Novel cancer drugs tipped to boost drug sales

Immunotherapy moves out of clinical trials into real world use

A mixture of multicellular organisms – small zooplanktonic animals, larvae and single cell protists
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The secret life of plankton

The entire ocean food web depends on 150,000 types of plankton, from small fish to whales

Google showcase lacks big new visions

Artificial intelligence applications stand out as significant

Cellectis in takeover talks with Pfizer

US pharma company makes approach worth as much as €1.5bn

Ford offers access to alternative fuel patents

Carmaker wants to accelerate adoption of electric vehicles

DTV15 degrade

UK satellite sector reaches for the stars

Government encouragement has helped space business take off

Carlos Moedas, EU research commissioner
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Science policy: the EU’s experiment

Brussels to replace chief scientist with a panel of researchers

Roca test

Oncology: algorithms are go

A new test can detect 86% of early stages of ovarian cancer

Opah, also called 'moonfish'
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The world’s first warm-blooded fish

The opah or ‘moonfish’ heats up its blood by constantly flapping its red fins

Genetics: why we should vaccinate in the winter

Genes involved in immunity and inflammation tend to be more active in winter

Coal and solar executives clash on climate

Hayward rejects solar as power solution for countries such as India

Silicon Valley has become a dream factory

Investors are eager to throw money at start-ups that look as if they can create a brave new world

Scientists reinforce warning on El Niño

Sea temperature in the Pacific reaches highest level since 1987 due to impact of weather system

Technology helps feed a hungry world

Digital can put more supplies on the tables of the needy

Circassia deal signals UK biotech revival

Share placement shows renewed appetite in sector where Shire’s success has been the exception

France, Italy and Germany in drones drive

Project aims to compete with US and Israeli technology

Biology: how complex life began

‘Loki depicts an intermediate form between simple and complex cells’

Oncology: tumour breakthrough

‘Organoids give us a realistic environment to explore therapies’

Onions transformed into robotic limbs

Gold-plated onion skin is the world’s most flexible artificial muscle

Palaeontology: the earliest bird

The lakeside wader from China lived 65 million years before the dinosaurs’ extinction

Drugs to watch in fight against cancer

Treatments turn the body’s immune system into a weapon

US drug ‘super spenders’ cost $52bn

Report finds big rise in patients with bills of more than $50,000

GSK chief questions pharma deal boom

Witty warns cheap money increasing risks of ‘poor choices’

GlaxoSmithKline: Out of step

In an interview, Andrew Witty, GSK’s embattled chief executive makes the case for his new strategy

Wearable technology thrives on campus

Students and professors are embracing innovation to enhance their classroom experience

UK seeks slice of printable electronics

Conductive inks bring intelligence to products

GSK seeks immunity from herd mentality

Sir Andrew Witty has withdrawn from anti-cancer therapies

‘Scientific Babel’ by Michael Gordin

An anglophone triumph in the battle for science

Week in Review, May 9

UBS surges on profits; tech investments, Lufthansa and GSK also in the news

Zoology: winging it — magic touch aids bats’ flight

Research shows how touch sensors send information to the brain

Medical technology: ‘4D printing’ adds breathing space

The application is saving the lives of babies with severe tracheobronchomalacia

Salt under Antarctica’s dry valleys

A US team finds salty groundwater beneath an ice-free region

Behavioural ecology: the age of insects

Insects become more active as they grow old

Airship developers dare to regain lift

Specialist cargo identified as area of commercial potential

Ericsson sues Apple over European patents

Swedish group seeks injunctions preventing iPhone and iPad sales

Self-driving evolution keeps on truckin’

Daimler’s Freightliner takes step forward in automated technology

Tech drives crowdsourced fashion trends

Technology is starting to turn interactions into sales

Microsoft shows off ambitious Hololens

Impressive prototype resembles reading glasses and a ski mask

US biotech developer to float on Aim

Move reverses flow of European drug groups raising money in US

Alexion to buy Synageva for $8.4bn

Acquisition by drug developer latest sign of biotech buzz