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How many Americans actually believe the earth is only 6,000 years old?

For thirty years, Gallup has been asking Americans their views about evolution and human beings, and the results have been remarkably consistent and stable. Last year, Gallup once again reported that nearly half of the country believe the Biblical version of events: “Forty-six percent of Americans believe in the creationist…

Scared of the dentist? This is why, say neuroscientists

Unraveling how brain reacts to the sounds of dentists’ drills could help scientists put anxious patients more at ease The whir of a dentist’s drill might bring on the shakes and a racing heart, but what happens in the brain has long been a mystery. Now researchers in Japan believe…

ABBA mulls possible 40th anniversary ‘Waterloo’ reunion

Legendary Swedish pop group ABBA could reunite next year to mark the 40th anniversary since they won the Eurovision Song Contest and were catapulted to global stardom, singer Agnetha Faltskog revealed on Sunday. “Of course it’s something we’re thinking about,” 63-year-old Faltskog told the German weekly Welt am Sonntag in…

Desperate survivors of Philippine typhoon raid the dead

Tormented survivors of a typhoon that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 in the Philippines rummaged for food Sunday through debris scattered with corpses, while frenzied mobs looted aid convoys. Two days after one of the most powerful storms ever recorded flattened entire towns across part of the…

Hundreds of unexplained sea turtle deaths in Central America alarm scientists

Hundreds of sea turtles are washing up dead on the beaches of Central America and scientists don’t know why. One hypothesis is that the killer is a potent neurotoxin that can be produced by algae during red tides, which are large accumulations of algae that turn sea water red or…

Egypt recovers 90 ancient artifacts on auction in Jerusalem

Egypt said Sunday that it has recovered 90 ancient artefacts that were put on sale by a Jerusalem auction house, and has asked Israel to find other antiquities and return them to Cairo. The ministry of antiquities said it had asked Israeli authorities to intervene after “spotting in recent weeks…

Protester hospitalized after nailing his testicles to Red Square cobblestone to protest Russian ‘police state’

A Russian performance artist was hospitalised Sunday after stripping naked and nailing his testicles to a Red Square cobblestone in protest against the Kremlin’s crackdown on political rights. A video of the graphic action, available on Russian websites, showed artist Pyotr Pavlensky sitting naked outside Lenin’s Mausoleum being covered with…

What is Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle?

How the sun shines and why the vacuum of space is not actually empty The uncertainty principle is one of the most famous (and probably misunderstood) ideas in physics. It tells us that there is a fuzziness in nature, a fundamental limit to what we can know about the behaviour…

Two dead, 22 injured in Texas birthday party shooting: reports

At least two people were killed and 22 hurt in a shooting at a house party packed with young adults near Houston, Texas, police told US media Sunday. Police are looking for two suspects in connection with the shooting late Saturday in Cypress, a suburb of Houston, Christina Garza at…

Two men shot at New York’s Bryant Park ice rink

Two men were shot Saturday night at about 11 pm in Bryant Park, a popular destination in midtown Manhattan that features an ice rink. Video footage shows a victim being lifted into an ambulance while still wearing skates. One victim was injured in the leg, the other in the torso.…

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