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The 'blue halo' effect: How some flowers seduce bees

Paris - Hundreds of flower species have evolved the ability to project ethereal halos of blue light invisible to humans in order to lure pollinating bees, researchers revealed Wednesday.

Self-taught, 'superhuman' AI now even smarter: makers

Paris - The computer that stunned humanity by beating the best mortal players at a strategy board game requiring "intuition" has become even smarter, its makers said Wednesday.

Neutron star smashup 'transforms' our understanding of Universe

Paris - For the first time, scientists have witnessed the cataclysmic crash of two ultra-dense neutron stars in a galaxy far away, and concluded that such impacts forged at least half the gold in the Universe.

Neutron star crash: 'The gift that will keep on giving'

Paris - The astrophysics world is abuzz after the first-ever observation of two neutron stars merging in a cataclysmic crash that left a rich trail of debris for scientists to comb through.

Neutron star smash-up the 'discovery of a lifetime'

Paris - "Truly a eureka moment", "Everything I ever hoped for", "A dream come true" -- Normally restrained scientists reached for the stars Monday to describe the feelings that accompany a "once-in-a-lifetime" event.

Huge spike in global carbon emissions linked to El Nino

Miami - A huge spike in carbon emissions seen in the past couple of years has puzzled scientists, since there was no evidence of a rise in human activities, like fossil fuel burning, that might explain it.

Gulf standoff looms over UNESCO leadership vote

Paris - Candidates from Qatar and France duelled Friday to become the new head of the UN's embattled cultural agency where Gulf tensions and accusations of anti-Israel bias loomed over the politically charged contest.

Former French culture minister picked to head UNESCO

Paris - French former culture minister Audrey Azoulay was named to head the UN's embattled cultural agency on Friday, beating her Qatari rival after a politically charged contest clouded by Gulf tensions and accusations of anti-Israel bias.

As Paris climate goals recede, geoengineering looms larger

Berlin - Even if you are terrified of heights, jumping out of a plane with a makeshift parachute may begin to look like a good idea once you know the aircraft is running out of fuel.

'Plan B': Seven ways to engineer the climate

Berlin - Dismissed a decade ago as far-fetched and dangerous, schemes to tame global warming by engineering the climate have migrated from the margins of policy debate towards centre stage."Plan A" remains tackling the problem at its source.

Asteroid grazes past Earth in 'critical' rehearsal

Paris - A house-sized asteroid grazed past Earth Thursday, passing harmlessly inside the Moon's orbit, as predicted, to give experts a rare opportunity to rehearse for a real strike threat in future.

Nobel winning anti-nuclear group urges Trump not to quit Iran deal

New York - The nuclear weapons disarmament campaign group that won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize on Monday urged US President Donald Trump to uphold the Iran nuclear deal to "avoid causing any more conflict.

GM acquires Strobe Inc. to speed up autonomous car research

General Motors (GM) announced on Monday it had acquired a company that specializes in laser-imaging technology geared toward enhancing the development of autonomous vehicles.

Catch a whiff of this: scientists decode durian DNA

Paris - Once described by a detractor as smelling of "turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock", southeast Asia's durian fruit leaves no-one unmoved -- you either adore or abhor it.

Macron trumps Trump with 'Make Climate Great Again' campaign

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron's 30-million-euro "Make Climate Great Again" campaign has narrowed a list of candidate scientists from abroad from thousands to 90, nearly half from the US, a French official said Friday.

Forest loss means tropics emit more carbon than they trap: study

Miami - The widespread loss of forests in the tropics means the region emits more carbon than it captures, reversing its longtime role as a safeguard against climate change, researchers said Thursday.

The last thing comet probe Rosetta saw

Paris - Robotic comet explorer Rosetta sent home a last-gasp photo of her target's rocky facade before crashing into its surface to end a 12-year deep-space odyssey, ground controllers said Thursday.

Moon village the first stop to Mars: ESA

Adelaide - Setting up a permanent village on the moon is the first step towards exploring Mars, the European Space Agency said Thursday as plans to reach and colonise the Red Planet gathered pace.

Energy from water evaporation? Maybe...

Paris - Evaporation, the process that dries washing on the line and supplies clouds with rain water, could one day produce vast stores of clean energy, researchers suggested on Tuesday.

Liquid cats and blood-sucking bats: 2017's Ig Nobel awards

Paris - Can a cat be both liquid and solid at the same time? Have vampire bats developed a taste for human blood? Will holding a crocodile bolster or blunt your gambling drive?

'Extinct' giant tortoise to be bred in captivity

Quito - A species of Galapagos giant tortoise thought to have been made extinct 150 years ago will be bred in captivity, officials said, after DNA studies showed specimens discovered in the last decade shared similar genetic makeup.

NOAA — Sun spews out steady stream of solar flares for week

For over a week now, our sun has been spewing out a continuous stream of solar flares, causing NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center to issue a geomagnetic storm warning on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Climate change threatens Latin America coffee producers

Washington - Climate change is threatening the Latin American zones most favorable for growing coffee, according to a study out Monday that warns seed production could drop by nearly 90 percent by 2050.

SpaceX launches secret US military space plane ahead of Irma

Washington - SpaceX successfully launched a secret US Air Force space plane on Thursday ahead of the arrival in Florida of Hurricane Irma.

Scientists sniff out Thailand's first truffle species

Bangkok - Gastronomes of the world delight. Two new types of truffle have been unearthed in Thailand's far north, scientists announced Thursday in what they called a first for Southeast Asia.

Microplastics in drinking water — Huge problem needing a solution

A new study looked at microplastics in drinking water in 14 countries globally. Besides giving us information on how widely spread these microplastics really are, the study also highlights the need for added studies on possible human health risks.

N. Korea nuclear test 'caused landslides'

Seoul - North Korea's weekend nuclear test triggered landslides in the detonation area and beyond, satellite pictures showed Wednesday, but left no crater visible from a collapse.The underground blast on Sunday caused a 6.

Ophthalmic technology address a range of visual impairments

In the past few years considerable advances have been made with ophthalmic technology, with devices introduced by smaller medical technology companies aimed at the hospital sector and for improving the experience of patients.

Smart graphene membrane desalinates water

Scientists have devised a simple, sturdy graphene-based hybrid desalination membrane. The device can provide clean water for agriculture and one-day human consumption.

China fast-food operator pilots face-recognition payments

Shanghai - The operator of KFC in China is rolling out a futuristic system of paying at a fast-food counter via facial recognition, as the country embraces the technology for everything from toilet paper to travel.
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