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seeds 'doomsday' vault
2015-03-02 13:02:49

The so-called “doomsday vault” located on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard has received its first delivery of forest tree species seeds – a Norway spruce and a Scots pine.

lead casket greyfriars
2015-03-02 10:34:00

A coffin-within-a-coffin discovered close to the remains of King Richard III contained an elderly woman who may have been an early church benefactor, archaeologists have announced.

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2015-02-15 14:12:34

Did ancient civilizations negatively impact the rainforest? Researchers from the UK are using drones to find out.

smart insulin
2015-02-12 12:53:54

Nearly 30 million people in the US struggle with some type of diabetes, but a newly-developed “smart” form of insulin could make treating the condition easier by self-monitoring blood sugar levels and activating only when needed.

ubuntu smartphone
2015-02-08 13:45:48

A new smartphone that runs on the Ubuntu operating system is going on sale in the UK next week, but customers looking for an alternative to the iPhone or Android devices will have to be quick in order to get one, various media outlets reported on Friday.

pregnant flying
2015-02-07 10:15:11

Health officials in the UK have issued revised guidelines governing when pregnant women should (and should not) fly on an airplane, whether or not they should wear a seatbelt, and how they can reduce the risk of travelling by air while carrying a child.

Rosetta Philae Comet
2015-02-02 09:37:57

The search for the Philae lander on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-G) has been unsuccessful, and ESA officials will now wait to hear from the probe to confirm its location.

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2015-01-24 09:55:27

Good GMOs? Scientists developing a way to produce safer and more effective GMO using bacteria that cannot spread in the wild.

beagle2 mars
2015-01-16 08:49:14

A probe that was scheduled to land on Mars on Christmas Day 2003, but disappeared several days prior, has been found intact on the surface of the Red Planet, according to BBC News reports published Friday.

shoes
2015-01-15 15:16:53

A team of German researchers has developed portable, shoe-sized devices that could recharge your gadgets on the go by generating power through the mechanics of walking.


Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.