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US lead in science and technology shrinking

The United States' (U.S.) predominance in science and technology (S&T) eroded further during the last decade, as several Asian nations--particularly China and South Korea--rapidly...

China’s second H7N9 wave tops spring wave

Pushing the number of cases in the second H7N9 influenza wave higher than the first, China reported six more cases today, as well as...

It’s more rewarding to tell truth than fib when deceiving others

A University of Toronto report based on two neural imaging studies that monitored brain activity has found individuals are more satisfied to get a...

Cat domestication traced to Chinese farmers 5,300 years ago

Five-thousand years before it was immortalized in a British nursery rhyme, the cat that caught the rat that ate the malt was doing just...

China reports first human case of H10N8 avian flu

A 73-year-old woman in Jiangxi province in China has died from an H10N8 avian flu infection, Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said...

It was four all along: More arms in Milky Way than...

A 12-year study of large stars has reaffirmed that our Galaxy has four spiral arms, following years of discussion sparked by pictures taken by NASA's Spitzer area Telescope that solely showed 2 arms.

WHO confirms deadly H7N9 cases as labs track risks

The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed four recent novel H7N9 avian flu cases, as scientists revealed their latest risk assessments based on genetic...

Cool move: 300-ton Chinese stone carving likely transported on ice

The 7 million tourists who visit China's Forbidden City every year encounter a fascinating question: How did ancient Chinese workers manage to put in...

China should consider national flu vaccine plan with staggered timing

China should tailor its influenza vaccination strategies to account for its three distinct flu regions, according to the first comprehensive study of the country’s...

Current efforts not enough to prevent climate consequences

As international negotiators discuss global efforts to confront climate change at the 19th United Nation’s Conference of Parties (COP19), a group of MIT researchers...

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