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Disgraced Japan researcher fails to replicate 'game changing' stem cell results


TOKYO - A disgraced Japanese researcher has failed to replicate results hailed as a potential breakthrough in stem-cell treatment and efforts to do so will be abandoned, officials at her research institute said on Friday.

Europe recommends approval for first stem-cell therapy 19 Dec 2014

LONDON - European regulators have recommended approval of the first medicine containing stem cells to treat a rare condition caused by burns to the eye.


Songbirds fly coop long before tornadoes arrive in Tennessee 18 Dec 2014

WASHINGTON - You might want to be careful about who you call a birdbrain. Some of our feathered friends exhibit powers of perception that put humans to shame.


SpaceX delays planned cargo run to space station to early January 18 Dec 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space Exploration Technologies is delaying the planned launch on Friday of an unmanned Falcon 9 rocket, which will carry a cargo ship to the International Space Station for NASA, to early January, officials said on Thursday.

India tests its heaviest space launch vehicle, eyes global market 18 Dec 2014

NEW DELHI - India's space agency successfully tested on Thursday its most powerful satellite launch vehicle that can put heavier payloads into space, and, it hopes, win India a bigger slice of the $300 billion global space industry.

U.S, China making progress on biotech crop talks: USDA's Vilsack 17 Dec 2014

CHICAGO - The United States and China are making progress in talks over Beijing's acceptance of new biotechnology for crops, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Wednesday.


SpaceX to attempt rocket landing at sea 17 Dec 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space Exploration Technologies will attempt to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a sea platform following launch on Friday, company officials said, a vital step to prove its precision landing capabilities needed before it can gain a ground landing license.


NASA rover finds organic molecules, methane gas on Mars 17 Dec 2014

Reuters - NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has found carbon-containing compounds in samples drilled out of an ancient rock, the first definitive detection of organics on the surface of Earth’s neighbor planet, scientists said on Tuesday. | Video

Back to the future: Scientists want 'rewilded' crops to boost agriculture 16 Dec 2014

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Scientists should "re-wild" food crops by inserting lost genetic properties of ancient, edible plants in order to boost agricultural output for a growing population, a new study said.


Ancient DNA reveals history of horse domestication 15 Dec 2014

NEW YORK - Speed, smarts, and the heart of a champion: using genomic analysis, scientists have identified DNA changes that helped turn ancient horses such as those in prehistoric cave art into today's Secretariats and Black Beautys, researchers reported Monday.


Ebola death toll in three African countries hits 7,373: WHO

GENEVA - The death toll from Ebola in the three worst-affected countries in West Africa has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date there, the World Health Organization said on Saturday.