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Philippines fisherman hid giant $100M pearl under bed for 10 years

Daniel UriaPUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- A fisherman in the Philippines had what is believed to be the world's largest natural pearl hidden underneath his bed for 10...

Italy earthquake deaths increase to 247; aftershocks complicate efforts

Andrew V. PestanoROME, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- The death toll from a 6.2-magnitude earthquake in Italy rose sharply to 247 killed as rescuers worked to find more survivors trapped under...

Your coffee habit may be written in your DNA

Why is it that some people crave several cups of coffee a day while others stop at only one or two? A growing body of evidence suggests that the amount...

Biofuels increase, rather than decrease, heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions: study

A new study from University of Michigan researchers challenges the widely held assumption that biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel are inherently carbon neutral.

EpiPen maker offers patients $300 savings cards

Ed AdamczykPITTSBURGH, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Mylan, maker of the anti-allergic reaction EpiPen, announced programs to lower the device's cost after U.S. senators expressed outrage at the price increase.

Rosetta captures comet outburst

In unprecedented observations made earlier this year, Rosetta unexpectedly captured a dramatic comet outburst that may have been triggered by a landslide.

ALMA finds unexpected trove of gas around larger stars

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) surveyed dozens of young stars—some Sun-like and others approximately double that size—and discovered that the larger variety have surprisingly rich reservoirs of...

Record-Breaking Astronaut Jeff Williams Congratulated By Scott Kelly | Video

NASA's Jeff Williams recently became the first astronaut to surpass 520 days in Space. It was a record previously held by Scott Kelly.

Tiny graphene balloons can withstand tremendous pressures

Brooks HaysMANCHESTER, England, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Tiny bubbles made of graphene, the famed one-atom-thick material, can withstand tremendous pressures.

World's first self-driving taxis hit the road

One startup has beaten Google, Uber and Volvo to be the first to offer self-driving taxi rides to the public, it says

Using light to control genome editing

The genome-editing system known as CRISPR allows scientists to delete or replace any target gene in a living cell. MIT researchers have now added an extra layer of control over...

Newly discovered multicomponent virus is the first of its kind to infect animals

For the first time, a multicomponent virus—which contains different segments of genetic material in separate particles, rather than a single strand of genetic material—has been found that is capable of...

How Lyme disease bacteria spread through the body

Researchers have developed a live-cell-imaging-based system that provides molecular and biomechanical insights into how Lyme disease bacteria latch onto and move along the inside surface of blood vessels to reach...

Hormone activation of genes takes teamwork

The forward march of science often blunders into the realization that nature's way of doing things is a lot more complicated than we thought.

Successful recycling: Protein quality control in the cell

A team led by MDC researcher Annika Weber has pinpointed the efficient mechanism used by cells to label faulty proteins. The findings, which provide important insights into the functioning of...

Calorie-Burning 'Good' Fat Can Be Protected, Says Study

Preventing cells of beige fat -- a calorie-burning tissue that can help to ward off obesity and diabetes -- from digesting their own mitochondria traps them in a beneficial,...

Feast or Famine: The Switch That Helps Your Liver Adapt

Scientists at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) have identified a previously unknown way that stress hormones (glucocorticoids) control genes in the liver to help the body adapt...

Altering stem cell perception of tissue stiffness may help treat musculoskeletal disorders

A new biomaterial can be used to study how and when stem cells sense the mechanics of their surrounding environment, found a team led by Robert Mauck, PhD, the Mary...

NASA examines threatening tropical disturbance in eastern Caribbean Sea

NASA analyzed the rainfall and cloud heights in an area of low pressure designated as System 99L that bringing rains and gusty winds to Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Turks and Caicos...

Scientists discover structural clues to calcium regulation in cells

Inside almost every cell in the human body, tiny mitochondria are continuously generating energy to power countless cellular activities. That process of energy generation also happens to be closely tied...

Walgreens clinics run by SSM to include birth control

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The nonprofit Catholic organization SSM Health will provide birth control pills at the 26 clinics inside St. Louis-area Walgreens...

