Top Science News
May 6, 2016

Surgeons and scientists have demonstrated that supervised, autonomous robotic soft tissue surgery on a live subject (in vivo) in an open surgical setting is feasible and outperforms standard clinical ... read more
Almost nothing is known about the stage of human development called implantation, when the developing embryo attaches to the uterus. Now scientists ... read more
Researchers have found humans have a higher metabolism rate than closely related primates, which enabled humans to evolve larger brains. The findings ... read more
A star like the sun has an internal driving in the form of a magnetic field that can be seen on the surface as sunspots. Now astrophysicists have observed a distant star in the constellation ... read more
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Health News
May 6, 2016

A new study finds that hormones in breast milk may impact the development of healthy bacteria in infants' guts, potentially protecting them from intestinal inflammation, obesity and other diseases ... read more
Researchers are shedding new light on the cell division process, key in embryonic development, and the growth and proliferation of tumors. The study identifies the agents that prevent cells from ... read more
By switching from four wheels to two, bicyclists help reduce traffic and air pollution -- all while getting much-needed exercise. But that health benefit could be costly, due to exposure to ... read more
There may be an overlap between rare genetic variations linked to bipolar disorder and those implicated in schizophrenia and autism, new research ... read more
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Physical/Tech News
May 6, 2016

Earlier this year scientists presented evidence for Planet Nine, a Neptune-mass planet in an elliptical orbit 10 times farther from our Sun than Pluto. Since then theorists have puzzled over how this ... read more
A clean, climate-friendly energy source that is virtually inexhaustible: This is the promise artificial photosynthesis holds. Chemists have now got one step closer to reaching this ... read more
Researchers have built a nano-engine that could form the basis for future applications in nano-robotics, including robots small enough to enter living ... read more
At present, liquid water on Mars only exists in small quantities as a boiling liquid, and only during the warmest time of day in summer. Its role has therefore been considered insignificant until ... read more
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Environment News
May 6, 2016

The sex of many reptile species is set by temperature. New research identifies the first gene associated with temperature-dependent sex determination in any reptile. Variation at this gene in ... read more
Scientists have grown and catalogued more than 130 bacteria from the human intestine. Imbalances in our gut microbiome can contribute to complex conditions and diseases such as obesity, inflammatory ... read more
Venus flytraps have fascinated biologists for centuries, however, the molecular underpinnings of their carnivorous lifestyle remain largely unknown. Researchers have now characterized gene ... read more
Large meteorite and comet impacts into the sea are now believed to have formed the nurseries from which life on Earth first ... read more
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Society/Education News
May 6, 2016

Analyzing medical death rate data over an eight-year period, patient safety experts have calculated that more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical error in the U.S. Their figure surpasses ... read more
We blame air rage on long flight delays, shrinking seats and a general decline in civility. But the first empirical research study into the phenomenon pegs another culprit -- class inequality -- for ... read more
Caregivers whose eyes wander during playtime -- due to distractions such as smartphones or other technology, for example -- may raise children with shorter attention spans, according to a new ... read more
A new study examining wildfires in California found that human activity explains as much about their frequency and location as climate ... read more
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