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Interstellar comet just like ones from our solar system – astronomers

Scientists tracking 2I/Borisov say some formation processes may be common between stars The first interstellar comet to be tracked by astronomers as it hurtles through the solar system is unremarkable in every way apart from where it comes from, researchers have said.Scientists reached the conclusion after observing 2I/Borisov with two of the most powerful telescopes on Earth. They decided that it looked like any other comet except that it came from beyond the solar system and would soon leave f...
Tags: Comets, Space, Astronomy, Science, World news


Alexei Leonov, first human to walk in space, dies aged 85

The Soviet cosmonaut almost didn’t make it back into his capsule in 1965, when his suit inflated in the space vacuumAlexei Leonov, the legendary Soviet cosmonaut who became the first human to walk in space 54 years ago, has died in Moscow at 85.The Russian space agency Roscosmos announced the news on its website on Friday, but gave no cause of death. Leonov had health issues for several years, according to Russia media. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Science, Nasa, Russia, World news, Europe


Pompeii dig unearths fighting fresco in 'gladiators' tavern'

Well-preserved find on wall beneath stairwell is latest discovery at Regio V site A well-preserved fresco depicting fighting gladiators has been unearthed by archaeologists in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii.The scene is of the end of a fight between two types of gladiator – a murmillo and a Thracian – where one wins and the other succumbs. The two types were distinguished by their armour and weapons. Continue reading...
Tags: Italy, Archaeology, Europe, World news, Science


If the shoo fits: cows painted with zebra stripes keep flies in line

Insect bites can be significantly cut using a cunning disguise, researchers findPainting a cow to look something like a zebra has been found to reduce fly bites by 50%.Researchers believe painting stripes on to cattle is a world-first and could become an environmentally friendly alternative to pesticides. Continue reading...
Tags: Japan, Science, Animals, Environment, World news, Australia news, Pesticides, Farming, Animal Welfare, Agriculture, Insects, CSIRO


3 win Nobel in Chemistry for work on lithium-ion batteries

By DAVID KEYTON and JAMEY KEATEN STOCKHOLM — Three scientists won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday for their work developing lithium-ion batteries, which have reshaped energy storage and transformed cars, mobile phones and many other devices — and reduced the world’s reliance on fossil fuels that contribute to global warming. The prize went to John B. Goodenough, 97, a German-born engineering professor at the University of Texas; M. Stanley Whittingham, 77, a British-American chemistry ...
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Nobel prize in chemistry awarded for development of lithium-ion batteries – as it happened

John B Goodenough, M Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino made laureates for development that sparked portable technology revolution• Report: chemistry Nobel given to lithium-ion battery researchers 12.26pm BST And there we leave the chemistry prize for another year. Huge congratulations go to John Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino for the development of lithium-ion batteries.Here is my colleague Nicola Davis’s news story on the prize: Related: Nobel prize in chemistry awa...
Tags: Energy, Europe, Science, Sweden, Environment, World news, Chemistry, People in science, Nobel prizes, Energy Storage, Royal Society, Science prizes, Venki Ramakrishnan, John B Goodenough, Nicola Davis, Goodenough


Nobel prize in chemistry awarded for development of lithium-ion batteries – live!

John B Goodenough, M Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino made laureates for development that sparked portable technology revolution• Report: chemistry Nobel given to lithium-ion battery researchers 11.28am BST If you missed the announcement... here it is againWatch the very moment the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry is announced.Presented by Göran K. Hansson, Secretary General of The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.#NobelPrize pic.twitter.com/PM8X2S3Zy4 11.25am BST In this interview wi...
Tags: Energy, Europe, Science, Sweden, Environment, World news, Chemistry, People in science, Nobel prizes, Energy Storage, Science prizes, John Goodenough, John B Goodenough, Akira Yoshino, Stanley Whittingham, Göran K Hansson


Nobel prize in chemistry awarded for work on lithium-ion batteries

John B Goodenough, M Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino honoured for development that sparked portable technology revolutionThe Nobel prize in chemistry has been awarded to three scientists for their work in developing lithium-ion batteries.John B Goodenough of the University of Texas at Austin, M Stanley Whittingham of Binghamton University and Akira Yoshino of Meijo University will receive equal shares of the 9m Swedish kronor (£74o,000) prize, which was announced by the Royal Swedish Acade...
Tags: Energy, Europe, Science, Sweden, Environment, World news, Chemistry, People in science, Nobel prizes, Energy Storage, Science prizes, Stockholm, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, John B Goodenough, Akira Yoshino, Stanley Whittingham


Nobel prize in chemistry to be awarded – live!

