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Singapore trials driverless taxis in world first

Singapore - The world's first driverless taxis went into operation on Thursday in Singapore in a limited public trial, beating giants like Uber in the race to roll out the revolutionary technology.

Ultrasound used to 'jump-start' a 25-year-old man's brain

Bradley Crehan was hit by a car after walking out of a bar in Santa Monica, California, last February. The 25-year-old's head slammed to the ground, causing a severe brain injury.

Habitable planet found in solar system next door

Paris - Scientists Wednesday announced the discovery of an Earth-sized planet orbiting the star nearest our Sun, opening up the glittering prospect of a habitable world that may one day be explored by robots.

Italy quake struck notorious seismic hotspot

Paris - The deadly earthquake that struck central Italy before dawn Wednesday occurred in a notorious seismic hotspot, and dangerous aftershocks are possible, scientists said.

Could future humans lap Usain Bolt?

At the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, some of the fastest and strongest people in the world showed us what humans in peak physical condition can accomplish.

Drones eyed to deliver medicines in Japan

A group in Japan is launching a test involving airborne delivery of medicines as part of the plan to make drones play a crucial role during disasters.

Was 'Iceman Otzi' a Copper Age fashionista?

Paris - The 5,300-year-old Alpine mummy known as the Tyrolean Iceman died wearing leather clothes and accessories harvested from no less than five wild or domesticated species, a DNA analysis published Thursday revealed.

China launches world first quantum satellite

Bejing - China launched the world's first quantum satellite on Tuesday, state media reported, in an effort to harness the power of particle physics to build an "unhackable" system of encrypted communications.

Stephen Hawking’s black hole prediction witnessed for first time

Jeff Steinhauer, a physicist at Technion University in Israel, has created an acoustic black hole and observed particles slipping out of its grasp, providing the strongest evidence to date of one of Stephen Hawking’s most famous predictions.

Greenland sharks may live 400 years, researchers say

Miami - Greenland sharks are the Earth's longest-lived vertebrates -- or creatures with a spine -- with a lifespan that can last as long as 400 years, international researchers said.

Nobel prize-winning chemist buried with military honours in Egypt

Cairo - Nobel prize-winning Egyptian-American chemist Ahmed Zewail was given a state funeral with military honours on Sunday in Cairo attended by Egypt's president and top officials.

Dwindling prey bad news for big cats

Paris - The world's top land carnivores such as tigers, lions and jaguars are coming under threat as their prey dwindles in number, according to the first global study of feeding patterns.

Doping for gold, Olympians ignore health risks

Paris - For as long as athletes have been battling for gold medals, they have been taking fortifying tonics -- some stomach-churning, others downright dangerous -- with little concern for their health.

Egyptian Nobel prize winning chemist Zewail dies aged 70

Cairo - Nobel prize-winning Egyptian chemist Ahmad Zewail, who served as a science and technology advisor to US President Barack Obama, has died in the United States at the age of 70, Egypt's presidency announced.

U.S. scientists hope prehistoric fish can solve modern problem

Chicago - A giant prehistoric fish once thought to be extinct could be the solution to the worsening invasion of non-native Asian carp that is choking U.S. rivers and crowding out local species.

World’s deepest underwater sinkhole found in South China Sea

The blue hole discovered in the South China Sea has been confirmed to be the world’s deepest underwater sinkhole, surpassing the one in the Bahamas by almost 100 meters.

Missing MH370 wreckage may be further north, study suggests

Paris - Just days after authorities mooted suspending the ocean search for missing flight MH370, researchers suggested on Wednesday that the debris zone may stretch a further 500 kilometres (310 miles) north.

Goodbye Philae: Earth severs link with silent comet probe

Paris - Ground controllers bid a final farewell Wednesday to robot lab Philae, cutting communications after a year-long silence with the tiny probe hurtling through space on the surface of a comet.

Chicken scent offers hope for malaria prevention

Addis Ababa - Ethiopian scientists have discovered mosquitoes are repulsed by the smell of chicken, raising hopes for the development of a novel way to prevent a disease that kills hundreds of thousands every year.

Scientists enter into battle with Greenpeace over GM food

Few issues spark as much intensity as genetically modified foods and both sides wheel out scientists to give opinions on the safety (or otherwise) of genetically modified produce. In a new move, a consortium of scientists has gone on the offensive.

Scientists find new stubby-armed dinosaur in Argentina

Buenos Aires - Researchers announced they have discovered a ferocious meat-eating dinosaur in Argentina, notable for having short arms like the T-rex but hailing from a different branch of the family tree.

Thumb suckers less prone to allergies: New Zealand study

Wellington - Infants who suck their thumbs or bite their nails appear less prone to allergies as adults, New Zealand researchers have found.

Op-Ed: Concern grows in the science community over Brexit

London - The surprise decision by the British electorate to vote to leave the European Union continues to send shock waves through the economy. One area potentially affected is science and scientists continue to raise concerns.

Japan satellite made 'surprise' find before failure

Toukyo - A Japanese satellite recorded unprecedented observations of the Perseus galaxy before it disappeared from contact, scientists said, offering precious new information about how gas travels in the faraway cluster.

The Dolly legacy: Are you eating cloned meat?

Paris - Two decades after Scotland's Dolly the sheep became the first cloned mammal, consumers may well wonder whether they are drinking milk or eating meat from cookie-cutter cows or their offspring.The simple answer: "probably".

Fido forever? South Korea's dog cloning clinic

Seoul - At $100,000 a head, the puppies frolicking around the fenced lawn in western Seoul don't come cheap -- but at least their owners know exactly what they are getting.

Rosetta, Philae to reunite on comet for Sept 30 mission end

Paris - Europe's trailblazing Rosetta spacecraft will end its mission on September 30, reuniting with robot lab Philae on the surface of a comet hurtling through the Solar System, mission control said Thursday.

Op-Ed: Brexit — Why British science and medicine will suffer

London - The unexpected outcome of the U.K. vote to leave the European Union is likely to hit science and medicine hard, among other areas of industry.

Dutch crops grown on 'Mars' soil found safe to eat

Den Haag - Dutch scientists said Thursday crops of four vegetables and cereals grown on soil similar to that on Mars have been found safe to eat, amid plans for the first manned mission to the planet.

Sick workers evacuated in daring South Pole rescue

Washington - Two sick workers evacuated from a remote US research station near the South Pole have reached Chile after a risky rescue mission carried out in the dead of Antarctica's winter, US officials said.
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