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DNA study debunks Rudolf Hess impostor theory

Comparison of samples from inmate Spandau #7 and Hess relative finds a match A longstanding conspiracy theory that the Nazi war criminal Rudolf Hess was replaced by a doppelganger in prison has been debunked.For years, there were rumours that the prisoner known as Spandau #7 at the Berlin jail was an imposter substituted in to take the place of the deputy Führer of the Third Reich. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Science, Germany, Berlin, World news, Second world war, Nazism, Hess, Spandau, Rudolf Hess


DNA study debunks Rudolf Hess imposter theory

Comparison of samples from inmate Spandau #7 and Hess relative finds a match A longstanding conspiracy theory that the Nazi war criminal Rudolf Hess was replaced by a doppelganger in prison has been debunked.For years, there were rumours that the prisoner known as Spandau #7 at the Berlin jail was an imposter substituted in to take the place of the deputy Führer of the Third Reich. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Science, Germany, Berlin, World news, Second world war, Nazism, Hess, Spandau, Rudolf Hess


Super blood wolf moon: stargazers battle cold and clouds to see lunar eclipse

Thousands endure sub-zero temperatures in central and northeastern US states to spot rare celestial eventThousands of stargazers across the northern hemisphere were battling sub-freezing temperatures to catch a glimpse of an unusual set of circumstances resulting in a lunar extravaganza known as a super blood wolf moon.The rare celestial event takes places when moon is positioned slightly closer to earth than normal, and appears slightly bigger and brighter than normal – a phenomenon called a su...
Tags: Space, Science, US, UK News, World news, US news, Earth, Lunar Eclipses


Super blood wolf moon: stargazers battle cold and clouds to view lunar eclipse

Thousands have endured sub-zero temperatures in US and parts of Europe to see rare celestial eventThousands of stargazers across the northern hemisphere have battled sub-freezing temperatures to catch a glimpse of a lunar extravaganza known as a super blood wolf moon.The rare celestial event takes places when the moon is positioned slightly closer to the Earth than normal, and appears slightly bigger and brighter than normal – a phenomenon called a super moon. During the total eclipse, the moon ...
Tags: Europe, Space, Science, US, UK News, World news, US news, Earth, Lunar Eclipses


Antarctic expedition yields remains of tiny, ancient 'water bears'

Scientists surprised by haul of crustaceans and tardigrades in undisturbed subglacial lakeScientists have found the remains of tiny, ancient animals in an Antarctic lake that has lain undisturbed for thousands of years beneath a kilometre-thick slab of ice.The surprise haul of dead crustaceans and tardigrades, also known as “water bears” or “moss piglets”, was made by US researchers on a rare mission to drill into the Mercer subglacial lake which lies nearly 400 miles from the south pole. Contin...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Animals, Environment, US, World news, Antarctica, Antarctic


Antarctica expedition yields remains of tiny, ancient 'water bears'

Surprise haul of dead crustaceans and tardigrades made in Mercer subglacial lakeScientists have found the remains of tiny, ancient animals in an Antarctic lake that has lain undisturbed for thousands of years beneath a kilometre-thick slab of ice.The surprise haul of dead crustaceans and tardigrades, or “water bears”, was made by US researchers on a rare mission to drill into the Mercer subglacial lake which lies nearly 400 miles from the south pole. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Environment, US, World news, Antarctica, Antarctic, Mercer


Six in 10 wild coffee species endangered by habitat loss

Kew scientists’ analysis of 124 wild species shows 60% facing possible extinction, risking viability of commercial stock Wild coffee species are under threat, with 60% of them facing possible extinction, including Arabica, the original of the world’s most popular form of coffee, researchers say.Most coffee species are found in the forests of Africa and Madagascar. They are threatened by climate change and the loss of natural habitat, as well as by the spread of diseases and pests. Continue readi...
Tags: Coffee, Science, Africa, Environment, World news, Sierra Leone, Wildlife, Conservation, Plants, Ethiopia, Endangered Species, IUCN red list of endangered species, Madagascar, Kew Gardens, Kew


