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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.

Mini cars drive away children's fears of surgery

Valenciennes - Wearing a big grin, Marame clambers into the small electric sports car and drives off -- to the operating theatre.

Top bottled water brands contaminated with plastic particles: report

Miami - The world's leading brands of bottled water are contaminated with tiny plastic particles that are likely seeping in during the packaging process, according to a major study across nine countries published Wednesday.

Nigeria struggles to contain dramatic spread of deadly Lassa fever

- Nigeria is battling on two fronts against an unprecedented outbreak of Lassa fever, a cousin of Ebola, that has already killed 110 people this year.

Pre-election polls not becoming less reliable: study

Paris - Pre-election polls are not becoming less reliable, said a study Monday addressing public distrust stemming from surprise results in Britain's 2015 general election and the 2016 US presidential vote.

Flu virus: Wily 'shapeshifter' always one step ahead

Paris - On a March morning 100 years ago, a soldier in Kansas reported to the infirmary with a fever, muscle aches, and a sore throat.By lunchtime, records state, dozens had joined him, stricken with what would become known as the Spanish Flu.

Dormant desert life hints at possibilities on Mars

Miami - It may rain once a decade or less in South America's Atacama Desert, but tiny bacteria and microorganisms survive there, hinting at the possibility of similar life on Mars, researchers said Monday.

Extreme weather to rise even if Paris goals are met: study

Miami - The risk of extreme weather such as heat waves, floods and drought will rise significantly even if the commitments in the 2015 Paris climate accord are met, a study warned on Wednesday.

Sea level rise is accelerating: study

Miami - Sea level rise is accelerating and could reach 26 inches (66 centimeters) by century's end, in line with United Nations estimates and enough to cause significant problems for coastal cities, a study said Monday.

Dutch have done human, animal diesel tests 'for years'

Den Haag - Dutch researchers have been performing tests "for years" on humans and animals to study the effects of diesel fumes, scientists said Tuesday, amid an outcry in Germany over similar experiments.

VW suspends chief lobbyist over emission tests on monkeys

Berlin - Germany's scandal-hit auto giant Volkswagen on Tuesday suspended its chief lobbyist Thomas Steg as outrage mounted over monkey and human experiments to study the effects of diesel exhaust fumes.

Rocky start for Alzheimer's drug research in 2018

Paris - The year 2018, barely underway, has already dealt a series of disheartening blows to the quest for an Alzheimer's cure.

Top AI institutions launch hub to showcase Canada's leadership

Next Canada has launched a web platform to deliver important communication tools to Canada's growing artificial intelligence community. Canada.ai will host the latest news and events impacting the Canadian AI sector.

Nose spray tested to kick gambling habit: Finnish researchers

Helsinki - Finnish researchers on Monday said they were to launch a study to see if gambling addiction can be treated with a fast-working nasal spray.
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