This year’s laureates will shortly be announced at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm 10.15am BST The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has handed out 110 Nobel prizes in chemistry since 1901. They have gone to 181 individuals with Frederick Sanger being the only double chemistry laureate, winning in 1958 for his work on the structure of insulin and in 1980 for DNA sequencing. Frances Arnold, who was awarded the prize in 2018, is just one of five female chemistry laureates. ...
Tags: Europe, Science, Sweden, Boston, World news, Chemistry, People in science, Oxford University, Nobel prizes, Baltimore, Science prizes, Stockholm, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Frederick Sanger


Nobel prize in physics awarded for work on cosmology – live!

James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz honoured for ‘improving our understanding of evolution of universe and Earth’s place in the cosmos’ 11.27am BST Here’s James Peebles in 2017 talking about the history of modern cosmology at the Perimeter Institute in Canada. 11.23am BST James Peebles’ work shone a light on the universe’s structure and history and laid the foundations for cosmology for the past 50 years. The big bang model describes how the universe evolved over nearly 14bn y...
Tags: Europe, Science, Sweden, World news, Physics, People in science, Nobel prizes, Science prizes, Didier Queloz, James Peebles, James Peebles Michel Mayor, Perimeter Institute in Canada


Artificial womb: Dutch researchers given €2.9m to develop prototype

Model from Eindhoven University will surround baby with fluid and deliver oxygen and nutrients via umbilical cordAttempts to create an artificial womb for premature babies have been given a boost by the award of a €2.9m (£2.6m) grant to develop a working prototype for use in clinics.The model, which is being developed by researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology, would provide babies with artificial respiration. However, unlike current incubators the artificial womb would be similar ...
Tags: Europe, Science, Biology, Society, World news, Premature Birth, Netherlands, Eindhoven University Of Technology, Eindhoven University


Nobel prize in physics awarded to cosmology and exoplanet researchers

James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz honoured for for ‘improving our understanding of evolution of universe and Earth’s place in the cosmos’Nobel prize in physics - follow it liveThree scientists have been awarded the 2019 Nobel prize in physics for groundbreaking discoveries about the evolution of the Universe and the Earth’s place within it.The Canadian scientist James Peebles has been awarded half of the 9m Swedish kronor (£740,000) prize for his theoretical discoveries about the evo...
Tags: Europe, Science, Sweden, World news, Earth, Physics, People in science, Nobel prizes, Science prizes, Michel Mayor, Didier Queloz, James Peebles, James Peebles Michel Mayor


Nobel prize in physics to be awarded – live!

The winners of the prize will share 9m Swedish kronor – follow along here to find out who this year’s laureates will be 10.43am BST Here’s Göran K. Hansson, Secretary General of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and the chap who gets to make the calls. You have to admit he’s well turned out for the occasion.If your phone rings, pick up! It might be Secretary General, Göran K. Hansson, trying to reach you with some important news. #Physics #NobelPrize pic.twitter.com/M72GCZqZVX 10.36am ...
Tags: Europe, Science, Sweden, World news, Physics, People in science, Nobel prizes, Science prizes, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Alfred Nobel, Hannah Devlin, Göran K Hansson


Saturn overtakes Jupiter as host to most moons in solar system

The gas giant has 82 moons, surpassing the 79 known to orbit its larger neighbourSaturn has taken over from Jupiter as host to the most moons in the solar system after astronomers spotted 20 more lumps of rock orbiting the ringed planet.It brings the number of Saturnian moons to 82, surpassing the 79 that are known to orbit Jupiter, its larger, inner neighbour. Continue reading...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, World news, Saturn, Jupiter


3 get Nobel Medicine prize for learning how cells use oxygen

By JAN M. OLSEN, MARIA CHENG and DAVID KEYTON STOCKHOLM — Two Americans and a British scientist won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for discovering how the body’s cells sense and react to oxygen levels, work that has paved the way for new strategies to fight anemia, cancer and other diseases, the Nobel Committee said. Drs. William G. Kaelin Jr. of Harvard University, Gregg L. Semenza of Johns Hopkins University and Peter J. Ratcliffe at the Francis Crick Institute in Britain and ...
Tags: Health, Japan, Science, London, News, Sweden, Medicine, Uncategorized, Sport, World news, Britain, Soccer, United States, Associated Press, Parliament, Oxford University


Nobel prize in medicine awarded to hypoxia researchers – live!

