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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…

Russian rocket explosion created space junk that could ‘threaten’ station

The explosion of a failed Russian rocket upper stage has created a space junk cloud of 500 pieces which could threaten the International Space Station, a report said on Thursday. In one of the biggest orbital debris incidents of recent years the Briz-M rocket stage exploded in mid-October, two months…

Thai hotel brews up coffee from elephant dung

For those who like their coffee with a strong nose Thailand could be the ideal destination, after a blend made from elephant dung was put on sale by an upmarket hotel chain. The Black Ivory blend, made from coffee beans digested and excreted by Thai elephants, is billed as producing…

Easter Island statues ‘walked’ into position, say experts

Experiment reveals how giant stone statues may have been put into resting places without wheels or animals For hundreds of years they have gazed inscrutably upon the most remote island in the world, standing with their backs to the Pacific Ocean as if defying attempts to understand their enigma. But…

Ozone hole over Antarctic 2nd smallest in two decades

WASHINGTON — The seasonal hole in the ozone layer above the Antarctic this year was the second smallest in two decades, but still covered an area roughly the size of North America, US experts said. The average size of the Earth’s protective shield was 6.9 million square miles (17.9 million…

Dutch lab monkeys retire to sunny Spanish Balearic islands

Eighteen female monkeys used in lab experiments in the Netherlands are to be flown Wednesday to Spain’s Balearic islands to enjoy the “exceptional” fate of a leisurely retirement in the sun. “These monkeys are around 12 years old, and this species can live to 30-35 years old in captivity,” Saskia…

Scientists make progress on mechanism for stopping genetic diseases

Scientists on Wednesday reported that, in pioneering experiments on human eggs, they had replaced a genetic mechanism blamed for crippling diseases. The laboratory breakthrough could one day lead to human trials to avert so-called mitochondrial disorders, they said. Other experts praised the work but sounded caution. Described in the journal…

Doctors use silicone chin implant for testicle augmentation surgery

Doctors in Mexico have used a silicone implant commonly used to firm the chin in cosmetic surgery patients to give a man’s testicles “a more symmetrical look.”  According to a post at LiveScience.com, the doctors are calling it a safe way to help men who are unsatisfied or insecure regarding…

Study: Men better multi-taskers than women

Working mothers may have to juggle more tasks than their husbands, but the long-held belief that women are better than men at multitasking is a myth, according to new Swedish research. “On the contrary, the results of our study show that men are better at multitasking than women,” Timo Maentylae,…

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