Quantcast
Home » Archives » Science (Page 210)

Scientists resume controversial mutant bird flu research

Scientists who created a mutant bird flu virus said Wednesday they will resume the controversial research after taking a 12-month break to allay fears of the bug escaping the lab or falling into terrorist hands. Citing a “public health responsibility” to continue the work, the teams said research will resume…

Archaeologists uncover new fox species in South Africa

Archaeologists digging outside Johannesburg have unearthed a fossilised species of previously unknown fox, which they hope will help flesh out the evolutionary journey of modern canines. The new species — named Vulpes Skinneri after South African ecologist John Skinner — is thought to have lived about two million years ago.…

British scientists announce breakthrough in turning DNA into data storage

Scientists in Britain on Wednesday announced a breakthrough in the quest to turn DNA into a revolutionary form of data storage. A speck of man-made DNA can hold mountains of data that can be freeze-dried, shipped and stored, potentially for thousands of years, they said. The contents are “read” by…

Japanese researchers grow kidney tissue from stem cells

Researchers in Japan said Wednesday they have succeeded in growing human kidney tissue from stem cells for the first time in a potential breakthrough for millions with damaged organs who are dependent on dialysis. Kidneys have a complex structure that is not easily repaired once damaged, but the latest findings…

DNA study traces ancestry of Native Americans to Beijing

Present-day Asians and Native Americans are descended from a group of people who were already in China 40,000 years ago, according to an analysis of fossil DNA published this week. The genetic analysis showed that the early modern humans in Beijing had already diverged genetically from the ancestors of modern-day…

Epilepsy drug has long-term effect on child IQ: study

A drug found to affect the cognitive ability of toddlers born to women who took the medication for epilepsy has a longer-term impact on their IQ, a study said on Wednesday. Researchers in the United States carried out follow-up tests among the same group of children whose investigation in 2009…

Personal wealth influences legislators opposition to estate tax, study finds

A study published online Sunday by the journal American Politics Research suggests that members of Congress are partially motivated by self-interest when voting on the estate tax. “Some will find our key results cause for normative concern,” John D. Griffin of the University of Colorado at Boulder and Claudia Anewalt-Remsburg…

Company plans to mine asteroids with ‘FireFlies’ spacecraft

A US company said Tuesday it plans to send a fleet of spacecraft into the solar system to mine asteroids for metals and other materials in the hopes of furthering exploration of the final frontier. “Using resources harvested in space is the only way to afford permanent space development,” said…

‘Population Bomb’ scientist: ‘Nobody’ has the right to ‘as many children as they want’

A Stanford professor and author of The Population Bomb recently published a paper in a scientific journal re-emphasizing climate change and population growth pose existential threats to humanity and in an interview with Raw Story said that giving people the right to have as many children as they want is…

Biochemist creates wine to fight arthritis and chronic fatigue

The health properties of red wine have long been debated but an Australian biochemist believes he has created a drop so loaded with antioxidants that it could treat a range of ills. Brisbane-based Greg Jardine said he has patented a group of compounds created during the wine-making process which he…

Google+