Reuters Science News Summary

Reuters Science News Summary
March 15 12:58 2016 Print This Article

Following is a summary of current science news briefs.

European-Russian Spacecraft Heads Out in Search for Life on Mars

Europe and Russia launched a spacecraft on Monday in a joint mission to sniff out signs of life on Mars and bring humans a step closer to flying to the red planet themselves. The craft, part of the ExoMars program, blasted off from the Baikonur
spaceport in Kazakhstan on board a Proton rocket, starting a seven-month journey through space.

‘Smell of Death’ Could Help Sniffer Dogs

By Jim Drury Forensic toxicologists have pinpointed the specific chemical compounds emitted by decaying human bodies in an effort to improve police sniffer dogs’ ability to find buried bodies, vastly reducing the number of so-called ‘false positive’
results.

John Grisham Book Turns Spotlight on Futuristic Cancer Treatment

A new book by bestselling author John Grisham is giving new impetus to a handful of companies striving to develop what they say could be a trailblazing treatment for cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. “The Tumor” is a fictional account of a 35-year-old man
with brain cancer who, a decade into the future, is treated with focused ultrasound – a real-life technology that is currently being researched as a potential cure for more than 50 diseases.

From Wee Rex to T. Rex: Modest Forerunner to Huge Predator Found

Fossils unearthed in northern Uzbekistan’s remote Kyzylkum Desert of a smaller, older cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex are showing that the modest forerunners of that famous brute had already acquired the sophisticated brain and senses that helped
make it such a horrifying predator. Researchers said on Monday the horse-sized Cretaceous Period dinosaur, named Timurlengia euotica, that roamed Central Asia 90 million years ago sheds new light on the lineage called tyrannosaurs that culminated with T. rex, which stalked North America more than 20 million years later.