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Newly discovered slow loris already at risk of extinction

The ‘teddy bear’ face of the nocturnal Nycticebus kayan, discovered in Borneo, makes it attractive for illegal poaching A new species of primate, a “big-eyed” and venomous slow loris, has been identified in Borneo by researchers. But the new loris is already under threat from the Asian pet trade in…

Tourette’s-inspired Twitter bot account takes the Turing test

By Jess Thom, The Guardian An attempt to construct a Tourette’s inspired Twitter account appears to have taken on a life of it’s own I should say from the outset that my scientific knowledge is very limited. In most areas it stretches little beyond the rudimentary fragments that sank in…

France bans controversial chemical BPA in food packaging

The French parliament voted Thursday to ban the use of bisphenol A, a chemical thought to have a toxic effect on the brain and nervous system, in baby food packaging next year and all food containers in 2015. The chemical, commonly known as BPA, is used in “polycarbonate” types of…

NASA probes set to smash into Moon

NASA will smash two tiny probes into the Moon on Monday after they spent months gathering data from orbit miles above the lunar surface, the US space agency said Thursday. “We’re not expecting a big smash, a big explosion,” said project manager David Lehman of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “Their…

NASA video debunks Mayan doomsday myth

Time to retrieve that resignation letter from the boss’s desk, return the life savings to your bank account and attempt to return to normal life – Nasa has announced that the world will not end on 21 December. In a video published on YouTube, the space agency sought to calm…

Study: Life expectancy rises 11 years for men and 12 for women in last 40 years

Men are living 11 years longer and women 12 years compared with 40 years ago, although health problems are also rising Life expectancy around the world has risen dramatically, by 11 years for men and 12 years for women over the last four decades, but we are paying the price…

Big Bang: Hubble Space Telescope uncovers seven never-before-seen primitive galaxies

The Hubble Space Telescope is giving scientists a look at the oldest galaxies ever seen, dating back some 13.3 billion years — providing a glimpse into how the cosmos must have looked right after the Big Bang. NASA scientists announced Wednesday that Hubble has uncovered seven never-before-seen primitive galaxies dating…

NASA photo error puts Mount Everest in India

The world’s highest mountain should not be hard to spot but American space agency NASA has admitted it mistook a summit in India for Mount Everest, which straddles the border of Nepal and China. The agency said on its website that Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko’s snap from the International Space…

Pharmaceutical dismisses journal claim that cannabis-based MS drug trials were flawed

There is no strong evidence for the efficacy of a cannabis-based drug used in Britain to treat muscle spasms in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, a medical journal said Wednesday. The drug’s developer dismissed the claims, which add to debate about the usefulness of the popular recreational drug and its extracts…

U.S. launches super-secret, orbiting drone X-37B

X-37B: US launches super-secret, orbiting, robotic plane The Air Force’s launch this week of its new super-secret robotic plane into orbit is an important new technological step for the US military. The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) looks like a mini space shuttle at 29 feet long. It is the…

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