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Exclusive: First gene therapy drug sets million-euro price record

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FRANKFURT/LONDON - The Western world's first gene therapy drug is set to go on sale in Germany with a 1.1 million euro ($1.4 million) price tag, a new record for a medicine to treat a rare disease.

Ultra-strong graphene's weak spot could be key to fuel cells

LONDON - In a discovery that experts say could revolutionize fuel cell technology, scientists in Britain have found that graphene, the world's thinnest, strongest and most impermeable material, can allow protons to pass through it.

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Gut check: how vultures dine on rotting flesh, and like it

WASHINGTON - They snack on danger and dine on death, merrily munching on rotting flesh that would certainly sicken or kill any person and most other animals. But how do vultures do it?

7:50am EST

Multi-national crew reaches space station

- A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazahkstan on Sunday to deliver three new crew members to the International Space Station, including Italy's first female astronaut. | Video

World, Russia, Italy 24 Nov 2014

Physicists solve mystery of why cats rule, dogs drool

- Popular web videos showing that "cats rule and dogs drool" have new scientific evidence to support that felinophilic sentiment, at least when it comes to drinking.

24 Nov 2014

One for every leg: scientists map centipede genome

LONDON - An international team of more than 100 researchers has mapped the genome of the centipede and found that, while it easily outpaces humans on number of legs, it falls short when it comes to genes.

25 Nov 2014

Cold hard facts: Underwater robot measures Antarctic sea ice

WASHINGTON - Measuring the thickness of Antarctic sea ice, an important gauge of environmental conditions in this remote polar region in a time of global climate change, has proven to be a tricky task. But an underwater robot is providing a nice solution. | Video

Environment 25 Nov 2014

Deregulation at heart of Japan's new robotics revolution

TOKYO - Neurosurgeon Tetsuya Goto had just begun testing a robot to perform brain surgery when he discovered Japan was moving to tighten regulations that would shut down his seven-year project.

Health, Japan, 19 Nov 2014

'Star-gazing' shrimp discovered in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG - A tiny shrimp equipped with large, candy-striped eyes to ward off predators has been discovered in South African waters, the University of Cape Town said on Friday.

21 Nov 2014

Banking culture breeds dishonesty, scientific study finds

LONDON - - A banking culture that implicitly puts financial gain above all else fuels greed and dishonesty and makes bankers more likely to cheat, according to the findings of a scientific study.

21 Nov 2014
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U.S. government says 462,125 people signed up for 2015 Obamacare plans

- Open enrollment for the second year of Obamacare individual health coverage brought in 462,125 people who chose their health plans in its first week, nearly half of whom were first-time customers, the U.S. government said on Wednesday.