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Astronomers measure metamorphosis of galaxies

Aug 28, 2015

Astronomers measure metamorphosis of galaxies

From round disks to oval clusters, many galaxies have undergone a dramatic transformation over the past 8 billion years, researchers reported on Thursday. An international team looked at data on some 10,000 of the billions of galaxies in the universe and then used the ...

Aug 28, 2015

Water use plummets in drought-plagued California

Mandatory water-saving measures in place to fight California’s historic drought have produced a sizable drop in consumption over the past two months, regulators said Thursday. The measures have been far-reaching, and the state’s 38 million residents are only allowed to water their lawns on ...

Aug 28, 2015

Psychology research is often questionable, study finds

Scientific studies about how people act or think can rarely be replicated by outside experts, said a study Thursday that raised new questions about the seriousness of psychology research. A team of 270 scientists tried reproducing 100 psychology and social science studies that had ...

Woman gives birth with her mom's uterus

Aug 27, 2015

Woman gives birth with her mom's uterus

For one family in Sweden, a pioneering procedure has led to a baby being born from his grandmother’s womb transplanted into his mother’s body, uniting three generations. The new mother, who lost her own uterus to cancer in her 20s, said it was “unimaginable” ...

Aug 27, 2015

French woman wins disability grant for 'gadget allergy'

A French court has awarded a disability grant to a woman claiming to suffer from a debilitating allergy to electromagnetic radiation from everyday gadgets such as cellphones. The applicant, Marine Richard, 39, hailed the ruling as a “breakthrough” for people afflicted by electromagnetic hypersensitivity ...

Aug 27, 2015

Blood test could predict breast cancer's return: study

An experimental blood test may be able to predict whether a woman with breast cancer will suffer a relapse months before new tumors would be detectable on scans, researchers said Wednesday. The technology, described in the journal Science Translational Medicine, works by detecting cancer ...

Aug 27, 2015

Fracking caused Canadian quake: media report

Fracking by a Canadian subsidiary of Malaysian oil and gas giant Petronas triggered one of the world’s largest earthquakes linked to the controversial practice, according to a report Wednesday by Canada’s public broadcaster. The British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission said it has linked ...

Aug 27, 2015

'Enemy' seaweed can save coral from starfish: researchers

Under attack from hordes of ravenous starfish, Pacific coral is getting help from an unexpected source — seaweed, an archenemy, researchers said on Wednesday. Seaweed is no friend of the fragile ecosystems of coral reefs, pumping out harmful chemicals, blocking out life-giving sunlight, and ...

Ethiopia launches space program, the first in East Africa

Aug 26, 2015

Ethiopia launches space program, the first in East Africa

High above the crowded streets of Addis Ababa, among fields where farmers lead oxen dragging wooden plows, sits Ethiopia’s space program. Perched atop the 3,200-meter-tall (10,500-foot) Mount Entoto, two metal domes house telescopes, each a meter in diameter. Operational for only a few months, ...