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Potential Martians: Mars One selects 1,058 hopefuls among 200,000 applicants
The Mars One project has announced the selection of 1,058 hopefuls from over 200,000 applicants to become potential “human ambassadors” on the Red Planet. Eventually, no more than 40 people will be selected to go Mars to never return.

31.12.2013 19:22

Sun ‘flips upside down’ while reversing magnetic poles
The sun has undergone a “complete field reversal,” with its north and south poles changing places as it marks the midpoint of Solar Cycle 24.

30.12.2013 17:35

Twitter feed warns Australian swimmers when sharks are nearby
Beach-goers swimming on the coast of Western Australia now have less cause to scan the horizon for a dorsal fin before wading into the water, thanks to a new Twitter feed that alerts them when a shark is lurking nearby.

28.12.2013 00:10

Professor resigns after falsified AIDS vaccine study wins $19mn grant
An Iowa State University professor has resigned after admitting that he falsified AIDS research. The academic claimed he had discovered that rabbit blood could be used as a vaccine for the virus.

27.12.2013 22:32

2013 saw fewest weather disasters in recent history - but will luck hold?
The year 2013 was historically kind to the US, with tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes, and other weather-related disasters occurring at near-record infrequency. Still, meteorologists say that global temperatures have continued to rise.

27.12.2013 20:08

NSA can easily find individuals hidden in metadata - study
In defending the NSA's surveillance policies, many have cited the agency's claim that it merely collects phone numbers dialed, lengths of calls, and other metadata. Yet researchers now say the NSA can identify individuals in that vast collection of data.

26.12.2013 20:02

World's 1st self-regulating artificial heart transplanted in France
Hundreds of thousands of people could soon get off the transplant waiting list as French doctors are celebrating the installation of a revolutionary artificial heart into a 75-year-old patient, paving the way for long-lasting robotic substitutes.

23.12.2013 08:55

Scientists create Terminator-style muscle at 1,000 times human strength
American scientists have developed a robotic muscle 1,000 times more powerful than a human’s – using a revolutionary material that fluidly changes its properties.

22.12.2013 05:35

No early Christmas? Spacesuit issue delays second spacewalk to fix ISS cooling system
Two American astronauts have completed the first stage of urgent repair work outside the International Space Station ahead of schedule, but a spacesuit issue has delayed a second spacewalk to revive the crippled cooling system.

22.12.2013 00:34

‘The curious case of Benjamin Mouse’: Aging reversal coming soon?
Mice have become the first creatures to experience the ‘Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ for real, as Australian and American scientists have managed to literally reverse their ageing process. And they say humans could be next in line.

20.12.2013 07:47

​Russian ‘meteorite hunter’ listed in Nature’s Top 10 scientists of 2013
Nature journal has included Viktor Grokhovsky, a professor from Russia’s Urals, in the list of 10 scientists who “mattered” in 2013. He was able to track down fragments of “the biggest object to hit our planet in a century” – the Chelyabinsk meteorite.

19.12.2013 20:31

Successful HIV treatment may be on the way – German researchers
Biomedicine researchers at Dresden's Technical University have made several successful attempts to treat HIV virus with a new method which uses so-called ‘‘molecular scissors’’ to cut the virus from the DNA of infected cells.

19.12.2013 12:11

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