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Scientists claim ‘effective’ way to kill destructive starfish responsible for devastating coral reefs

An Australian research team said Monday they have found an effective way to kill the destructive crown-of-thorns starfish, which is devastating coral reefs across the Pacific and Indian oceans. The discovery by James Cook University’s Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in Queensland state comes after a study showed…

Teacher told Nobel winner John Gurdon career in science was ‘total waste of time’

Veteran British scientist John Gurdon, who shared the Nobel Prize for medicine on Monday, is often described as the “godfather of cloning” for his work on stem cell research but was once told by his teacher not to pursue a career in science. Based at Cambridge University, Gurdon shared the…

Teen’s stomach removed after drinking nitrogen cocktail

A teenager has had her stomach removed in life-saving emergency surgery after she drank a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen during a night out in northern England. The 18-year-old, named in media reports as Gabby Scanlan, was rushed to hospital after she began feeling breathless and suffering severe stomach pain on…

British-Japanese duo win Nobel for stem cell research

Shinya Yamanaka of Japan and John B. Gurdon of Britain won the Nobel Medicine Prize on Monday for their groundbreaking work on stem cells, the jury said. The pair were honoured “for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent,” it said. The two discovered “that mature,…

Activists stockpile urine and boulders to disrupt mass badger-killing in the U.K.

Dark days are approaching for badgers. Since the government gave the go-ahead to a trial cull in an attempt to protect cattle from bovine TB, up to 100,000 badgers could be shot. Trained marksmen are preparing for the cull, which will involve using bait to lure the creatures out of…

SpaceX set for first NASA-contracted supply mission

US firm SpaceX aims for its next big launch into orbit Sunday — the first of 12 flights in its $1.6 billion contract with NASA to bring supplies to and from the international space station. The launch is the next step in American efforts to commercialize the space industry, in…

Man dies in UK from Congo fever after flying home to Scotland from Afghanistan

A man has died of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever after flying home to Scotland from Afghanistan, in Britain’s first case of the deadly disease, health officials said Saturday. Two passengers who sat close to the 38-year-old man on a plane are undergoing daily health checks, although they have not yet shown…

Contaminated drug linked to deadly meningitis outbreak

A contaminated drug has been linked to a deadly outbreak of meningitis that has claimed the lives of at least five people and sickened 34 others in six US states, health officials said Friday. Public health officials were contacting patients in 23 states who received the potentially contaminated steroid injection…

11-year-old Russian boy stumbles upon woolly mammoth find of the century

An 11-year-old boy from Russia’s north has stumbled upon a well-preserved woolly mammoth, in what scientists describe as the best such discovery since 1901. Yevgeny Salinder, whose family lives near a polar station in the northern Taimyr Peninsula, discovered the frozen animal when he was strolling along the banks of…

Archaeologists return to ancient Greek ‘computer’ wreck site: official

A new search has begun at a Greek island where an ancient device known as the world’s “oldest computer” was found over a century ago, an official said Thursday, adding that other discoveries were possible. Archaeologists this week returned to Antikythera, the Aegean Sea island where sponge divers in 1900-1901…

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