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This drug may stop Parkinson’s disease, human trials set for 2019

This drug may stop Parkinson’s disease, human trials set for 2019

A newly published study details an experimental drug that may be able to stop the progression of Parkinson's disease. The study, which was conducted by researchers with Johns Hopkins University, saw positive results in lab mice tested with the drugs and similar effects were seen with tests on cultures of human brain cells. Researchers indicate that human clinical trials of the drug may start as soon as next year.

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Hawaii sunscreen ban to protect coral may be signed this week

Hawaii sunscreen ban to protect coral may be signed this week

In May, Hawaii passed a bill that would ban sunscreen products that cause harm to coral reefs, a move to address the growing number of dying coral. At the heart of the matter are two chemicals used within certain sunscreen products, both that have been found to cause damage to coral. According to a new report, Hawaii's Governor will sign the bill into law some time this week, concerns about potential fallout aside.

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Scientists snap pic of still forming young planet only 5-6 million years old

Scientists snap pic of still forming young planet only 5-6 million years old

The photo you see here is significant. Scientists say that this is the very first direct image of the birth of a planet that is still forming around a star. The planet is said to be very young at only 5-6 million years old. That might sound ancient to we puny humans, but the Earth is 4.5 billion years old.

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Alzheimer’s study reveals how aspirin may reduce disease progression

Alzheimer’s study reveals how aspirin may reduce disease progression

A new study hints at the potential positive effects of aspirin in preventing Alzheimer's disease. The research, which was recently published in the journal JNeurosci, shows a link between aspirin and a reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease. Though the exact cause of the disease isn't known, researchers explain how aspirin may be positively impacting the brain to reduce the disease's development.

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First solid-state lithium batteries to be used in drones this year

First solid-state lithium batteries to be used in drones this year

The very first semisolid lithium batteries will make their debut this year. Those initial batteries will be used inside drones, but the batteries will come to other applications in the next few years. This sort of battery is expected to find its way into EVs after 2021.

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Japanese private rocket crashes in flames right after launch

Japanese private rocket crashes in flames right after launch

It appears that Japan's private rocket industry still has ways to go before it catches up with the US's SpaceX and Blue Origin. On Saturday, the Japanese startup Interstellar Technologies attempted to launch its MOMO-2 rocket, only for the vehicle to come crashing down in the seconds after liftoff and burst into flames. The incident took place on the northern island of Hokkaido, was the second launch attempt by Interstellar Technologies.

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New treatment may curb cravings in drug addicts: study

New treatment may curb cravings in drug addicts: study

Researchers with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have successfully developed a treatment that may reduce cravings in drug addicts. The treatment, which is simply referred to as a "therapeutic," was tested on lab rats and found to correct a chemical imbalance that makes it harder for addicts to kick their addictions. Serotonin 2C receptors play a primary role.

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SpaceX CRS-15 launch a huge success with ISS-bound AI onboard

SpaceX CRS-15 launch a huge success with ISS-bound AI onboard

In the pre-dawn hours of this morning, SpaceX launched its 15th International Space Station resupply mission. The mission, known as CRS-15, is notable for more reasons than one, but it's particularly exciting because both the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft have been used in previous launches. The Dragon capsule is taking more than 5,900 pounds of research, hardware, and equipment to the ISS, with some interesting items on board.

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Study gives claims distant exoplanet is more Earth-like than we thought

Study gives claims distant exoplanet is more Earth-like than we thought

The Georgia Institute of Technology has published a study that looks at a distant exoplanet that is believed to be Earth-like. This exoplanet is called Kepler-186f and it is the first Earth-sized planet outside the solar system that has been found orbiting in a habitable zone. That means the planet is orbiting where liquid water could be present on the surface.

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Red wine’s resveratrol compound may shrink certain cancerous tumors

Red wine’s resveratrol compound may shrink certain cancerous tumors

Resveratrol, a compound found in grapes and red wine, has been touted as a potential anti-cancer supplement for years, but questions remained. A new study helps shed light on the compound's anti-cancer properties, specifically on its ability to inhibit the collecting of a certain mutant protein, ultimately helping fight against certain cancers.

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Oumuamua interstellar interloper is speeding up

Oumuamua interstellar interloper is speeding up

Normally in a science fiction movie when an object like an asteroid begins to speed up its time to assume it's an alien spacecraft sent to destroy the Earth. Not so much in real life. While the Oumuamua object has begun to speed up compared to its speed before the debate is one of asteroid or comet. Scientists say that something other than the gravity of the Sun and planets in our solar system is causing the acceleration.

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‘Oumuamua interstellar space object isn’t an asteroid after all

‘Oumuamua interstellar space object isn’t an asteroid after all

Remember the ‘Oumuamua space object? The mysterious rock appeared late last year, confusing researchers who weren't quite sure what it was. That kicked off months of investigation, slowly revealing details about the rock and its potential origins. Many have referred to ‘Oumuamua as an asteroid, but a new study has something else to say on the matter. Turns out, ‘Oumuamua is actually a comet.

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