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Scientists keep pigs’ brains alive for 36 hours

(AFP) – US-based researchers have successfully kept alive the brain cells of decapitated pigs for 36 hours, sparking concerns over the ethics involved in such frontline research. The MIT Technology Review said a team at Yale University led by neuro-scientist Nenad Sestan had carried out experiments on between 100 and ...

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Scientists shocked as NASA cuts only moon rover

(AFP) – In a move that shocked lunar scientists, NASA has cancelled the only robotic vehicle under development to explore the surface of the Moon, despite President Donald Trump’s vow to return people there. Scientists working on the Resource Prospector (RP) mission, a robotic rover that had been in development ...

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Scientists set eyes on virtual Neanderthal ‘brain’

(AFP) – Scientists have for the first time set eyes on a three-dimensional Neanderthal brain in the form of a virtual model made to fit the empty, fossilised skulls of long-dead individuals, a study said Thursday. The reconstructed organ confirmed earlier observations, based more loosely on head size and shape, ...

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New 3-D map of Milky Way will ‘revolutionise astronomy’

PARIS (AFP) – Europe’s Gaia satellite has produced a 3-D map, hailed as revolutionary, of more than a billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy — complete with their distance from Earth, colour, and motion through space. The eagerly-anticipated catalogue, published Wednesday, was compiled from data Gaia gathered on some ...

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Hearing loss tied to higher risk of accidental injuries

(Web Desk) People who have a lot of trouble hearing may be almost twice as likely to experience an accidental injury as individuals with excellent or good hearing, a US study suggested. Each year from 2007 to 2015, researchers surveyed about 272,000 adults from across the US. Among other things, ...

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Blind elephants used by tourists at popular Indian fort: PETA

(AFP) – Dozens of elephants used for tourist rides at one of India’s most recognised forts are blind or suffering other ailments, a report said Tuesday, calling for the practice to end. Nineteen elephants used to ferry visitors to Rajasthan’s famous Amer Fort were blind or vision impaired while nine ...

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German shoppers sample burgers made of buffalo worms

AACHEN, Germany (Reuters) – Supermarket shoppers in the western German city of Aachen have stepped out of their comfort zone to sample insect burgers made of buffalo worms. The worms, highly nutritious due to their high protein content, are the larvae of buffalo beetles and are bred in the Netherlands. ...

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