DNA of extinct humans found in caves

The DNA of extinct humans can be retrieved from sediments in caves – even in the absence of skeletal remains. Researchers found the genetic material in sediment samples collected from seven archaeological sites. The remains of ancient humans are often scarce, so the new findings could help scientists learn the identity of inhabitants at sites More...

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Government bid to delay air pollution plan fails

The UK Government has lost a court bid to delay publication of its air pollution strategy, and must now release it before the June election. Courts had given the government until Monday 24 April to set out draft More...

By siddharthjrs On Thursday, April 27th, 2017
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British Veterinary Association slams designer cat breeding

Video Scottish Fold cats are increasingly popular, but vets are concerned about irresponsible breeding. The British Veterinary Association says irresponsible breeding of Scottish Fold cats should be banned. 27 More...

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First Americans claim sparks controversy

A study that claims humans reached the Americas 130,000 years ago – much earlier than has previously been suggested – has run into controversy. Humans are thought to have arrived in the New World no More...

By siddharthjrs On Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
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Builders 'behind UK flooding risk'

New housing developments that contribute to the risk of flooding are still being built, MPs say. House builders are supposed to create housing schemes that catch water with features like green roofs and porous More...

By siddharthjrs On Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
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Baby humpback whales 'whisper' to mums to avoid predators

The humpback whale is known for its loud haunting songs, which can be heard 20 miles away. However, new recordings show mothers and calves “whisper” to each other, seemingly to avoid attracting predators. The More...

By siddharthjrs On Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
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'Fossil' groundwater's modern secret

Media playback is unsupported on your device The world’s oldest and deepest waters are not immune from contamination, warn scientists. It had been assumed that “fossil” reserves More...

By siddharthjrs On Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
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Physics of throwing analysed by scientists

Scientists have calculated the optimal strategy for throwing something accurately – whether it’s a dart or a crumpled-up piece of paper. Researchers at Yale University say the slow-is-more-accurate More...

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Primitive human 'lived much more recently'

A primitive type of human, once thought to be up to three million years old, actually lived much more recently, a study suggests. The remains of 15 partial skeletons belonging to the species Homo naledi were described More...

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Cassini set for first Saturn gap plunge

The Cassini probe is about to make the first of 22 dives in between the rings of Saturn and the planet’s atmosphere. The orbits represent the last science-gathering phase of this remarkable mission before More...