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New study shows chocolate or cocoa may boost athletic performance

A British study performed at Kingston University showed that eating dark chocolate and cocoa may improve athletic performance and help during fitness training. Chocolate and cocoa are already known to have a positive effect on cardiovascular health.

U.S. health authorities confirm Zika causes birth defects

Miami - The mosquito-borne Zika virus causes birth defects, including a syndrome in which babies are born with unusually small heads, US health authorities confirmed Wednesday after months of debate and uncertainty.

Rio's Zika outbreak matches Asian virus, researchers say

Miami - The mosquito-borne Zika virus behind last year's outbreak in Rio de Janeiro closely resembles another strain from Asia and may have been introduced by Pacific Island athletes, researchers said Tuesday.

Chinese scientists engineering human embryos defy ethics again?

For the second time in one year, a team of Chinese researchers engineered human embryos by altering their genome with partially successful results. The world's scientific community is concerned about potential ethical issues.

New front opens in war on superbugs: Experts

Amsterdam - A newly-discovered antibiotic-resistant gene is threatening to open a new front in the war against superbugs by rendering a last-resort drug impotent, experts warn.

Earth could become hotter than thought, study warns

Washington - Global warming could make the planet far hotter than currently projected because today's scientific models do not correctly account for the influence of clouds, researchers said this week.

New stem cell therapy may regenerate lost limbs in a few years

A groundbreaking discovery from an Australian research team at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) may pave the road for the future of stem cell technology. Thanks to this new research humans may regrow their lost limbs in just a few years.

Military spending rises again in 2015

Stockholm - Rising tensions worldwide helped push up military expenditure in 2015, the first increase after four years of declining spending, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in a report published on Tuesday.

Waist size 'strongly predicts' heart disease risk: study

Miami - A study involving people with diabetes has shown that belly size is a stronger predictor of a dangerous kind of heart disease than body mass index, researchers said Saturday.

Disgraced celebrity surgeon's spoiled dreams of fame

Stockholm - Dreams of fame and fortune turned into a nightmare for a once-renowned Italian surgeon who compared himself to Doctor Frankenstein and now stands accused of using patients as guinea pigs.

Do psychological studies have an inherent problem?

Scientific studies are often well-designed and the results stand the test of time. But not always. One area with a great deal of uncertainty is psychology and a new review has found many studies are not reproducible.

How much the environment can affect our IQ? New study sheds light

Can experience and education actually increase our IQ or is it all genetics? New research may have found an answer to the "nature vs nurture" debate, showing that the effects of environmental interventions may increase it, but not permanently.

Lab-grown milk, eggs and meat could hit store shelves in 5 years

Meat, eggs and milk could be produced in lab without killing or harming animals thanks to microbe cultures. The future of food as we know it may be forever changed, allowing even vegetarians and vegans to eat hamburgers and milkshakes again.

Computer draws first blood in clash with Go grandmaster

Seoul - A Google-developed supercomputer stunned South Korean Go grandmaster Lee Se-Dol by taking the first game of a five-match showdown between man and machine in Seoul on Wednesday.

Game over? New AI challenge to human smarts

Paris - Every two years or so, computer speed and memory capacity doubles -- a head-spinning pace that experts say could see machines become smarter than humans within decades.

New discovery help scientists take a leap in fight against cancer

Scientists from the University College London (UCL) Cancer Institute made a groundbreaking discovery in fight against cancer. A new cellular target has been found that greatly increases the ability of the immune system to destroy cancer cells.

E-cigarettes help quit smoking according to English research

The use of e-cigarettes raised several controversies over the last few years. A recent study from the from University College of London (UCL) found these devices helped about 16,000-22,000 English smokers quit in 2014.

'Low' risk of getting Ebola from survivor: Study

Miami - The risk of catching Ebola from a survivor is generally low since the virus disappears from the blood within weeks, but it may persist in semen for many months, researchers said Monday.

New study proves social media abuse can be detrimental to sleep

Can't sleep at night? Maybe you're spending too much time on Facebook or Youtube. A new research found an association between sleep disturbances and Social Media (SM) abuse.

Ebola vaccine could be a reality? Research moves a step forward

A new study shed some light on the Ebola virus infection mechanism. Thanks to this discovery, researchers can now engineer an Ebola vaccine in the near future.

Big-brained mammals more likely to go extinct: Study

Paris - Mammals with large brains tend to be smarter but they also face a greater chance today of going extinct, according to a study published Wednesday.Scientists have long known that having oodles of grey matter comes at a certain cost.

Google's X lab chief sees Internet reaching billions

Vancouver - The "captain of moonshots" at Google parent company Alphabet sees widespread, world-changing wireless Internet on the horizon.

Evidence grows for Zika role in brain damage

Paris - Evidence piled up Thursday implicating the Zika virus in a surge of brain damaged babies in Latin America, with two reports of the disease found in the neural tissue of affected infants.

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.
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