Life Sciences

U.S. total solar eclipse sparks spectator excitement

U.S. total solar eclipse sparks spectator excitement

Published 21/06/2017

FILE PHOTO - A combination photograph shows the beginning (top L) to the end (top L to bottom R) of a total solar eclipse as seen from the beach of Ternate island, Indonesia, March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Beawiharta

The first total solar eclipse across the continental United States in a century is expected to spark watching parties and traffic jams as it darkens skies from Oregon to South Carolina, authorities said on Wednesday.

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Israel`s Gamida Cell raises $40 million for bone marrow trial

Israel`s Gamida Cell raises $40 million for bone marrow trial

Published 19/06/2017

Israel's Gamida Cell, which is developing cellular therapies to treat cancer and rare genetic diseases, said on Monday it raised $40 million to finance the advanced trial of its product NiCord to facilitate bone marrow transplants.

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New test may turn AZ`s Lynparza into precision drug for prostate cancer

New test may turn AZ`s Lynparza into precision drug for prostate cancer

Published 18/06/2017

FILE PHOTO: The logo of AstraZeneca is seen on a medication package in a pharmacy in London, Britain, April 28, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/File Photo

Scientists have developed a new three-in-one blood test that has the potential to turn AstraZeneca's drug Lynparza into a precision medicine for prostate cancer.

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WHO confirms Congo polio outbreaks in new eradication setback

WHO confirms Congo polio outbreaks in new eradication setback

Published 13/06/2017

Democratic Republic of Congo has suffered two separate outbreaks of polio, a debilitating and potentially deadly disease that the world is trying to eradicate, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.

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NASA experiment to color the skies over the U.S. East Coast

NASA experiment to color the skies over the U.S. East Coast

Published 11/06/2017

A high-flying science experiment may color the skies above the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast with bluish green and red clouds on Sunday evening, as NASA seeks to learn more about charged particles at the top of Earth's atmosphere.

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Einstein`s theory provides new technique to size up stars

Einstein`s theory provides new technique to size up stars

Published 07/06/2017

FILE PHOTO: This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the bright star-forming ring that surrounds the heart of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1097, a Seyfert galaxy. NASA/ESA/Hubble/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

By Irene KlotzCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Astronomers have found a new application for Albert Einstein's century-old theory of relativity - using it to di

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Moroccan fossils shake up understanding of human origins

Moroccan fossils shake up understanding of human origins

Published 07/06/2017

Two views of a composite reconstruction of the earliest known Homo sapiens fossils from Jebel Irhoud in Morocco, based on micro computed tomographic scans of multiple original fossils, are shown in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters June 7, 2017. Philipp Gunz, MPI EVA Leipzig/Handout via REUTERS

The understanding of human origins was turned on its head on Wednesday with the announcement of the discovery of fossils unearthed on a Moroccan hillside that are about 100,000 years older than any other known remains of our species, Homo sapiens.

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Even moderate drinking linked to changes in brain structure, study finds

Even moderate drinking linked to changes in brain structure, study finds

Published 06/06/2017

FILE PHOTO: A laboratory assistant holds one hemisphere of a healthy brain in the Morphological unit of psychopathology in the Neuropsychiatry division of the Belle Idee University Hospital in Chene-Bourg near Geneva, Seitzerland in a March 14, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

Drinking even moderate amounts of alcohol is linked to changes in brain structure and an increased risk of worsening brain function, scientists said on Tuesday.

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Scientists hope to show humankind originated in Mediterranean

Scientists hope to show humankind originated in Mediterranean

Published 06/06/2017

Professor Nikolai Spassov shows a model of an isolated tooth of Graecopithecus freybergi in his office in Bulgaria's National Museum of Natural History in Sofia, Bulgaria May 29, 2017. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

A team of excavators in Bulgaria has resumed a search for fossils of an ape-like creature which may be the oldest-known direct ancestor of man and whose discovery has challenged the central hypothesis that humankind originated in Africa.

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With a sloppy `kiss,` intrepid fish enjoys perilous feast

With a sloppy `kiss,` intrepid fish enjoys perilous feast

Published 05/06/2017

A colorful reef fish called a tubelip wrasse is seen feeding on coral in this undated photo released by James Cook University researchers in Townsville, Queensland, Australia on June 5, 2017. Courtesy Victor Huertas and David Bellwood/Handout via REUTERS

A kiss from a colorful reef fish called a tubelip wrasse is no one's idea of romance, being so full of slime and suction, but it is perfectly suited for eating a hazardous diet using one of the animal kingdom's most unique feeding strategies.

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