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Genome offers clues on thwarting reviled, disease-carrying ticks

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WASHINGTON Scientists have unlocked the genetic secrets of one of the least-loved creatures around, the tick species that spreads Lyme disease, in research that may lead to new methods to control these diminutive arachnids that dine on blood.

Maths link to future locust dispersal 12:34pm GMT

A mathematical model of locust swarms could help in the development of new strategies to control their devastating migration, according to British researchers. | Video

Indian scientists express doubt over meteorite death attribution 11:10am GMT

NEW DELHI Indian scientists have expressed doubt that a man in the southern state of Tamil Nadu was the first person to have been confirmed killed by a meteorite strike, as the state's top official has declared.

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Snug as a bug: the hated cockroach inspires a helpful robot 08 Feb 2016

WASHINGTON People use a lot of words to describe the reviled cockroach: disgusting, ugly, sneaky and repulsive, to name a few. But it may be time to add a surprising new one: inspirational.

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Inadequate testing thwarts efforts to measure Zika's impact 04 Feb 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO One major hurdle is thwarting efforts to measure the extent of the Zika epidemic and its suspected links to thousands of birth defects in Brazil: accurate diagnosis of a virus that still confounds blood tests.

Scientists investigate suspected meteorite death in southern India 08 Feb 2016

CHENNAI Indian scientists are investigating whether a man was killed by a meteorite, which if confirmed would be the first recorded death from falling fragments of space rock in almost 200 years.

New dinosaur species offers evolutionary clues 08 Feb 2016

Paleontologists say a 201-million-year-old dinosaur fossil found two years ago on a Welsh beach could offer vital clues to understanding the evolution from the late Triassic to the early Jurassic Period. | Video

Italian consortium set to win giant Chile telescope contract 04 Feb 2016

SANTIAGO An Italian consortium, including construction company Astaldi Spa, is close to securing a contract to build the world's largest telescope in the Chilean desert, project owner the European Southern Observatory (ESO) said on Thursday.

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Ancient wildebeest cousin boasted bizarre dinosaur-like trait 04 Feb 2016

WASHINGTON In an ancient streambed on Kenya's Rusinga Island, scientists have unearthed fossils of a wildebeest-like creature named Rusingoryx that boasted a weird nasal structure more befitting of a dinosaur than a mammal.

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Russian cosmonauts breeze through spacewalk outside space station 03 Feb 2016

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Two veteran Russian cosmonauts returned to the International Space Station on Wednesday after replacing experiment equipment that is testing how materials and biological samples fare in the harsh environment of space. | Video

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Zika, disease of the poor, may not change abortion in Brazil

RECIFE Six months pregnant with her first child, Eritania Maria has a rash and a mild fever, symptoms of the Zika virus linked to brain deformities in newborn children in Brazil.