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Scientists announce the discovery of an 5th dynasty princess’s tomb in Egypt

Egypt’s antiquities minister announced on Friday the discovery of a princess’s tomb dating from the fifth dynasty (around 2500 BC) in the Abu Sir region south of Cairo. “We have discovered the antechamber to Princess Shert Nebti’s tomb which contains four limestone pillars,” Mohamed Ibrahim said. The pillars “have hieroglyphic…

French geneticist turned Tibetan monk declared world’s happiest man by scientists

As he grins serenely and his burgundy robes billow in the fresh Himalayan wind, it is not difficult to see why scientists declared Matthieu Ricard the happiest man they had ever tested. The monk, molecular geneticist and confidant of the Dalai Lama, is passionately setting out why meditation can alter…

Mass blackbird deaths attributed to intoxication from fermented berries

bizarre spate of young blackbird deaths at a school in England was likely caused by the feathered teens getting drunk on fermented berries, crashing mid-air and falling from the sky, according to vets. Police and animal experts were called in after more than a dozen birds were found dead at…

Cancer study: Close monitoring of prostate tumors may make radiation, surgery unnecessary

Close monitoring of prostate cancer tumours may make radiation and surgery — which can cause incontinence and impotence — unnecessary, a new study has shown. Prostate cancer is one of the slowest-growing forms of the disease, and many men with tumours may never develop symptoms during their lifetime, meaning that…

Dutch medical schools are asking for samples of travelers’ poop

Three top Dutch medical schools are asking thousands of travellers to tropical countries to donate stool samples on return for a study into the rise in antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. The combined study, launched this week by the Academic (AMC), Erasmus and Maastricht medical centres will focus on 2,000 travellers mainly…

Watch: Korean elephant ‘imitates human speech’ and has a vocabulary of several words

An elephant at a zoo in South Korea has learned to imitate human speech and has a vocabulary of several words, researchers said Friday. Koshik, a 22-year-old male Asian elephant at Everland zoo in Yongin, a city south of Seoul, greeted visiting journalists by “saying” choah (good) and nuo (lie…

New fight needed against killer malaria in Asia

Asia is hit with 30 million cases of malaria a year resulting in 42,000 deaths, a report said Friday as experts called for an urgent response to the disease which stalks billions in the region. Most international efforts to defeat malaria have so far been concentrated on Africa, where the…

Man to test bionic leg by climbing skyscraper

Man to Test Bionic Leg by Climbing Skyscraper (via NewsLook) Three years ago, doctors had to amputate Zac Vawters right leg from above the knee after a motorcycle accident.…

Daylight Savings messes with sleep schedule, study finds

Daylight Savings Messes With Sleep Schedule, Study Finds (via NewsLook) A study conducted in England says that the extra hour of sleep that comes with setting the clocks back for Daylight Savings is the beginning of poor sleep through the winter. According to the study, we’re not able to rebound…

Were it not for his own drug-induced hallucinations, Oliver Sacks might not have taken patients seriously

It is fitting for the author of a new book about hallucinations to have had so many himself. “A spider on the wall said hello to me,” recalls neurologist Oliver Sacks. “And for some reason it didn’t seem too surprising that a spider should say hello. We had a conversation…

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