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Scientists find one of Antarctica’s largest meteorites

An international team of scientists at Belgium’s Antarctica research station has found the largest meteorite in nearly 25 years, helping them to unlock the secrets of our solar system. A statement Thursday said scientists at Belgium’s Princess Elisabeth Antarctic research base had found a meteorite weighing 18 kilogrammes (nearly 40…

Study: Pessimists live longer than optimists

Older people who look on the darker side of life tend to live longer than optimists, who in turn face an increased risk of illness and mortality, a new study by a German research institute found Thursday. Researchers in Germany and Switzerland found that older people who believe their life…

Forensic scientists: King Richard the Lionheart had mummified heart

Forensic scientists on Thursday announced they had delved into the embalmed heart of Richard the Lionheart, finding chemical evidence that the remains of England’s Crusader king were handled with holy reverence. Reduced to dust by eight centuries, the heart of the legendary warrior was analysed by modern lab technology. It…

10 amazing scientific facts about list-based news articles

List-based articles are very popular on the internet. Here are 10 amazing scientific facts that help explain this. People like lists of things. They’re everywhere on the internet. You name any subject matter you can think of, odds are there’s a list about it. Nowhere is safe. Even here, on…

New Jersey ‘sea monster’ is likely a lamprey

Just one week after they appeared on the social news site Reddit, photos of a strange, bloody animal caught in a New Jersey river have drawn more than one million views. The eel-like creature has a large, round mouth, thick lips, and rows of jagged teeth. A sea monster? Probably not. For…

American 15-year-old tells TED 2013 audience how he used Internet to invent early detection tool for cancer

Jack Andraka catapulted from being a typical US teenager unaware of the pancreas to one with a cheap way to detect cancer in the organ before it turns deadly. “Through the Internet, anything is possible,” Andraka said while telling the story of his screening breakthrough at a prestigious TED Conference…

Autism, ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia share common gene problem

Five major psychiatric disorders share a common problem in several faulty genes, according to the biggest study of its kind published on Thursday. In the widest trawl yet of genetic mutations linked with mental disorders, US-led researchers looked through the DNA code of 33,332 people with autism, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder…

Sugar caused global explosion in type 2 diabetes: study

Sugar is behind the global explosion in type 2 diabetes, say researchers who claim it plays a uniquely damaging role in causing a disease that experts fear could overwhelm the NHS. Obesity is usually cited as the main driver of diabetes. But a new study by US medical researchers identifies…

Millionaire plans to send man and woman to Mars and back

A US millionaire who became the first private space tourist has unveiled ambitious plans to send a man and woman – probably a married couple – on a round trip to Mars when planetary alignment allows in 2018. Dennis Tito, 72, a former rocket scientist who made his fortune through…

Francis Bacon’s studio bric-a-brac on show in Brussels

As Ireland helms the troubled EU, bric-a-brac from the studio of Irish-born artist Francis Bacon, who came to exemplify angst in 20th century Europe, goes on show in Brussels this week. Photos of a zebra carcass and an elephant foetus, of artist friends Lucian Freud and Salvador Dali, as well…

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