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Turd-eating worms clear air around Canadian toilets

Anyone relying on their nose to guide them to a toilet at Quebec’s La Providence golf course won’t find one — that’s because its outhouse is odorless. Beneath a tidy wooden latrine on the grounds is an army of earthworms that churn decaying organic materials into compost. The worm-powered design…

M&M’s-crazed bees make blue and green honey

Some French bees have the wrong kind of sweet tooth, and beekeepers from a dozen apiaries in the Alsace region say their taste for M&M’s from a nearby waste-processing plant means they are producing unsellable blue and green honey. Bees from a dozen apiaries in eastern France have been producing…

Healthy baby mice created from stem cells

Scientists have created mouse eggs from stem cells and used them to make healthy baby mice. The technique will help them study how eggs develop and also offers the potential to create eggs for infertile women. Mitinori Saitou of Kyoto University led a team that took stem cells from mice…

Mars rover to ‘sandblast’ sampling equipment

WASHINGTON — NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover is parked at a sand pit and ready to scoop up soil to clean and test its geological sampling hardware, the US space agency said Thursday. These will be the first solid samples put through Curiosity’s high-tech collection and processing tool set — a…

Researchers find tiny dinosaur that had quills, a beak and fangs

Researchers have identified a species of puny dinosaur so odd looking — quills like a porcupine, a parrot-like beak and fangs like a vampire — it probably deserved a small part in “Jurassic Park.” The finding was reported Wednesday in the online journal ZooKeys by Paul Sereno, a paleontologist and…

Astronomers find racing star that could prove Einstein was right

US astronomers have found evidence of a star racing tightly around the monstrous black hole at the heart of our galaxy — the closest ever found near the matter-sucking body. The scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles, said the discovery will help them test Albert Einstein’s theory of…

DNA ‘map’ shows mother of all cultivated rice came from China’s Pearl River

The mother of all cultivated rice was grown on China’s Pearl River, according to a DNA “map” published on Wednesday. The first domesticated strain of rice was Oryza sativa japonica, which was grown thousands of years ago from wild rice in the middle of the Pearl River in southern China,…

Mamba venom holds promise for pain relief without toxic side effects: scientists

Scientists have used the venom of Africa’s lethal black mamba to produce a surprising outcome in mice which they hope to replicate in humans — effective pain relief without toxic side effects. French researchers wrote in the journal Nature Wednesday that peptides isolated from black mamba venom may be a…

Tomb of ‘powerful’ Maya queen K’abel discovered in Guatemala

Archeologists have found a tomb with the remains of a Mayan queen, buried with treasures like jade jewelry and obsidian knives. The American archeologist who made the discovery in the Peten jungle region, David Freidel, said Wednesday it is one of the most important Mayan-related finds made so far. The…

Startling discovery debunked: bacteria can’t survive on arsenic

Startling discovery debunked: bacteria can't survive on arsenic Nearly two years ago, a team of biologists claimed to have discovered new bacteria that not only could survive in an environment rich in arsenic, it could fold the toxic element into the very heart of its biochemistry – substituting to small…

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