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Scientists mapping Great Barrier Reef discover corals at depths never before thought possible

Australian scientists mapping the Great Barrier Reef have discovered corals at depths never before thought possible, with a deep-sea robot finding specimens in waters nearly as dark as night. A team from the University of Queensland’s Seaview Survey announced the unprecedented discovery 125 metres (410 feet) below the surface at…

Neil Armstrong’s brother: ‘One small step’ scripted

Neil Armstrong’s Brother: “One Small Step” Scripted (via NewsLook) A recent interview with the late astronaut’s brother reveals that Armstrong’s famous words might have been penned before the moon landing.…

Astronomers discover origins of gas giants like Jupiter and Saturn

Astronomers using the most advanced land telescope in the world said on Wednesday they had unlocked knowledge about how formidable “gas giant” planets such Jupiter and Saturn come into being. These vast but uninhabitable worlds are created by gobbling up gas and dust that envelope young stars in a murky…

Higgs boson was just a start for Cern’s atom smasher – other mysteries await

The Large Hadron Collider will shut down for an overhaul in preparation for exploring questions of dark matter, extra dimensions and other universes When it comes to shutting down the most powerful atom smasher ever built, it’s not simply a question of pressing the off switch. In the French-Swiss countryside…

Study: Antidepressants don’t raise pregnancy risks

The use of antidepressants during pregnancy is not linked to a higher overall risk of stillbirth and death in newborns, a study said Tuesday, confounding a long-held opposing view of such drugs. The Swedish study of more than 1.6 million births in five Nordic countries included nearly 30,000 women who…

China’s taste for pork serves up a pollution problem

Business,Environment,World News: China’s taste for pork serves up a pollution problem (1008) GUARDIAN NEWS SERVICE A401039212 Nicola Davison, The Guardian http://www.guardiannews.com/ STANDFIRST: No one asked the villagers of Houtonglong before the pig farm was built near their homes and their health began to suffer Fan Jianjun points to a concrete…

Children of sperm donors demand changes to discover their genetic histories

Hideaki Kato discovered his true identity by accident. During his medical training a decade ago, the now 39-year-old Japanese doctor was performing blood tests on family members when he learned something startling: his dad was not his biological father. Suspecting an extramarital affair, the Tokyo-area physician questioned his mother while…

Documentary filmmaker invites Estonians to visit his 14 man-made lakes

It started as a whim, but snowballed into a life-long passion. Estonian Tonu Tamm has dedicated the past two decades of his life to his obsession of creating artificial lakes. Surrounded by water in the south of the small Baltic republic, his enthusiasm is infectious as he insists everyone should…

Climate change drives boom in tree-killing beetle population: study

Climate change is causing a population boom in a species of tree-killing beetles across a major swath of north America, according to new research published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The higher-than-usual temperatures and light rainfall over the last decade have allowed the mountain pine beetle…

David Attenborough first to capture on film newly-discovered Galapagos pink iguana

Veteran British nature broadcaster David Attenborough is to show the first filmed sighting of the rare pink iguana, in a television series on the Galapagos Islands which begins Tuesday. The 86-year-old filmed the rare Conolophus Marthae iguana in June last year for his new series “Galapagos 3D”, which goes out…

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