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Scientists: Nearby star's 7 rocky planets are "best bet" for life

New analysis of telescope data shows a dwarf star just 40 light years from Earth has at least seven apparently rocky planets with potential to harbour water, an international team of scientists announced Wednesday.

'Now more than ever': US scientists gird for confrontation with Trump

Normally any annual gathering of American scientists is relatively non-political. But, with Donald Trump in the White House, things are different at this year's meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Many researchers are worried about their future and are urging colleagues to protest - and remain vigilant.

Renowned researcher is leaving Croatia, will continue fight against plagiarism

Ivan Djikic, the renowned Croatian scientist with an international career, said on Monday he was ending all of his scientific work in Croatia and moving his projects abroad because of unfounded accusations by University of Split head Simun Andjelinovic and some statements by Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.

Science and education minister denies accusation by two scientists

Science and Education Minister Pavo Barisic on Wednesday dismissed as unfounded accusations by two Croatian scientists that in preparing his doctoral thesis at the University of Augsburg he had violated the academic procedure.

RBI researchers make progress in text-mining in microbiology

Researchers from the Zagreb-based Rudjer Boskovic Institute (RBI) have published an article in the Nucleic Acids Research journal in which they describe technologies for text mining in microbiology

Scientists move 'doomsday clock' closer to midnight

US President Donald Trump's "ill-considered" comments about expanding the US nuclear arsenal are among the reasons a group of nuclear scientists on Thursday moved their symbolic doomsday clock 30 seconds closer to midnight.

Patria to finance Rudjer Boskovic Institute researches as par of offset programme

Patria, the Finnish provider of defence, security and aviation life-cycle support services and technology solutions, will finance the training of Croatian scientists in Madrid and the establishment of a contemporary laboratory for breast and prostate cancer research in Zagreb which will then cooperate with hospitals, research centres, companies and the military industry, Patria representatives told a news conference in Zagreb on Friday.

Croatian biologist wins Ernst Jung Prize for excellence in biomedical sciences

"The exceptional scientists have both obtained important fundamental results that can be used for further application-related research in their respective fields and are sharing the considerable prize money of 300,000 euros equally."

British regulator approves use of "three-parent baby" technology

A British government regulator approved the use of "three-parent baby" technology for eliminating inherited mitochondrial diseases on Thursday, hailing it as a "historic decision."

Croats bag 1 silver and 5 bronze medals at Int'l Junior Science Olympiad

Croatian students pocketed a silver medal and five bronze medals during the 13th edition of the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) that took place in Denpasar-Bali, Indonesia on 2-11 December.

Battistelli calls on Croatia to join European Unitary Patent project

Croatia and Spain are the only two EU member states that have not yet joined the European Unitary Patent project, Benoit Battistelli, president of the European Patent Office (EPO), told Hina Friday.  

Croat fourth graders have above-average science knowledge

 According to fourth grade math and science, Croatia ranks 32nd out of the 47 countries in which students are submitted to a series of international assessments of the mathematics and science knowledge -- The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)  -- a news conference heard on Tuesday in Zagreb.

HRK 133.7M to be invested to enable access to e-sources of information

An agreement was signed in Croatia's Ministry of Science and Education for a project valued at HRK 133.7 million aimed at upgrading access to electronic sources of scientific and expert information which should facilitate research in Croatia.

15 years of Croatian Science Foundation, 900 projects worth HRK 320 mln

The Croatian Science Foundation (HRZZ) on Wednesday officially marked 15 years of existence and contribution to science and higher education in Croatia, during which time it has financed more than 900 projects valued at HRK 320 million.

"Revolutionary" weather satellite launched in US

The United States launched a "revolutionary" new weather satellite from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Saturday, the Washington Post reported.

US Secretary of State Kerry tours Antarctica ahead of climate meeting

US Secretary of State John Kerry completed a two-day Antarctic trip Saturday ahead of a conference on climate change.

Trio wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry for "world's smallest machines"

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to a trio of researchers who figured out how to mechanically link molecules to make the world's smallest motors and machines, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Wednesday.

Nobel physics prize to trio for work on "strange" states of matter

British-born researchers David J Thouless, F Duncan M Haldane and J Michael Kosterlitz on Tuesday won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics for groundbreaking discoveries on matter.

Nobel prize goes to Yoshinori Ohsumi for work on "cell recycling"

Japanese scientist Yoshinori Ohsumi won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Medicine on Monday for discoveries related to autophagy, a cell-recycling system that could be used to help treat neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and cancer.

