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White-nose syndrome is a devastating infection of bats in North America, striking bats while they are hibernating in caves. As a sign of better news, some bats appear to be developing an immune response.

Snap! Is a photograph sufficient to prove a new species?

It is long established in biology that to prove there is a new species someone needs to capture, dissect it and categorize it. Photographs have long been regarded as inadmissible. Until now.

Best way to remember someone's name revealed

It's happened to all of us. We see a familiar face but we can't quite place the name of the person, sometimes leading to embarrassment. Researchers have pinpointed the best way to put a name to a face.

Wastewater may not trigger antibiotic resistance

Some scientists have been concerned that wastewater, where bacteria and antibiotics mix, could be seeding an increase in antibiotic resistance. A new study puts forward evidence that this is not the case.

DFO urges boaters to keep distance from English Bay grey whale

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Canada has reminded boaters to steer well clear of a grey whale that has been spending time off the shore of Vancouver's English Bay. The big cetacean has been seen feeding near the beaches there.

NASA's New Horizons Probe captures Pluto's blue hazes

“Who would have expected a blue sky in the Kuiper Belt? It’s gorgeous,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Boulder, Colorado.

NASA is going to light up the night sky with vapor tracers

NASA will be putting on a light show Wednesday night using a barium and strontium lasers to test the viability of some new rocket tech, and to get a glimpse at naturally occurring ion flows.

Trio win Nobel Chemistry Prize for DNA repair work

Sweden's Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich of the United States and Aziz Sancar, a Turkish-American, won the 2015 Nobel Chemistry Prize on Wednesday for work on how cells repair damaged DNA.

Special coating developed to protect medical implants

Infections from medical implants are rare but they can still occur. In order to safeguard devices from bacterial contamination, researchers have developed a special biofilm coating.

Rapid tuberculosis test in development

In a new study, scientists have described the accuracy of three new rapid tests designed to detect drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis.

Op-Ed: Oxford — Your brain connectivity makes you happy and successful?

It seems if you make positive life choices, you have “greater brain connectivity,” and are more intelligent. A new Oxford study using MRIs and detailed personal surveys has created a sort of existential debater’s paradise.

Factfile on Nobel anti-malaria drug artemisin

A frontline drug in the fight against malaria, artemisinin has a history going back many centuries, for it traces its past to ancient Chinese medicine.

Chinese herbal expert among Nobel medicine prize winners

A trio of scientists earned the 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine on Monday for unlocking revolutionary treatments for malaria and roundworm, helping to roll back two parasitic diseases that blight millions of lives.

Fossil find: New species of ancient rodent-like large mammal

In the badlands of northwestern Mexico scientists have discovered the fossil remains of a previously unknown creature that lived many millions of years ago. The name is hard to pronounce but the creature easy to define: spunky.

Nobel Medicine Prize opens week of awards

A week of Nobel prize announcements kicks off Monday with the medicine prize, while the most closely-watched award, the Nobel Peace Prize, is seen possibly honouring work to help refugees to a better life.

Scientists stunned — 'Sofa shark' found off coast of Scotland

Scientists with Marine Scotland were on a deep sea survey last week off the Scottish coast when they pulled in a rare shark previously found only one time before in the region.

Coagulant to stop blood loss, save lives, being developed at UBC

A product that could save lives daily all over the world is being developed by researchers at UBC in Vancouver. The remarkable powder is being designed to travel through the flow of blood and stop bleeding at its source.

'Miracle down-under' — Toddler has head reattached to neck

In a surgical procedure that is being hailed as "miraculous," a 16-month-old child had his head reattached to his neck after suffering an internal decapitation as the result of an automobile accident.

Does an ancient bacterium hold the key to eternal life?

Injecting yourself with a bacterium that's 3.5 million years old is either the dumbest thing a person could do, or it's brilliant. But that is exactly what a Russian scientist has done, in a quest to see if Bacillus F has the answer to eternal life.

Op-Ed: Disappointing science plan for U.K. announced

A report from the U.K. Government Chief Scientific Adviser outlines the scope of the Government Office for Science for the next five years. The report discusses government policy and funding of external agencies.

