Science News

Florida circus elephants find second career in research


POLK CITY, Fla. - At a Florida retirement home for former circus elephants, residents enjoy a steady diet of high-quality hay and local fruits and vegetables, as well as baths and occasional walks.

Gene editing could pave way for pig organ transplants: U.S. study 12 Oct 2015

CHICAGO - U.S. researchers have used a new gene editing technique to trim away potentially harmful virus genes that have impeded the use of pig organs for transplants in humans.

Chilean scientists create contraceptive vaccine for dogs 12 Oct 2015

Veterinary scientists in Chile have invented a contraceptive vaccine for dogs, which can be used in both males and females, and may provide an inexpensive option to help control the country's growing canine population. | Video


Nobel laureate chemist Richard Heck, 84, dies in Manila 10 Oct 2015

MANILA - American chemist and Nobel laureate Richard Heck died in Manila on Saturday after years of illnesses that left him almost penniless, relatives of his Filipina wife said on Saturday.


Nestle spends $70 million on U.S. health science hub 09 Oct 2015

ZURICH - Nestle's health science division is investing $70 million in a product technology center that will become the unit's new U.S. headquarters and research hub, the division said on Friday.


SpaceX raps ULA bid to get U.S. waiver for Russian engines 08 Oct 2015

WASHINGTON - Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, has slammed a bid by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, to get a waiver from a U.S. ban on Russian rocket engines for military use.

Experts caution on study citing method to predict sexual orientation 08 Oct 2015

- U.S. researchers on Thursday said they had found a way to predict male sexual orientation based on molecular markers that control DNA function, but genetics experts warned that the research has important limitations and will not provide definitive answers to a potential biological basis for sexual preference.


Ancient Ethiopian man's genome illuminates ancestry of Africans 08 Oct 2015

WASHINGTON - DNA extracted from the skull of a man buried 4,500 years ago in an Ethiopian cave is providing new clarity on the ancestry of modern Africans as well as shedding light on an influx of people from the ancient Middle East into the Horn of Africa.


NASA Mars rover finds clear evidence for ancient, long-lived lakes 08 Oct 2015

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Three years after landing in a giant Martian crater, NASA's Curiosity rover has found what scientists call proof that the basin had repeatedly filled with water, bolstering chances for life on Mars, a study published on Thursday showed.

Atlas rocket blasts off with U.S. spy satellite and 13 mini: satellites 08 Oct 2015

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from California on Thursday to put a classified spy satellite and 13 tiny experimental spacecraft into orbit for the U.S. government. | Video