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Disgraced Japan researcher fails to replicate 'game changing' stem cell results

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TOKYO - A disgraced Japanese researcher has failed to replicate results hailed as a potential breakthrough in stem-cell treatment and efforts to do so will be abandoned, officials at her research institute said on Friday.

Europe recommends approval for first stem-cell therapy

LONDON - European regulators have recommended approval of the first medicine containing stem cells to treat a rare condition caused by burns to the eye.

Health 19 Dec 2014

Songbirds fly coop long before tornadoes arrive in Tennessee

WASHINGTON - You might want to be careful about who you call a birdbrain. Some of our feathered friends exhibit powers of perception that put humans to shame.

Environment 18 Dec 2014

SpaceX delays planned cargo run to space station to early January

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space Exploration Technologies is delaying the planned launch on Friday of an unmanned Falcon 9 rocket, which will carry a cargo ship to the International Space Station for NASA, to early January, officials said on Thursday.

18 Dec 2014

India tests its heaviest space launch vehicle, eyes global market

NEW DELHI - India's space agency successfully tested on Thursday its most powerful satellite launch vehicle that can put heavier payloads into space, and, it hopes, win India a bigger slice of the $300 billion global space industry.

World, 18 Dec 2014

U.S, China making progress on biotech crop talks: USDA's Vilsack

CHICAGO - The United States and China are making progress in talks over Beijing's acceptance of new biotechnology for crops, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Wednesday.

China 17 Dec 2014

SpaceX to attempt rocket landing at sea

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space Exploration Technologies will attempt to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a sea platform following launch on Friday, company officials said, a vital step to prove its precision landing capabilities needed before it can gain a ground landing license.

17 Dec 2014

NASA rover finds organic molecules, methane gas on Mars

Reuters - NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has found carbon-containing compounds in samples drilled out of an ancient rock, the first definitive detection of organics on the surface of Earth’s neighbor planet, scientists said on Tuesday. | Video

16 Dec 2014

Back to the future: Scientists want 'rewilded' crops to boost agriculture

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Scientists should "re-wild" food crops by inserting lost genetic properties of ancient, edible plants in order to boost agricultural output for a growing population, a new study said.

Environment 16 Dec 2014

Ancient DNA reveals history of horse domestication

NEW YORK - Speed, smarts, and the heart of a champion: using genomic analysis, scientists have identified DNA changes that helped turn ancient horses such as those in prehistoric cave art into today's Secretariats and Black Beautys, researchers reported Monday.

15 Dec 2014
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American nurse exposed to Ebola released from hospital

- An American nurse who was exposed to Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone was released from the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Center in Maryland on Friday without showing signs of the disease, NIH said.