Scientists use ultrasound to jump-start a man’s brain after coma

A25-year-old man recovering from a coma has made remarkable progress following a treatment at UCLA to jump-start his brain using ultrasound. The technique uses sonic stimulation to excite the neurons...

Researchers pinpoint enzyme that triggers cell demise in ALS

Scientists from Harvard Medical School (HMS) have identified a key instigator of nerve cell damage in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a progressive and incurable neurodegenerative disorder. Researchers...

Looking to Saliva to Gain Insight on Evolution

There's no need to reinvent the genetic wheel. That's one lesson of a new study that looks to the saliva of humans, gorillas, orangutans, macaques and African green monkeys for...

Team introduces 'Braidio' technology, lets mobile devices share power

In a paper presented today at the Association for Computing Machinery's special interest group on data communication (SIGCOMM) conference in Florianópolis, Brazil, a team of computer science researchers at the...

Moon is key to when jellyfish hit beach, study finds

Swimmers wanting to avoid being stung by jellyfish may want to watch the sky as much as the sea after Israeli researchers found a link between their arrival and the...

Well-wrapped feces allow lobsters to eat jellyfish stingers without injury

Lobsters eat jellyfish without harm from the venomous stingers due to a series of physical adaptations. Researchers from Hiroshima University examined lobster feces to discover that lobsters surround their servings...

Hitching a ride: Misfiring drugs hit the wrong targets

It probably isn't surprising to read that pharmaceutical drugs don't always do what they're supposed to. Adverse side effects are a well-known phenomenon and something many of us will have...

Solar activity has a direct impact on Earth's cloud cover

A team of scientists from the National Space Institute at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Space) and the Racah Institute of Physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has...

Hurricanes are worse, but experience, gender and politics determine if you believe it

Objective measurements of storm intensity show that North Atlantic hurricanes have grown more destructive in recent decades. But coastal residents' views on the matter depend less on scientific fact and...

Going green is for girls—but branding can make men eco-friendly

Studies show that men are not as environmentally friendly as women. Let's face it, not too many "man caves" feature solar panels, recycle bins or posters of electric cars. It's...

Louisiana Tech University uses underground radar to locate post-Katrina damage

An innovative underground radar technology developed at Louisiana Tech University is helping the City of Slidell in south Louisiana to identify and document underground infrastructure damage that had gone undetected...

Perfluorinated compounds found in African crocodiles, American alligators

American alligators and South African crocodiles populate waterways a third of the globe apart, and yet both have detectable levels of long-lived industrial and household compounds for nonstick coatings in...

Purslane production practices enhance nutritional value

Although purslane (Portulaca oleracea) is considered a problematic weed in the United States, it is grown and consumed as a leafy vegetable throughout much of Europe, the Middle East, Asia,...

Sustainable alternative to methyl bromide for tomato production

Following the phase out of methyl bromide, scientists continue to explore effective, viable, and more sustainable options for vegetable crop production. Among nonchemical alternatives, anaerobic soil disinfestation (ASD) is considered...

Trump willing to let undocumented immigrants stay if they pay back taxes

Eric DuVallWASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he will consider allowing some undocumented people to remain in the United States if they pay back taxes.

Quake damages scores of Myanmar's heritage Bagan temples

BAGAN, Myanmar (AP) -- It was a time of conquest and conversions. Above all, it was a time of construction, on a scale...

Geodetic reference system enables highly accurate positioning

How many millimeters has the sea level risen? How fast are the continents moving? How big is the impact of high and low pressure areas on the altitude of landmasses?...

What digital divide? Seniors embrace social technology

Contrary to popular belief, older adults enjoy emailing, instant messaging, Facebook and other forms of social technology. Not only that, but such online networking appears to reduce seniors' loneliness and...

New strategy to fight mosquitoes in a more efficient and sustainable way

Mosquitoes continue to build resistance to existing pesticides. Research has now shown that the chemical substances emitted by one of the mosquito's natural enemies - the backswimmer - makes the...

