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Scientists unravel the tomato’s genetic code

An international scientific team on Wednesday said it had unravelled the genetic code of the tomato, opening up ways to improve the fruit’s taste, nutrition and shelf-life. Gathering more than 300 researchers in 14 countries, the Tomato Genome Consortium compared today’s domesticated tomato with its wild South American parent, Solanum…

In offices, men have more cooties than women, study says

A new study shows that men’s offices are more contaminated with oral, nasal, skin and intestinal bacteria than women’s offices. And it’s likely their larger size and unhygienic ways are the reason. Studies… [Work colleagues arguing, via Shutterstock.com.]…

Our galaxy to hit another in four billion years: NASA

WASHINGTON — Our galaxy is on a collision course with its nearest neighbor, Andromeda, and the head-on crash is expected in four billion years, the US space agency NASA said on Thursday. Astronomers have long theorized that a clash of these galaxy titans was on the way, though it was…

New therapy motivates paralyzed rats to walk

WASHINGTON — European researchers said Thursday they have found a way to motivate paralyzed rats to learn to walk again through a combination of spinal cord stimulation and robotic-aided therapy. The key to the method’s success was how it engaged the rats to participate in their own rehabilitation, said Gregoire…

UN: Green economy could create tens of millions of jobs worldwide

Tens of millions of new jobs can be created around the world in the next two decades if green policies are put in place to switch the high-carbon economy to low-carbon, the UN has said. Between 15m and 60m additional jobs are likely, according to a new report from the…

WATCH LIVE: SpaceX returns to the Earth

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo ship has now completed its mission of successfully traveling to the International Space Station, and is scheduled to land Thursday back on the Earth. NASA told the AFP that SpaceX’s return will look “like a burning comet” as it enters the Earth’s atmosphere. The ship’s mission is…

Former UK adviser: Cannabis and ecstasy bans prevent scientific research

The classification system that makes drugs such as cannabis and MDMA (ecstasy) illegal has prevented scientists from properly researching their possible therapeutic uses for conditions such as schizophrenia and depression, according to the government’s former chief adviser on drugs. Professor David Nutt said the UK’s laws on misuse of drugs…

Venus pass may boost hunt for other worlds

Astronomers around the world will be using advanced telescopes to watch Venus cross in front of the Sun on June 5 and 6 in the hopes of finding clues in the hunt for other planets where life may exist. By studying the atmosphere of a well-known planet in this once-in-a-lifetime…

SpaceX Dragon capsule released by ISS

The US company SpaceX’s Dragon cargo vessel was released by the robotic arm of the International Space Station early Thursday at the start of its return to Earth, NASA said. “Dragon is free from the International Space Station,” a NASA TV spokesman announced at 0949 GMT, as a live video…

Scientists: Chagas disease is the ‘new HIV/AIDS’

Chagas disease, or American trypanosomiasis, is set to be “the new HIV/AIDS of the Americas” according to a paper in the Public Library of Science (PLoS) journal “Neglected Tropical Diseases.” The New York Times cited the article Tuesday, saying that the social and economic impact of Chagas disease, which is…

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