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Scientists create ‘superbrain’ by connecting thoughts of two rats

Creating a “superbrain” of connected minds, scientists on Thursday said they had enabled a rat to help a fellow rodent while the animals were a continent apart but connected through brain electrodes. With electrodes imbedded in its cortex, a rat in a research institute in Natal, Brazil sent signals via…

Scientists: Legalize horn sales to save endangered rhinoceroses

In order to save the perilously endangered rhinoceros, sales of its horns should be legalized, four leading environmental scientists said Thursday in the influential journal “Science.” “As committed environmentalists we don’t like the idea of a legal trade any more than does the average member of the concerned public,” wrote…

World agriculture suffers from lack of wild bees

Falling numbers of wild bees and other pollinating insects are hurting global agriculture, a study released on Thursday found. Managed populations of pollinators are less effective at fertilizing plants than wild ones, the researchers said, so the dearth of pollinating insects cannot be solved by simply introducing others. “Adding more…

Climate scientists: Carbon dioxide rose along with temperatures that ended the Ice Age

Levels of carbon dioxide rose hand-in-hand with warming at the end of the last Ice Age, according to a study Thursday that deals a blow to climate skeptics. French researchers said they had answered a riddle that has perplexed scientists. The question arises from bubbles of atmospheric air, trapped in…

Doctors warn of ‘untreatable’ superbug spreading in U.S. health facilities

Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned Wednesday that an untreatable, multidrug-resistant “superbug” is spreading in U.S. hospitals and other health care facilities. Fifteen separate strains of Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriacea (CRE) were observed in patients in the U.S. in 2012. The bacteria can cause pneumonia, as well as infection…

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…

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