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Paying to preserve trees helps fight warming: study

Miami - Paying small amounts of cash to convince landowners not to cut down their trees is a highly effective strategy for reducing carbon emissions that drive climate change, researchers said Thursday.

World's first child double hand transplant a 'success'

Washington - The first child in the world to undergo a double hand transplant is now able to write, feed and dress himself, doctors have said, declaring the ground-breaking operation a success after 18 months.

Tailor-made cancer 'vaccine' proves safe: trial results

Paris - Two experimental treatments for skin cancer, tailor-made to target a particular patient's tumours, proved safe in small-scale trials, their developers reported Wednesday.

Treatment extends life for some with advanced prostate cancer

Chicago - Adding a new anti-hormonal drug to the standard treatment for advanced prostate cancer has been shown to reduce the risk of dying by almost 40 percent, according to two studies published Saturday.

New scrutiny of polar regions as world braces for climate shifts: UN

Geneva - Scientists will intensify scrutiny of the polar regions as part of an international campaign to improve global weather predictions and minimise risks linked to rapid climate change, the UN said Monday.

Thousands join March for Science to fight 'alternative facts'

Washington - Thousands of people joined a global March for Science on Saturday with Washington the epicenter of a movement to fight against what many see as an "assault on facts" by populist politicians.

Japan volcanic island may hold key to coral survival

Nihon - The key to the survival of the world's threatened coral reefs may lie in the waters surrounding a small volcanic island off the coast of Japan, scientists say.

Diver finds first-ever European cave fish

Miami - A diver spotted an unusual pink fish swimming in an underwater grotto in Germany, and researchers now say it is the first known cave fish ever discovered in Europe.

Drug against alcoholism works, researchers claim

Paris - French researchers provided fresh evidence Friday to support claims that a drug touted as a miracle cure for alcoholism, and prescribed for this purpose in France, actually works.

One in four US children suffers 'chronic bullying': study

Miami - Nearly one in four US children suffers from chronic bullying at school, a problem that may lead to poor academic performance and low confidence over time, researchers said Monday.

Trump could enact sweeping changes to environment policy: experts

Miami - President-elect Donald Trump could enact sweeping changes to environmental policy in the beginning days of his administration, with far-reaching effects both in the United States and around the world, experts say.

Living close to major roads increases dementia risk: study

London - People living near major roads have a higher chance of developing dementia, according to a large-scale study published in British medical journal The Lancet on Thursday.

Britain first country to approve 'three-parent' babies

London - Britain is set to become the first country in the world to legally offer "three-parent baby" fertility treatments after regulators gave the green light.

Britain first country to approve 'three-parent' babies

London - Britain is set to become the first country in the world to legally offer "three-parent baby" fertility treatments after regulators gave the green light.

US life expectancy drops for first time since AIDS crisis peak

Miami - Life expectancy in the United States dropped last year for the first time since the peak of the HIV/AIDS crisis more than 20 years ago, as deaths rose from nearly every major cause, federal data showed Thursday.

Big data helped Trump even after he scorned it

Washington - Donald Trump derided the use of data and technology tools for his presidential campaign -- but those techniques might well have propelled him to victory.

Zika babies can develop microcephaly in first year

Miami - Some Zika-infected babies who appeared normal at birth still showed significant brain defects and went on to develop unusually small heads, a condition known as microcephaly, researchers said Tuesday.

Climate change affects nearly all life on Earth

Miami - Most life on Earth is already being changed by the warming climate, even though the rise in global temperature since pre-industrial times has been rather slight, researchers warned on Thursday.

Canada seeking to cooperate with Russia in the Arctic

Ottawa - Despite tensions over conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, Russia and the West have maintained a strong working relationship in the Arctic and Canada's new Liberal government is looking to further bolster that cooperation.

Scientists found cell programming technique to treat eye diseases

A team of researchers discovered a new reprogramming technique that transforms retina support cells into stem cells, paving the way to new potential treatments for eye diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma.

Reprieve for Australian sub-Antarctic island station

Sydney - Australia's permanent sub-Antarctic research base at World Heritage-listed Macquarie Island has won a reprieve from closure and will instead get a multi-million dollar revamp, the government said Friday, in a boost for science.

Reprieve for Australian sub-Antarctic island station

Sydney - Australia's permanent sub-Antarctic research base at World Heritage-listed Macquarie Island has won a reprieve from closure and will instead get a multi-million dollar revamp, the government said Friday, in a boost for science.

Reprieve for Australian sub-Antarctic island station

Sydney - Australia's permanent sub-Antarctic research base at World Heritage-listed Macquarie Island has won a reprieve from closure and will instead get a multi-million dollar revamp, the government said Friday, in a boost for science.

Zika virus likely to spread in Asia Pacific: WHO

Manila - The Zika virus is set to spread through Asia, the World Health Organization warned Monday, with hundreds of cases reported in Singapore and two Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly.

Trio win Nobel Chemistry Prize for tiny molecular machines

Stockholm - A French, British and Dutch trio of scientists won the Nobel Chemistry Prize on Wednesday for developing the world's smallest machines that may one day act as artificial muscles to power tiny robots or even prosthetic limbs.

New elements or rechargeable batteries for Nobel Chemistry Prize?

Stockholm - The Nobel Chemistry Prize is to be announced on Wednesday, with observers suggesting it could go to gene-editing, the invention of the rechargeable battery or the discovery of new periodic elements.

'Strange states' of matter earns trio Nobel Physics Prize

Stockholm - The study of "strange states" of matter, which may one day yield superfast computers, earned British scientists David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz the Nobel Physics Prize on Tuesday.

'World's deepest flooded cave' discovered in Czech Republic

Prague - A Czech-Polish team said Friday it had discovered the world's deepest underwater cave in the eastern Czech Republic.

US man may have contracted Zika from dying father's tears, sweat

Washington - A 38-year-old US man may have been infected with Zika virus through the tears or sweat of his dying father, researchers said, in what would be the first documented case of such transmission if confirmed.

Alzheimer's stemmed but not stopped, say experts

Paris - Soaring rates of population growth and ageing have long been seen as portending a global explosion of Alzheimer's, the debilitating disease that robs older people of their memory and independence.But an unexpected, and hopeful, trend may be emerging.
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