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Oriental therapy effective for pain management: study

Traditional oriental treatment of moxibustion can be effective in easing pain caused by chronic diseases like cancer, researchers studying Korean medicine said Monday.Moxibustion, referring to the use of moxa made from dried mugwort in pain management, was shown to be effective in about 75...

Updated : 2014.10.06 20:56

Seoul to host math congress this week

The International Congress of Mathematicians, referred to as the Math Olympics, will open this week in Seoul, South Korea’s ICT Ministry said Tuesday, with some 5,000 visitors from 120 countries expected to participate.“The event will provide a venue where participants can discuss mathem...

Updated : 2014.08.12 21:34

S. Korea's first astronaut quits job at state space center

The first South Korean astronaut has left the state-run research institute for personal reasons, the institute said Tuesday, bringing to an end the country's first astronaut program and sparking criticism of government waste.The Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) said Yi So-yeon sen...

Updated : 2014.08.12 20:00

Researchers generate free-standing RNA membrane

South Korean researchers successfully generated a free-standing RNA membrane with a macroscopic structure, which will help expand its medicinal applications, the Science Ministry said Monday.The RNA membrane can be used for researching how RNA molecules inhibit gene expression, a biologica...

Updated : 2014.07.14 21:17

AIDS scientist pleads not guilty to faking study

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) ― A South Korea-born scientist pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges alleging that he falsified research for an AIDS vaccine to secure millions of dollars in federal funding.Han Dong-pyou, 57, entered his not guilty pleas to four counts of making false statements dur...

Updated : 2014.07.02 20:46

Cause of memory loss in Alzheimer’s identified

Korean researchers successfully identified the source of memory impairment in a brain plagued by Alzheimer’s disease, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said Monday.By pinpointing the potential target for treatment, the discovery is expected to open up the possibility of dev...

Updated : 2014.06.30 19:49

Study finds clue to ‘practical’ quantum computers

A joint team of researchers in South Korea and Italy have pulled off generating a hybrid entanglement of classical and quantum states of light, which could lead to developing a practical quantum computer, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said Sunday.According to scientists ...

Updated : 2014.06.23 12:05

Trans fat damages skin, liver, blood vessels

Korean researchers have collected more evidence linking trans fats to skin and vascular diseases, and even fatty liver, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said Tuesday.Despite trans fats being blamed for diseases including childhood obesity, there have been few studies on how...

Updated : 2014.06.17 21:16

Stem cell scientists create ‘mini-retina’ in lab dish

PARIS (AFP) ― In another step towards reversing degenerative vision loss, scientists said Tuesday they had coaxed stem cells into growing into a tiny, light-sensing retina in a lab dish.The study is an important technical feat in using reprogrammed cells, whose discovery in 2006 has unlea...

Updated : 2014.06.11 20:56

Healthy seniors tested in bid to block Alzheimer’s

WASHINGTON (AP) ― In one of the most ambitious attempts yet to thwart Alzheimer’s disease, a major study got underway Monday to see if an experimental drug can protect healthy seniors whose brains h...

Updated : 2014.06.10 20:31

Emotional robot set for sale in Japan next year

TOKYO (AP) ― A cooing, gesturing humanoid on wheels that can decipher emotions has been unveiled in Japan by billionaire Masayoshi Son who says robots should be tender and make people smile.Son’s mo...

Updated : 2014.06.08 20:51

People have more fear of male-named hurricanes

WASHINGTON (AP) ― Which scares you more: Hurricane Victor or Hurricane Victoria? People are slightly less likely to flee an oncoming storm with a feminine name than a masculine one, a new study finds...

Updated : 2014.06.03 20:56

New screening system may help find Botox substitute

Local researchers said Monday they have developed a low-cost screening system that may potentially help discover natural substances that will work as a substitute for materials related to neurotransmission like Botox.The study, led by a team of researchers from the Gwangju Institute of Sci...

Updated : 2014.06.02 21:04

NASA to test Mars parachute

LOS ANGELES (AP) ― The skies off the Hawaiian island of Kauai will be a stand-in for Mars as NASA prepares to launch a saucer-shaped vehicle in an experimental flight designed to land heavy loads on ...

Updated : 2014.06.02 20:43

Israel solves water woes with desalination

SOREK, Israel (AP) ― After experiencing its driest winter on record, Israel is responding as never before ― by doing nothing.While previous droughts have been accompanied by impassioned public service advertisements to conserve, this time around it has been greeted with a shrug ― thanks...

Updated : 2014.06.01 20:17