RBI to take part in NATO's project to develop nuclear material detector

The NATO-led project "E-SiCURE" which is expected, over the next three years, to develop a specialised machine for detecting nuclear materials aimed at stepping up security at borders and ports, was launched at the Rudjer Boskovic Institute (RBI) in Zagreb this past Wednesday.

History-making Rosetta probe set for a final bow on distant comet

The comet-chaser Rosetta will be working right up to end. Two years after dropping a lander on the comet Churi, the probe itself will be landing there - and then go silent, forever.

New strain of bird flu prompts fears for Antarctic penguins

A new strain of bird flu discovered among Antarctic penguins is raising "serious concerns" about the spread of deadly avian viruses between continents, an Australian researcher told dpa Wednesday.

30-ton meteor discovered in Argentina at ancient meteor shower site

A 30-ton meteor - believed to be the world's second largest - was discovered in northern Argentina, a news report said Monday.

Southern Italian villages may hold key to longevity, research shows

Living in a pretty southern Italian village, with plenty of sun, company and a healthy Mediterranean diet may be the secret to a long life, according to early findings from a medical research project.

Year-long Mars experiment on Hawaii ends for six scientists

An international group of scientists emerged on Sunday after a year of near isolation in a research station set up in Hawaii to simulate conditions on Mars.

Year-long Mars experiment on Hawaii due to end for six scientists

An international group of scientists will emerge on Sunday after a year of near isolation in a research station set up in Hawaii to simulate conditions on Mars.

German researchers to test robot space technology in US desert

Researchers will test new robot technology in the Mars-like deserts of Utah, the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) announced Wednesday.

China launches experimental "hack-proof" satellite

China launched the world's first experimental quantum communications satellite on Tuesday, local media reported.

No Zika at the Olympics - but the epidemic isn't over for Brazil

Pre-Olympic fears over a Zika outbreak in Rio were so strong that some called for the Games to be cancelled, yet there hasn't been a single reported case during the competition - mainly thanks to the South American winter. But poor sewage systems in Brazil mean the virus is likely to return as temperatures increase.

Study: Greenland shark sets longevity record of at least 272 years

A North Atlantic shark species, the Greenland shark, is believed to be the longest-living vertebrate animal with a life span of at least 272 years

Self-scanning technology could encourage customer theft, study shows

Removing human contact and allowing customers to use self-checkout technology could be promoting theft and hurting retail stores' profits, according to a British university study.

6,000-year-old barley becomes oldest plant to have genome sequenced

Researchers have successfully reconstructed the genetic code of 6,000-year-old barley grains, making it the oldest plant to have its genome sequenced, according to a press release on Tuesday.

"New" dinosaur discovery surprises researchers in Argentina

What is six meters long, carnivorous, and roamed the South American region of Patagonia 90 million years ago, unknown before now? Researchers in Argentina on Wednesday announced the answer: a new dinosaur.

Latin American abortion requests rise amid Zika fears

The mysterious Zika virus has been detected in 61 countries, the majority in Latin America. More and more pregnant women are considering abortions out of fear of birth defects in their babies.

Widower denied access to deceased wife's embryos by German court

A bid by a widower to gain access to his deceased wife's embryos in order to fertilize his new partner was rejected by a German court on Friday.

Scientists to use Zeppelin over Baltic Sea to research whirlpools

Marine researchers are preparing to use a Zeppelin off the coast of northern Germany to collect data on whirlpools, according to the Helmholtz research centre.

New science suggests children catch obesity at birth from mum or dad

Expectant mothers are encouraged to switch to a healthy diet and stop smoking, but scientific studies are showing by then it may be too late: the parents' pre-pregnancy lifestyles, even including a father's bad diet, are not forgotten by the genes.

Gov't reallocates part of budget funds for political parties to science foundation

The government made the decision to partially adopt the amendment at a video-conference session.

Scientists call for a stop to constant reduction of investments in science

Croatian scientists said at a round table in Zagreb on Friday that science facilitated development and that the policy of constant cutting of funds for science should stop.

Scientific community shocked by this year's budget

He said that Croatia did not have money for journals such as Science and Nature while at the same time "1.2 billion kuna is allocated annually to Documenta and other non-governmental organisations that slag off the government."

One drop of blood will reveal all in "labs on a chip"

At first glance, the disposable chip does not look like an up-and-coming high-tech device, but the little, clear plastic square, developed at the University of Kiel, Germany, is brimming with potential.

