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Prehistoric man made cheese as long as 7,000 years ago

Pre-historic man was already making cheese some 7,000 years ago, using perforated clay pots as strainers, scientists said Wednesday. Cheese production would have been a key development in human history, allowing the preservation of milk in a non-perishable, transportable and more digestible form, said a report in the journal Nature.…

New fossil find may prompt overhaul in tree of life

Organisms long thought to have been the ancestors of early marine creatures may in fact have lived on land, said a fossil study Wednesday that may prompt an overhaul of the tree of animal life. If correct, the finding could challenge the commonly held theory that life had thrived in…

Analysts: NASA needs other countries to explore final frontier

If NASA wants to help humans boldly go where no man has gone before, the US space agency must work with other countries, say experts who fear budget constraints will keep astronauts stuck on Earth. The fears were laid out in stark terms last week in a report by the…

Higgs boson discovery makes 2012 a landmark year for physics

2012 will go down in history as a landmark year, when physicists discovered a fundamental particle that may answer one of the greatest riddles of all. Investigators believe their discovery to be the long-coveted Higgs Boson, an invisible particle that explains the mystery of mass. Without the Higgs, say theorists,…

Doctors eradicate girl’s cancer by reprogramming HIV

A reprogrammed version of the virus that causes AIDS was used by doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to wipe out a little girl’s terminal leukemia. According to The New York Times, 6-year-old Emma Whitehead didn’t have much longer to live when the radical and untested therapy was pitched to…

Self-proclaimed ‘oil addiction therapist’ says gas should be cheaper

Barack Obama is in the market for creative ways of combating climate change, and Eyal Aronoff thinks he has one – involving the US’s beloved motor car Eyal Aronoff identifies himself on his business card as an “oil addiction therapist”. He’s got an unconventional detox method, claiming he can get…

GM food a ‘good thing’: UK Environment Secretary

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson on Monday called for genetically modified food to be grown more widely and said opposition to it was “complete nonsense”, in an interview printed in the Daily Telegraph. The coalition government has allowed small-scale cultivation trials for GM food, raising speculation that it could end the…

Fire, flood or giant squash… pick your ‘End Times’ apocalypse

Devoured by a giant squash, engulfed by flood or flames, frozen in a nuclear winter or new ice age, mankind has looked to The End with fear and fascination since the dawn of civilisation. Nature’s cycles — day succeeding night, the four seasons — long fed fears of being plunged…

Turning urine into brain cells could help fight Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

Chinese researchers have devised a new technique for reprogramming cells from human urine into immature brain cells that can form multiple types of functioning neurons and glial cells. The technique, published today in the journal Nature Methods, could prove useful for studying the cellular mechanisms of neurodegenerative conditions such as…

British astronomer Patrick Moore dead aged 89

Astronomer Patrick Moore, renowned for his work mapping the Moon’s surface and for having popularised his subject with the British public, died Sunday at the age of 89, friends and colleagues announced. The eccentric astronomer, whose research was used by the United States and the Soviets in their space programmes,…

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