First green leaf on moon dies as temperatures plummet

Cotton plant shoots and leaves lunar far side after sprouting onboard China’s Chang’e 4 landerThe appearance of a single green leaf hinted at a future in which astronauts would grow their own food in space, potentially setting up residence at outposts on the moon or other planets. Now, barely after it had sprouted, the cotton plant onboard China’s lunar rover has died.The plant relied on sunlight at the moon’s surface, but as night arrived at the lunar far side and temperatures plunged as low as...
Tags: Space, Science, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Moon, The moon, Chang


Giant leaf for mankind? China germinates first seed on moon

A small cotton shoot is growing on board Chang’e-4 lunar lander, scientists confirm A small green shoot is growing on the moon after a cotton seed germinated on board a Chinese lunar lander, scientists said.The sprout has emerged from a lattice-like structure inside a canister after the Chang’e-4 lander set down earlier this month, according to a series of photos released by the Advanced Technology Research Institute at Chongqing University. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Science, China, World news, Asia Pacific, The moon, Chang, Advanced Technology Research Institute, Chongqing University Continue


DNA discoverer James Watson stripped of honors over views on race

New York laboratory cuts ties with 90-year-old scientist who helped discover DNA, revoking all titles and honorsA New York laboratory has cut ties with James Watson, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who helped discover DNA, over “reprehensible” comments in which he said race and intelligence are connected. Related: Interview: James Watson Continue reading...
Tags: New York, Science, Biology, Race, World news, US news, Genetics, James Watson


DNA discoverer James Watson loses honors over views on race

New York laboratory cuts ties with 90-year-old scientist who helped discover DNA, revoking all titles and honorsA New York laboratory has cut ties with James Watson, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who helped discover DNA, over “reprehensible” comments in which he said race and intelligence are connected. Related: Interview: James Watson Continue reading...
Tags: New York, Science, Biology, Race, World news, US news, Genetics, James Watson


'Total success': China broadcasts new images from far side of moon

Pictures taken by Chang’e 4 lander and rover beamed back to Earth and shown on state TVChina on Friday broadcast pictures taken by its rover and lander on the far side of the moon, in what its space programme hailed as another triumph for the groundbreaking mission.The pictures, shown on the state broadcaster CCTV, showed the Jade Rabbit 2 rover and the Chang’e 4 spacecraft that transported it during the first soft landing on the side of the moon that always faces away from Earth. Continue read...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, China, World news, Earth, Asia Pacific, Cctv, The moon, Chang


Scientists close to first sighting of black hole in the Milky Way

International team say ‘spectacular’ data hints at historic breakthroughAstronomers attempting to capture the first images of the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way have given early hints that the ambitious project has been successful.The observations, by the Event Horizon Telescope, are expected to be unveiled in March in one of the most eagerly awaited scientific announcements of 2019. Now, a senior scientist on the project has said “spectacular” data was gathered during observations of ...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, World news, Black Holes


Easter Island statues: mystery behind their location revealed

Location of statues was based on nearby fresh water and other resources, says US studyThe huge stone figures of Easter Island have beguiled explorers, researchers and the wider world for centuries, but now experts say they have cracked one of the biggest mysteries: why the statues are where they are.Experts from Binghamton University in New York say they have analysed the locations of the megalithic platforms, or ahu, on which many of the statues known as moai sit, as well as scrutinising sites ...
Tags: New York, Science, Americas, US, World news, Chile, Anthropology, Archaeology, Binghamton University, Easter Island


Mystery of location of Easter Island statues revealed

Location of statues was based on nearby fresh water and other resources, says US studyThe huge stone figures of Easter Island have beguiled explorers, researchers and the wider world for centuries, but now experts say they have cracked one of the biggest mysteries: why the statues are where they are.Experts from Binghamton University in New York say they have analysed the locations of the megalithic platforms, or ahu, on which many of the statues known as moai sit, as well as scrutinising sites ...
Tags: New York, Science, Americas, US, World news, Chile, Anthropology, Archaeology, Binghamton University, Easter Island


