moon 50 years ago, an occasion celebrated by space enthusiasts globally Saturday.

Space crew to blast off for ISS on moon landing anniversary

US, Italian and Russian astronauts are set to blast off into space Saturday in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

China's space lab Tiangong 2 destroyed in controlled fall to earth

China's Tiangong-2 space lab successfully re-entered the Earth's atmosphere Friday under controlled conditions, completing the latest round of experiments in Beijing's ambitious space programme.

NASA is drawing up a long checklist for the lunar 2024 project

The next mission to the Moon is on and a new team of astronauts are set to touch down on the lunar surface in 2024. With the date announced, how ready is NASA? Some commentators are wondering if the announcement is premature.

New type of cell discovered that keeps time regularity

Scientists have long wondered how the brain keeps in sync and there have been theories about a type of neuron that acts as brain's metronome. This may now be a reality, based on a new technique for measuring electrical activity.
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