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Scientists fighting genetic diseases face ethical challenges

Aaron began to stand out at primary school. He was unlike other children in subtle ways that at times were hard to put a finger on. He couldn’t hold a pen properly. His balance was a little poor. He just seemed different from his classmates. There is no subtlety to…

Scientists call BP spill subpoenaed emails an attack on academic freedom

A pair of scientists have accused BP of an attack on academic freedom after the oil company successfully subpoenaed thousands of confidential emails related to research on the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. The accusation from oceanographers Richard Camilli and Christopher Reddy offered a rare glimpse into the behind-the-scenes legal…

Pilot embarks on first solar-powered intercontinental flight

A Swiss adventurer soared above sun-splashed Spanish valleys toward Morocco on Tuesday on the world’s first intercontinental flight in a solar-powered plane. Bertrand Piccard, a 54-year-old psychiatrist and balloonist, took off into the night skies above Madrid in the Solar Impulse plane, a giant as big as an Airbus A340 but as light as an average…

Australia awaits key transit of Venus

Australia was gearing up Tuesday for the transit of Venus, an event with historical significance as a previous occurrence in 1769 played a key part in the “discovery” of the southern continent. When Venus on Wednesday passes between the Earth and the Sun, an astronomical event that will not occur again until 2117,…

Wider letter spacing helps dyslexics read: study

WASHINGTON — European researchers said Monday that offering reading materials with wider spacing between the letters can help dyslexic children read faster and better. In a sample of dyslexic children age eight to 14, extra-wide letter spacing doubled accuracy and increased reading speed by more than 20 percent, according to…

Military gives NASA two space telescopes more powerful than Hubble

Although America’s space agency has perpetually seen its funding threatened and reduced in recent years, few would argue that the nation’s defense agency, the Pentagon, suffers from the same problem. That disparity is so great that Pentagon official dialed up NASA last year and revealed that the National Reconnaissance Office had secretly…

Asia witnesses partial lunar eclipse

The first partial lunar eclipse of the year provided dramatic scenes across Asia late Monday, with a clear moon visible to many as the event unfolded. While Australia and the east of Japan watched as the Earth slid between the Moon and the Sun, casting a grey shadow over the…

Controversial stem cell treatments bring hope after early human trials

Marcus Hilton sits in front of the TV and stares at the Sky News headlines scrolling along the bottom of the screen. If he moves his head about, he can find the little patch of vision in his right eye where letters jump from a tiny size to suddenly bigger.…

Research shows promising treatments against skin cancer

Two new experimental treatments against advanced melanoma have shown promise in keeping the deadly skin cancer at bay, according to research presented in the United States on Monday. The agents, known as Dabrafenib and Trametinib, are being developed by the British pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline, and were tested in clinical trials against standard chemotherapy treatments. The…

Study finds Stone Age artists were the first animators

A French archaeologist and an artist who have studied Stone Age cave art for twenty years say that many of the drawings were intended to produce an illusion of movement. According to Marc Azéma and Florent Rivère, viewing the scenes by flickering torchlight would have been just one of the…

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