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The hidden dangers of legal highs

In the last five years, the market for legal highs has exploded. It’s never been easier, or cheaper, to buy drugs online – but no one knows what’s in them, or how dangerous they are. Mike Power investigates For most of the last decade, an average of four or five…

Cargo vessel docks at space station despite antennae mishap

An unmanned cargo vehicle on Friday successfully docked with the International Space Station, in a delicate manoeuvre after its navigation antenna failed to properly deploy following launch, Russian mission control and NASA said. Russian cosmonauts Roman Romanenko and Pavel Vinogradov first oversaw a so-called partial “soft docking” of the Progress…

Christian man insists terminally-ill atheist ‘sinner’ will ‘go to hell’ for assisted suicide

An atheist woman with an incurable brain disease took her own life on Thursday in spite of Christians who insisted that she was a “sinner” and would “go to hell” if she went through with the assisted suicide. The Winnipeg Free Press‘ Lindor Reynolds reported that 72-year-old Susan Griffiths made…

Scientists discover new genus and species of fairyfly, Tinkerbella nana

This microscope image shows a dried Tinkerbella nana, a species of fairyfly. The scale line is equal to 100 micrometers, the average width of a human hair. (John T. Huber) A pair of scientists have discovered a new species of tiny insect, a miniscule wasp that lives in the forests…

Scientists warn orbiting space junk an urgent problem

Governments must start working urgently to remove orbital debris, which could become a catastrophic problem for satellites a few decades from now, a space science conference heard on Thursday. Since 1978, the total of junk items whizzing around the planet has tripled, said Heiner Klinkrad, head of the European Space…

HIV vaccine trial ends in failure: official

US authorities announced Thursday they have halted clinical trials of an experimental vaccine designed to halt the virus that leads to AIDS after discovering it did not stop infection. The program, which began in 2009, is the latest in a series of unsuccessful studies of candidate vaccines aimed at tackling…

Einstein’s theory of relativity holds up in deep space

Some 7,000 light years away, Einstein’s theory of general relativity has stood up to its most intense test yet, scientists said on Thursday. The project involved observing a massive, fast-spinning star called a pulsar, and its companion white dwarf — a smaller but very dense star that is dying, having…

Earth’s core hotter than scientists originally believed

European scientists said Thursday that a new laboratory experiment shows the Earth’s core is likely much hotter than last reported 20 years ago. It’s not that the iron core of our planet has warmed, but rather that the technique used to estimate its heat previously was flawed, researchers said in…

Russian spaceship carrying oxygen and fresh fuel may fail to dock with International Space Station

An unmanned Russian spaceship carrying 2.5 tonnes of cargo may be unable to properly dock with the International Space Station after its navigation antenna failed to properly deploy, Interfax said on Thursday. The news agency report cited a Russian space industry source as saying that the Progress cargo carrier may…

Mars ‘penis’ draws snickers from across the Internet

NASA’s rovers spin in place to explore the red planet; sometimes hilarious drawings of penises result. We knew “John Carter” was a flop for Disney, and now we know why. Perhaps the action sci-fi movie about a Martian war needed less phallic images if we’re to believe our browsers today……

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