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Chilean scientists scramble to save last of desert frogs from extinction
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 1:50 pm

When Chilean scientists last year discovered 14 Loa water frogs struggling to survive in a nearly dry river bed in the country's northern desert, the clock began ticking. […]

Singapore's Shiok Meats hopes to hook diners with lab-grown shrimp
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 8:13 am

Shiok Meats, a Singapore-based start-up whose name means very good in local slang, aims to become the first company in the world to bring shrimp grown in a laboratory to diners' plates. […]

China science database scraps paywall to aid virus battle
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 7:50 am

A major scientific database run by China's Tsinghua University has made its contents available free of charge from Wednesday in order to help researchers work from home, following a virus outbreak in the central city of Wuhan. […]

Australia scientists to share lab-grown coronavirus to hasten vaccine efforts
Posted on January 29, 2020 at 6:08 am

A team of scientists in Australia said on Wednesday they have successfully developed a lab-grown version of the new coronavirus, the first to be recreated outside of China, in a breakthrough that could help quicken the creation of a vaccine. […]

Koepka says proposed new world tour might actually happen
Posted on January 28, 2020 at 8:51 pm

World number one Brooks Koepka said on Tuesday he thinks the Premier Golf League (PGL), a proposed series that could potentially overshadow the main tours, might actually happen after plans were announced last week. […]

Did asteroid that hit Australia help thaw ancient 'snowball Earth'?
Posted on January 23, 2020 at 11:56 pm

Scientists have identified Earth's oldest-known impact crater, and in doing so may have solved a mystery about how our planet emerged from one of its most dire periods. […]

Hairy situation: Scientists explain how stress-related graying occurs
Posted on January 22, 2020 at 8:27 pm

Marie Antoinette's hair turned white overnight, according to folklore, before she was executed by guillotine in 1793 during the French Revolution. The ill-fated queen embodied an extreme example of the phenomenon of stress-induced graying of the hair. […]

How VR helps kids with autism make sense of real world
Posted on January 22, 2020 at 5:00 pm

A specialist care facility in England is using virtual reality (VR) headsets and data mining to help children with autism to acclimatize to scenarios they are likely to encounter outside of school. […]

To train more workers, companies turn to virtual reality
Posted on January 22, 2020 at 11:13 am

The future of employee training involves no embarrassing role-playing in front of new colleagues or boring web modules which take an hour each to click through. […]

SpaceX says 'picture perfect' test paves way for human mission
Posted on January 19, 2020 at 7:20 pm

Elon Musk's SpaceX simulated a successful emergency landing on Sunday in a dramatic test of a crucial abort system on an unmanned astronaut capsule, a big step its mission to fly NASA astronauts for the first time as soon as this spring. […]

SpaceX astronaut capsule splashes down off Florida after rocket failure test
Posted on January 19, 2020 at 3:54 pm

Elon Musk's SpaceX simulated a dramatic emergency landing on Sunday to test a crucial abort system on an unmanned astronaut capsule, the company's final milestone test before flying NASA astronauts from U.S. soil.A Crew Dragon astronaut capsule carrying two test dummies splashed down off the coast of Florida after ejecting itself from a rocket that cut off its engines 12 miles (19 km) above the ocean to mimic a launch failure. […]

Bad weather forces delay of SpaceX simulated rocket failure test
Posted on January 18, 2020 at 11:50 am

Bad weather forced Elon Musk's SpaceX to delay until Sunday a test in which it will destroy one of its own rockets in a trial of a crucial emergency abort system on an unmanned astronaut capsule. […]

'Dancing dragon' shows feathers grew differently on dinosaurs and birds
Posted on January 18, 2020 at 12:34 am

An exquisite fossil of a fierce little Chinese dinosaur dubbed the "dancing dragon" that lived 120 million years ago - an older cousin of the Velociraptor - is showing scientists that feathers grew differently on dinosaurs than on birds. […]

Deep-sea microbe sheds light on primordial evolutionary milestone
Posted on January 15, 2020 at 9:03 pm

A microorganism scooped up in deep-sea mud off Japan's coast has helped scientists unlock the mystery of one of the watershed evolutionary events for life on Earth: the transition from the simple cells that first colonized the planet to complex cellular life - fungi, plants and animals including people. […]

Brain freeze: Russian firm offers path to immortality for a fee
Posted on January 15, 2020 at 1:40 pm

When Alexei Voronenkov's 70-year-old mother passed away, he paid to have her brain frozen and stored in the hope breakthroughs in science will one day be able to bring her back to life. […]