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‘Penis-head’ fish discovered in Vietnam

A new species of fish with a penis on its head has been identified in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, researchers said on Wednesday. Phallostethus cuulong is the newest member of the Phallostethidae family — small fish found in Southeast Asian waters that are distinguished primarily by the positioning of…

Small families boost prosperity for descendants: study

Having a smaller family is a springboard for giving future generations the chance of greater prosperity, according to a Swedish study published on Wednesday. Providing scientific support to what is anecdotal evidence, it says that in an advanced industrialised society, having fewer offspring means children benefit from greater parental investment…

Search for alien life gets boost at twin star

WASHINGTON — The universe is looking increasingly crowded as scientists Tuesday announced the first proof twin stars can host multiple planets — boosting their search for a planet that could support life. “We’re seeing more and more planets in more and more situations,” Jerome Orosz, an astronomer at San Diego…

Brazil to deploy world’s first floating oil terminal

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s state-owned energy giant Petrobras said Tuesday it will deploy the world’s first floating oil terminal capable of refueling tankers on the high seas. “The new technology will ensure lower costs, by reducing the distance covered by oil transport vessels,” the company said in a statement.…

Mars rover beams back spectacular pictures

NASA has beamed back a set of spectacular pictures from Mars — and a first voice message — likening it to the lunar landmark led by Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon who died last week. In the audio message, broadcast from the surface of the Red Planet…

Marijuana use damaging to teenagers’ intelligence: study

Adolescents who are regular users of cannabis are at risk of permanent damage to their intelligence, attention span and memory, according to the results of research covering nearly four decades. The long-term study which followed a group of over 1,000 people from birth to the age of 38 has produced…

In climate landmark, Arctic ice melts to record low

WASHINGTON — The sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has melted to its smallest point ever in a milestone that may show that worst-case forecasts on climate change are coming true, US scientists said Monday. The extent of ice observed on Sunday broke a record set in 2007 and will…

U.S. approves new once-a-day pill to treat HIV

WASHINGTON — A new pill to treat HIV infection — combining two previously approved drugs plus two new ones — has been approved for adults living with the virus that causes AIDS, US regulators said Monday. The single daily dose of Stribild provides a complete treatment regimen for HIV infection,…

Obama orders flags to half mast for Neil Armstrong

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama Monday ordered that all official US flags be lowered to half mast to mark the funeral of Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who planted the Stars and Stripes on the Moon. Obama issued a proclamation to honor Armstrong, who died on Saturday aged 82, and…

Will.i.am song will be broadcast on Mars from NASA’s Curiosity rover

Pop star Will.i.am was writing a song to endorse Barack Obama at the conventions four years ago, but this election cycle he’s decided to back a nerdier candidate: NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover. Will.i.am released a new single called “Reach For The Stars,” which NASA plans to broadcast from the rover…

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