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Seven rare Komodo dragons hatch in Indonesia

Seven Komodo dragons have hatched under a breeding programme at an Indonesian zoo, an official said, a success story that raises hope for the endangered lizard. Twenty-one eggs from two Komodo dragons were placed in incubation at the Surabaya Zoo in eastern Java, the first batch in September and the…

Giant squid DNA study produces ‘tantalizing questions’ for scientists

Scientists announced they had peeked into the DNA of the giant squid, seeking to demystify a deep-sea creature that has haunted sailors’ dreams for centuries. But their findings, published Wednesday, threw up some tantalising questions in turn. They include the likelihood that there is just one species of giant squid,…

Caffeine helps prevent road crash risk: study

Research among long-distance commercial drivers in Australia has given weight to those who say coffee, tea or caffeine energy drinks or tablets help prevent dangerous drowsiness at the wheel. Investigators looked at crashes between 2008 and 2011 in New South Wales and Western Australia that involved vehicles of at least…

NASA’s Curiosity rover back online after memory glitch

NASA’s Curiosity rover, which has been exploring Mars since it landed to much fanfare last August, is back on active status Tuesday, after a memory glitch set the robot back. “We expect to get back to sample-analysis science by the end of the week,” said Curiosity Mission Manager Jennifer Trosper…

Researcher: Today there are no Alzheimer’s survivors

One in three seniors in the United States dies from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, according to a report published by the Alzheimer’s Association on Tuesday. “Today there are no Alzheimer’s survivors. If you have Alzheimer’s disease, you either die from it or die with it,” said Harry…

NASA slams spending cuts that put Earth at risk of undetected killer asteroids

A trio of experts testified before the House Science Committee of the U.S. Congress on Tuesday and warned that the detection and early warning of approaching Near Earth Objects (NEOs) and other threats from space is imperiled by current political wrangling over the national budget. The House Science Committee, chaired…

Marine biologists: Small fish trawling leads to more jellyfish

Marine biologists say they have proof that excessive trawling of small fish species leads to proliferation of jellyfish, a worsening phenomenon whose causes have been unclear. The scientists monitored ecosystems in two ocean zones a thousand kilometres (600 miles) apart, traversed by the same current. One zone was off Namibia,…

Scientists clone extinct frog that gives birth from its mouth

Australian Lazarus Project recreates cells of gastric brooding frog – and the Tasmanian tiger, woolly mammoth and dodo could be next In 1983, a genuine freak of nature was lost to science. The gastric-brooding frog – Rheobatrachus silus – was native to the rainforests of Queensland, Australia and best known…

Study: Greener cars could slash carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050

Greener cars that use alternative fuels could help the United States slash its greenhouse gas emissions from everyday driving a full 80 percent by 2050, according to a scientific study out Monday. That could lead to a more than 10 percent cut in overall US pollution into the atmosphere, with…

Study: Birds evolve shorter wings to survive highway traffic

Cliff swallows that nest in highway overpasses have evolved shorter wingspans over the last 30 years to help them survive close encounters with highway traffic, according to a new study in scientific journal Current Biology. The conclusion was reached by Charles Brown, a University of Tulsa researcher who’s spent the…

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