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Case cracked: mystery Antarctica fossil is massive prehistoric egg

Apo - Scientists had nicknamed it "The Thing" -- a mysterious football-sized fossil discovered in Antarctica that sat in a Chilean museum awaiting someone who could work out just what it was.

Hug me tender: scientists unlock the secret to the perfect cuddle

Apo - In this era of social distancing and depressing news, we could all do with a good hug. Now scientists have analysed what makes the perfect cuddle -- just don't squeeze too tight.

Japan newborn gets liver stem cells in world first

Apo - Doctors in Japan have successfully transplanted liver cells derived from embryonic stem cells into a newborn baby, in a world first that could provide new treatment options for infants.

Unsung heroes? How hoverflies play key pollination role

Apo - That bee you see buzzing from flower to flower might actually be an undercover operator: a hoverfly. And a team of scientists wants you to stop taking them for granted.

Making tracks: ancient footprints shed light on early humans

Apo - Thousands of years ago, a group of people took a walk in what is now Tanzania. The footprints they left behind are now offering insights into ancient human life.

EU spearheads $8 billion virus fundraiser

Apo - Celebrities, world leaders and philanthropists pledged some 7.4 billion euros ($8.1 billion) on Monday for research into coronavirus vaccines, treatments and testing during an EU-led videoconference that was snubbed by the United States.

US govt reveals details of sunlight study on virus

Washington - The US Department of Homeland Security revealed to AFP on Tuesday new technical details regarding its highly anticipated study into how ultraviolet radiation destroys the new coronavirus, saying that its experiment had accurately mimicked natural sunli...

Pompeo presses China to allow lab inspections amid pandemic

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday pressed China to allow inspectors into sensitive laboratories, voicing concern about their security amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

'Superheroes': Coronavirus survivors donate plasma hoping to heal the sick

New York - As she emerges from quarantine, recovered COVID-19 patient Diana Berrent is eager to join the battle against the pandemic and donate precious antibodies that researchers hope might help others.

Most coronavirus infections are mild, says Chinese study

Bejing - Most people infected by the new coronavirus in China have mild symptoms, with older patients and those with underlying conditions most at risk from the disease, according to a study by Chinese researchers.

UK team tests China virus vaccine on mice

London - A team of UK scientists believe they are among the first to start animal testing of a vaccine for the new coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 1,000 people and spread around the world.

New coronavirus infected 40 staff in single Wuhan hospital: study

Washington - Forty health care workers were infected with the novel coronavirus by patients at a single Wuhan hospital in January, a new study has found, underscoring the risks to those at the frontlines of the growing epidemic.

Studies suggest role of bats, snakes in outbreak of China virus

Bejing - A new strain of coronavirus that emerged in China may have originated in bats or snakes, according to genetic analysis of the virus that has so far killed 17 people.

2.229 billion years: Scientists date world's oldest meteor crater

Apo - A crater in western Australia was formed by a meteor strike more than 2.2 billion years ago and is the world's oldest known impact site, new research published Wednesday shows.

Scientists find powerhouses that fight tumours from within

Apo - Lurking deep inside some tumours are "factories" full of immune cells that help the body fight a rearguard action against cancer and are key to helping some patients recover, new research has shown.

7 bn years: Scientists say oldest solid material found

Washington - Researchers said Monday that new techniques have allowed them to identify the oldest solid material ever found on earth.

IBM Research breakthroughs: Nanosheet to Phase-Change Memory

San Fransisco - At the IEDM conference IBM Research unveiled several scientific breakthroughs, including research in nanosheet technology, Phase-Change Memory, Electro-Chemical Random-Access Memory, and new algorithms to improve the accuracy of AI predictions.

Air pollution linked to 'missed' miscarriages in China: study

Bejing - Exposure to airborne pollutants increases the risk of "missed" miscarriages in which a fetus dies without a pregnant woman experiencing any noticeable symptoms, researchers said Monday.

From the mouths of babes: bottles that weaned prehistoric infants

Apo - Archaeologists have uncovered the first evidence that our prehistoric ancestors in Europe weaned their infants much the way we do now, using specialised baby bottles to feed them animal milk.

No cheating: Frenchwoman was world's oldest person, researchers say

Paris - Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who died two decades ago aged 122, should retain the title of the oldest person on record, French researchers said Monday, rejecting claims of fraud.

The worm that turned: fossils shed light on early animal movement

Apo - More than half a billion years ago, a worm-like creature wriggled its last, creating a groove preserved as a fossil that offers new insights into some of the earliest animal movement.

Microbiology News: Antimicrobials and mother's microbiome

From a rise of superbugs in Southeast Asia, the earliest recorded evidence of tapeworm, and the microbial community of the mother influencing that of her child, represent three of the biggest microbiology news items this month. We delve deeper.

WHO launches genetic research register after designer-baby scandal

Geneva - The WHO announced Thursday it will create a global registry to track research into human genetic manipulation, after a call to halt all work on germline genome editing -- used in China last year to genetically modify twin baby girls.

Can diet help cancer treatment? Study in mice offers clues

Apo - 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.

Op-Ed: Smartphones leading to 'horns-in-the-head' study is flawed

There's a lot of serious research about smartphone use and health effects, but one piece of research, essentially linking cellphone use to hornlike protuberances on the back of millennials' skulls, has been dismissed by the academic community.

Around the world, people likelier to return wallets with more cash

Washington - Does the amount of cash in a lost wallet impact how likely a person is to return it?

Science suffers collateral damage as US, China tensions rise

Bejing - A rise in US visa denials for Chinese academics and intensified scrutiny of alleged links to Beijing over fears of potential espionage are having a chilling effect on long-standing research collaboration, researchers say.

EPA to end scientific research on children's health risks

Long-running research projects credited with pivotal discoveries about the harm that pesticides, air pollution, and other hazards pose to children will be shut down because the Environmental Protection Agency won't commit to continued funding.

Republicans: No US research visas for China military scientists

Washington - Republicans in Congress want to bar Chinese military scientists from obtaining visas to study or work in the United States, drawing criticism Wednesday from Beijing.

'Super corals' give glimmer of hope for world's dying reefs

Apo - Hawaiian "super corals" that have recovered despite living in warm and acidic water offer a glimmer of hope that dying reefs across the world could be saved, a new study says.
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