William G Kaelin, Sir Peter Ratcliffe and Gregg L Semenza share award for work on how cells adapt to oxygen availabilityNobel prize in medicine awarded to hypoxia researchers 11.07am BST This year’s prize is a true physiology award. At its heart is the body’s response to low oxygen conditions. When the body is deprived of oxygen, there is a rise in the hormone erythropoietin (EPO) – this then boosts the production of red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body. But how does a drop i...
Tags: Europe, Science, Sweden, World news, Medical Research, People in science, Nobel prizes, Science prizes, Peter Ratcliffe, William Kaelin, Gregg L Semenza, William G Kaelin


Nobel prize in medicine awarded to hypoxia researchers

William G Kaelin, Sir Peter Ratcliffe and Gregg L Semenza share 9m Swedish kronor prize for work on how cells adapt to oxygen availabilityThree scientists have shared this year’s Nobel prize in physiology or medicine for discovering how cells respond to varying oxygen levels in the body, one of the most essential adaptive processes for life.William Kaelin Jr at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard University in Massachusetts; Sir Peter Ratcliffe at Oxford University and the Francis Crick...
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Nobel prize in physiology or medicine – live!

The first of this year’s prizes is about to be announced at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm 10.15am BST My colleague Ian Sample hit a home run last year with his prediction that Allison would be a winner, which more or less exhausts our team’s luck for backing the right horse for the rest of the century. But there are no shortage of contenders for this year’s prize.Among them are the scientists behind the gene-editing technique known as Crispr – although this has also been tipped for t...
Tags: Europe, Science, Sweden, World news, Medical Research, People in science, Nobel prizes, Science prizes, Stockholm, Karolinska Institute, Allison, Ian Sample, James P Allison, Tasuku Honjo


Paralysed man walks using mind-controlled exoskeleton

French patient’s breakthrough could lead to brain-controlled wheelchairs, say expertsA French man paralysed in a nightclub accident can walk again thanks to a brain-controlled exoskeleton, providing hope to tetraplegics seeking to regain movement.The patient trained for months, harnessing his brain signals to control a computer-simulated avatar to perform basic movements before using the robot device to walk. Scientists described the trial results as a breakthrough. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Science, France, Neuroscience, Society, World news, Disability, Medical Research


Use of male mice skews drug research against women, study finds

Male animal bias is unjustified and can lead to drugs that work less well for womenThe male mind is rational and orderly while the female one is complicated and hormonal. It is a stereotype that has skewed decades of neuroscience research towards using almost exclusively male mice and other laboratory animals, according to a new study.Scientists have typically justified excluding female animals from experiments – even when studying conditions that are more likely to affect women – on the basis t...
Tags: Gender, Science, Biology, Drugs, Neuroscience, World news, Medical Research, Animal behaviour, Animal experimentation


Mosquito-killing spider juice offers malaria hope

Scientists have genetically modified a fungus to make it produce the same lethal toxin as is found in the funnel web spiderA genetically modified fungus that kills malaria-carrying mosquitoes could provide a breakthrough in the fight against the disease, according to researchers.Trials in Burkina Faso found that a fungus, modified so that it produces spider toxin, quickly killed large numbers of mosquitos that carry malaria. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, Africa, World news, Genetics, Global development, Burkina Faso, Malaria, Global Health


Autism symptoms replicated in mice after faecal transplants

Study aims to discover whether gut microbes play a part in development of the conditionScientists have induced the hallmarks of autism in mice by giving them faecal transplants from humans with the condition.The experiments were designed to test whether the communities of gut microbes found in people with autism have a role in their symptoms, an idea that is gaining ground among researchers. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, Society, World news, Autism, Medical Research


Childish Gambino choreographer urges fans to step up for young rural Africans

Sherrie Silver, who was behind acclaimed video This is America, launches virtual dance ‘petition’ to promote investment in farmingShe made a name for herself as the choreographer behind one of the most controversial yet critically acclaimed music videos of last year.Now Sherrie Silver, the creative force behind the dance moves in Childish Gambino’s This Is America, is using her success to drive a social media campaign promoting investment in young people in rural Africa. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Africa, Environment, America, Society, World news, Farming, Cameroon, Global development, Food Security, Childish Gambino, Sherrie Silver


