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The secret history of drones

The prototype of the drones now used in Afghanistan was actually conceived in 1916, even if it was a monoplane made of wood and tin The drones now snooping over Afghanistan have a longer history than you might think. In 1916, a military scientist conceived of an “aerial torpedo” designed…

Genetically engineered virus kills cancer: study

A genetically-engineered virus tested in 30 terminally-ill liver cancer patients significantly prolonged their lives, killing tumours and inhibiting the growth of new ones, scientists reported on Sunday. Sixteen patients given a high dose of the therapy survived for 14.1 months on average, compared to 6.7 months for the 14 who…

Jane Goodall on climate change: ‘We’ve just been stealing, stealing, stealing from our children, and it’s shocking’

Jane Goodall greets the audience by imitating a chimpanzee, then launches into an hour-long talk on her relationship with apes and how, from being a primatologist, she became an activist to protect them. At 78, Goodall, who has 53 years of studying chimps behind her, is still criss-crossing the planet…

Astronaut teams up with ‘Barenaked Ladies’ for interstellar duet

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield took one small step into the record books on Friday, taking part in the first real-time musical duet from space from the observation deck onboard the International Space Station. According to Space.com, Hadfield was joined from Earth by his friend and countryman Ed Roberson and members…

NASA rover Curiosity collects its first Mars bedrock sample

In a first, the Mars rover Curiosity has penetrated a rock on the Red Planet and collected a sample from its interior, the US space agency announced Saturday. Using a drill at the end of its robotic arm, Curiosity bore a hole 0.6 inches (1.6 centimeters) wide and 2.5 inches…

NASA: Asteroid to zoom just 17,200 miles above Earth’s surface

Hold on to your hats: an asteroid will zoom within spitting distance of Earth next week, in what NASA said is the closest flyby ever predicted for an object this large. The 2012 DA 14, discovered by chance by astronomers after passing nearby last February, will be just around 17,200…

Giant asteroid killed off dinosaurs 66,038,000 million years ago: study

Scientists said Thursday they are a step closer to proving the death blow for dinosaurs 66 million years ago was a gigantic comet or asteroid that struck near Mexico. Although a catastrophic impact has long been thought to be involved earlier work left doubts about just when the object, estimated…

Extended family tree reveals human’s small, four-legged, insect-eating relative

Humans may have descended from apes, but long before that there was a small, four-legged insect-eating critter, according to new research out Thursday in the US journal “Science.” The international six-year study used a massive trove of data, including genetic and physical traits from both modern and prehistoric species, to…

Doctor designed penis size ‘Predicktor’ app to educate and entertain

A Toronto doctor has designed a smartphone app that can purports to predict the size of a man’s erect penis. The app, called the Predicktor, uses a number of criteria, including height, shoe size, finger length and sexual orientation to estimate a man’s penis size to the tenth of an…

Diet sodas linked to higher risk of Type-2 diabetes in women

Artificially-sweetened sodas have been linked to a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes for women than sodas sweetened with ordinary sugar, according to French research unveiled on Thursday. “Contrary to conventional thinking, the risk of diabetes is higher with ‘light’ beverages compared with ‘regular’ sweetened drinks,” the National Institute of…

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