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New Smelting Process Can Produce Metals With Less Air Pollution And Greenhouse Gas Emission

A new metal smelting process was accidentally discovered by MIT researchers. It can reduce air pollution and the emission of greenhouse gases associated with traditional metal smelting.

Material Science August 26, 2016

Dark Milky Way Twin: New Massive Galaxy Dragonfly 44 Is 99.99 Percent Dark Matter

The dark galaxy Dragonfly 44 that lies in the nearby Coma constellation is so faint astronomers only discovered it recently. The Milky Way twin is almost entirely dark matter.

Space August 26, 2016

Airlander 10: World's Largest Aircraft Crash-Lands During Test Flight

Airlander 10, the largest aircraft in the world, suffered damage when it crash-landed during its second test flight. Hybrid Air Vehicles said no one on board the aircraft was hurt.

August 25, 2016

Britain Calls For Worldwide Ban Of Microbeads Used In Exfoliating Soaps And Other Cosmetic Products

Members of Britain's Parliament call for ban of plastic microbeads used in many cosmetic products such as toothpaste and soaps. Here's why these tiny beads pose threat to the environment and the food chain.

Earth/Environment August 24, 2016

Tel Aviv Scientists Make Melanoma Breakthrough That Can Block Spread Of Skin Cancer

Researchers have uncovered the mechanism of how melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer, spreads to other organs in the body. They were also able to identify substances that can revolutionize treatment of this fatal disease.

Medicine August 24, 2016

Superstitious Fisherman Kept World's Biggest Natural Pearl Under Bed For 10 Years

A fisherman from Palawan, Philippines kept what could possibly be the biggest natural pearl from a giant clam in his home for 10 years without realizing its value. The gem would possibly be valued at about $100 million.

Earth/Environment August 24, 2016

Florida Teen Becomes Fourth Person To Survive Brain-Eating Amoeba

Sebastian DeLeon, a 16-year-old boy from Florida, becomes the fourth survivor to recover from the highly deadly brain-eating amoeba infection. What did doctors do to save him?

Public Health August 24, 2016

Bagpipe Lung Death: Fungi And Mold In Wind Instruments Can Cause Fatal Illness

A British man died from a condition called bagpipe lung. Doctors said he contracted his illness by playing wind instrument that was contaminated by fungi.

Healthy Living/Wellness August 24, 2016

Analog DNA Circuit Performs Math Calculations In A Test Tube

Researchers have developed an analog DNA circuit that can add, subtract and multiply. It is slower compared with silicon-based circuits but may have potential uses in the field of medicine.

Material Science August 23, 2016

NASA Wants To Turn Over International Space Station To A Private Company

The U.S. space agency appears to have intentions to offload the International Space Station to a private company in the next decade. Here's why the move could benefit research in low-earth orbit.

Space August 22, 2016

Extinct Woolly Mammoth Could Become Protected Species In Crackdown On Ivory Smuggling

The woolly mammoth could become the first long-extinct animal to be given legal protection under conservation trade rules. How can this help in the illegal trade of ivories from endangered elephants?

Animals August 22, 2016

Signs Of Wessie? Maine Authorities Find Giant Snakeskin Near River

A resident discovered a large snakeskin near Presumpscot River. Authorities believe the sheddings likely belong to the Wessie snake that measures 10 feet long.

Animals August 21, 2016

More Than 100 Sickened By Parasite Present In 20 Arizona Swimming Pools

The crypto parasite found in at least 20 Arizona swimming pools has sickened more than 100. Health authorities recommended measures to prevent spreading the diarrhea-causing disease.

Public Health August 21, 2016

Oldest Living Tree Growing In Europe Was A Seedling When Vikings Sailed The Seas

A Bosnian pine tree growing in Greece is at least 1,075 years old, analysis of the growth rings revealed. Europe's oldest tree has already sprouted when the Vikings were still sailing the seas.

Earth/Environment August 21, 2016

EpiPen Price Skyrockets: What Is EpiPen, Why Is It So Expensive And Where Can We Get A Cheaper Alternative

The skyrocketing cost of the EpiPen has made it difficult for allergy sufferers to buy them. What is behind the price increase and are there cheaper alternatives to this epinephrine injector?

Public Health August 20, 2016

E-Cigarettes Have Fewer Cancer-Causing Chemicals Than Regular Cigarettes: Study

Completely switching to electronic cigarettes can reduce exposure to toxins and cancer-causing carcinogens. Smokers though would still get the same amount of nicotine as when they use regular cigarettes.

Public Health August 20, 2016

Parasite Killing Thousands Of Fish Prompts Montana Wildlife Officials To Close Yellow Stone River

Wildlife officials decided to close the Yellowstone River to prevent further spread of the parasite that has killed thousands of fishes. How long will the closure last?

Earth/Environment August 19, 2016

Hyperspectral Imaging Reveals Images Hidden In Ancient Mexican Manuscript Codex Selden

A new high-tech imaging method has unveiled hidden pictographs in the ancient Mexican manuscript Codex Selden without damaging the pages. What do the images inked in yellow, red and orange show?

Ancient August 19, 2016

Zebra Finches Sing To Their Eggs Before Hatching To Help Baby Birds Survive Climate Change

Australia's Zebra finches sing to their birds when the weather is hot at the end of incubation period. How does this singing help the chicks survive in a warming world?

Animals August 19, 2016

Gallstones Linked To Increased Heart Disease Risk

Researchers have found a link between a history of gallstone disease and increased risk for coronary heart disease. What could be behind this association?

Public Health August 19, 2016

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