Universal internet access unlikely until at least 2050, experts say

Half the world’s population is online but lack of skills and investment are slowing growthParts of the world will be excluded from the internet for decades to come without major efforts to boost education, online literacy and broadband infrastructure, experts have warned.While half the world’s population now uses the internet, a desperate lack of skills and stagnant investment mean the UN’s goal of universal access, defined as 90% of people being online, may not be reached until 2050 or later, t...
Tags: Science, Technology, Internet, World news, Telecoms, United Nations, Un


Mysterious fast radio bursts from deep space ‘could be aliens’

Repeating bursts of radio waves detected for first time since initial accidental discovery in 2007Astronomers have detected mysterious, ultra-brief repeating energy bursts from deep space for only the second time in history, and some experts suggested they could be evidence of advanced alien life.The origin of fast radio bursts (FRBs), millisecond-long pulses of radio waves, is unknown, but most scientists say they are generated by powerful astrophysical phenomena emanating from billions of ligh...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, UK News, World news, US news, Canada, Alien Life, Milky Way


Repeating fast radio bursts from deep space ‘could be aliens’

Mysterious radio waves detected for first time since accidental discovery in 2007Mysterious repeating energy bursts from deep space that some experts have suggested could be evidence of advanced aliens have been detected for only the second time in history.Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are millisecond-long flashes of radio waves whose origin is unknown. Continue reading...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, UK News, World news, US news, Canada, Alien Life


Moonlight influences opening and closing of oysters' shells

Molluscs not only have tidal and circadian clocks but are attuned to lunar rhythms, experts sayThe gentle glow of moonlight on water has moved musicians, poets and painters – and, it turns out, molluscs. Researchers have discovered the opening and shutting of oysters’ shells appears to be tied to the lunar cycle.Biological clocks have intrigued scientists for centuries, and researchers in the field won the 2017 Nobel prize for studies into the 24-hour body clock. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Science, France, Animals, World news, Fish, Oysters


Laser technology shines light on South African 'lost city' of Kweneng

Settlement with limited traces was sophisticated and thriving metropolis, lasers revealFrom close up, all that is visible are some broken walls among the scrubby brush, a mound covered by parched grass, a dry river gully.But to Professor Karim Sadr and his team of archaeologists from Johannesburg’s University of Witwatersrand, the ruins at Kweneng tell an extraordinary story of a long-lost city. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Africa, World news, Cities, South Africa, Archaeology, Johannesburg, University of Witwatersrand, Kweneng, Karim Sadr


Base paired up: study suggests genetic formula to monogamy

Scientists compared DNA of 10 species and found 24 genes which marked out males that stayed with their matesIt could be a handy riposte for the stalwart commitment-phobe. When challenged on their reluctance to be tied down, half-hearted partners could shrug and claim their neural gene expression profiles made them that way.That is, at least, if research on smaller animals holds true in humans. Researchers who compared the DNA of 10 different species found a common genetic formula which marked ou...
Tags: Science, Biology, Animals, Environment, World news, Genetics, Wildlife, Evolution, Mammals


Female penguins 'get stranded more because they travel further'

Longer journeys may exhaust females, say scientists tracking birds off South American coastEvery year, thousands of Magellanic penguins get stranded along the coast of South America – but puzzlingly, about 75% of those that get stuck are female. Now scientists say they have worked out what is behind the gender imbalance: the females migrate further north than males.Magellanic penguins finish breeding in Patagonia in February, and during the subsequent winter months head north, reaching as far as...
Tags: Science, Animals, Environment, Americas, World news, Birds, Wildlife, Conservation, Brazil, Argentina, Patagonia, South America


India outcry after scientists claim ancient Hindus invented stem cell research

The organisers of a major Indian science conference said they were concerned by speakers citing religious texts and ideas at the event The organisers of a major Indian science conference distanced themselves on Sunday from speakers who used the prestigious event to dismiss Einstein’s discoveries and claim ancient Hindus invented stem cell research.The Indian Scientific Congress Association expressed “serious concern” as the unorthodox remarks aired by prominent academics at its annual conference...
Tags: Science, India, World news, South and Central Asia, Einstein, Indian Scientific Congress Association


