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If the drugs don''t work on the cancer, transform it
A way of turning tumours into a less aggressive type could halt hard-to-treat breast cancers and make them easier to attack
How do airlines monitor the mental health of pilots?
After the Germanwings air crash in France, the mental state of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz has come under scrutiny. How does the industry check the health of flight crew?
Great Barrier Reef reserves protected fish from cyclone
Creating reserves where fishing is banned doesn''t just boost fish populations, it also makes them more resilient to big climate events such as cyclones
Scorch marks left by spacecraft on Mars soon fade
The Red Planet cleans up our mess for us within a few years, a new study shows – which could be important for NASA''s next lander
Thirty new fly species found in LA''s urban sprawl
A citizen science project in Los Angeles has discovered 30 previously unknown species of fly
Twin Earths may lurk in our nearest star system
Alpha Centauri, just 4.3 light years away, may hold two planets like our own, according to observations with the Hubble Space Telescope
Giant pandas'' secret social life revealed
GPS trackers placed on five pandas in a nature reserve in China show they sometimes hang out together for weeks at a time
Bee pesticide study furore is called a ''scandal''
Research quoted by the UK''s former environment minister to reject a ban on neonicotinoids may suggest that the pesticides do harm bees after all
Natural disaster amnesia: Threats we choose to forget
Two centuries ago the biggest volcanic eruption in history unleashed mayhem across the world. Are we prepared for an inevitable repeat, asks Bill McGuire
How landscapes mould language and lives
Our surroundings can influence the words we use and feed into life''s twists and turns, as two new books explore
The color of lettuce determines the speed of its antioxidant effect
Lettuce is a food that greatly benefits health, mainly because it is rich in antioxidants. But not all lettuce varieties have the same antioxidant effect. According to a study led by the researcher Usue Perez-Lopez of the University of the Basque Country, the color of the leaves of these vegetables ...
China starts relocating endangered porpoises: Xinhua
Chinese authorities on Friday began relocating the country''s rare finless porpoise population in a bid to revive a species threatened by pollution, overfishing and heavy traffic in their Yangtze River habitat, state media reported.
The stapes of a neanderthal child points to the anatomical differences with our species
Asier G?mez-Olivencia, an Ikerbasque researcher at the UPV/EHU, has led a piece of research that has produced a 3D reconstruction of the remains of a two-year-old Neanderthal recovered from an excavation carried out back in the 1970s at La Ferrassie. The work reveals the existence of anatomical diff...
Study takes aim at mitigating the human impact on the Central Valley
As more people move to different regions of the country it will require planners to use as many tools as they can to develop urban areas that satisfy population demands and not over burden the environment.
Apple chief Cook to give his wealth away: Fortune
Apple chief Tim Cook is joining Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and other technology titans who have vowed to donate their wealth to charities, according to a report in Fortune magazine.
Smartphone domination pretty close to complete
In case you haven''t raised your head long enough to notice the throngs of people gazing hypnotically at their smartphones, the nation has passed a milestone.
More evidence for groundwater on Mars
Monica Pondrelli and colleagues investigated the Equatorial Layered Deposits (ELDs) of Arabia Terra in Firsoff crater area, Mars, to understand their formation and potential habitability. On the plateau, ELDs consist of rare mounds, flat-lying deposits, and cross-bedded dune fields. Pondrelli and co...
Europe poised to launch navigation satellites after mishap
Europe was set to launch two navigation satellites Friday for its rival to America''s GPS, the first additions to the Galileo constellation since a technical mishap misdirected two orbiters last year.
Sexual selection isn''t the last word on bird plumage, study shows
In the world of bird fashion, the guys seem to have all the fun: brighter feathers, sharper accessories, more pizzazz.