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King Richard III’s medieval inn recreated by archaeologists

Blue Boar inn rises again in model and digital form, recreated from detailed drawings found in Leicester family’s archives The medieval inn in Leicester where King Richard III slept before riding out to meet his fate at the battle of Bosworth has been recreated by the team of archaeologists and…

126 new species discovered in Greater Mekong, Vietnam

From a devilish-looking bat to a frog that sings like a bird, scientists have identified 126 new species in the Greater Mekong area, the WWF said in a new report detailing discoveries in 2011. But from forest loss to the construction of major hydropower projects on the Mekong River, existing…

Two NASA probes crash into the moon

Two NASA probes crashed into the moon on Monday after spending months gathering data by orbiting miles above the lunar surface, the US space agency said. The site where the tiny probes, dubbed Ebb and Flow, crashed will be named after astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.…

Remains of sixth-century man in armor found at ‘Pompeii of Japan’

The remains of a high-caste man wearing armour who was buried by hot ash — possibly as he tried to calm the wrath of an erupting volcano — have been found in an area known as the “Pompeii of Japan”. Archaeologists say they have unearthed the well-preserved body of a…

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,…

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