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“Nature can surprise us”: There’s a new species of bacteria that eats plastic

There’s an estimated 311 million tons of plastic (pdf) produced every year across the world. There will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050, it’s probably in our food, and will likely leave its mark long after we’re gone.<p>Polyethylene terephthalate (known as PET), which is used for …

Pollution

The Zika epidemic, explained

<i>With the 2016 Rio Olympics looming, researchers are racing to contain a menacing viral outbreak. Here's everything you need to know:</i><p><b>What is Zika?</b><br>It's …

How Brazil Uncovered the Possible Connection Between Zika and Microcephaly

Mario Tama—Getty Images<p>Felipe Dana—AP<p>Ueslei Marcelino—Reuters<p>Felipe Dana—AP<p>Christophe Simon—AFP/Getty Images<p>Ueslei Marcelino—Reuters<p>Christophe …

Brazil

Zika crisis: What is microcephaly? And what does this mean for babies?

<b>What is microcephaly and what causes it?</b><p>The term refers to a rare neurological condition in which children have unusually small heads. In many cases it also means a baby's brain is smaller and may not have developed properly. The condition can be caused by hundreds of factors, both genetic and …

Zika outbreak is now a global emergency, says World Health Organisation

The World Health Organisation has declared that the Zika virus outbreak is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)

Disease

Uganda's Zika forest, where the virus was first discovered

The Zika virus, which has been declared a global emergency by the WHO, has been known for decades in East Africa. But until now, its reputation in Africa has been much less serious.<p>The Zika virus is named after the Zika Forest of Uganda, where it was first detected more than 70 years ago by …

Zika virus: CDC warns pregnant women not to travel to these countries

Loading...<p><b>Atlanta, Georgia</b> - Columbia, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Thailand and Mexico are only a handful of countries that have been included in a …

Zika Virus

The Latest: Honduras declares emergency to fight Zika virus

By<p>GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on developments regarding the Zika virus (all times local):<p>4:45 a.m.<p>The government of Honduras has declared a state of …

Indian Court Rules That Hindu Women Can Now Be the Head of Their Own Families

In a significant decision Monday, a top court in India’s capital city New Delhi ruled that women are eligible to become the legal head of a family, a …

India

Saudi Arabia: Egyptian among al-Ahsa mosque bombers

Saudi Arabian authorities have identified an Egyptian national as the second attacker involved in a suicide bombing at a Shia mosque during last week's Friday prayers.<p>Interior Ministry spokesman Major-General Mansour al-Turki said in a statement on Monday obtained by the Associated Press that the …

Tanzania is still Failing to Protect its Children who Live with Albinism

Simon Ngalomba, <i>University of Dar es Salaam</i><p>There is no doubt that educational access worldwide has improved in the past two decades. This has been driven by the launch in 1990 of the United Nations' Education for All global initiative. By 2011 there were more than 136 million children enrolled in …

Placenta Evolution and a Sexual Cold War

With their impressive fins and stunning colours, the poeciliids—a group of small fish that includes guppies, mollies and swordtails—are understandably popular in aquariums. Some have beautiful fan-shaped tails that look like flamenco dresses. Others resemble Kandinsky paintings given life.<p>But some …

Gene Study Shows Blond Hair Color Is Just Skin Deep

A tiny mutation gifts a person with golden locks, scientists find<p><b>For thousands of years, people have both prized and mocked blond</b> <b>hair</b><b>. Now, a new study shows that many can thank a tiny</b> <b>genetic mutation—</b><b>a single letter change from an A to a G among the 3 billion letters in the book of</b> <b>human DNA—</b><b>for</b> …

New medical gel grows bone tissue exactly where you need it

Repairing seriously damaged bones is normally a delicate art; while you want to regrow bones quickly, you also have to carefully manage that growth to produce the right shape. Thankfully, Rice University has created a gel that makes it easier to produce only the bone tissue a patient needs. The …

Sequencing Tsetse Fly Genome Reveals Surprises That May Save Lives

Scientists may next be able to exploit the deadly fly's live birth and mammalian-like milk in battle against sleeping sickness.<p>The genome of the tsetse fly—a disease-ridden insect with surprisingly mammalian biology that stalks the people and livestock of sub-Saharan Africa—has been decoded, a team …

What's living with you?

