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Mexico discovers hundreds of Ice Age bones

Workers have discovered hundreds of bones belonging to Ice Age animals, including mammoths, mastodons and glyptodons, while digging to build a wastewater treatment plant north of Mexico City. The bones could be between 10,000 and 12,000 years old and may include a human tooth from the late Pleistocene period, Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History…

Scientists implant ‘world’s first’ bionic eye

Australian scientists said Thursday they had successfully implanted a “world first” bionic eye prototype, describing it as a major breakthrough for the visually impaired. Bionic Vision Australia (BVA), a government-funded science consortium, said it had surgically installed an “early prototype” robotic eye in a woman with hereditary sight loss caused…

Water-pipe smoking as bad as cigarettes for lungs: study

Water-pipe smoking is as bad as deeply inhaling cigarette smoke when it comes to causing respiratory problems, according to a study published on Thursday. Researchers led by Mohammad Hossein Boskabady at Masshad University of Medical Sciences in Iran monitored lung functions among 57 local water-pipe smokers, 30 deep-inhalation cigarette smokers…

DNA scan sheds new light on mankind’s mysterious cousins –the Denisovans

A scrap of bone found in a cave in Siberia has shed light on the genetic odyssey of an enigmatic group of humans called the Denisovans, scientists reported on Thursday. The existence of the Denisovans only emerged in 2010, through a piece of finger bone and two molars unearthed at…

Chilean telescope finds sugar molecules near star

Astronomers using a powerful radio telescope in Chile said Wednesday that they had discovered sugar molecules, one of the building blocks of life, orbiting a young star similar to the Sun. “This is the first time sugar been found in space around such a star,” the European Southern Observatory (ESO),…

NASA finds ‘bonanza’ of millions of new black holes

NASA said Wednesday they’d discovered a “bonanza” of new black holes, possibly up to 2.5 million of them, using the new Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) telescope. “WISE has exposed a menagerie of hidden objects,” Hashima Hasan, WISE program scientist, said in a media advisory. “We’ve found an asteroid dancing…

West Nile cases spike 40 percent in one week in rapidly escalating outbreak

In just one week, the number of West Nile virus cases in the U.S. has increased by 40 percent with more deaths and infections on the way. According to the Associated Press, 1,590 cases of West Nile have been reported to the CDC this year, with 66 deaths. Two weeks…

Water crisis will make Gaza strip ‘unliveable’

Banks must approve plans for a $500m desalination plant that would provide a new water supply, conference hears The Gaza strip faces a water crisis that will soon make it “unliveable” unless plans for a $500m desalination plant are approved by banks, delegates at a water conference in Stockholm were…

Low-calorie diet may not prolong life: study

A low-calorie diet boosts health but does not prolong life, at least not in rhesus monkeys, scientists reported Wednesday in a new study into a long-held link between food restriction and longevity. Spanning 23 years, the research found monkeys that ate fewer calories than non-dieting counterparts were healthier but did…

Thawing permafrost frees millions of tons of carbon: study

PARIS — A vast outcrop of the Arctic Siberian coast that had been frozen for tens of thousands of years is releasing huge carbon deposits as rising temperatures thaw parts of its coastline, a study warned Wednesday. The carbon, a potential source of Earth-warming CO2, has lain frozen along the…

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