Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Could Wipe Out Malaria
Jun 14, 2014 · 3 

By Alexandra Sifferlin   Scientists have figured out a way to modify malaria-carrying mosquitos so they only produce males After six years of trying, scientists have discovered a way to genetically modify mosquitoes so they produce sperm that will only conceive male offspring. Female mosquitoes are the ones who bite people and pass along malaria, …

If You’re a Strict Parent, Your Kid Is More Likely to Smoke Pot
Jun 14, 2014 · 9 

By Melissa Hellmann   Overbearing parents may be putting their children at a greater risk of using drugs A study conducted in six European countries reveals that children who have strict parents are more likely to smoke cannabis, as well as use tobacco and alcohol. The team, led by the European Institute of Studies on Prevention, observed …

Antibodies from desert as guides to diseased cells
Jun 14, 2014

By Science Daily   The use of nanoparticles in cancer research is considered as a promising approach in detecting and fighting tumor cells. The method has, however, often failed because the human immune system recognizes the particles as foreign objects and rejects them before they can fulfil their function. Researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) …

Knuckle sandwich: did fist fights drive evolution of human face?
Jun 14, 2014 · 26 

By Will Dunham   Current theory about the shape of the human face just got a big punch in the mouth. Two University of Utah researchers proposed on Monday that the face of the ancestors of modern humans evolved millions of years ago in a way that would limit injuries from punches during fist fights …

Should three people be allowed to make a baby?
Jun 13, 2014 · 2 

By Arielle Duhaime-Ross For more than a decade, scientists have been developing a fertility technique that involves combining DNA from three parents to make a child. The technique, which has yet to be tested on humans, aims to help women who suffer from mitochondrial disease conceive a baby to which they are genetically related. But as the science …

Rats shown to feel regret over bad decisions
Jun 13, 2014 · 2 

By Zoe Gough   Rats experience regret when their actions make them miss out on better food options, a study has found. It is the first time regret has been identified in mammals other than humans. Researchers created situations where rats had to choose whether to wait a set amount of time for a food …

Paraplegic in robotic suit kicks off World Cup
Jun 13, 2014

By Alejandra Martins and Paul Rincon   A paraplegic man has made the first kick of the World Cup using a mind-controlled robotic exoskeleton. Juliano Pinto, a 29-year-old with complete paralysis of the lower trunk, performed the symbolic kick-off at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo. Using his robotic suit, Mr Pinto kicked the official …

Human language’s deep origins appear to have come directly from birds, primates
Jun 12, 2014 · 1 

By Science Daily   On the island of Java, in Indonesia, the silvery gibbon, an endangered primate, lives in the rainforests. In a behavior that’s unusual for a primate, the silvery gibbon sings: It can vocalize long, complicated songs, using 14 different note types, that signal territory and send messages to potential mates and family. …

New fossil find pinpoints the origin of jaws in vertebrates
Jun 12, 2014 · 2 

By Science Daily   A major fossil discovery in Canada sheds new light on the development of the earliest vertebrates, including the origin of jaws, the first time this feature has been seen so early in the fossil record. A key piece in the puzzle of the evolution of vertebrates has been identified, after the …

Origins of Arctic fox traced back to Tibet
Jun 12, 2014

By Jane Qiu   The Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) was thought to have evolved in Europe as the ice sheet expanded when a glacial period swept the Earth about 2.6 million years ago. But fossil evidence now suggests that the animal ‘pre-adapted’ to living in the cold and harsh environment on lofty Tibetan terrains. While hiking …

Bacteria implicated in stress-related heart attacks
Jun 10, 2014 · 2 

By Sara Reardon   Stress has long been thought to trigger heart attacks, but the mechanism is unknown. Now, researchers think that bacteria could play a role. A study published today in mBio1  suggests that stress hormones can break up mats of bacteria growing on the fatty plaques in arteries, releasing the plaques and causing strokes …

Earth is around 60 million years older than previously thought — and so is the moon, new research finds
Jun 10, 2014 · 6 

By Science Daily   Work presented today at the Goldschmidt Geochemistry Conference in Sacramento, California shows that the timing of the giant impact between Earth’s ancestor and a planet-sized body occurred around 40 million years after the start of solar system formation. This means that the final stage of Earth’s formation is around 60 million …