Making better batteries with nano-mechanics

As consumer electronics become ever more demanding in terms of power consumption, the hunt for new and improved batteries continues. Does nano-mechanics hold the answer?

Review: 'Biohistory — Decline and Fall of the West'

Author Dr. Jim Penman PhD discusses the future of western civilization in his new book – turns out, the future for many of us isn't pretty, and the content within 'Biohistory: Decline and Fall of the West' let's us in on the reason why.

New test can detect any virus known to infect humans and animals

There are thousands of viruses in the world, and detecting which virus is responsible for an illness in humans or animals can end up being an exhausting exercise, often involving numerous tests. A new test called ViroCap will make diagnosis easier.

Op-Ed: It’s true — Women get less in STEM, academia, research, grants

Feminist advocates have been making the point for years that women don’t get the support and breaks that men get. Now, the numbers are backing them up. New grim stats are showing how wide the financial gaps are.

Man is stung in 25 places by bees, for science

A scientist has let bees sting him repeatedly in 25 different body locations. The idea was to map out the most sensitive areas of the body to bee stings.

Op-Ed: Politics and science collide in immigration row

A German scientist has pulled back the rights for some key European countries to use some software he has developed. The reason is because eight European countries are allowing too many immigrants in.

Layman help sought in solving dwarf planet mysteries

Throwing open the doors to the hallowed halls of science, stumped researchers welcomed help from the public Wednesday in solving a number of nagging mysteries about dwarf planet Ceres.

Catch a glimpse of the world's first-ever glowing sea turtle

In the dark depths of the nighttime ocean, marine biologists filmed something they had never seen before: A sea turtle glowing a brilliant green and red. The turtle is the first reptile that scientists have observed with this trait.

Too much willpower leads to memory loss

A new study indciates that people who exercise willpower could suffer impaired memory function, via the draining of shared brain mechanisms and structures.

British archaeologist aims to pinpoint Nefertiti's tomb

Standing before the majestic gold, ochre and white frescos of Tutankhamun's tomb, British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves on Monday passionately defended his daring theory that Nefertiti is buried in a secret chamber.

Ancient Greek shipwreck reveals remarkable artifacts from 65 BC

It is a shipwreck that has been dubbed the 'Titanic of the Ancient World' and though found at the start of the last century it remains a source of "fabulous finds." Famous for revealing the wondrous Antikythera Mechanism, it is now revealing even more.

Graphene Oxide Biosensors speed up drug research

Each week a new application of the material graphene seems to emerge. The latest application is with developing sensors used for screening candidate drugs in the search for more effective medications.

New understanding for how flu viruses spread

There are several ideas as to why flu spreads easier with some people than others. In an unexpected twist, researchers have found that a soft palate is an important site for shaping of airborne transmissibility.

The unique smell of human death — What makes it different?

The smell of death, particularly human death, is singularly unique. The smell of a human decomposing is sort of a fruity assault on the olfactory organs, and distinguishes it from all other animals.

Genetic clue to breast cancer relapses

Researchers have uncovered a genetic reason for why some types of breast cancer in some people reoccur. Understanding the reason for relapses could help with future treatment.

New drug for Alzheimer's Disease calms agitated patients

People stricken with Alzheimer's Disease and other dementia are often faced with bouts of agitation. During the progression of their illness they may have periods of agitated pacing, throwing objects and even physical violence. A new drug may stop that.

Researchers invent invisibility cloak

Scientists have developed a invisibility cloak that can be folded up, as well as wrapped around microscopic objects of any shape.

Google to search for answer to diabetes

A new technology giant is entering into the diabetes arena. Google announced in early September that they will be looking to make an impact in the way diabetics monitor their glucose levels.

Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases may be transmissible

In disturbing news, research suggests that Alzheimer’s disease, along with other neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s, may be transmissible.

U.S. labs hunting for cataclysms in cosmos

Scientists started using advanced technology on Friday that will scan the cosmos for gravitational waves, which are theorized to course through the Earth when cataclysms happen in space.

Why diversity is beneficial to a species survival

A healthy population of any species is often defined as having a large amount of genetic diversity. But altered or new environmental conditions can become a challenge to living organisms, and individual differences can become key to their survival.
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