Distinctive Song Leads Scientists To New Himalayan Bird Species

DNA confirms what song differences suggest; a species of thrush in India and China is, in fact, two distinct species. The song of the forest thrushes is much more musical than that of their mountaintop counterparts, researchers note.

January 23, 2016

Researchers Identify Point In Cell Development Where A 'Wrong Turn' Can Lead To Cancer

A misstep in cell development involving a protein may be where cells 'go wrong' to become cancerous, researchers say. It happens as a cell changes from a stem-cell-like unspecialized state to a specialized one, they suggest.

Life January 22, 2016

Study Finds No Link Between Anesthesia After Age 40 And Cognitive Impairment

Surgical anesthesia is not seen as causing any mild cognitive impairment later in life, even in patients 40 years of age and older, researchers say. A Mayo Clinic study followed 1,700 people aged 70 to 89, all of whom had undergone at least one surgery.

Life January 22, 2016

Global Group To Pay $5M For Stockpile Of Vaccine That Proved Successful Against Ebola

Organization that helps poor countries with vaccination programs promises to buy Ebola vaccine that's under development. Trials with the vaccine in Africa showed it to be successful.

Life January 22, 2016

Memory Capacity Of Our Brains 10 Times What Was Previously Believed, Equal To Entire Internet

The complexity of synapses in the human brain is greater than had been thought, researchers say. That complexity provides memory capacity far above what was previously estimated, they say.

January 22, 2016

Five Of Solar System's Planets Will Put On A Show For Dedicated Skywatchers

Five planets – Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Mercury – will star in a celestial lineup. To be visible through February, the alignment is the first of such in 10 years.

Space January 20, 2016

Families Of Cancer Patients Prefer Less Aggressive End-Of-Life Care Focused On Comfort

A study finds families feel dying loved ones got more appropriate treatment with hospice care than in a hospital ICU. Treatment meant to give comfort over aggressively treating terminal cancer provided better end-of-life quality, families say.

Society January 20, 2016

Running Out Of Fish? Global Catch Significantly Underreported, Study Finds

Official total fish catch numbers being reported to a U.N. agency are too low, a study suggests. Actual figures are at levels that may risk exhaustion of global fish stocks, researchers suggest.

Animals January 20, 2016

Human Activity Has Doubled Heat In World's Oceans In Just Two Decades

The amount of man-made heat in the oceans has doubled in just 20 years. Twice of what we've experienced 150 years ago. The warming is also reaching deeper into the world's seas, they say.

Earth/Environment January 19, 2016

Tiny Implantable Sensor Can Monitor Brain After Injury, Dissolves When No Longer Needed

A wireless sensor that dissolves when its job is done helps patients avoid the need for additional surgery needed to remove current devices, researchers say. The tiny device is just one millimeter in size.

Life January 18, 2016

Pregnant Moms Who Eat Lots Of Fish May Have Kids Whose Brains Work Better, Studies Suggest

Studies confirm the importance of omega-3 essential fatty acids in brain development. Better brain function is seen in children of moms who included significant amounts of fish in their diets, researchers say.

Life January 18, 2016

First Flower On Space Station Called Another Step Toward Fresh Produce For Space Missions

Edible zinnia flowers blooming on the ISS suggest a future of edible produce available for space missions, NASA scientists said. The effort helps scientists understand how plants can grow and bloom in microgravity.

Space January 18, 2016

Fossil Find Shows Humans Living In The Arctic Thousands Of Years Earlier Than Was Thought

Frozen mammoth carcass unearthed in the Arctic Circle shows signs of being hunted by humans, researchers say. That put humans in the Arctic much earlier than scientists had thought, they explain.

Animals January 15, 2016

Astronomers Are Reporting The Brightest Supernova Ever Observed, A Real Record-Breaker

Supernova shining with the light of 570 billion suns is the brightest ever observed. The massive supernova challenges theories about how giant stars die, researchers say.

Space January 15, 2016

Even Infants Are At Risk From Unsecured Medications, Report Says

Infants 6 months old and younger can still be exposed to risks from medications, study finds. Incorrect dosing by parents or caregivers is one source of risk.

Life January 15, 2016

Banned Chemicals Remain An Extinction Threat To Europe's Killer Whales And Dolphins

Toxic chemicals known as PCBs are found in high levels in orcas, dolphins and porpoises around Europe. The chemical can interfere with breeding, putting European populations of marine mammals at risk of extinction, researchers say.

Earth/Environment January 14, 2016

Mysterious Crater Features Shine In Newest Images Of Dwarf Planet Ceres

The newest images from the Dawn spacecraft orbiting the tiny world are revealing new insights into intriguing 'bright spots.' Photos were snapped at the closest distance yet, researchers say.

Space January 14, 2016

Meditation Can Help Soldiers On Active Duty Manage And Reduce PTSD, Study Finds

Transcendental meditation can reduce the need for medications to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, researchers report. Army clinic finds the technique can help active-duty personnel reduce the symptoms of PTSD.

Life January 14, 2016

Archaeologists Unearth Bronze Age Village They're Calling 'Britain's Pompeii'

Remarkably well-preserved ancient dwellings are a window into everyday Bronze Age life, researchers say. Five circular houses making up the settlement are dated to 1,000 to 800 B.C.

January 13, 2016

Giant Melting Icebergs May Be Slowing Rate Of Climate Change

By 'fertilizing' ocean waters as they melt, icebergs may be helping slow down climate change. Large plankton blooms that grow in an iceberg's wake can absorb and store carbon, researchers explain.

Earth/Environment January 13, 2016

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