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New cfDNA test more effective in determining Down Syndrome in fetus, than standard serum screening

A new genetic test that analyzes the free DNA floating in a pregnant woman's blood was proven to be more effective at predicting chromosomal disorders compared with standard screening tests, due to its much smaller incidence of false-positive results. This is significant for women who may no longer have to undergo invasive testing just to confirm the positive results of standard tests.

SCIENCE February 28, 2014

Pine tree smell influences climate change: Research

A new study has shown that the smell of pine trees can actually affect the weather in a good way. However, only real pine trees count, so don’t bother stocking up on Air Wick, Glade, Fabreze or other brands of air fresheners.

SCIENCE March 2, 2014

Quantum droplet sends scientists in a tizzy...for 25 trillionth of a second

Physicists are getting excited about a quasiparticle called the Dropleton. The new quasiparticle has strangely exhibited behavior similar to a water drop.

SCIENCE March 1, 2014

Cheese-loving mummies unearthed in China

Researchers working at an excavation site in China have found mummified remains of humans buried with clumps of cheese. For some people, their love of cheese may even transcend the barrier between life and death.

SCIENCE February 27, 2014

Whales and ships heading for collision in Bering Strait, fear scientists

Whales and ships are on a collision course in the Bering Strait. How much danger are the marine mammals in, and what can be done to protect them?

SCIENCE February 27, 2014

Astronaut Luca Parmitano 'near-drowning' accident during spacewalk was preventable, NASA acknowledges

Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano nearly died in a spacewalking accident on July 16, 2013. A NASA review board now says the mishap was preventable.

SCIENCE February 27, 2014

715 new exoplanets found in one day with broken Kepler telescope

Using data from the crippled Kepler space telescope, astronomers found 715 new planets, including four much like the Earth, in just one day.

SCIENCE February 28, 2014

Quelccaya Ice Cap glacier in Peru gives global warming a chilly reception

Quelccaya Ice Cap glacier in Peru is revealing centuries worth of secrets about the climate. But, what does it say about our present?

SCIENCE February 26, 2014

Sun belches X-class solar flare, most powerful of 2014

The most powerful solar flare seen this year has erupted from the surface of the Sun. But, is it headed to Earth and should we worry?

SCIENCE February 26, 2014

Coffee addicts be warned: Drought in Brazil may lead to shortage of your daily caffeine fix

A drought in Brazil may also bring about a coffee drought around the world. Analysts are worried about an upcoming shortage in supply.

SCIENCE February 28, 2014

Geoengineering has potential but also potentially a very bad idea

Geoengineering has been proposed as a good way to solve the problems of global warming. However, some experts say it could do more harm than good.

SCIENCE February 27, 2014

Mystery behind ancient whale graveyard discovery in Chilean highway finally solved

Scientists have found a mass graveyard for whales and other marine animals in the middle of a Chilean desert. They were amazed by the discovery and now have solved the mystery behind the mass die-offs.

SCIENCE February 26, 2014

NASA technology helps California fight epic drought

NASA is preparing to bare its technological expertise in an effort to help California deal with drought. The scarcity of water resources in the state continues to alarm experts.

SCIENCE February 27, 2014

Egyptian Desert Breath spotted on Google Earth: Alien crop circles or what?

The real story behind the mysterious 'extraterrestrial' formation in the middle of the Egyptian desert has finally been told. The enigmatic yet beautiful site known as the Desert Breath has been baffling tourists since it was first found.

SCIENCE February 27, 2014

Great snakes! U.S. govt fights lawsuit that wants nationwide ban on giant reptiles removed

Sales of four species of giant snake have been banned by the federal government since 2012. Now a group of reptile owners wants that law overturned. However, the government's standing in their way.

SCIENCE February 27, 2014

Love Sriracha? You may be a masochist, says study

People who love Sriracha may be triggering a natural human reaction to burning, according to a new study.

