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Ancient assassin slit throat of Ramses III: scientists

An assassin slit the throat of Egypt’s last great pharaoh at the climax of a bitter succession battle, scientists said in a report on a 3,000-year-old royal murder. Forensic technology suggests Ramses III, a king revered as a god, met his death at the hand of a killer, or killers,…

Sweden’s small Arctic town of Kiruna plans to offer commercial space flights

Sweden’s small Arctic town of Kiruna has a surprisingly international airport with regular flights to London and Tokyo, but it has even bigger plans: to offer commercial space flights. Spaceport Sweden, a company founded in 2007, hopes to be able to provide the first flights within a decade from Kiruna’s…

Paralyzed woman controls robotic arm with thoughts alone

Doctors in Pittsburgh stunned at ability of patient who has reached levels of performance never seen before A woman who is paralysed from the neck down has stunned doctors with her extraordinary skill at using a robotic arm that is controlled by her thoughts alone. The 52-year-old patient, called Jan,…

Working memory better test of ability than IQ, says psychology professor

Working memory measures potential to learn, and can be crucial in supporting classroom achievement, says Tracy Packiam Alloway Tracy Packiam Alloway researches working memory at the University of North Florida and has developed the world’s first standardised working memory tests for educators. Her latest book is an edited collection, Working…

Do we live in a massive computer simulation? Scientists seek answer

A physics professor at the University of Washington says he believes he and other scientists have devised a way of investigating whether we all live in a massive computer simulation, reported the Seattle Times. The question of whether we actually live in a simulated world was put forth by a…

Gene turns heart cells into pacemaker: lab study

A gene inserted into ordinary heart cells transformed them into rare “pacemaker” cells that regulate cardiac rhythm, according to experiments carried out on lab rodents. The research is a step toward the goal of a biological fix for irregular heartbeat, which at present is tackled by drugs or electronic pacemakers,…

Australia plans drill of ancient Antarctic ice core to search for scientific ‘holy grail’

Australia announced plans to drill a 2,000 year-old ice core in the heart of Antarctica in a bid to retrieve a frozen record of how the planet has evolved and what might be in store. The Aurora Basin North project involves scientists from Australia, France, Denmark and the United States…

U.N. warns radioactive waste in unsecured sites in Tajikistan

The United Nations warned Friday that nearly 55 million tonnes of radioactive waste from old Soviet-era uranian mines remain in unsecured sites in northern Tajikistan. The former Soviet republic, where Stalin’s empire once mined uranium to create its first nuclear bomb, is still stuck with about 54.8 million tonnes of…

U.S. tightens restrictions on soot emissions by 20 percent

The United States on Friday tightened standards on emissions of soot from industry and vehicles by 20 percent, predicting that the regulations would avert thousands of deaths. The Environmental Protection Agency, in its first major announcement since President Barack Obama’s re-election, ordered stricter rules on so-called fine particle pollution that…

Study: Bellybuttons house thousands of bacterial species

A new study has revealed a vast array of bacteria residing in people’s navels — almost 3,000 in all, NBC News reported Friday. The study, published this week in the journal PLOS One, showed 2,368 types of bacteria collected from the bellybuttons of just 66 participants, including the researchers, based…

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