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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…

Scientists make progress on mechanism for stopping genetic diseases

Scientists on Wednesday reported that, in pioneering experiments on human eggs, they had replaced a genetic mechanism blamed for crippling diseases. The laboratory breakthrough could one day lead to human trials to avert so-called mitochondrial disorders, they said. Other experts praised the work but sounded caution. Described in the journal…

Doctors use silicone chin implant for testicle augmentation surgery

Doctors in Mexico have used a silicone implant commonly used to firm the chin in cosmetic surgery patients to give a man’s testicles “a more symmetrical look.”  According to a post at LiveScience.com, the doctors are calling it a safe way to help men who are unsatisfied or insecure regarding…

Study: Men better multi-taskers than women

Working mothers may have to juggle more tasks than their husbands, but the long-held belief that women are better than men at multitasking is a myth, according to new Swedish research. “On the contrary, the results of our study show that men are better at multitasking than women,” Timo Maentylae,…

Report: Pollution as big a health problem as malaria or TB

Industrial pollutants harm the health of 125 million people, many of whom live in the developing world and work in mining Waste from mining, lead smelters, industrial dumps and other toxic sites affects the health of an estimated 125 million people in 49 low- and middle-income countries. This unrecognised health…

Lady Gaga to have new genus of plant named after her

Researchers name ferns in tribute to singer’s ‘defence of equality’ – and because they look like one of her outfits Lady Gaga will be immortalised in the name of a newly identified genus of fern. Researchers at Duke University in North Carolina have given 19 different species of fern the…

World’s oldest turtle shells found next to trash dump could provide clues to ancient reptile’s origins

Plucked from a pit of grey clay next to a rubbish dump in southern Poland, fossilised turtle shells resembling the battle-scarred shields of ancient warriors are the world’s oldest and most complete. Dating back 215 million years, experts say they could provide invaluable clues in solving the riddle of the…

Japanese engineer creates wheelchair that can walk up stairs

An engineer at Japan’s Chiba Institute of Technology has designed a new robotic wheelchair with the amazing capability to climb stairs. In a demonstration video, lead engineer Shuro Nakajima shows off the device’s capabilities, easily overcoming curbs and flights of stairs simply by pushing a joystick. “Each of the four…

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