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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.

Breakthrough Prize given for Alzheimer's research

Since 2013 an annual prize has been awarded for the most significant breakthrough in research major sciences. This year the prize has gone to research into Alzheimer's disease. Backed by big companies, the prize is now worth $3 million.

World's oldest tea found in Chinese emperor's tomb

Paris - The tomb of a Chinese emperor who lived more than 2,100 years ago has yielded the oldest remains of tea, said researchers who used it to re-date part of the ancient Asian Silk Road.

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.

What is ‘bad science’ and how to spot it?

In this first of a two part-article, Digital Journal peers into the world of science and looks at ‘bad science.’ Not all scientific studies are as reliable or believable as they seem. We look at why this sometimes happens.

Avalanches, an Alpine menace

Grenoble - France has seen five deadly Alpine avalanches so far this winter, claiming 12 lives, eight of them in the past week.The string of tragedies is explained partly by weather conditions but also probably by ill-advised risk-taking, experts said.

Happiness: Is it in your DNA?

Paris - Happiness is a state of mind, the gurus say. Well, actually, it could be more a function of genes, the authors of an unusual scientific study asserted on Thursday.

Deadly bacteria more prevalent than previously thought: Study

Bangkok - An often deadly and difficult to treat bacterial disease is much more prevalent than previously thought and kills tens of thousands of people worldwide each year, researchers said Monday.

Has Earth entered new geological age?

Humans may have created a new era in Earth's geological history. We have left a mark in the rocks, similar to what a meteorite did when it wiped out dinosaurs.

Honduras to make archeological dig for mysterious 'White City'

Tegucigalpa - Honduras said Thursday it was starting a major archeological dig for a mysterious, ancient "White City" supposedly hidden in jungle in its northeast that explorers and legends have spoken of for centuries.

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.

Sexual rebellion and murder among the bees

Paris - Scientists revealed Wednesday the trigger that can plunge a colony of obedient and sterile worker bees dutifully serving their queen into a chaotic swarm of sexual rebellion and regicide.

Scientists prove drugs can alter personality permanently

By altering parts of the DNA of ants using drugs injected directly into their brain, scientists have shown that fundamental changes can be made which could lead to uses within humans to improve memory and learning.

New type of rock found on the surface of the moon

Beijing - China's lunar rover has been beset with problems, but it has now surprised scientists by returning data indicating it has discovered a new kind of rock on the moon.

Ireland saw pre-historic migration from Mideast, Eastern Europe: Study

Washington - Ireland underwent a massive prehistoric wave of immigration from the Middle East and eastern Europe, which could explain how modern farming arrived in the region, researchers said in a study released on Monday.

Giant comets may threaten Earth: Astronomers

Paris - Planet Earth could be at higher risk of a space rock impact than widely thought, according to astronomers who suggested Tuesday keeping a closer eye on distant giant comets.

Ancient human ancestor may have persisted through Ice Age

Miami - After years of studying a mysterious thigh bone from a cave in China, scientists said Thursday they believe it represents an ancient species of human that persisted much longer than previously thought.

What you should know about the top science stories of 2015 Special

2015 has been an exciting year for science news and insights. Digital Journal looks back at the year in science and selects the 12 most interesting stories that have impacted people's lives around the world.

Scientists welcome climate pact but still alarmed

Le Bourget - Climate scientists Saturday welcomed a pact to battle global warming as a major political advance, but warned of a gaping hole -- the lack of a detailed roadmap for cutting greenhouse gases that cause the problem.

First litter of in vitro puppies born in U.S.

Washington - The first litter of puppies conceived through in vitro fertilization has been born, in a scientific breakthrough decades in the making, US researchers announced.

Doomsday revisited: Will warming deprive us of oxygen?

Paris - Global warming has triggered an array of apocalyptic scenarios for future generations, from worsening drought, storms and floods to melted icesheets and rising seas.

U.S. Muslim teen accused of clock bomb seeks $15 million

Chicago - The Muslim teenager arrested when a teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb threatened to sue his school and the town of Irving, Texas for $15 million, his lawyer said.

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.

Precarious future: The battle to save Taiwan's Queen's Head

- Scientists are battling to save Taiwan's ancient "Queen's Head" rock from erosion -- but the island is split over whether technology should be used to preserve the precarious natural masterpiece.

Can science find a solution to global hunger?

London - The journal Food and Nutrition Security has produced a special issue on the question: “can science and good governance deliver dinner?’ The findings are thought provoking.

Megacities hit hard by surging sea levels even at 2C rise: Study

Paris - Large swathes of Shanghai, Mumbai, New York and other cities will slip under the waves even if an upcoming climate summit limits global warming to two degrees Celsius, scientists reported Sunday.A 2 C (3.

Designer cells reverse baby girl's cancer in world first

London - A one-year-old girl in Britain has become the first in the world to be treated with "designer" immune cells genetically engineered to reverse her cancer, doctors said.

Spooky! The science behind Halloween

London Colney - It's Halloween time and for many people that is time to have fun. Just like other holidays there are some scientific aspects to the scary day. Digital Journal takes a look at the science behind Halloween.

Scientists identify new Galapagos giant tortoise species

Quito - A team of Ecuadoran and international scientists said Wednesday they have identified a new giant tortoise species on the Galapagos Islands.There are only a few hundred members of the new species, Ecuador's environment ministry said in a statement.
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