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Raindrops keep falling: Climate change makes storms worse — study

Apo - Climate change is increasing the amount of rain that hurricanes produce, and as warming picks up storms will become increasingly wetter and windier, according to new research.

New survey wants to hear your digital transformation story

Participate in a new survey about how digital transformation is impacting people. The survey provides participants with a unique opportunity to have their voices heard about how DX is changing their lives.

Japan team transplants stem cells into brain to treat Parkinson's

Apo - Japanese researchers said Friday they have transplanted stem cells into the brain of a patient in the first stage of an innovative trial to cure Parkinson's disease.

Breakthrough treatment helps paralysed patients walk

Apo - A breakthrough treatment involving electrical stimulation of the spine has enabled paralysed patients to walk again, apparently reactivating nerve connections and providing hope for people even years after accidents.

Climate change cited in dwindling of Puerto Rico insects

Washington - After bees and birds, insects and other arthropods have also suffered massive losses, a study from a Puerto Rico forest published on Monday showed, citing the impact of climate change.

'Real' fake research hoodwinks US journals

Washington - Three US researchers have pulled off a sophisticated hoax by publishing fake research with ridiculous conclusions in sociology journals to expose what they see as ideological bias and a lack of rigorous vetting at these publications.

Wind turbines contribute to climate change: study

Washington - Wind turbines, designed as an alternative to fossil fuels, still contribute to climate change due to the way they redistribute heat and moisture in the atmosphere, according to a study published Thursday.

S.African lion cubs conceived artificially in world first

Brits - Watching the two little lion cubs boisterously play with each other at a conservation centre outside of South Africa's capital Pretoria, it's hard to see anything out of the ordinary. But these cubs are unique.

South Sudan civil war toll estimated at 382,900: study

London - South Sudan's civil war has caused the deaths of at least 382,900 people -- far higher than previous estimates and more than the conflict in Syria, according to a new study.

Greenhouse gases from rice paddies may be 2x higher than thought

Tampa - The way some irrigated rice paddies are managed worldwide, with cycles of flooding followed by dry periods, may lead to twice the planet-warming greenhouse gas pollution as previously thought, researchers said Monday.

Degrading plastics emit greenhouse gases: study

Tampa - Need another reason to hate plastics piling up in the environment?

Greenhouse gases surge to new highs worldwide in 2017: US report

Tampa - Planet-warming greenhouse gases surged to new highs as abnormally hot temperatures swept the globe and ice melted at record levels in the Arctic last year due to climate change, a major US report said Wednesday.

Greenhouse gases surge to new highs worldwide in 2017: US report

Tampa - Planet-warming greenhouse gases surged to new highs as abnormally hot temperatures swept the globe and ice melted at record levels in the Arctic last year due to climate change, a major US report said Wednesday.

Australia scientists develop 'world first' melanoma blood test

Sydney - Australian researchers said Wednesday they have developed a blood test for melanoma in its early stages, calling it a "world first" breakthrough that could save many lives.

How close is the new graphene wave?

Graphene is a relatively new material with many interesting properties. However, despite a range of science papers explaining application possibilities, the widespread use of graphene has yet to be realized.

West African states in joint fight against root crop 'Ebola'

Abidjan - Researchers from half a dozen states in West Africa have joined together in a battle against what one expert calls a root crop "Ebola" -- a viral disease that could wreck the region's staple food and condemn millions to hunger.

The average founder is middle-aged, here are 5 founders under 30

A study found that the mean age for founders of fast growing new ventures skews older than one would think. To give visibility to young entrepreneurs, here's a list of startups with young founders.

Ripple gives universities $50M to fund cryptocurrency research

The University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI) is a $50M fund that Ripple has created to collaborate with "top universities around the world" to encourage research, development and innovation in blockchain, cryptocurrency and digital payments.

Hurricane Maria killed 4,600 in Puerto Rico, 70 times official toll: study

Tampa - Hurricane Maria, which pummeled Puerto Rico in September 2017, is likely responsible for the deaths of more than 4,600 people, some 70 times more than official estimates, US researchers said Tuesday.

First violins imitated human voices: study

Washington - Music historians have long suspected that the inventors of the violin wanted to imitate the human voice, and a study out Monday shows how 16th to 18th century luthiers in Italy did it.

Radio host encourages donations for pediatric cancer research

Kevin Kline, a local radio host and founder of Snowdrop Foundation, is doing a campaign (#ForChelsey), which is encouraging people to pay it forward.

Toss back big fish, especially females: study

Tampa - When fishing, local laws often require anglers to throw back any fish that are too small. But a study Thursday found it is more important to toss back big ones, especially females.

After death, Hawking cuts 'multiverse' theory down to size

Paris - With a science paper published after his death, Stephen Hawking has revived debate on a deeply divisive question for cosmologists: Is our Universe just one of many in an infinite, ever-expanding "multiverse"?

The future of AI depends on who’s at the table

A new report from Canada’s Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship about AI’s implications for policy makers found that, to be successful in implementing AI in government, a diversity in conversation must happen.

World's first penis, scrotum transplant done in US

Washington - Doctors at Johns Hopkins University said Monday they have performed the world's first total penis and scrotum transplant on a US military serviceman who was wounded in Afghanistan.

US school shootings rise rapidly in two decades: study

Tampa - Mass shootings at US schools are rising rapidly, killing more people in the last 18 years than in the entire 20th century, said a study Thursday.

'Life support' for transplant livers better than freezing: study

Paris - Keeping transplant livers on "life support" at body temperature preserves them better than the prevailing method of near-freezing, and could reduce the number of donor organs thrown away, a study said Wednesday.

Popularity of tigers, lions, bears could be their downfall: study

Tampa - Iconic animals like elephants, tigers, lions and panda bears are everywhere in movies, books and toystores. But their wide pop culture presence skews public perception of how endangered these animals really are, researchers said Thursday.

Night owls risk dying younger, should sleep in: study

Paris - People who stay up late and have to drag themselves out of bed are likelier to die younger than those who rise and set with the Sun, researchers said Thursday.

France prepares 1.5 billion euro push to foster AI research

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron is to unveil Thursday a bold plan to make France a centre of reference for artificial intelligence research, aimed at drawing homegrown and foreign talent in a field dominated by US and Chinese players.
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Animal rights activists around the world want science to cease experimenting on animals including primates like this one found in laboratories across the country.
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Simplified version of National Hurricane Center's Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale chart.
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Nearly 300-year-old 'Shakespeare forgery' WAS written by Bard himself.
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Microsoft Chief Speech Scientist Xuedong Huang
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