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78-year-old custodian of world’s longest running science experiment dies after 52 years on watch

The science professor who oversaw the world’s longest running laboratory test — the Pitch Drop Experiment — has died after more than half a century on its watch, his university said Monday. John Mainstone, the former head of the Department of Physics at the University of Queensland, was in charge…

World-first hybrid shark found off Australia

Australian scientists hailed what they described as a world-first discovery of two shark species interbreeding Tuesday, a never-before-seen phenomenon which could help them cope with warmer oceans. Lead researcher Jess Morgan said the mating of the local Australian black-tip shark with its global counterpart, the common black-tip, was an unprecedented…