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MIT student wins competition by suggesting paintball pellets could save Earth from asteroids

Paintball Pellets Could Save Earth From Asteroids (via NewsLook) Winner of the MIT 2012 Move an Asteroid Technical Paper Competition details how a paintball could move an asteroid.…

Women smokers who quit by 40 regain 9 otherwise lost years

Women can add nine years to their lives by quitting smoking before the age of 40 but still face a 20-percent higher death rate than those who never smoked, a study said Saturday. Published in The Lancet, a survey of nearly 1.2 million women in Britain showed that smoking throughout…

Scientists: Sleep-deprived bees struggle to remember what they learn

Sleepy honeybees, much like sleepy people, struggle to recall experiences they have had just a day ago and to remember things they just learned. According to an article in Scientific American, neurobiologists at the Free University of Berlin have found that bees which have been deprived of sleep can’t absorb…

Climate change may be changing amphibian evolution

Disruptions in global weather patterns may be forcing some species to adapt to new conditions or face extinction. Science Daily is reporting that research on some species of amphibians suggests that animals are being forced to alter their patterns of mating and producing young in order to keep up with…

Wet toilet paper clogs sewers in Britain

By Leo Benedictus, The Guardian Increasingly fussy bathroom habits are directly to blame for clogged pipes and human waste bubbling up into our streets and homes. Time was when British bottoms were built to withstand the crinkliest, shiniest toilet paper available, and in some cases even to enjoy it. But…

‘Birdie’ drops live shark on US golf course

Things don’t always land where they’re supposed to on a fairway, but the shark that mysteriously appeared near the 12th tee of a California golf club seems to have been the result of a birdie. The 2-foot (60 cm) leopard shark is thought to have been picked up by an…

First feathered dinosaur fossils found in North America

WASHINGTON — Scientists in Canada have unearthed the first fossils of a feathered dinosaur ever found in the Americas, the journal Science reported on Thursday. The 75 million year old fossil specimens, uncovered in the badlands of Alberta, Canada, include remains of a juvenile and two adult ostrich-like creatures known…

Scientists discover new species of snake in museum

Scandinavian scientists have discovered a new species of snake in a Copenhagen museum, which they have called the Mosaic sea snake, a Swedish university said on Thursday. The new sea snake was found by chance by two research colleagues, Johan Elmberg of Sweden and Arne Rasmussen of Denmark, when they…

Scientists: Dung beetles use balls of manure to keep cool

Dung beetles wearing tiny silicon boots have let scientists in on a long-guarded secret — they use the balls of manure they collect as mobile air conditioning units, a study said Thursday. The ground temperature in the African savannah can reach 60 degrees Celsius (140 Fahrenheit), causing most insects to…

Study: Aspirin helps fight some colorectal cancers

Aspirin can help prolong the life of patients suffering from colorectal cancer tumours with a specific genetic mutation, according to a new study released Thursday. The study of 900 patients carried out by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute — an affiliate of Harvard Medical School — found that the painkiller produced…

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