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Smell of freshly baked bread makes you kinder: study

Study: Smell of Freshly Baked Bread Makes You Kinder (via NewsLook) A study in the Journal of Social Psychology says certain smells can trigger a more positive mood, which ultimately makes you nicer.…

Proponents of hurricane suppression technology seek more research, funds

Devastating tropical storms of the kind that battered the US last week could be weakened and rendered less deadly using a simple and cheap technology based on a surprising component – old car tyres. One of Britain’s leading marine engineers, Stephen Salter, emeritus professor of engineering design at Edinburgh university…

NASA launches alerts to spot the space station from your back yard

Galactic tourism may still be a daydream for most of us, but for anyone interested in a glimpse of the International Space Station sooner, NASA is ready to help. The US space agency, celebrating the 12th anniversary of astronauts living and working on the orbiting lab, launched a new service…

Come inside the world’s biggest sperm bank

The world’s biggest sperm bank holds 170 litres of sperm, exports to more than 70 countries, and is responsible for more than 2,000 babies a year Ole Schou was 27 years old when he had a dream. It was 1981 and he was a graduate student at a business school…

Rare images reveal incredible story behind America’s early space race

Collection of 4,500 photographs to fetch £480,000 at auction They are images from the golden age of space exploration: thousands of rare photographs recording the early days of manned flight into space. The collection, to be sold at auction this month, is the largest on the subject ever offered on…

New species of three-fingered frog discovered in Brazil

On a trek across this Atlantic rainforest reserve in southern Brazil, biologist Michel Garey recalled how on his birthday in 2007 he chanced upon what turned out to be a new species of tiny, three-fingered frogs. “I was doing research with two friends on a hilltop in the reserve and…

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…

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