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Nobel medicine prize board member resigns over surgeon investigation

Stockholm - Swedish genetics professor Urban Lendahl has resigned from the body which awards the Nobel medicine prize over an investigation into controversial surgeon Paolo Macchiarini.

Mercury in seafood not harmful to aging brain

Miami - Eating seafood may lead to higher levels of mercury in the brain, but a study out Tuesday found that increased mercury does not appear to raise the risk of dementia.

Britain grants first licence for genetic modification of embryos

London - Britain on Monday granted its first licence to genetically modify human embryos for research into infertility and why miscarriages happen, in a move likely to raise ethical concerns.

Researchers scramble to fight 'brand new' Zika virus

Miami - Zika virus is spreading rapidly through the Americas leaving researchers scrambling to understand the very basics, including how to prevent, treat and diagnose the emerging mosquito-borne threat.

Making science better: Swap ‘bad science’ with ‘good science’

In a previous article, we looked at ‘bad science’ including deliberately misleading research. Although not common, bad science still occurs. How can scientific findings be improved? We assess some best practices.

Was 2015 hottest year on record? U.S. to make big reveal

Miami - US government scientists are widely expected to announce Wednesday that 2015 was the planet's hottest year in modern times, amid mounting concerns over the pace of climate change worldwide.

Drugs trial tragedies a rarity, experts say

Paris - Drugs trial tragedies like that reported in France on Friday which left one person brain dead and three others facing irreversible brain damage are a rarity, experts say.

Portuguese pharma firm says best practice followed in French drug trial

Lisbon - Portuguese pharmaceutical company Bial insisted Friday that it had followed "international best practice" in a French drugs trial that has left one person brain-dead and five others hospitalised.

Drug approval: How does it work?

Paris - The process of vetting experimental drugs is designed, with safety in mind, to be cautiously meticulous.

One person brain-dead after French drugs trial

Rennes - One person has been left brain-dead and five others hospitalised after a "serious accident" during a drugs trial in France, Health Minister Marisol Touraine said Friday.

With Ebola in check, are we ready for next outbreak?

Monrovia - The world will heave a collective sigh of relief when west Africa's Ebola epidemic is finally declared at an end after claiming more than 11,000 lives over two years.

Immigrants struggling to integrate in France

Paris - France is struggling to integrate its immigrant population, despite newcomers overwhelmingly identifying with their adopted homeland, according to a major study released Friday.

Women in U.S. 'three times more likely to say they're bisexual'

Washington - Women in the United States are about three times as likely as men to say they are bisexual, and increasing numbers of them say they have had sexual contact with other females, new data showed Thursday.

Facebook 'deliberately broke' its own app to test user loyalty

Facebook has been accused of crashing its own Android app to secretly test the loyalty of its users. The social network allegedly broke the news feed feature on purpose several times to see if users would try its mobile site instead or just give up.

Tech titans pledge $1 bn for artificial intelligence research

San Francisco - Several big-name Silicon Valley figures have pledged $1 billion to support a non-profit firm that on Friday said it would focus on the "positive human impact" of artificial intelligence.

Caesar came, saw and conquered on Dutch soil in 55 BC

Den Haag - Archaeologists say they have proven for the first time that Julius Caesar set foot on what is now Dutch soil, destroying two Germanic tribes in a battle which left around 150,000 people dead.

How sifting through Big Data brings innovation to cancer research Commissioned

The feats of SAP HANA are already well-known, but a new graphic narrative series is illustrating (literally) how cancer researchers worked with this technology solution built to analyze massive amounts of patient data.

Dementia Research Institute to be established in U.K.

London - Although the U.K, government has been pushing through many cuts to its departments, it has protected science spending in real terms. One area where resources will be distributed is towards a new Dementia Research Institute.

U.S. government ends research on all chimpanzees

Washington - Chimpanzees will no longer be used for US government research and the remaining 50 chimps in federal custody will be sent to a sanctuary for retirement, health authorities said.

Journal pulls paper in science and immigration row

Berlin - A scientist who refused to let a software package he devised be used in European countries that are ‘soft’ on immigration has seen a research paper describing his software retracted by the publishing journal.

'Nearly all' children under 4 use mobile devices on a daily basis

A U.S. study of mobile device usage by children under the age of 4 has concluded that they are faced with "almost universal exposure" to digital devices and most will have their own device by the time they turn four.

'Poetic passwords' could be the future of memorable security

A pair of researchers claim to have developed a new system for generating super-secure, memorable passwords that is based around rhyming poetry. The resulting phrases would take five million years to crack, based on the performance of today's computers.

China 'to start work on super, super-collider by 2020'

Bejing - China will begin work on the world's largest super-collider in 2020, state-run media reported Thursday, in an attempt to increase understanding of the Higgs boson, or "god particle".

Sea level rise will 'swallow Miami, New Orleans'

Miami - Say goodbye to Miami and New Orleans. No matter what we do to curb global warming, these and other beloved US cities will sink below rising seas, according to a study.

Intel pledges $50m investment in quantum computing research

Intel has announced that it is making a long-term investment into the development of quantum computing systems. It will contribute $50 million over the next 10 years to help shape the future of computing for when semi-conductors are obsolete.

One year and counting: Mars isolation experiment begins

Miami - Six people shut themselves inside a dome for a year in Hawaii, in the longest US isolation experiment aimed at helping NASA prepare for a pioneering journey to Mars.

Report: Android lock screen patterns are surprisingly predictable

Security researchers have found that many lock screen patterns used by Android smartphone owners are as predictable as simple passwords like "1234567". Most people adhere to several common traits when making a pattern which dramatically reduces security.

Research lab blunder leads to 4x longer-lasting Li-ion battery

Researchers who accidentally left a batch of anodes to soak in chemicals for hours longer than they were supposed to have stumbled across a method of getting Li-ion batteries to last for four times longer than they ordinarily would.

Samsung unveils world's largest hard drive — 16TB super-fast SSD

Samsung has created the world's highest-capacity hard drive, cramming 16TB of file storage space into a unit that fits into a 2.5-inch bay. Even more significant is that the drive is actually an SSD based around 3D NAND chips and not a hard drive at all.

What hackers could do to the Jeep Cherokee: Anything they want to

Two security researchers have found a way to gain total control of the Jeep Cherokee in a way that gives complete remote access to all of its systems from any location, across the Internet. That includes the throttle, brakes, engine and much more.
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