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Moon richer in water than once thought

Paris - There may be far more water on the Moon than previously thought, according to two studies published Monday raising the tantalising prospect that astronauts on future space missions could find refreshment -- and maybe even fuel -- on the lunar surface.

Scientists find secret to 'uncrushable' bug's strength

Paris - Looking like it was forged in apocalyptic fires, the diabolical ironclad beetle has a formidable reputation for being able to withstand being stabbed or run over by a car.

Captive-bred salmon in wild may do more harm than good

Paris - Releasing captive-bred Atlantic salmon into the ocean, a long-standing practice to boost stocks for commercial fishing, reduces the rate at which wild populations reproduce and may ultimately do more harm than good, researchers cautioned Wednesday.

China beefs up laws to handle epidemics, protect whistleblowers

Bejing - China has passed a new law to improve its handling of disease outbreaks -- including protecting whistleblowers -- following a cascade of criticism over its coronavirus response and accusations of an early cover-up.

Mask-free Queen ventures outside 'HMS Bubble' to secret lab

Salisbury - Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday made her first public visit outside a royal residence since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, visiting a top secret research lab but appearing without a face mask.

Biggest North Pole mission back from 'dying Arctic'

Bremerhaven - Researchers on the world's biggest mission to the North Pole returned to Germany on Monday, bringing home devastating proof of a dying Arctic Ocean and warnings of ice-free summers in just decades.

Arctic odyssey ends, bringing home tales of alarming ice loss

Berlin - The biggest Arctic expedition in history will return to the German port of Bremerhaven on Monday after a year-long mission, bringing home observations from scientists that sea ice is melting at a "dramatic rate" in the region.

Nobel winning women hope to inspire a new generation of scientists

Paris - On hearing that they had been awarded a Nobel Chemistry Prize for their groundbreaking work on gene-editing Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier said they hoped it would inspire a new generation of women in science.

In an era of team science, are Nobels out of step?

Paris - With the 2020 Nobel prizes this week comes a recurrent question: has the world's most prestigious awards for physics, chemistry and medicine -- first conferred in 1901 -- lost touch with the way modern science is conducted?

DNA from Neanderthals can make Covid more severe

Paris - Covid-19 patients with a snippet of Neanderthal DNA that crossed into the human genome some 60,000 years ago run a higher risk of severe complications from the disease, researchers have reported.

Amazon city of Manaus may have reached 'herd immunity': study

S - The Brazilian city of Manaus, which was devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, may have suffered so many infections that its population now benefits from "herd immunity," according to a preliminary study.

Scientists find world's oldest sperm in Myanmar amber

Berlin - A team of palaeontologists have discovered what they believe is the world's oldest animal sperm, frozen 100 million years ago inside a tiny crustacean in tree resin in Myanmar.

Scientists find gas on Venus linked to life on Earth

Paris - The atmosphere of Venus contains a gas that on Earth can be attributed to living organisms, scientists said Monday, a discovery the head of NASA called "the most significant development yet" in the hunt for extraterrestrial life.

Pakistan plans hemp production with eye on global cannabis market

Islamabad - Pakistan has unveiled plans to allow the industrial production of hemp, spurring hopes farmers and businesses in the conservative Islamic country will be able to tap into the lucrative global cannabis market.

China rails against 'discriminatory' India app ban

Bejing - China on Thursday decried a fresh ban by India on scores of Chinese apps -- including the hit game PUBG -- as a bitter border showdown seeped out into the tech sphere.

Scientists detect mysterious 'intermediate mass' black hole

Paris - Scientists announced Wednesday the discovery of a black hole -- the oldest ever detected -- that shouldn't even exist according to the current understanding of cosmic monsters so dense not even light can escape their gravitational pull.

Blue planet: Study proposes new origin theory for Earth's water

Washington - Water covers 70 percent of the Earth's surface and is crucial to life as we know it, but how it got here has been a longstanding scientific debate.

La Nina likely, but temperatures set to remain high: UN

Geneva - Global temperatures boosted by climate change will still be higher than usual despite the cooling effect of a La Nina weather phenomenon expected to develop in the coming months, the UN said Thursday.

Brain gain: Early stimulation gives mice life-long benefits

Washington - Mice that grow up in stimulating environments not only become smarter and more curious but are also more likely to develop individualized "personalities," a new study showed Wednesday.

Space oddity: bacteria can survive cosmic trip, study shows

Apo - Scientists have found a radiation-resistant bacteria can survive at least three years exposed in orbit, suggesting simple life forms could manage the long journey between between Earth and Mars unprotected.

Beyond batteries: Scientists build methanol-powered beetle bot

Washington - Scientists have long envisioned building tiny robots capable of navigating environments that are inaccessible or too dangerous for humans -- but finding ways to keep them powered and moving has been impossible to achieve.

Dimming of one of galaxy's brightest stars 'caused by dust cloud'

Paris - The sudden dimming of one of the Milky Way's brightest stars, Betelgeuse, could be due to a dust cloud spewing up from its surface, astronomers said on Thursday.

Op-Ed: Open access science? Looking at the two-sides

How much scientific data should be open and accessible? This remains an issue of recurrent debate, with strong arguments made on both sides. Whatever the current issues, the future will most likely be one in which open digital publishing flourishes.

Dinosaurs got cancer too, say scientists

Ottawa - Dinosaurs loom in the imagination as forces of nature, but a new study that identifies the first known case of cancer in the creatures shows they suffered from the debilitating disease too.

Glaciers could have sculpted Mars valleys: study

Paris - The question of whether ancient life could have existed on Mars centres on the water that once flowed there, but new research published Monday suggests that many of the Red Planet's valleys were gouged by icy glaciers not rivers.

Mystery solved: Scientists trace source of Stonehenge boulders

Washington - Stonehenge, a Neolithic wonder in southern England, has vexed historians and archaeologists for centuries with its many mysteries: How was it built? What purpose did it serve? Where did its towering sandstone boulders come from?

NASA — Mars Perseverance rover set for launch on Thursday

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket, carrying NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter, arrived at the launch pad at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on July 28, 2020.

Brazil study finds no hydroxychloroquine benefit for COVID-19

Rio De Janeiro - A study published Thursday on the use of hydroxychloroquine in Brazil to treat COVID-19 found the drug ineffective, the latest blow to President Jair Bolsonaro's push for its widespread use.

Dark history of transatlantic slavery traced through DNA study

Washington - A new DNA study published Thursday sheds fresh light on the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade, from the legacy of rape that can be seen in today's genetics to how disease likely decimated some groups forced to work in deadly conditions.

TikTok gave rural Indian women fame, fun and more

New Delhi - When India banned TikTok, it closed a window to the wider world for legions of women outside the big cities that provided fun, fame and even fortune.
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