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‘Birdie’ drops live shark on US golf course

Things don’t always land where they’re supposed to on a fairway, but the shark that mysteriously appeared near the 12th tee of a California golf club seems to have been the result of a birdie. The 2-foot (60 cm) leopard shark is thought to have been picked up by an…

First feathered dinosaur fossils found in North America

WASHINGTON — Scientists in Canada have unearthed the first fossils of a feathered dinosaur ever found in the Americas, the journal Science reported on Thursday. The 75 million year old fossil specimens, uncovered in the badlands of Alberta, Canada, include remains of a juvenile and two adult ostrich-like creatures known…

Scientists discover new species of snake in museum

Scandinavian scientists have discovered a new species of snake in a Copenhagen museum, which they have called the Mosaic sea snake, a Swedish university said on Thursday. The new sea snake was found by chance by two research colleagues, Johan Elmberg of Sweden and Arne Rasmussen of Denmark, when they…

Scientists: Dung beetles use balls of manure to keep cool

Dung beetles wearing tiny silicon boots have let scientists in on a long-guarded secret — they use the balls of manure they collect as mobile air conditioning units, a study said Thursday. The ground temperature in the African savannah can reach 60 degrees Celsius (140 Fahrenheit), causing most insects to…

Study: Aspirin helps fight some colorectal cancers

Aspirin can help prolong the life of patients suffering from colorectal cancer tumours with a specific genetic mutation, according to a new study released Thursday. The study of 900 patients carried out by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute — an affiliate of Harvard Medical School — found that the painkiller produced…

Russian rocket explosion created space junk that could ‘threaten’ station

The explosion of a failed Russian rocket upper stage has created a space junk cloud of 500 pieces which could threaten the International Space Station, a report said on Thursday. In one of the biggest orbital debris incidents of recent years the Briz-M rocket stage exploded in mid-October, two months…

Thai hotel brews up coffee from elephant dung

For those who like their coffee with a strong nose Thailand could be the ideal destination, after a blend made from elephant dung was put on sale by an upmarket hotel chain. The Black Ivory blend, made from coffee beans digested and excreted by Thai elephants, is billed as producing…

Easter Island statues ‘walked’ into position, say experts

Experiment reveals how giant stone statues may have been put into resting places without wheels or animals For hundreds of years they have gazed inscrutably upon the most remote island in the world, standing with their backs to the Pacific Ocean as if defying attempts to understand their enigma. But…

Ozone hole over Antarctic 2nd smallest in two decades

WASHINGTON — The seasonal hole in the ozone layer above the Antarctic this year was the second smallest in two decades, but still covered an area roughly the size of North America, US experts said. The average size of the Earth’s protective shield was 6.9 million square miles (17.9 million…

Dutch lab monkeys retire to sunny Spanish Balearic islands

Eighteen female monkeys used in lab experiments in the Netherlands are to be flown Wednesday to Spain’s Balearic islands to enjoy the “exceptional” fate of a leisurely retirement in the sun. “These monkeys are around 12 years old, and this species can live to 30-35 years old in captivity,” Saskia…

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