New method in synthesis and development for pharmaceuticals

A new research, affiliated with UNIST has been highlighted on the inside front cover of the June issue of the prestigious journal Chemical Communications. The key finding of this study...

WhatsApp is going to give your phone number to Facebook

The move is a subtle but important shift for WhatsApp, which has promised to safeguard the privacy of more than one billion users

U.N. report finds Syrian regime, Islamic State used chemical weapons

Andrew V. PestanoNEW YORK, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-n-report-finds-chemical-weapons-used-by-syrian-regime-islamic-state-1472092954

A look at the molecular quality assurance within cells

Proteins fulfill vital functions in our body. They transport substances, combat pathogens, and function as catalysts. In order for these processes to function reliably, proteins must adopt a defined three-dimensional...

LookUpBanff billboard promotes conspiracy theory about toxic chemtrails

A vague message on an Alberta billboard promotes a conspiracy theory about governments secretly spraying chemicals from the sky to sterilize people.

In the aftermath of disaster, social media helps build a sense of community

Social media can disseminate critical information as well as unite disaster victims during their recovery efforts, suggests a study published in Frontiers in Communication.

Sitting in traffic jams is officially bad for you

With millions of motorists in the UK set to hit the road for the bank holiday weekend, drivers have been urged to close windows and turn off fans while in traffic...

How easy is it to spot a lie?

“Who broke Grandma’s favorite vase?” As you listen to a chorus of “I don’t know” and “Not me,” how will you determine the culprit? Conventional wisdom says, divide and conquer,...

Mapping pluripotency differences between mice, monkeys, and humans

Not too shabby, humans. New research shows that certain primate stem cells have pluripotency superior to some types derived from mice. The study, published in Nature, maps how pluripotency differs...

Virtual peer pressure in citizen science

Peer pressure is a proven social motivator, and seeing a friend or colleague succeed at a task can boost individual effort. Researchers at the New York University Tandon School of...

New method developed for producing some metals

The MIT researchers were trying to develop a new battery, but it didn't work out that way. Instead, thanks to an unexpected finding in their lab tests, what they discovered...

DNA chip offers big possibilities in cell studies

A UT Dallas physicist has developed a novel technology that not only sheds light on basic cell biology, but also could aid in the development of more effective cancer treatments...

A promising route to the scalable production of highly crystalline graphene films

Researchers discovered a procedure to restore defective graphene oxide structures that cause the material to display low carrier mobility. By applying a high-temperature reduction treatment in an ethanol environment, defective...

World Risk Report 2016: Inadequate infrastructure pushes up the risk of disaster

Inadequate infrastructure and weak logistic chains substantially increase the risk that an extreme natural event will become a disaster. This is a core finding of the World Risk Report 2016,...

Elevating brain protein allays symptoms of Alzheimer’s and improves memory

Boosting levels of a specific protein in the brain alleviates hallmark features of Alzheimer’s disease in a mouse model of the disorder, according to new research published online August 25,...

Happy Anniversary, Voyager 2! NASA Probe Flew by Saturn 35 Years Ago

Thirty-five years ago today, NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft got an up-close look at beautiful, enigmatic Saturn.

No scalpel, no drill: Medical procedure to treat uncontrollable hand tremor a 'game changer'

A team of neurosurgeons at Toronto's Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is part of an International team of medical experts that is giving people with a essential tremor disorder a new...

Hay fever from ragweed pollen could double due to climate change

Climate change could cause new hay fever misery for millions of people across Europe -- according to a new report. Hay fever is a common allergic condition that is caused...

Conflicts subverting improved health conditions in Eastern Mediterranean Region

Improved health conditions and life expectancy over the past 20 years in the Eastern Mediterranean Region are being subverted by wars and civil unrest, according to a new scientific study.

Excess weight linked to eight more cancer types

There's yet another reason to maintain a healthy weight as we age. An international team of researchers has identified eight additional types of cancer linked to excess weight and obesity:...