SCIENCE February 26, 2014

Water discovered on distant exoplanet but unlikely to foster alien life

Tau Boötis b has an atmosphere of carbon monoxide and water, and the giant planet revolves close to its star, making it a hot Jupiter. Although that world is not likely to be home to life, a new technique may find such worlds.

SCIENCE February 27, 2014

Radioactive water from Fukushima nuclear leak reaches Canada, may hit U.S. coast by April

Radioactive cesium from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant has been detected in northwest Canada. How much longer will it be before the substance shows up in the United States?

SCIENCE February 27, 2014

SpaceX set to test grasshopper-like landing legs on Falcon 9 rocket

The booster on the next supply mission to the International Space Station by SpaceX will be guided to a soft landing over the water. How could this simple test revolutionize space travel?

SCIENCE February 26, 2014

Fatal instinct: New marsupial species in Australia engage in intense sex that kills them

Scientists have discovered a new marsupial that engages in suicidal sex - males of the species have been discovered to die right after an intense sexual intercourse during the mating season. These extreme sexual encounters are said to last as long as 14 hours at a time. To put in perspective, sexual intercourse among human beings last anything between 3 minutes to 10 minutes.

SCIENCE February 27, 2014

'Microbial Pompeii' on 1000-year-old skeletons gives scientists a peek of ancient diet and oral hygiene

Researchers have studied the plaque buildup on the teeth of 1,000 year-old skeletons and have found that the same bacteria that cause periodontal disease in modern man has caused the same disease in ancient humans. The study has also given researchers evidence that ancient humans hardly cleaned their teeth, and that they also ate vegetables.

SCIENCE February 26, 2014

Global warming powerless in slowing down excess winter deaths

Improvements in health and social services have reduced the number of wintertime fatalities in the United Kingdom. But, what does that have to do with global warming and influenza?

SCIENCE February 25, 2014

Volcanoes helping slow down global warming: Here's how

Global temperatures have risen much more slowly since 1998 than they have since 1970. Researchers believe volcanoes may be responsible. Why?

SCIENCE February 25, 2014

Dogs are wired to understand human emotions and react accordingly: Study

Dogs can understand humans to a greater degree than thought possible. New research explains what may be responsible for the special bond between humans and canines.

SCIENCE February 25, 2014

Meteorite slams into Moon, creating brilliant flash

A meteor, weighing nearly 900 pounds crashed into the Moon, creating a new crater. The blast could be seen from the Earth.

SCIENCE February 25, 2014

Fruit-loving lemurs are the brainiest of all

Lemurs are smart, social mammals. A new study now shows those lemurs that eat fruit are the smartest of all, but why?

SCIENCE February 25, 2014

Zircon crystal found in Australian sheep ranch is 4.4 bn years old. Yes, as old as Earth's crust

Scientists have identified the oldest known gem in the world, a fragment of Zircon from Australia. The Zircon crystal is older than life itself and was formed after the planet first cooled down billions of years ago.

SCIENCE February 26, 2014

IRIS spies M-class solar flare: Sun spits out 'light and x-rays into space'

NASA's IRIS solar observation satellite has borne witness to the biggest solar flare it has ever recorded since its launch a year back. The majestic solar outburst was captured by the IRIS late last month.

SCIENCE February 24, 2014

Scientists discover cheaper way to make hydrogen fuel

Thanks to an interesting new development, people may soon be able to enjoy affordable hydrogen fuel to power their vehicles and other machines. Scientists have discovered a cheaper way of obtaining hydrogen from water by harnessing the power of the sun.

SCIENCE February 25, 2014

GPS IIF-5 satellite successful launch to boost U.S. Air Force defense capabilities

In a blaze of fire, the U.S. Air Force has successfully launched its fifth GPS satellite - GPS IIF-5 - onboard a Delta 4 rocket, from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The satellite, built by Boeing, will serve and support a variety of GPS services for both civilian and military use.

SCIENCE February 24, 2014

Florida panther kitten rescued from the jaws of death, finds new home and friends

A cute panther kitten was rescued from certain death by Florida biologists. The young panther was found in a non-responsive state and was rescued just in the nick of time.

