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Thermal anomaly: 2 bright spots on ‘dwarf planet’ Ceres puzzle scientists
Ceres is puzzling astronomers with giant bright-white spots behaving very differently from each other in infrared light. As the enigma around the anomaly grows, NASA now says their origins and properties are very different.

14.04.2015 11:05

​Radioactive Fukushima food could be hitting UK shops through safety loopholes
Food produced near the site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan could be heading to British supermarkets due to loopholes in safety laws, an investigation has revealed.

14.04.2015 08:48

Argentine tango has therapeutic effects on Parkinson’s disease sufferers – study
Sufferers of Parkinson’s disease may have found a potential and unexpected remedy – dancing the Argentine tango. Researchers insist dancing could have therapeutic and physical value for those suffering from rigidity as well as depression and fatigue.

13.04.2015 20:27

NASA’s Curiosity finds liquid water below Mars’ surface
New measurements of Martian weather and soil conditions suggest the soil is damp with liquid brine, which can remain liquid when temperatures drop below freezing. The finding contradicts theories that it’s too arid and cold for water on the Red Planet.

13.04.2015 22:53

Human Satnav to guide people by zapping electrodes in their leg muscles
A human Satnav, using electrodes to send people in the right direction, has been developed by German scientists. It works by sending a signal from a mobile phone, which stimulates a muscle in the leg, showing them the direction they need to go in.

13.04.2015 12:43

‘Go to Mars’ and drop the asteroid mission, NASA advisors say
The NASA Advisory Council is advising the space agency that its Solar Electric Propulsion project will be best demonstrated collecting geological samples from one of Mars’ moons instead of landing on an asteroid.

11.04.2015 00:20

Smartphones could be used as earthquake early-warning systems
Smartphone sensors could be used in the future to give officials a five-second warning if a major earthquake is set to strike. It may not seem much, but it would allow enough time to sound alarms and shut off gas lines, potentially saving numerous lives.

10.04.2015 22:42

'The blob' in Pacific Ocean might be to blame for California drought, erratic US weather - studies
Coined "the blob,” a massive patch of warm water off the US West Coast is contributing to warmer-than-average drought conditions in states like California, in addition to lower temperatures on the US East Coast, according to two new reports.

10.04.2015 19:09

Robot sent to crippled Fukushima to research reactor vessel
The operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant has sent a transforming robot to conduct an unprecedented mission inside the primary containment vessel of Reactor 1. This is the first time a robot has entered the damaged interior of the reactor.

10.04.2015 11:38

The Great Dying-2? Manmade CO2 levels could cause repeat of largest mass extinction event
The greatest mass extinction event in history occurred when the world’s ocean suddenly turned to acid, killing off over 90 percent of life on Earth, scientists have found. They warn such a process could be repeated unless CO2 levels are controlled.

10.04.2015 12:44

'Major hypocrisy': US govt-funded agency admits marijuana can kill cancer cells
The National Institute on Drug Abuse, a US federal government research institute whose mission includes "bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction," has officially admitted that marijuana extracts can kill cancer cells.

10.04.2015 11:30

Revolutionary: Russian man to undergo first head-to-body transplant
Doctors seem to be a step closer to performing a breakthrough surgery: transplanting a human head onto another body. A Russian man with a rare genetic muscle-wasting disorder has volunteered to be the first to try the procedure.

10.04.2015 06:10