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    Nasa spacecraft makes closest approach to sun

    Nasa spacecraft makes closest approach to sun


    It will keep getting closer to the sun until it flies through the corona, or outer atmosphere, for the first time next week, passing within 15 million miles (24 million kilometers) of the solar...

    It will keep getting closer to the sun until it flies through the corona, or outer atmosphere, for the first time next week, passing within 15 million miles (24 million kilometers) of the solar surface.
    Unique 'fingerprints' can help track 3D-printed guns

    Unique 'fingerprints' can help track 3D-printed guns


    According to researchers from University at Buffalo in the US, 3D-printers leave unique 'fingerprints' on its products, which can be identified by their "PrinTracker". Like a common inkjet printer, 3D printers move back-and-forth while "printing" an...

    According to researchers from University at Buffalo in the US, 3D-printers leave unique 'fingerprints' on its products, which can be identified by their "PrinTracker". Like a common inkjet printer, 3D printers move back-and-forth while "printing" an object.
    'New drugs to prevent tuberculosis in the offing'

    'New drugs to prevent tuberculosis in the offing'


    The causative agent of tuberculosis, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, is a highly successful pathogen which can survive and grow in humans for decades. Researchers have identified a novel regulatory mechanism, which when deactivated, results in the death of...

    The causative agent of tuberculosis, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, is a highly successful pathogen which can survive and grow in humans for decades. Researchers have identified a novel regulatory mechanism, which when deactivated, results in the death of tuberculosis pathogen, an advance that could pave the way for new drugs to prevent the disease.
    Chinese scientists complete genome sequencing of tropical sage plant

    Chinese scientists complete genome sequencing of tropical sage plant


    Xin Haibo, senior engineer with the Beijing Institute of Gardening Science and a member of the research team, said establishing the plant's genetic mechanism is valuable for breeding and editing the genomes of other co-ordinal...

    Xin Haibo, senior engineer with the Beijing Institute of Gardening Science and a member of the research team, said establishing the plant's genetic mechanism is valuable for breeding and editing the genomes of other co-ordinal plants.
    New material can help tooth enamel regenerate

    New material can help tooth enamel regenerate


    Enamel, located on the outer part of our teeth, is the hardest tissue in the body and enables our teeth to function for a large part of our lifetime despite biting forces, exposure to acidic foods and drinks and extreme...

    Enamel, located on the outer part of our teeth, is the hardest tissue in the body and enables our teeth to function for a large part of our lifetime despite biting forces, exposure to acidic foods and drinks and extreme temperatures.
    Why heart function is reduced at high altitude decoded

    Why heart function is reduced at high altitude decoded


    Over the years, several theories have been proposed to explain the reduction in the amount of blood the heart can pump; this was even of interest to the scientists involved in the first summit of Mount Everest in the...

    Over the years, several theories have been proposed to explain the reduction in the amount of blood the heart can pump; this was even of interest to the scientists involved in the first summit of Mount Everest in the 1950's.
    New element with magnetic properties discovered

    New element with magnetic properties discovered


    The discovery, led by researchers at the University of Minnesota in the US, could be used to improve sensors, devices in the computer memory and logic industry, or other devices using magnetic...

    The discovery, led by researchers at the University of Minnesota in the US, could be used to improve sensors, devices in the computer memory and logic industry, or other devices using magnetic materials.
    Beet compound may help treat Alzheimer's: Study

    Beet compound may help treat Alzheimer's: Study


    Researchers at the University of South Florida in the US found that the compound could slow the accumulation of misfolded proteins in the brain, a process associated with...

    Researchers at the University of South Florida in the US found that the compound could slow the accumulation of misfolded proteins in the brain, a process associated with Alzheimer's.
    Lung fibrosis can be reduced by restoring lipid synthesis

    Lung fibrosis can be reduced by restoring lipid synthesis


    According to a Thomas Jefferson University-study, restoring the lipids that help keep lung tissue flexible and inflated can help slow disease progression in laboratory models of pulmonary...

