10th Nov 2013

Russian cosmonauts take Olympic torch on spacewalk for first time

[Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov with Olympic torch on a spacewalk] MOSCOW, (Xinhua): Two Russian cosmonauts took an Olympic torch on a spacewalk Saturday for the first time in history as part of the Sochi 2014 torch relay. The torch, unlit … Continued

8th Nov 2013

Astronomers find first asteroid with six comet-like tails

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): U.S. and German astronomers said Thursday they have found for the first time an asteroid with six comet-like tails of dust in solar system’s asteroid belt. Unlike all other known asteroids, which appear simply as tiny points of … Continued

11th Oct 2013

UK: Researchers halt brain cell death in mice, hope for Alzheimer’s

A team of researchers in the UK have published findings that offer hope for future progress against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. They managed to stop the death of brain cells in infected mice. Scientists offered cautious optimism on Thursday that … Continued

9th Oct 2013

Englert, Higgs win 2013 Nobel Physics Prize

Francois Englert and Peter Higgs have won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on a particle that is thought to be a key to explaining the universe. The Higgs boson is thought to explain the origin of … Continued

13th Sep 2013

Voyager ‘beyond’ solar system, says NASA

  The US space agency NASA says its veteran probe Voyager 1 has become the first spacecraft to leave the solar system. It is more than 19 billion kilometers from Earth. Thirty six years after it was launched from earth, … Continued

22nd Aug 2013

Chile: Telescope captures birth of a new star

Astronomers have succeeded in observing a star being born 1,400 light years from the Earth using the ALMA telescope in Chile. But the astral baby in the constellation Vela has yet to receive a real name. The images from the … Continued

16th Aug 2013

US: Scientists discover new species of carnivorous mammal, the olinguito

[Photo: Picture Alliance-dpa] Scientists in the United States have found the Western Hemisphere’s first new carnivorous mammal in 35 years. The long-tailed, reddish-brown olinguito is said to resemble a mix between a house cat and a teddy bear. The olinugito, … Continued

13th Aug 2013

Canada: Struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry eyes sale

Smartphone maker BlackBerry has formed a committee to discuss strategic options, including the possible sale of the company. It has been struggling in the face of competition from Apple and Android-operated rivals. BlackBerry announced Monday it had formed the special … Continued

9th Aug 2013

New malaria vaccine shows promise, raises hopes for fighting deadly disease

Scientists have raised hope for an effective malaria vaccine, having had positive outcomes in a clinical trial. Malaria, one of the world’s deadliest diseases, infected 219 million people in 2010. US researchers announced their success on Thursday in the journal … Continued

2nd Aug 2013

US: Genetic “Eve,” “Adam” lived roughly at same time

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): The most recent common ancestors to females and males, “Eve” and “Adam,” appeared on the planet roughly around the same time, U.S. researchers said Thursday. A study led by the Stanford University School of Medicine, which appeared in … Continued

25th Jul 2013

US: Gas cloud being `stretched like spaghetti` as it swings past black hole

[A black hole (Representative image)] Washington, (ANI): Recent observations of the galactic center have revealed that parts of the in-falling gas cloud, which was detected in 2011, have already swung past the black hole at the heart of our Milky … Continued

8th Jul 2013

UK: Healthy baby born from new IVF gene screening technique

Scientists meeting in London have announced the birth of the first baby to come from a new IVF technique that screens embryos for genetic defects. It is hoped the method could improve the low overall IVF success rate. The baby … Continued

28th Jun 2013

US: NASA telescope IRIS launched to investigate the sun

A small telescope has been launched on a mission to determine how the sun heats up its atmosphere. The findings could help understand how solar storms disrupt telecommunications on Earth. NASA launched the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, IRIS, on a … Continued

Palestine: ‘Super Moon’ observed throughout the world
24th Jun 2013

Palestine: ‘Super Moon’ observed throughout the world

[A super moon is seen in Nablus, June 23, 2013. A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of … Continued

14th Jun 2013

US: Firms cannot patent human genes, US court rules

The US Supreme Court has ruled against patents for extracted human DNA, though synthesized genetic strains remain eligible. The court ruled that isolating naturally occurring material did not satisfy patent requirements. In a unanimous vote on Thursday, the US Supreme … Continued

18th May 2013

Kenya:  30 countries in Africa at risk of yellow fever   NAIROBI, (Xinhua): The UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that 30 countries in Africa with a total population of 508 million are considered to be at different … Continued

16th May 2013

US: Scientists report human stem cells cloning success

Scientists in the United States have recovered human stem cells from cloned human embryos, in what is a world first. They have described it as a “significant step forward” in medicine. Scientists have been trying to obtain stem cells from … Continued

14th May 2013

UAE: Aquaponics expert brings sustainability to the desert

Jabber Al Mazroui has succeeded in building one of the world’s largest aquaponics farms in the desert climes of the United Arab Emirates. He hopes aquaponics can boom, but local farmers are proving slow to adjust. Jabber Al Mazroui peers … Continued

13th May 2013

SARS-like virus confirmed in France, Saudi Arabia

  The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed cases of the SARS-like coronavirus in France and Saudi Arabia. The new cases bring the worldwide total beginning in September 2012 to 34, 18 of which were fatal. In a press statement … Continued

4th May 2013

US: Astronomers see “shockingly bright” gamma-ray burst

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): Astronomers have witnessed a record-setting blast of gamma rays from a dying star in a distant galaxy that produced the highest-energy light ever detected from such an event. The eruption, which is classified as a gamma-ray burst(GRB), and … Continued

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