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NASA to send new rover to Mars in 2020

NASA plans to send a new rover to Mars in 2020 as it prepares for a manned mission to the Red Planet, the US space agency said Tuesday. The announcement came a day after NASA released the results of the first soil tested by the Curiosity rover, which found traces…

Scientists using ancient poop to track human migration

Scientists at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst are pioneering the use of chemicals found in human waste to track the movements of ancient people. According to Time magazine, Dr. Rob D’Anjou and his team used ancient fecal matter recovered from the Arctic Lake Liland in Norway  to piece together a…

Experts: Elephant, giraffe and zebra populations in South Sudan facing extinction

Elephant, giraffe and zebra in the world’s newest nation South Sudan could soon be extinct due to rampant poaching and trafficking, conservation experts warned Tuesday. Ironically, animals in South Sudan’s vast wildernesses had been largely protected by almost five decades of civil war, despite poaching by rebels. The war stifled…

Royal’s hyperemesis gravidarum: No ordinary morning sickness

For anyone who has had hyperemesis gravidarum, the pregnancy-induced vomiting that has caused Prince William’s wife Kate to be hospitalised, the term “morning sickness” is way off the mark. “When you’re vomiting 30 to 40 times a day and admitted to hospital, it’s a completely different complication of pregnancy,” said…

UN chief urges ‘strong political commitment’ on climate change

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the world was faced by a global warming “crisis” and urged bickering negotiators at climate talks in Doha to show “strong political commitment” and compromise. Noting there were “mixed feelings” among delegates hammering out deals on curbing Earth-warming greenhouse gas emissions, the secretary…

Economic group: World ‘on collision course with nature’

OECD says not curbing greenhouse gases will have disastrous impact on quality of life, particularly for people in poor countries Green growth is the only way forward for rich and poor countries alike to achieve sustainable development because of tremendous economic and livelihood losses from severe climate change and the…

Nations moving ‘recklessly slow’ on climate change action: report

Poor nations must make haste to curb greenhouse gas emissions as even an impossible zero-percent pollution target for the developed world by 2030 won’t stop calamitous climate change, a report warned Tuesday. Co-authored by former World Bank chief economist Nicholas Stern, the document said that while rich countries are responsible…

Voyager discovers ‘magnetic highway’ at edge of solar system

NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft has encountered a “magnetic highway” at the edge of the solar system, a surprising discovery 35 years after its launch, the experts behind the pioneering craft said Monday. Earlier this year a surge in a key indicator fueled hopes that the craft was nearing the so-called…

Mars rover uncovers complex substances

The first detailed analysis of Martian soil by Nasa’s car-sized rover, Curiosity, has revealed a complex mix of substances, including water, sulphur, chlorine and organic compounds. At this stage though it is not possible to say where the carbon contained in the organic material originated. It may have been carried…

European scientists: Venus may have active volcanoes

European scientists said on Monday they had found tantalising clues to back theories that Venus — Earth’s cursed sister — has active volcanoes. Mapping of the desolate surface of Venus shows the second planet from the Sun to be studded with more than a thousand volcanoes. Many astrophysicists believe these…

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