SCIENCE February 24, 2014

University of Hawaii grants Mauna Kea summit for world's largest telescope amid local protests

The construction of the world's largest telescope has finally been given the green light by the University of Hawaii. The soon-to-be-built telescope will have a huge primary mirror larger than any other telescope mirror on Earth.

SCIENCE February 24, 2014

Mars rover Curiosity slams reverse gear to reduce wheels' wear and tear

Showing off driving skills that would make the Dukes of Hazzard proud, Mars rover Curiosity has traveled 329 feet while driving in reverse. The reverse driving maneuver was executed to reduce the damage on the Curiosity's wheels.

SCIENCE February 24, 2014

Has Star Trek Starfleet set up a base in Mars? Martian sand dunes suggest so

Strange formations on Mars look like the insignia from Star Trek. They lie like birds or fleets of aircraft on long flights. But what does any of this have to do with an interplanetary internet network?

SCIENCE February 24, 2014

Magnificent beauty of frozen Great Lakes revealed in amazingly detailed NASA photo

The Great Lakes are nearly frozen over and a new photograph from the Aqua space observatory shows how far the ice has gone...

SCIENCE February 24, 2014

Lemurs on the verge of extinction, conservationists warn

Ninety percent of lemur species are on the verge of extinction. Political unrest, and a presidential election, may dictate the fate of the endangered mammals.

SCIENCE February 22, 2014

Wildlife experts rescue endangered right whale from 280 feet of fishing line

A right whale, caught in 300 feet of commercial fishing rope has been freed of its burden - mostly. But, what's next for the four-year-old marine mammal?

SCIENCE February 24, 2014

Astronomers watch in horror as a poor pulsar gets pummeled by asteroids, including billion ton bully

Scientists have discovered an incident involving a group of asteroids, including a billion ton bully, pounding a pulsar 37,000 light years away, using a powerful telescope. However, the pulsar's no weakling - the scientists believe the pulsar has struck back by vaporizing the asteroids with its powerful x-ray beams. Pictured here is an artist's conception of an asteroid being vaporized by a pulsar.

SCIENCE February 23, 2014

Nanoscale pillars may make solar panels and other thermoelectric materials more efficient

Scientists have discovered a way to improve the efficiency of thermoelectric materials using nanoscale pillars. This new development could radically improve solar panels and convert excess heat generated by power plants into electricity.

SCIENCE February 24, 2014

Speeding star shocks neighbors...but won't get speeding ticket

Kappa Cassiopeiae is traveling through space so quickly, it is building a shock wave in front of its path. This has been shown in a stunning new photo from the Spitzer Space Telescope.

SCIENCE February 21, 2014

Google Forest Watch map useful in tracking deforestation 'near real-time'

A new map, running on the Google Earth Engine, tracks deforestation in detail never before seen. Here's how to use the system yourself to track deforestation in your own area.

SCIENCE February 22, 2014

How the Man on the Moon has a better internet connection than you do

Radio communication is no longer suitable for modern space travel. A new laser network can transmit data much faster than most internet services on the Earth.

SCIENCE February 23, 2014

If you're a Muslim and planning to migrate to Mars, don't! There's a fatwa on it

A fatwa issued by the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment (GAIAE) forbids Muslims from participating in a one-way mission to Mars. However, Mars One thinks the journey is ideal for followers of Islam.

SCIENCE February 21, 2014

Nothing can halt melting of Antarctic glacier

Researchers working in the vicinity of the Pine Island glacier in Antarctica have released dire news about the melting glacier. Their findings have indicated that the melting of ice in Antarctica will continue for decades or even centuries into the future and nothing can prevent it.

SCIENCE February 23, 2014

Google picks 5 finalists for $6 mn Lunar XPrize: Who are they?

The Google Lunar XPrize has announced five finalist teams that will vie for Milestone Prizes amounting to $6 million.

SCIENCE February 23, 2014

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