Science News

Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin joins Florida university

Photo

MELBOURNE, Fla. - Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, one of the first Americans to land on the moon, will spearhead a new research institute in Florida aimed at paving a path toward Mars exploration and settlement, officials said on Thursday.

Photo

Pentagon teams up with Apple, Boeing to develop wearable tech 28 Aug 2015

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter awarded $75 million on Friday to help a consortium of high-tech firms and researchers develop electronic systems packed with sensors flexible enough to be worn by soldiers or molded onto the skin of a plane.

Photo

Scientists solve mystery of polar bear Knut's death 27 Aug 2015

BERLIN - Knut, the star polar bear who was hand-reared at Berlin zoo after his mother rejected him, had a type of auto-immune inflation of the brain that is found in humans, scientists said on Thursday.

German scientists find rare dinosaur tracks 22 Aug 2015

BERLIN - German scientists have found an unusually long trail of footprints from a 30-tonne dinosaur in an abandoned quarry in Lower Saxony, a discovery they think could be around 145 million years old. | Video

Photo

Massive Aztec human skull rack found in Mexico City 21 Aug 2015

MEXICO CITY - Archeologists have discovered a massive ceremonial skull rack from the heyday of the Aztec empire in the heart of Mexico City, a find that could shed new light on how its rulers projected power by human sacrifice, the team said on Thursday.

Japan cargo ship embarks on International Space Center supply mission 19 Aug 2015

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla - After three botched missions to resupply the International Space Center since October, an unmanned cargo ship blasted off from southern Japan on Wednesday with food, water and gear needed to keep the research station and its crew functioning.

Photo

Human bones in Pennsylvania thought to be from 1918 flu pandemic 17 Aug 2015

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN, Pa. - Forensic archaeologists on Friday began excavating a highway embankment in eastern Pennsylvania, looking for more bones believed to be from impoverished victims of the worldwide Spanish flu pandemic in 1918.

Photo

Scientists use bioengineered yeast instead of poppies to make opioids 13 Aug 2015

WASHINGTON - Scientists have invented a speedy method to make potent painkilling opioids using bioengineered baker's yeast instead of poppies, but need to fine-tune the process to make it commercially viable, according to a study published on Thursday.

Scientists researching brain disorders create super-clever mice 14 Aug 2015

LONDON - Scientists have genetically modified mice to be super-intelligent and found they are also less anxious, a discovery that may help the search for treatments for disorders such as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Astronomers photograph a baby Jupiter in another solar system 13 Aug 2015

Astronomers have taken a photograph of a baby planet beyond the solar system that may reveal clues as to how planets such as Jupiter are formed and influence their planetary siblings, a study released on Thursday shows.

Photo

Bayer heart failure drug cuts deaths in mid-stage trial

- Bayer will move a heart failure drug into final-stage testing this year, boosting its ambitions in cardiovascular treatments after the experimental medicine showed a "striking" reduction in deaths in a mid-stage trial.