10 amazing science breakthroughs you may have missed

Mark Molloy
Giant Pandas are no longer endangered - AFP

A few incredible 'good news' science stories you may have missed: 

1. Penguin population grows by millions

The penguin population has just grown  Credit: Getty 

There are a lot more penguins on the planet than we previously thought – millions more.

The penguin population in East Antarctica has doubled to six million after researchers revised previous estimates.

2.  Drug to treat male infertility breakthrough

Hope for infertile couples  Credit: Alamy 

Abreakthrough brings hope of a simple drug to treat male infertility.

Scientists worked out how to overcome a genetic deficiency in sperm which prevents fertilisation.

3. The ozone layer is 'repairing itself'

The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica appears to be healing Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center 

The hole in the Antarctic ozone layer is closing and will be 'healed' by 2050, scientists say.

It has shrunk by more than 1.7 million square miles since 2000.

4. Giant Panda no longer endangered

Giant chinese panda Ai Bao Credit: Getty 

The Giant Panda is no longer on the endangered species list, hurrah!

Panda populations have grown 17% in the wild since 2007 thanks to conservation efforts.

5. Common cold cure a step closer

No more runny noses?  Credit: AFP

Snotty noses and irritating coughs could soon be no more thanks to a potential cure for the common cold.

A gene-targeting drug able to cure all examples of the virus may be available by 2027.

6. Organ transplant breakthrough

Human-pig embryos have been created  Credit: PA

Human-pig embryos have been created by scientists in a breakthrough for organ transplants.

It could pave the way for doctors to grow an unlimited supply of organs for transplants.

7. Humpback whales taken off endangered species list

Good news for humpback whales  Credit: EPA

Most humpback whales are no longer considered endangered species after successful conservation efforts.

Nine of 14 population segments were removed from the list in 2016.

8. Brain implant helps quadriplegic man

Aparalysed man was able to move his fingers six years after breaking his neck thanks to a cybernetic implant in his brain.

The brain implant gives hope to millions of people who suffer from paralysis.

9. Malaria death rates drop

Nearly half of the world's population is at risk of malaria Credit: TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images

Malaria death rates have plunged by 60% since 2000, according to a joint World Health Organisation (WHO) - UNICEF report.

That translates into 6.2 million lives saved over the last 15 years thanks to efforts to control and eliminate the disease.

10. Physicist creates drip-free wine bottle

A drip-free wine bottle has been invented  Credit: Bloomberg 

And finally … a physicist has invented the first ‘drip-free’ wine bottle.

An additional small groove at the top of the bottle means you will never again spill a precious drop of wine.

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