The planets were spotted by the Kepler Space Telescope launched by NASA in 2009.
“Rudolph’s nose is red because it is richly supplied with red blood cells … and is … physiologically adapted for reindeer to carry out their flying duties for Santa Claus,” say researchers.
“An increasing number of studies suggest that biology can exert a significant influence on political beliefs and behaviours,” writes science reporter Lizzie Buchen.
An Italian court found a group of Italian scientists guilty of manslaughter for failing to give adequate warnings of a massive earthquake.
A satiric study linking chocolate consumption and Nobel prizes offers a cautionary tale.
A major obstacle to trying new approaches, the report stresses, is the mistaken belief that current flu vaccines are highly effective.
“From childhood cancers to autism, birth defects and asthma, a wide range of childhood diseases and disorders are on the rise,” the report says, adding that “pesticides are one key driver of this sobering trend.”
There is no strong medical evidence that the procedure undergone by these patients works — a conclusion reinforced last year by a team of independent medical experts.
The only proven health claim for vitamin D is that it promotes strong bones. But most of us absorb enough in the foods we eat and from our brief exposures to sunlight.
The mission will be carried out without international help, highlighting the growth and ambition of India’s home-grown space program, which plans to launch a mission to Mars.
“Bad Pharma” takes aim at how the pharmaceutical industry uses scientific tricks and shenanigans to push its products.
It found that having a post-menopausal mom around greatly increases the survival rate of grown male killer whales.
“The problem,” said one expert, “is that we don’t have any evidence that prescribing testosterone to older men with relatively low testosterone levels does any good.”
Such screening among women with no symptoms does not lower the death rate from the disease, but it does produce a high rate of false-positive results.
Scientists have made the fascinating finding that the timing of our sleep can affect our ability to remember new information that we learn.
The candidates for president have very different views on the big science issues.
Should we be giving diet (calories in) and exercise (calories out) equal weight in the fight against obesity? No, suggests a growing body of research.
When eating unhealthy foods, people with high levels of self-control become satiated faster than those with low self-control, the study found.
Many standard practices — such as hormone replacement therapy for middle-aged women — are later shown to be ineffective or, worse, harmful to health, Dr. H. Gilbert Welch points out.
An estimated 2.7 to 3.9 million U.S. adults are living with an HCV infection, and three-fourths were born between 1945 and 1965, the CDC says.