Health & Science

Health & Science
Wednesday, October 7th 2015 - 14:27 UTC

Neutrinos oscillation discovery gives a Japanese and a Canadian the Physics Nobel prize

Takaaki Kajita and Arthur McDonald's breakthrough was the discovery of a phenomenon called neutrino oscillation that has upended scientific thinking

A Japanese and a Canadian scientist won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday for discovering that elusive subatomic particles called neutrinos have mass, opening a new window onto the fundamental nature of the universe.

Tuesday, October 6th 2015 - 09:04 UTC

Nobel in medicine for creating natural drugs to combat parasites; China's first prize

Inspired by traditional Chinese medicine, Tu discovered that a compound from the wormwood plant was highly effective against the malaria parasite

Nobel prize in medicine went Monday to three scientists hailed as “heroes in the truest sense of the word” for saving millions of lives with the creation of the world's leading malaria-fighting drug and another that has nearly wiped out two devastating tropical diseases.

Thursday, October 1st 2015 - 08:19 UTC

Argentina launches the three-ton ARSAT-2 telecommunications satellite

The satellite is the second in ARSAT project’s repertoire, following the launch of ARSAT-1 in October last year

Argentina on Wednesday launched the ARSAT-2 spacecraft from a site in French Guyana, with the goal of providing telecommunication services across much of the Western hemisphere. ARSAT (Argentine Satellite Solutions), a state-owned company created in 2006, monitored the launch and operation of ARSAT-2 from the Benavídez Ground Station in northern Buenos Aires province.

Thursday, September 24th 2015 - 07:41 UTC

Brazil and UK joint research of critical elements in the deep northeast Atlantic

“A research expedition is planned for next year to the northeast Atlantic to discover what controls the richness of these deep-sea deposits,” Dr. Murton said.

Scientists from the U.K. and Brazil will work together to study the formation of ocean minerals essential for new technology, particularly environmental technology such as photovoltaic cells.

Friday, September 18th 2015 - 14:27 UTC

Falklands' Fortuna Ltd. sponsors research on southern blue whiting

Wallace from Fortuna Ltd said research would help for the future management and understanding of the dynamics of southern blue whiting in the region.

Falkland Islands fishing company Fortuna Ltd has become a sponsor and research partner in a PhD student ship on southern blue whiting. The Falkland Islands Government fisheries Department (FIFD) and the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) are also collaborators in this research project.

Thursday, September 17th 2015 - 07:56 UTC

Major offshore earthquake hits Chile; felt in Argentina, Peru and Brazil

 The magnitude-8.3 quake hit off northern Chile causing buildings to sway in the capital of Santiago and prompting authorities to issue a tsunami warning

A major earthquake just offshore rattled Chileans, killing at least five people and shaking the earth so strongly the tremor was felt in Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and even Brazil. Authorities worked into the early hours on Thursday assessing damage in several coastal towns that saw flooding from small tsunami waves set off by the quake.

Sunday, September 13th 2015 - 12:42 UTC

Researchers develop molecular test which calculates “biological age”

“We can now measure aging before symptoms of decline or illness occur” said Prof Timmons.

Researchers have developed a new molecular test designed to calculate an individual's “biological age” as opposed to their “chronological age.” They believe the test could lead to improvements in how age-related diseases are managed.

Sunday, September 13th 2015 - 12:23 UTC

Sperm whales are highly communicative but have different 'dialects'

Cantor explained that it is rare to observe two clans of the same species that live so close to one another, but communicate differently (Pic J.Modigliani)

Sperm whales are very social marine animals and they travel in close groups and communicate by using a pattern of clicks, also known as codas. Similar to humans, the whales use varying dialects worldwide. A recent study of two sperm whale clans living in fairly close proximity off the Galápagos Islands sheds light on animal cultures.

Wednesday, August 19th 2015 - 07:30 UTC

US approves a libido-enhancing drug for women, to be marketed as “Addyi”

The pill is designed to assist premenopausal women regain their sex drive by boosting levels of certain brain chemicals, but the drug has been criticized

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a libido-enhancing drug for women that has been dubbed “Female Viagra”. Flibanserin, a drug produced by Sprout Pharmaceuticals, recently passed an FDA advisory committee meeting.

Friday, August 7th 2015 - 05:18 UTC

Scottish lab identifies “super-algae” to make bio-fuels for vehicles and aircraft

Dr. Stephen Slocombe said that in order to produce bio-fuels from micro-algae “we need to know which strains will produce the most oil.”

Researchers at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) have unlocked a treasure chest of ‘super-algae’ that could provide a previously untapped source of oil. Using a newly devised technique, scientists examined micro-algae strains in the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP), an internationally important algal store based at SAMS in Oban, to find out which ocean-based strains had the highest oil content.

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