HSLS: Croatia cannot develop without investment in education

Croatia will not be able to develop without increasing investments in science, higher education and innovations, deputy leader of the Croatian Social-Liberal Party (HSLS) Miljenko Simpraga told a press conference on Monday.

Girl power in antiquity: Rare find of woman's seal in Jerusalem

A "strong" Jewish woman must have been the owner of a 2,500-year-old personal seal recently found in East Jerusalem, the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) said Monday, in an announcement timed to go out a day ahead of International Women's Day.

7,000-year-old settlement found in Arab part of Jerusalem

People lived in the area of today's Jerusalem as early as 7,000 years ago, an excavation in the Arab part of the city shows. 

Primorac appointed chairman of AAFS int. affairs committee

The annual AAFS meeting brought together more than 5,000 members who over the six working days gave over 1,000 talks.

Massive meteorite burns up over the Atlantic - almost unnoticed

The largest space rock since the dramatic impact of a meteorite over Russia's Chelyabinsk two years ago burned up over the Atlantic almost unnoticed on February 6, reports said Wednesday.

65 years ago, a dying woman's cells became immortal

In early 1951, a poor black tobacco farmer named Henrietta Lacks went to a hospital in the US city of Baltimore with acute abdominal pain. She would die eight months later of cervical cancer, aged 31.

Detection of gravitational waves opens "new window" on universe

They are tiny distortions of space time incredibly difficult to detect on Earth, but a group of scientists has done it. They say the detection of gravitational waves marks the beginning of a new era in astronomy.

Einstein would be beaming: Physicists detect gravitational waves

A scientific collaboration that began decades ago to detect gravitational waves

Evidence of gravitational waves discovered, US physicists say

US researchers say they have detected gravitational waves, which physicist Albert Einstein first described 100 years ago as "ripples in the fabric of space-time."

Discoverer of revolutionary gene-editing tool voices ethical concerns

A Germany-based French microbiologist who co-discovered a revolutionary gene-editing tool that is raising some serious ethical issues said she's firmly opposed to using it to alter human reproductive cells.

Giant hydropower waterwheel has conservationists worried for fish

On the edge of the broad, bucolic Lueneburg Heath in northern Germany they're building a high-performance waterwheel as big as a house. Conservationists are not amused.

Britain approves "gene editing" of human embryos for research

Britain has approved the use of a "gene editing" technique to modify human embryos for research purposes and allow scientists to understand the development of an embryo in its first seven days.

Plague pathogens may have survived for hundreds of years in Europe

German scientists have discovered Asia and Africa may not be to blame for the plague that claimed the lives of millions of Europeans in several waves over centuries. The pathogen may also have survived in European lice over long periods.

Scientists push to have new geological epoch named after human impact

Humans have had a profound impact on the planet, often unintentionally and sometimes with destructive consequences, and now our traces are starting to show up in the Earth's uppermost mineral layer, implying we may be living in a new geological epoch.

Education minister says all good projects will be continued

The new Science, Education and Sport Minister, Predrag Sustar, confirmed on Saturday that all good programmes, including the ongoing curricular reform, would be continued, adding that comments conducive to improving that document had to be taken into account.

New gov't to increase funds for culture, education and science

In 2017 and 2018, budget funds for culture would be increased to 1.5% of GDP. Allocations for culture in the 2014 budget were 0.49% of GDP.

US astronomers: There may be a ninth planet in solar system after all

Two US astronomers at a California university announced Wednesday they have found evidence of a ninth planet in the solar system.

Resistance gene against "last-resort" antibiotic found in Europe

Scientists have found in the wild in Germany a gene that was first detected in China and which makes bacteria resistant to colistin, often hailed as the "last-resort" antibiotic.

Largest known dinosaur skeleton to go on display at New York museum

The largest known dinosaur skeleton will go on display in New York at the American Museum of Natural History on Friday.

European space chief has his eyes on the moon as next stop

Johann-Dietrich "Jan" Woerner, director general of the European Space Agency (ESA) since July 1, is already talking about building a 3D-printed village on the moon. 

MOST unveils details of proposed monetary, fiscal, education and science policies

The party says that a public debt management policy is necessary given the complexity of the situation and its impact on all other areas. 

Political parties agree more needs to be invested in science

Representatives of parties and coalitions running in Sunday's parliamentary election were agreed on Monday that it was necessary to invest more in science,  ...