Science

Japan GPS satellite launch postponed due to glitch

Japan GPS satellite launch postponed due to glitch

Published 12/08/2017

Japan on Saturday postponed the planned launch of an H-2A rocket tasked to put a geo-positioning satellite into orbit due to possible helium gas leakage, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) said. [more…]

Scientists create safer pig organs with goal of transplants for humans

Scientists create safer pig organs with goal of transplants for humans

Published 11/08/2017

Scientists at a Massachusetts company seeking to make pig organs safe enough to be transplanted into humans have used gene-editing technology to clone piglets that lack a potentially dangerous retrovirus, according to a study released on Thursday. [more…]

Crocodile rock: ancient beast named after Motörhead band`s Lemmy

Crocodile rock: ancient beast named after Motörhead band`s Lemmy

Published 09/08/2017

A ferocious sea-going crocodile that menaced coastal waters about 164 million years ago during the Jurassic Period has been given a name honoring the similarly ferocious heavy-metal rocker Lemmy, the late front man for the British band Motörhead. [more…]

It`s a bird! It`s a plane! No, it`s a prehistoric gliding mammal

It`s a bird! It`s a plane! No, it`s a prehistoric gliding mammal

Published 09/08/2017

In dense Chinese forests populated by dinosaurs 160 million years ago, two furry critters resembling flying squirrels glided from tree to tree, showing that even in such a perilous neighborhood early mammals had succeeded in going airborne. [more…]

Engraved prehistoric human bones show ritualistic cannibalism

Engraved prehistoric human bones show ritualistic cannibalism

Published 09/08/2017

Engravings on a human bone from a prehistoric archaeological site in a cave in southern England shows that human cannibals ate their prey and then performed ritualistic burials with the remains, scientists said on Wednesday. [more…]

Rocket Lab says fixes test flight glitch which terminated first launch

Rocket Lab says fixes test flight glitch which terminated first launch

Published 08/08/2017

Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, said a contractor's error was to blame for its maiden flight failing to reach orbit in May, but that the problem had been fixed ahead of another planned launch in the next two months. [more…]

Born this way? Researchers explore the science of gender identity

Born this way? Researchers explore the science of gender identity

Published 03/08/2017

While President Donald Trump has thrust transgender people back into the conflict between conservative and liberal values in the United States, geneticists are quietly working on a major research effort to unlock the secrets of gender identity. [more…]

Brick by brick: satellite images could identify slave labor in India

Brick by brick: satellite images could identify slave labor in India

Published 03/08/2017

Researchers in England are hoping to help root out modern day slavery in northern India by using detailed satellite imagery to locate brick kilns - sites that are notorious for using millions of slaves, including children. [more…]

U.S. scientists able to alter genes of human embryos

U.S. scientists able to alter genes of human embryos

Published 02/08/2017

By Deena BeasleyU.S. scientists have succeeded in altering the genes of a human embryo to correct a disease-causing mutation, making it possible to p [more…]

Successful launch for two Israeli-made observation satellites

Successful launch for two Israeli-made observation satellites

Published 02/08/2017

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) [ISRAI.UL] said on Wednesday that two of its observation satellites were successfully launched into space. [more…]