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World has 5 million ‘test tube’ people: estimate

In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) has given the world about five million new people since the first test tube baby was born in England 34 years ago, according to an estimate released on Monday. As the initial controversy over man’s scientific manipulation of nature has faded, about 350,000 babies conceived in petri…

Geochemist: Real culprit in mass extinctions was toxic seas

We’re all familiar with the standard scenario of how the dinosaurs met their fate. A mountain-sized asteroid crashed into what is now the Yucatan Peninsula, setting off continent-wide forest fires, a nuclear winter, and a mass die-off first of plants, then of plant-eaters, and finally of T. rex and his…

Peruvian archaeologists unearth pre-Inca relics

Archeologists in Peru have discovered a sundial, an underground tunnel and a reception room in a complex dating back to the Wari civilization, El Comercio newspaper reported Sunday. One of the relics is believed to be a precursor to an Incan sundial, while 18 niches painted in white on the…

Three astronauts land on Earth from ISS in Russian capsule

A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts on Sunday landed on schedule in the Kazakh steppe, the Russian mission control said. “At 12:14 Moscow time (0814 GMT) the Soyuz TMA-03M capsule landed with an international crew,” Russian flight control centre said after Russian Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Don Pettit and…

What is the ‘god particle’ ?

Physicists are set to announce the latest results from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), but what exactly is the Higgs boson, why do people call it the ‘god particle’ and what would its discovery mean for physics? What is the Higgs boson? Named after Peter Higgs, an Edinburgh University physicist,…

Scientists planning 3D model of thinning Arctic sea ice

OSLO — Scientists working with Greenpeace will undertake an expedition to the Arctic that will produce the first 3D models of the Arctic sea ice, the group said on Friday. The team was due to leave on Friday for the icy north from the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. “Starting on…

Scientists add ‘leap second’ to Saturday

Thanks to science, your weekend will be one second longer (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor) The transition from June to July will be delayed by circumstances beyond everyone’s control. Time will stand still for one second on Saturday evening (June 30) because a “leap second” will be added to let…

Scientists puzzle over dozens of dead green turtles

Scientists were at a loss Friday to explain the mysterious deaths of more than 70 green turtles that have washed up on beaches in northeast Australia over the last week. Queensland state authorities said 62 of the vulnerable species were confirmed dead and another 10 were spotted floating at sea…

Doctor pulls 13cm live worm from man’s eye in India

A doctor in India has pulled a live 13 centimetre-long worm from the eye of an elderly patient who was complaining of persistent pain in an operation reminiscent of a far-fetched alien movie plot. When Dr V. Seetharaman examined 75-year-old patient P.K. Krishnamurthy at Mumbai’s Fortis Hospital this week, the…

Hidden ocean discovered on Saturn’s Titan

Life on Saturn moon? Discovery of hidden ocean on Titan tantalizes. (+video) A global ocean appears to lurk miles beneath the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan, adding to the allure of an object rich with the building blocks of organic life and often likened to Earth before life emerged. Cassini…

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