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Next Stop for Parkinson's Disease Research: Outer Space

3 days ago from Space.com

In an effort to find new treatments for Parkinson's disease, researchers are sending their experiments to space.

DoJ, FBI open investigations into Charlottesville violence

4 days ago from UPI

The Justice Department and the FBI said they would launch investigations into the violent demonstrations and deadly car-ramming incident in Charlottesville, Va.

Protester killed at Charlottesville white nationalist rally

5 days ago from UPI

The mayor of Charlottesville, Va., said one person was killed when a car plowed into a group of people during the second day of white nationalist protests.

Reward offered to catch Nevada lake invasive fish dumper

5 days ago from Physorg

Nevada game wardens who spend most their time hunting down big-game poachers are focusing on a serious threat to nature in a lake: An invasive fish species that eats all...

Where is everybody? The implications of cosmic silence

5 days ago from Science Daily

Applying the principle of mediocrity to the Drake equation, a probabilistic estimate of the number of intelligent species in the universe, leads to the conclusion that technological species go extinct...

'Walking Dead' creator Robert Kirkman developing TV projects for Amazon

5 days ago from UPI

"The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman has signed a deal to develop sci-fi and horror television projects for Amazon Prime Video.

What do plants and animals do during an eclipse?

5 days ago from Sciencenews.org

A citizen science experiment will gather the biggest dataset to date of animal responses to a total eclipse.

Green Bay Packers: Trevor Davis makes push for kick-return gig

6 days ago from UPI

DE PERE, Wis. -- Trevor Davis had no idea who Desmond Howard was.

Chemical profile of ants adapts rapidly

6 days ago from Science Daily

Biologists recently established that ants can adapt their hydrocarbon profile quickly during the course of evolution and rapidly adapt to external selection pressures.

Sweet! Sugar-coated probe yields better acid test

6 days ago from Science Daily

When our cells' acid-alkaline balance goes wrong, it can go wrong in a big way -- think cancer and cystic fibrosis. New fluorescent probes make it easier to detect pH...

Scientists map sex chromosome evolution in pathogenic fungi

6 days ago from Science Daily

Researchers recently mapped the evolutionary turning point that transformed the pathogenic Cryptococcus fungus from an organism with thousands of sexes to only two. They found that during evolution, a reshuffling...

'How to' guide for producing hair follicles

6 days ago from Science Daily

How does the skin develop follicles and eventually sprout hair? A new study addresses this question using insights gleaned from organoids, 3-D assemblies of cells possessing rudimentary skin structure and...

Rare Tan-and-White Striped Zebra Dies at Hawaiian Ranch

6 days ago from Live Science

A rare zebra with tan stripes died on Sunday (Aug. 6) at a private sanctuary for exotic animals in Kona, Hawaii.

Federal action to protect right whales encouraging, say environmental groups

The Canadian Wildlife Federation and World Wildlife Fund both have words of praise for action taken Friday by the federal government to protect endangered right whales in the Gulf of...

New Yorkers report 'brazen' rats leaping into strollers for snacks

6 days ago from UPI

New Yorkers are complaining that rats have overrun certain local parks and are leaping into strollers in search of food.

How a Man's Spicy Food Challenge Made Him Go Deaf for 2 Minutes

6 days ago from Live Science

You can really trip up your nervous system with hot peppers.

Rare pink African elephant caught on camera in South Africa

6 days ago from UPI

A visitor to a South African wilderness area captured rare footage of an albino baby elephant with unusual pink skin.

German police hunt escaped wallabies near petting zoo

6 days ago from UPI

Police in Germany are searching for two small members of the kangaroo family after they escaped from a petting zoo in the town of Bretten.

We finally know how your tongue tells your brain what you're tasting

6 days ago from PopSci

Science They used to keep you alive, but now they just give you a sweet tooth. What makes something sweet or bitter? A new...

Artificial intelligence identifies plant species for science

6 days ago from News @ Nature

Deep-learning methods successfully classify thousands of herbarium samples.Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22442

Medieval Gospel Made of Sheep, Calves, Deer ... and Goat?

6 days ago from Live Science

During medieval times, bookmakers fashioned the pages and cover of a rare copy of the Gospel of Luke out of five different types of animals: calves, two species of deer, sheep...

Atlanta pizza squirrel challenges New York's pizza rat

6 days ago from UPI

Residents in Georgia challenged New York's viral pizza rat after a squirrel was spotted nibbling on a piece of pizza at a local park.

Critical insights into T-cell development

6 days ago from Science Daily

Mutations in the gene encoding the enzyme protein tyrosine phosphatase N2 (PTPN2) have been associated with the development of autoimmune disease including Type 1 diabetes, Crohn's Disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

Endangered species petition for bluefin tuna rejected

6 days ago from Physorg

Federal fisheries managers rejected a petition to list Pacific bluefin tuna as endangered this week, concluding that the species is stable, despite its historic low numbers.

Nukes, Warheads and Guam: How Did We Get Here, and What Should Happen Next?

6 days ago from Scientific American

Sanctions won’t end ‘cold war’ with North Korea, but diplomacy is still on the table, one expert says -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Stick-on patch collects, analyzes and wirelessly transmits a variety of health metrics

6 days ago from Physorg

A new, electronic skin microsystem tracks heart rate, respiration, muscle movement and other health data, and wirelessly transmits it to a smartphone. The electronic skin offers several improvements over existing...

Researchers test Rhode Island water systems for chemicals known as PFASs

6 days ago from Physorg

Researchers from Brown University's Superfund Research Program are partnering with the Rhode Island Department of Heath (RIDOH) to test selected water systems around the state for a group of chemicals...

Health official calls for summit over tainted eggs; 2 arrested

6 days ago from UPI

The health commissioner of the EU has called for a summit over potentially millions of pesticide-tainted eggs in at least 15 nations belonging to the bloc.