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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

ScienceDaily: Top Science News

ScienceDaily: Top Science News

Converting Human-Generated Waste Into Fuel in Space

Posted: 25 Nov 2014 12:46 PM PST

Who would've known human waste could be used to propel spacecraft from the moon back to Earth? Researchers responded to the call from NASA and came up with a process to convert waste to methane and propel spacecraft to Earth.

'Scary' centipede's genes reveal how life evolved on our planet

Posted: 25 Nov 2014 11:08 AM PST

Centipedes, those many-legged creatures that startle us in our homes and gardens, have been genetically sequenced for the first time. An international team of over 100 scientists today reveals how this humble arthropod's DNA gave them new insight into how life developed on our planet. 

Trojan horse tactic gives parasites edge over immune systems

Posted: 25 Nov 2014 08:18 AM PST

Parasites use Trojan horse subterfuge to suppress the immunity of their victims when causing infection, according to a study. Scientists have shown that parasites are able to secrete tiny sealed packages of genetic material into the cells of their victims, in order to suppress the immune response to infection.

Gene discovered that reduces risk of stroke

Posted: 25 Nov 2014 04:47 AM PST

A gene that protects people against one of the major causes of stroke in young and middle-aged adults has been discovered, and researchers say that it could hold the key to new treatments.

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