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Modern Human Leg Mummified Using Ancient Egyptian Methods

The ancient Egyptians famously mummified the dead to preserve their loved ones in perpetuity, and now, scientists have mummified fresh tissue from a human corpse to gain insight into these ancient preservation techniques.  The team adhered to ancient Egyptian techniques … Continue reading

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What’s hot? Life sciences challenge tech in global innovation

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) – The life sciences industry is increasingly taking over from the tech sector in driving global innovation, according to a Thomson Reuters analysis of global patents. With more patents applied for or granted in 2014 … Continue reading

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White House: ethics of human genome editing needs further review

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Tuesday the ethical issues associated with gene-editing on the human genome need further study by the scientific community and should not be pursued until issues are resolved. “The administration believes that altering … Continue reading

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U.S. Air Force certifies SpaceX for national security launches

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force on Tuesday said it has certified privately held SpaceX to launch U.S. military and spy satellites, ending a monopoly held by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin … Continue reading

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Did Curiosity Rover Cause Mars’ Mysterious Methane Spike?

Is the Red Planet giving off methane? The question has taunted scientists for nearly 50 years, ever since the Mariner 7 spacecraft detected a whiff of the gas near the south pole of Mars. Researchers retracted the finding a month … Continue reading

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Ultra-Fast ‘Hyperloop’ Train Gets Test Track in California

The “Hyperloop,” a hypothetical high-speed transportation system that could shuttle people between Los Angeles and San Francisco in only 30 minutes, just sped a bit closer to reality. First proposed in 2013 by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla … Continue reading

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Greased Lightning! NASA Drone Advances Unmanned Craft

A huge, 10-engine drone dubbed “Greased Lightning” successfully completed a series of flight tests recently, paving the way for new types of unmanned vehicles that could one day carry people. Earlier this spring, NASA engineers flew the so-called GL-10 (the … Continue reading

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Antarctica’s Ice Attacked from Above and Below

One of the fastest-warming places on the planet, the Antarctic Peninsula, has lost two massive ice shelves in the past 20 years: the Larsen A and the Larsen B. Each floating tongue of ice disappeared in a matter of weeks. … Continue reading

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Cleveland Clinic partners with Venter’s firm for sequencing study

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) – Genome pioneer J. Craig Venter’s company has signed a broad collaboration agreement with the Cleveland Clinic to sequence and analyze de-identified blood samples from the health system’s patients, the two parties said on Thursday. … Continue reading

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Study: Europeans to suffer more ragweed with global warming

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming will bring much more sneezing and wheezing to Europe by mid-century, a new study says. Ragweed pollen levels are likely to quadruple for much of Europe because warmer temperatures will allow the plants to take … Continue reading

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