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Soul-searching scientists struggle to get message across

Vienna - "We mortals do not understand you." That's the heartfelt cry from former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres, pleading with scientists to use everyday language to help counter growing public mistrust.

Vinegar offers hope in Barrier Reef starfish battle

Sydney - Coral-munching crown-of-thorns starfish can be safely killed by common household vinegar, scientists revealed Thursday in a discovery that offers hope for Australia's struggling Great Barrier Reef.

Technologist offers low-cost solutions to Africa

Manu Prakash, who is a bio-engineer based at Stanford University, has begun designing low-cost technology to help out scientists and technologists in the poorest parts of the world.

Weird clouds may haveĀ inspired 'The Scream': scientists

Vienna - The psychedelic clouds in Edvard Munch's iconic "The Scream" have alternatively been interpreted as a metaphor for mental anguish or a literal depiction of volcanic fallout.

Op-Ed: Climate change leads the London 'March for Science' agenda Special

London - Hundreds of thousands of scientists have taken to the streets to 'march for science' to combat fake news and the counterfactual political culture espoused by Donald Trump and other leading politicians. Digital Journal was at the London event.

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.

'Assault on facts' energizes global March for Science

Washington - Scientists and their supporters across the globe are expected to march in the thousands Saturday amid growing anxiety over what many see as a mounting political assault on facts and evidence.

Australia, New Zealand kick off global science rallies

Sydney - Thousands of people rallied in Australia and New Zealand Saturday in support of science, the first of more than 500 marches globally triggered by concern over the rise of "alternative facts".

'Assault on facts' energizes global March for Science

Washington - Scientists and their supporters across the globe are expected to march in the thousands Saturday amid growing anxiety over what many see as a mounting political assault on facts and evidence.

March for Science not about Trump, organizers say

Miami - Budget cuts and political assaults on science are expected to draw thousands of demonstrators to the streets in more than 500 cities worldwide Saturday for the first March for Science.

Sulphur-powered giant shipworm unearthed in Philippines

Manila - An enormous black worm that lives in the mud of the sea floor and survives on the remnants of noxious gases digested by bacteria has been unveiled by scientists for the first time.

Dino ancestors looked like crocodiles: study

London - Fossils discovered in Tanzania in the 1930s have helped identify a "missing link" in dinosaur evolution that reveals their ancestors had long necks, walked on four legs and looked like crocodiles.

Pakistan hotline offers safe space for women harassed online

Lahore - When Pakistani social media starlet Qandeel Baloch was found strangled, a crime to which her brother proudly confessed, thousands of women posted messages denouncing her murder -- only to face abuse and threats themselves.

Chile desert combed for clues to life on Mars

Antofagasta - Chile's Atacama desert may seem to contain little besides red-grey rocks and sand -- but scientists are busy searching here for clues to life in a place it much resembles: Mars.

$12 billion startup wants to cure baldness, smooth out wrinkles

The San Diego-based company has attracted $300 million in funding and a heady valuation thanks to a pipeline of what could be revolutionary treatments to regenerate hair, skin, bones, and joints.

Canada is supporting science research in Rwanda

Toronto - April 7 marks the United Nations Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Rwanda, which makes the news that Canada is investing heavily into science, engineering and mathematics research in the country very timely.

Stephen Hawking appears as hologram in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has spoken to a Hong Kong audience by hologram, showcasing the growing reach of a technology which is making inroads into politics, entertainment and business.

Stephen Hawking appears as hologram in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has spoken to a Hong Kong audience by hologram, showcasing the growing reach of a technology which is making inroads into politics, entertainment and business.

Stephen Hawking appears as hologram in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has spoken to a Hong Kong audience by hologram, showcasing the growing reach of a technology which is making inroads into politics, entertainment and business.

Trump just signed a law that maps out NASA's long-term future

For the first time in nearly seven years, the U.S. government has passed a new long-term vision for NASA's future. President Trump has signed the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017.

Comet orbiter films deep-space landslide

Paris - Landslides are not unique to Earth, researchers revealed on Tuesday.In 2015, Europe's Rosetta spacecraft witnessed -- and photographed -- a big one on the surface of a comet in deep, dark space, they reported in the journal Nature Astronomy.

First fluorescent frog found in Argentina

Buenos Aires - The first naturally fluorescent frog was discovered recently in Argentina -- almost by chance, a member of the team of researchers told AFP Thursday.

Trump budget 'cripples' environment, science, critics say

Washington - US President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget would slash funding for science, health and environmental programs at home and abroad, sparking outcry among experts who say the cuts would endanger the planet.

US states mull laws allowing religion in science class

Odessa - Angela Garlington feels alone in the way she teaches science at a high school in Odessa, a Texas city populated by oil field workers.

400,000 yr-old half-skull points to mystery people

Miami - The discovery of a 400,000-year-old half skull in Portugal has offered tantalizing hints about a possible ancestor of the Neanderthals, researchers said Monday.

Fossils point to life on Earth 4 billion years ago

Paris - The oldest fossils ever found are "direct evidence" of life on Earth 3.8 to 4.3 billion years ago when our planet was still in its infancy, researchers reported Wednesday.

Goldman Sachs and Bill Gates invest in scientist social network

ResearchGate, the social media network for scientists, announced on Tuesday that it quietly raised $52.6 million (Ā£42.3 million) from a cohort of big name investors in November 2015 to help it scale its business.

New urgency in fight to restore Florida Everglades

Miami - Rising seas, polluted coastlines and the specter of more frequent droughts and storms have lent new urgency to efforts to restore the ecosystem of the Florida Everglades, the largest freshwater wetland in the United States.

Seven Earth-like planets discovered around single star

Paris - Researchers announced Wednesday the stunning discovery of seven Earth-like planets orbiting a small star in our galaxy, opening up the most promising hunting ground so far for life beyond the Solar System.

Russia successfully launches space freighter after crash

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday successfully launched an unmanned spacecraft taking food and equipment to the International Space Station after the previous such ship crashed to Earth shortly after launch in December.
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