Psychosis associated with low levels of physical activity

A large international study of more than 200,000 people in nearly 50 countries has revealed that people with psychosis engage in low levels of physical activity, and men with psychosis...

In Iran, unique system allows payments for kidney donors

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- The whirling hum of a dialysis machine could have been the soundtrack to the rest of Zahra Hajikarimi's life...

Study challenges long-standing scientific theory: Ant genomics declare 'checkmate' to red king theory

In Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking-Glass," the Red Queen explains to Alice how a race works in Wonderland, stating, "Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to...

Engineered yeast helps produce fragrances and flavors more efficiently

Biology is the world's greatest manufacturing platform, according to MIT spinout Ginkgo Bioworks.

Study shows diabetes treatment helps reduce weight in children with autism

A drug that's been used for decades in the treatment of type 2 diabetes is proving effective in helping to control weight gain in children who are treated for autism...

A better way to learn if alien planets have the right stuff

A new method for analyzing the chemical composition of stars may help scientists winnow the search for Earth 2.0. Yale University researchers Debra Fischer and John Michael Brewer, in a...

Whiskers help animals sense the direction of the wind

Rats use information from their whiskers to localize an airflow source, new research has shown. This discovery could pave the way for the design of novel airflow measurement devices that...

PRB projects world population rising 33 percent by 2050 to nearly 10 billion

The world population will reach 9.9 billion in 2050, up 33 percent from an estimated 7.4 billion now, according to projections included in the latest World Population Data Sheet from...

Tropical wave '99L' remains disorganized while Hurricane Gaston expected to weaken

Andrew V. Pestano and Scott T. SmithMIAMI, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Authorities said Hurricane Gaston should weaken back into a tropical storm on Thursday while another disorganized storm system remains...

By mid-century, more Antarctic snowfall may help offset sea-level rise

When Antarctica's air temperature rises, moisture in the atmosphere increases. That should mean more snowfall on the frozen continent. So why hasn't that trend become evident in Antarctica's surface mass...

Why the EU's tax probe of multinationals is raising US ire

The European Union's campaign to crack down on tax avoidance by multinationals has drawn unusually public criticism from the U.S., which says it is unfairly targeting American companies.

Image: Ariane 5's fourth launch this year

An Ariane 5, operated by Arianespace, has delivered two telecom satellites, Intelsat-33e and Intelsat-36, into their planned orbits.

Connie Britton may depart 'Nashville' after Season 5

Annie MartinLOS ANGELES, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Connie Britton, who plays Rayna James on "Nashville," will reportedly leave the series after appearing in just 10 of 22 episodes in Season...

Mental stress may cause reduced blood flow in hearts of young women with heart disease

Mental stress may cause reduced blood flow in the heart muscle of younger women with heart disease. Younger women with heart disease are more susceptible to reduced blood flow from...

Cancer Passes Heart Disease For Leading Cause Of Death In These States

Health For the first time, 22 states make the flip Cancer's creeping up on heart disease as the leading cause of death in the...

Green Light: USU Biochemists Describe Light-Driven Conversion of Greenhouse Gas to Fuel

By way of a light-driven bacterium, Utah State University biochemists are a step closer to cleanly converting harmful carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion into usable fuels. Using the...

Officials: 12 dead, several injured in terror attack at American University of Afghanistan

Andrew V. Pestano, Doug G. Ware and Shawn PriceKABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- At least 12 people have been killed and several others were injured when gunmen stormed the...

Joey Bosa's agent fires back at San Diego Chargers

The Sports Xchange The San Diego Chargers pulled their "best offer" to unsigned first-round defensive end Joey Bosa after the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 draft rejected the...

Well: Living Near a Fracking Site Is Tied to Migraines, Fatigue

Living near a natural gas hydraulic fracturing site is associated with increased rates of sinus problems, migraines and fatigue, according to new research.

Celebrities support Leslie Jones after website hack

Annie MartinLOS ANGELES, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- "Ghostbusters" director Paul Feig, singer Katy Perry and actress Patricia Arquette are among the stars who rallied around Leslie Jones after her website...

