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New DNA Research Method Solves Ancient Epidemic Mystery in Mexico

New methods of DNA research in skeletons helped scientists dig into the cause of an ancient epidemic. The study points to Salmonella as the possible killer of millions of Mexicans in the 16th century cocoliztli plague.

Feature | Health

Birth Control App Blamed For Unwanted Pregnancies, Abortions

Don't fully trust a mobile app when it comes to birth control methods. A hyped contraceptive app used by thousands of women and certified as effective as the pill is now blamed for dozens of unwanted pregnancies.

Public Health January 16, 2018

AIibaba Neural Network Beats Humans In Stanford Reading Test

A neural network run by an artificial intelligence answered a 100,000-question reading test and scored better than its human competitor. This milestone shows that machines can soon recreate natural human language.

Robotics January 16, 2018

NASA Commercial Flights Will Launch Later This Year, Final Stages of Spacecraft Development Underway

NASA targets August 2018 as the schedule of its first commercial crew mission. The next generation spacecrafts made by Boeing and SpaceX are in the final stages of development and evaluation.

Space January 15, 2018

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Splashes Down In Pacific Ocean After Space Station Supply Delivery

The SpaceX Dragon cargo ship successfully returned to Earth after a month-long delivery mission. This positive development came amid controversy over the missing Zuma satellite.

Space January 14, 2018

Vets Recommend Vaccination For Pets As Dog Flu Spreads Across US

Canine influenza or dog flu is a serious threat to dogs. With the confirmed outbreak of dog flu in 46 states, vets advise the vaccination of non-infected dogs to prevent infection.

Animals January 14, 2018

Robot Baby Experiment Reveals How Filthy Crawling On The Floor Is For Babies

A study showed that infants crawling on floors can inhale millions of microbes. However, exposure to biological particles can protect babies from asthma and allergies.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 13, 2018

Switzerland Bans Boiling Of Lobsters, Other Crustaceans Alive

Improvement of animal rights laws prompted the Swiss government to ban the boiling of live lobsters, a common culinary practice in restaurants. The new law sparked a debate on whether crustaceans can feel or sense pain.

Animals January 13, 2018

Thick Layers Of Ice Water Discovered Below Surface Of Mars

3D scans from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured images of thick sheets of underground ice below the Red Planet's surface. This discovery could mean an accessible supply of water for astronauts and future explorers.

Space January 13, 2018

Space Molecule That Smells Like Almond May Help Solve Interstellar Radiation Mystery

Researchers spotted an important molecule in space that smells like almond and could explain the puzzling glow of infrared light that persistently glows in space. Around 10 percent of all carbon in the universe is linked to these organic molecules.

Space January 12, 2018

Crystals From Extraterrestrial Rocks Contain Building Blocks Of Early Life

20 years after they landed on earth, meteorite fragments studied by scientists were known to contain organic elements considered as ingredients to life. Monahans and Zag meteorites could answer questions if life existed in the early solar system.

Space January 12, 2018

Noise Pollution From Oil And Gas Operations Causes PTSD-like Symptoms In Birds

Even the most noise-tolerant bird species are stressed by industrial noise pollution from oil and gas companies and the effects on them are precarious. Noise pollution, according to a study, is causing PTSD-like symptoms in birds that affect their reproduction.

Animals January 11, 2018

What Happened to Zuma Satellite After SpaceX Launch?

SpaceX said suggestions that the spy satellite Zuma has been lost are categorically false. The company's future launches will proceed as scheduled, including the much-anticipated maiden flight of Falcon Heavy.

Space January 10, 2018

$306 Billion Damage: 2017 Hits Record As Most Expensive Year For US Natural Disasters

The year 2017 was a deadly and expensive year in terms of natural disasters. Extreme weather conditions like hurricanes and wildfires cost the U.S. economy a whopping $306 billion in total damage.

Earth/Environment January 9, 2018

Woman Dies OF Flesh-Eating Bacteria After Eating Raw Oysters

Next time you crave for oysters, think again. A woman from Texas reportedly died weeks after eating fresh oysters that were infected with flesh-eating bacteria. This condition is rare, but deadly.

Public Health January 9, 2018

Here Are The Best Weight-Loss Diets For 2018

Whether you go for the Mediterranean or DASH diet, it's a win-win situation if you follow these top diets to lose weight. There are no right or wrong ways to diet. Just eat clean and be healthy.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 8, 2018

Hungry Coral-Eating Starfish Is Destroying Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Coral-killing starfish are eating their way through an expansive part of the Great Barrier Reef. Experts are racing against time to prevent these marine predators from destroying the reef's coral cover for good.

Earth/Environment January 8, 2018

First Blue Moon Total Eclipse In More Than 150 Years Coming By End Of January

The night will be long for skywatchers on Jan. 31 with a Blue moon, a supermoon and total lunar eclipse happening in one night. This rare event is not to be missed so mark your calendars.

Space January 5, 2018

Ketchup Packet Found In Intestine Of Woman Who Complained Of Crohn's Symptoms

Ingested Heinz ketchup package left in a woman’s stomach mimics symptoms of Chron’s disease. The woman thought she had an intestinal bowel disorder but it turned packets of ketchup in her gut is causing her stomach pain.

Feature | Health January 4, 2018

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