Italy's new ruins: heritage sites being lost to neglect and looting

Overgrown and weathered, many historical monuments are disappearing as public funds for culture fail to match modern Italy’s inheritanceLegend has it that the grotto hidden among the craggy cliffs on San Marco hill in Sutera in the heart of Sicily holds a treasure chest full of gold coins. In order to find it, three men must dream contemporaneously about the precise place to dig.Treasure or no treasure, the grotto itself is an archaeological gem, its walls adorned with a multi-coloured Byzantine...
Tags: Europe, Science, World news, Culture, Unesco, Heritage, Italy, Archaeology, Sicily, San Marco, Jesus the Virgin Mary, Sutera, Matthew Continue, Saints Paulinus Luke Mark


Murray Gell-Mann, Nobel Prize-winning physicist who named quarks, dies at 89

1969 Nobel laureate helped discover subatomic particlesDeath confirmed by Santa Fe Institute he co-foundedMurray Gell-Mann, the Nobel-winning physicist who brought order to the universe by helping discover and classify subatomic particles, has died. He was 89. Related: Video: Murray Gell-Mann on ditching what 'everybody knows' Continue reading...
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Humans causing shrinking of nature as larger animals die off

Average size of wild animals predicted to fall by a quarter in 100 years through extinctionsHumanity’s ongoing destruction of wildlife will lead to a shrinking of nature, with the average body size of animals falling by a quarter, a study predicts.The researchers estimate that more than 1,000 larger species of mammals and birds will go extinct in the next century, from rhinos to eagles. They say this could lead to the collapse of ecosystems that humans rely on for food and clean water. Continue ...
Tags: Science, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Biodiversity


Pushy bonobo mothers help sons find sexual partners, scientists find

High-ranking mothers lead sons to groups of females and keep guard while they mateTheir mothers are so keen for them to father children that they usher them in front of promising partners, shield them from violent competitors and dash the chances of other males by charging them while they are at it.For a bonobo mother, it is all part of the parenting day, and analysis finds the hard work pays off. Males of the species that live with their mothers are three times more likely to father offspring t...
Tags: Science, Biology, Animals, World news, Animal behaviour, Primatology


Julianna Margulies on her shocking Ebola drama: 'I panicked in my hazmat suit!'

The star of ER and The Good Wife is back – as a doctor fighting to save humanity. She gives her bodyguard the slip to talk about our imperilled planet – and her love of Sussex A-roadsBefore I meet Julianna Margulies, I spend three days staring at her bodyguard. He’s impossible to miss: one of those men whose every attempt to blend in flounders. Margulies and I are in Lille, judges at the Series Mania television festival, although our experiences differ a little. My cloak of anonymity allows me t...
Tags: Health, Ebola, Science, Television, Drama, Africa, Society, World news, Medical Research, Culture, Infectious Diseases, Television & radio, Paris, Microbiology, US television, Epidemics


Wellcome Trust investing £80m in snakebite treatment

Scientists say antivenom exists for only 60% of all the snakes in the worldNew drugs for snakebite are desperately needed, say scientists, to replace the current 100-year-old treatment made by injecting snake’s venom into a horse and harvesting antibodies – which is very expensive, may not work and can cause lethal allergic reactions.Snakebite, says the Wellcome Trust, is the cause of the world’s biggest hidden health crisis – and it is investing £80m in the hope of solving it. The World Health ...
Tags: Science, World news, Snakes, World Health Organization, Médecins Sans Frontières, Wellcome Trust


Only a third of world’s great rivers remain free flowing, analysis finds

Dams, levees, hydropower and habitat degradation behind fragmentation on huge scale, finds global assessmentOnly a third of the world’s great rivers remain free flowing, due to the impact of dams that are drastically reducing the benefits healthy rivers provide people and nature, according to a global analysis.Billions of people rely on rivers for water, food and irrigation, but from the Danube to the Yangtze most large rivers are fragmented and degraded. Untouched rivers are largely confined to...
Tags: Energy, Europe, Business, Science, Technology, Education, China, Africa, Environment, Americas, Water, World news, Australia news, Fish, Danube, Asia Pacific



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