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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…

Baby-boomer motorcyclists face highest accident risk

Heading for retirement age and itching to buy that motorbike you always promised yourself? A study, published on Thursday in the specialist journal Injury Prevention, may prompt would-be petrolheads to think again. Older riders involved in a crash are up to three times likelier than younger bikers to suffer severe…

Earth-like planets may be closer than thought: study

Scientists looking for habitable planets may not have to stray far from our galactic neighborhood, said a new study Wednesday, which calculated an Earth-size planet could be orbiting a red dwarf as near as 13 light years away. “We thought we would have to search vast distances to find an…

Canadian inventors create world’s most energy-efficient bulb

A trio of Canadians claimed Wednesday to have invented the world’s most energy-efficient bulb: a 12-watt LED light that shines as bright as a 100-watt incandescent one. Product developer Gimmy Chu told AFP the NanoLight design consists of a circuit board dotted with LED lights and folded into the shape…

Alzheimer’s cases to triple by 2050: study

Alzheimer’s disease cases in the US will nearly triple in the next 40 years, according to new projections Wednesday that suggest there will be nearly 14 million sufferers by 2050. In 2010, there were just 4.7 million people with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States. The researchers who made the…

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