UK team abandons effort to reach subglacial Antarctic lake

UK team abandons effort to reach subglacial Antarctic lake

It wasn’t a very merry Christmas for a team of UK scientists seeking to breach the three kilometres of ice that covers a subglacial Antarctic lake. On the evening of 24 December, Martin Siegart, a glaciologist at the University of Bristol, UK, ended his team’s quest to drill to Lake Ellsworth in western Antarctica.  Read more

Chelation trial results come under fire

Chelation trial results come under fire

A controversial clinical trial has revealed that chelation therapy slightly reduced the risk of heart attacks and other heart problems. The results of the trial were presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association in Los Angeles, California.  Read more

Asian elephant says “hello” in Korean

NOC (pronounced No-see), the beluga whale that was recently reported to have imitated human speech, has some stiff competition. An Asian elephant named Koshik can produce several recognizable Korean words, researchers report today in Current Biology — the same journal that described NOC’s  dalliances with speech.  Read more

Gurdon and Yamanaka take Physiology or Medicine Nobel for cell reprogramming

Gurdon and Yamanaka take Physiology or Medicine Nobel for cell reprogramming

The Nobel Committee awarded this year’s prize in Physiology or Medicine to John Gurdon, of the University of Cambridge, UK and Shinya Yamanka, of the University of Kyoto, Japan for “for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent,” this morning in Stockholm.  Read more

Zoologists endorse electronic publication for new species

Zoologists endorse electronic publication for new species

Zoologists looking for the ultimate tribute to Stephen Colbert, Bob Marley and other celebs can now name new species in electronic-only publications, the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) announced on 4 September, in an editorial in the journal Zootaxa (published in print and online).  Read more

Another Alzheimer’s antibody drug fails large trials

Another Alzheimer’s drug bites the dust. Today, Eli Lilly and Company announced that the biologic drug solanezumab did not meet its pre-specified endpoints to slow cognitive and functional decline in Alzheimer’s patients who participated in two phase 3 clinical trials. However, a secondary analysis found some hints that the drug slowed cognitive decline in patients with milder forms of the neurodegenerative condition.  Read more

Neanderthal sex debate highlights benefits of pre-publication — UPDATED

Neanderthal sex debate highlights benefits of pre-publication — UPDATED

An argument over sex that has been going on for more than a year is finally seeing the light of day. Today, scientists at the University of Cambridge and Harvard Medical School let the world in on a long-running discussion over whether or not humans and Neanderthals really interbred – and how you go about proving it.  Read more

Updated: US Justice Department calls for return of tarbosaur fossil

Updated: US Justice Department calls for return of tarbosaur fossil

A nearly complete tarbosaur fossil that sold for more than US$1 million was illegally smuggled out of Mongolia, claims a US Department of Justice civil complaint seeking the fossil’s return. The complaint was filed 18 June in Manhattan federal court.  Read more