'Sonic attack' on US embassy in Havana could have been crickets, say scientists

Noise which saw diplomats complaining of headaches and nausea could be song of Indies short-tailed cricketThe US embassy in Havana more than halved its staff in 2017 when diplomats complained of headaches, nausea and other ailments after hearing penetrating noises in their homes and nearby hotels.The mysterious wave of illness fuelled speculation that the staff had been targeted by an acoustic weapon. It was an explanation that appeared to gain weight when an audio recording of a persistent, hig...
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'One giant leap': China's Chang'e 4 rover Jade Rabbit 2 sets off on moon mission

Project leader echoes Neil Armstrong’s quote after rover’s successful separation from lander China’s space agency has posted the first photo of its Chang’e 4 lunar rover on the far side of the moon after its groundbreaking touchdown on Thursday.The rover – named Yutu 2, or Jade Rabbit 2 – left the spacecraft, drove off a ramp and began making tracks on the moon’s surface at 10.22pm on Thursday, about 12 hours after Chang’e 4 landed. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Science, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Moon, The moon, Neil Armstrong, Chang, Yutu, Jade Rabbit


China lands spacecraft on ‘dark’ side of moon in world first

By KEN MORITSUGU BEIJING — China’s burgeoning space program achieved a first on Thursday: a landing on the so-called dark side of the moon. Three nations — the United States, the former Soviet Union and more recently China — have sent spacecraft to the near side of the moon, which faces Earth, but this landing is the first-ever on the far side. The China National Space Administration said the 10:26 a.m. touchdown of the Chang’e 4 craft has “opened up a new chapter in human lunar exploration.” A ...
Tags: Europe, Science, Technology, News, China, Russia, Uncategorized, Sport, World news, Nasa, Earth, Beijing, West, Soccer, United States, Xi Jinping


The space race is back on – and is China in the lead? | Mary Dejevsky

With its Chang’e 4 landing, China has eclipsed US and Russian achievements. Expect them to take fresh interest in the moonChina’s achievement in landing a spacecraft on the far side of the moon, announced by Beijing’s state media this morning, has ramifications that go far beyond the simple statement of this being a “first” for mankind. It puts China on the map of international space exploration on a par with the existing space powers of the United States and Russia – the European Union to a les...
Tags: Europe, Space, Science, Washington, China, Russia, US, European Union, UK News, World news, US news, Nasa, Beijing, United States, Asia Pacific, US politics


'Dark side' of the moon: China's Chang'e 4 probe makes historic landing – video explainer

A Chinese spacecraft has made the first landing on the far side of the moon, touching down in the South Pole-Aitken basin. The mission aims to take detailed measurements of the moon’s terrain and mineral compositionChang'e 4 landing: China probe makes historic touchdown on far side of the moon Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Science, China, World news, Asia Pacific, The moon, Chang, South Pole Aitken


Mexican experts discover first temple of god depicted as skinned human corpse

Two skull-like stone carvings and a stone trunk depicting the Flayed Lord were found during excavation in Puebla stateMexican experts say they have found the first temple of the Flayed Lord, a pre-Hispanic fertility god depicted as a skinned human corpse. Related: Conquistadors sacrificed and eaten by Aztec-era people, archaeologists say Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Religion, Americas, World news, Archaeology, Puebla, Aztec


First close-ups of Ultima Thule reveal it resembles dark red snowman

Images of rock on the edge of the solar system were taken on the most distant flyby in historyNasa’s New Horizons spacecraft has beamed home its first close-up images of Ultima Thule, a lump of rock the shape of an unfinished snowman that lies 4 billion miles away on the edge of the solar system.Taken as the probe sped past the body in the , the pictures reveal a dark reddish object about 21 miles long and 10 miles wide that spins on its axis once every 15 hours or so. The colour image of Ultim...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, World news, Nasa, Pluto, Ultima Thule



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