    According to a Thomas Jefferson University-study, restoring the lipids that help keep lung tissue flexible and inflated can help slow disease progression in laboratory models of pulmonary fibrosis.
    'Happy space suits' may prevent depression in astronauts

    'Happy space suits' may prevent depression in astronauts


    Scientists are developing 'happy space suits' that can monitor symptoms of depression in astronauts, and provide real time feedback to improve the atmosphere of the spacecraft as well as boost the occupants'...

    Scientists are developing 'happy space suits' that can monitor symptoms of depression in astronauts, and provide real time feedback to improve the atmosphere of the spacecraft as well as boost the occupants' mood.
    Piece of Mars going home onboard NASA's 2020 rover

    Piece of Mars going home onboard NASA's 2020 rover


    A massive chunk of a martian meteorite will be carried onboard NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission, to serve as target practice for a high-precision laser on the rover's...

    A massive chunk of a martian meteorite will be carried onboard NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission, to serve as target practice for a high-precision laser on the rover's arm.
    'Black holes have weaker magnetic fields than thought'

    'Black holes have weaker magnetic fields than thought'


    The findings, published in the journal Science, will help scientists solve the half-century-old mystery of how 'jets' of particles travelling at nearly the speed of light shoot out of black holes' magnetic fields, while everything else is sucked into...

    The findings, published in the journal Science, will help scientists solve the half-century-old mystery of how 'jets' of particles travelling at nearly the speed of light shoot out of black holes' magnetic fields, while everything else is sucked into their abysses.
    Hair bleach chemical triggered life on Earth: study

    Hair bleach chemical triggered life on Earth: study


    A compound commonly used in hair bleach, hydrogen peroxide, was the vital ingredient in rock pores around underwater heat vents that set in train a sequence of chemical reactions that led to the first forms of life, according to lead researcher Rowena...

    A compound commonly used in hair bleach, hydrogen peroxide, was the vital ingredient in rock pores around underwater heat vents that set in train a sequence of chemical reactions that led to the first forms of life, according to lead researcher Rowena Ball from the Australian National University (ANU).
    Gene therapy helps treat life-threatening skin disease

    Gene therapy helps treat life-threatening skin disease


    Scientists have successfully treated a child suffering from extensive skin damage due to a genetic disease using transplants derived from genetically modified...

    Scientists have successfully treated a child suffering from extensive skin damage due to a genetic disease using transplants derived from genetically modified cells.
    India's space observatory accomplishes X-ray polarisation

    India's space observatory accomplishes X-ray polarisation


    : Astrosat, India's first dedicated multi-wavelength space observatory, has accomplished the extremely strenuous job of X-ray polarisation, putting up a strong challenge to prevailing theories of high energy radiation from...

    : Astrosat, India's first dedicated multi-wavelength space observatory, has accomplished the extremely strenuous job of X-ray polarisation, putting up a strong challenge to prevailing theories of high energy radiation from pulsars.
    'Monster' planet discovery challenges formation theory

    'Monster' planet discovery challenges formation theory


    Scientists have discovered a 'monster' planet orbiting a small, distant star, a finding that defies theories which state that such a massive planetary body cannot form around a small stellar host. The newly discovered planet 'NGTS-1b' however, is a 'gas...

    Scientists have discovered a 'monster' planet orbiting a small, distant star, a finding that defies theories which state that such a massive planetary body cannot form around a small stellar host. The newly discovered planet 'NGTS-1b' however, is a 'gas giant'.
    New nutrient drink may ward off Alzheimer's disease

    New nutrient drink may ward off Alzheimer's disease


    Scientists have developed a nutrient cocktail which may slow down cognitive impairment in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Researchers have developed a nutrient cocktail aimed at treating what they consider is "the root cause" of Alzheimer's -...

    Scientists have developed a nutrient cocktail which may slow down cognitive impairment in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Researchers have developed a nutrient cocktail aimed at treating what they consider is "the root cause" of Alzheimer's - loss of brain synapses.