Miami Marlins acquire Jeff Francoeur from Atlanta Braves in 3-team trade

The Sports Xchange MIAMI -- Upgrading the bench as they continue to push for a wild-card playoff berth, the Miami Marlins acquired outfielder Jeff Francoeur.

Some breast cancer patients could skip chemotherapy, study says

Stephen FellerSAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Some patients can be spared exposure to chemotherapy during breast cancer treatment based on genetic tests of their tumors, according to a recent...

New England Patriots' Jimmy Garoppolo takes strange environment in stride

The Sports Xchange FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has started each of the Patriots first two preseason games this summer.

Stormy outlook hits French wine output

Fierce storms which hit France in April will help to push wine production down almost 10 percent this year, the ministry of agriculture said Thursday.

Something to Grapple with: How Wily Lyme Disease Prowls the Body

The sneaky germ uses a mechanism like that of white blood cells to reach vulnerable tissues and hide from antibiotics -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Award Winners to Speak at the 2017 ASBMB Annual Meeting

Here is a list of the ASBMB's annual award winners.

French court to rule on burqini bans

Ed AdamczykPARIS, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- A French court will hear arguments to overturn bans by 26 municipalities on full-body swimsuits known as burqinis.

Bryce Harper unveils hats for cancer research

Alex ButlerWASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- National League MVP Bryce Harper can only hope to hide his luscious locks under his Washington Nationals cap, but now he has another hat...

Dilma Rousseff's impeachment trial in Brazilian senate begins

Andrew V. PestanoBRASILIA, Brazil, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Brazil's Federal Senate on Thursday opened an impeachment trial against suspended President Dilma Rousseff over accusations she broke budget laws.

Fracking & health: What we know from Pennsylvania's natural gas boom

Sara G. Rasmussen, Brian S. Schwartz, Johns Hopkins University, and Joan A. Casey, University of California, San Francisco The fracking industry has been an energy success story, but public health...

Jennifer Holliday joins Broadway revival of 'The Color Purple'

Wade SheridanNEW YORK, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Jennifer Holliday is set to return to Broadway for the first time in 15 years by joining the ongoing stage revival of "The...

Why Do We Send Animals to Space?

Humans have been sending animals to space for almost 70 years, but the questions they hope to answer have evolved in that time.

A Man’s Thoughts Controlled Robots Inside A Cockroach

Science The nanobots could one day dispense drugs with more precision in people A man has used his thoughts to activate tiny robots inside...

Mississippi man thanks FBI for stopping him from joining Islamic State

Amy R. ConnollyOXFORD, Miss., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Muhammad Oda Dakhlalla, 23, of Mississippi was sentenced to eight years in federal prison for conspiring to help the Islamic State militant...

NFL players fed up with Roger Goodell, strike threat real

By Ira Miller, The Sports Xchange At least one team's player rep went on record this week warning NFL players to begin preparing for a strike - even though the...

Audrina Patridge introduces daughter Kirra: 'We are so beyond in love'

Annie MartinLOS ANGELES, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Former "The Hills" star Audrina Patridge shared photos of Kirra Bohan, her daughter with Corey Bohan, two months after the baby's birth.

Snake wrangler captures escaped king cobra in Texas

Ben HooperNEEDVILLE, Texas, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- A professional snake wrangler captured a deadly king cobra in Texas 9 hours after it escaped from its owner's barn.

Corporate sponsors at Yosemite? The case against privatizing national parks

John Freemuth, Boise State University and William Lowry, Washington University in St. Louis The centennial of the National Park Service is inspiring an impressive amount of soul-searching about the agency...

In unstable times, the brain reduces cell production to help cope

People who experience job loss, divorce, death of a loved one or any number of life’s upheavals often adopt coping mechanisms to make the situation less traumatic. While these strategies...

One Year Later, Face Transplant Recipient Just A Normal Guy

Health His body hasn't rejected his new face, and he can see again A year after the most extensive facial transplant ever performed, Patrick...