An invisible world of microbes<p>On a recent morning, Noah Fierer, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, found himself standing 1,000 feet above the farmland of eastern Colorado. He was perched near the pinnacle of the Boulder Atmospheric Observatory, …

Scientists make new sensor that could lead to night vision contact lenses

Night vision contact lenses may be the stuff of science fiction movies, but new research points the way to how we could some day see in the dark with our own eyes. Electrical Engineers at the University of Michigan have found a new way to sense infrared light using two layers of an atom-thick layer …

Climate Change Shrinks Salamanders

Amphibians are responding to changing conditions, says new study.<p>The warmer conditions brought on by climate change may cause some animals to change in size, a new study suggests. Wild salamanders in a warming, drying area of the United States have gotten shorter over the past 50-plus years, …

Surgeons to Put Gunshot Victims Into Suspended Animation

Study will see if supercooling allows wounds to be repaired quickly enough to preserve brain function.<p>Surgeons at a hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will soon try to save the life of a gunshot victim by killing him first—or almost.<p><b>When a shooting or stabbing victim goes into cardiac arrest due</b> …

FDA Approves Handheld Device That Reverses Painkiller Overdose

The treatment, known as Evzio, injects a drug called nalaxone that "rapidly reverses the effects of opioid overdose."<p>The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved an auto-injecting device that can treat overdose from a variety of painkillers. The agency said in a statement today (April 3) that it …

Surprise: Tobacco could eventually lead to new cancer treatment

When tobacco and cancer are used in the same sentence, the word "cause" usually goes in between. That's why a new research from La Trobe University in Australia could confuse some folks -- after all, the researchers discovered that tobacco could potentially be used for cancer treatment. Before you …

Masters of Disguise—Amazing Insect Camouflage

To avoid becoming prey, insects use mimicry to blend into their surroundings.<p><b>When it comes to biology, mimicry is everywhere. Lions use camouflage to blend in with the savanna. Frogs use mimicry to match their green environment. Most famously, chameleons will even change color to blend in with</b> …

Are Wildlife Sanctuaries Good for Animals?

What to know before you visit an animal sanctuary.<p>Noelle, a three-and-a-half-month-old tiger cub with saucer-size paws, strains at her pink-and-purple leash. She seems to know what's coming as animal trainer Kelsey Johnson pulls out a warmed bottle of specially made formula. The cub suckles it …

New Computer Program Creates 3D 'Mugshots' From DNA

Leaving a hair at a crime scene could one day be as damning as leaving a photograph of your face. Researchers have developed a computer program that can create a crude three-dimensional (3D) model of a face from a DNA sample.<p>Using genes to predict eye and hair color is relatively easy. But the …

10 Questions Still Baffling Scientists

Science has done a terrific job of answering some of the world’s most difficult questions, but certain mysteries still elude researchers. How does …

There are Giant Clouds of Alcohol Floating in Space

Ten thousand light years from earth in a constellation far, far away, there is massive cloud of alcohol. It’s space booze.<p>Discovered in 1995 near the …

Gaming Industry

New drug makes brain cancer cells explode

Cells belonging to the most aggressive form of brain cancer are blown to smithereens<p>By screening over 1,000 different types of molecules, scientists have managed to identify a compound that can literally blow up tumor cells belonging to the most aggressive form of brain cancer — glioblastoma …

Narwhal's Trademark Tusk Acts Like a Sensor, Scientist Says

The Arctic whale's tusk is actually a tooth that can grow more than nine feet long; it has baffled people for centuries.<p><b>The arctic whale known as the narwhal is famous for the spiral tusk protruding from its head, but scientists have long battled over the horn's purpose.</b><p>On Tuesday, scientists …