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New pod of whales stranded in NZ

Volunteers pour water on pilot whales during a mass stranding at Farewell Spit on February, where more than 550 whales have swum aground in just a few days. Picture: AFP/Marty Melville. A NEW pod of 240 whales swam aground at a remote New Zealand beach on Saturday just hours after …

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Sad answer to daughter’s request

Patients suffering from locked-in syndrome can’t move their bodies, but their minds are often working perfectly. A MAN suffering from locked-in syndrome which left him unable to speak, move or blink has used telepathic technology to DENY his daughter’s request to get married. The Sun reports the man, who has …

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What goes on inside a crematorium

One of three cremators inside the Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium, Ryde, NSW. One of three cremators inside the Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium, Ryde, NSW. Picture: Keri Megelus/news.com.au. THERE’S no escaping death. Or as the great Benjamin Franklin once said: “In this world nothing can be said …

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Have we been lied to about weed?

A vendor weighing buds for card-carrying medical marijuana patients attending Los Angeles’ first-ever cannabis farmer’s market at the West Coast Collective medical marijuana dispensary. WHILE the recreational use of marijuana is becoming slowly legalised across the globe, the drug is still largely considered to have diminishing results on mental and …

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Mystery of mummified Siberian royals

The mummified body of one of the ancient royals, who were heavily tattooed. THE mummified bodies of two heavily tattooed ancient chieftains are undergoing extensive tests in a bid to find out why they died. Archaeologists first dug up the mummified remains of a man and woman in 1949 from …

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Drones make surprise find in Amazon

Hundreds of ancient stone structures that look like those at the Stonehenge have been discovered in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. Picture: SALMAN KAHN AND JOSÉ IRIARTE / EXETER UNIVERSITY AFTER flying drones over the Amazon rainforest, scientists discovered hundreds of ancient earthworks resembling those at Stonehenge. Researchers said the enclosures, which …

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Making tomatoes great again

Breeding of tomatoes for commercial qualities such as shelf life and firmness have removed genes key to their taste. Now science thinks it can put them back. Bite into a supermarket tomato and you’ll probably notice something missing: taste. Scientists think they can put the yum back into the grocery …

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Will hacking our brains save Mankind?

Is is inevitable that we will become symbiotic with machines to survive them? THERE is a school of thought that human life will one day be replaced by artificially intelligent super computers that, at the very least, will have the semblance of consciousness. But for those who want to stave …

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Bizarre beast is our earliest known ancestor

This handout image released by the Nature Publishing Group shows an artist’s reconstruction of Saccorhytus coronarius, a bag-like sea creature which lived about 540 million years ago that is thought to be the earliest known prehistoric ancestor of humans. HUMANS’ earliest known relative was likely an egg-shaped creature that ate …

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Could a meteor strike destroy the planet?

NASA announced on Wednesday two discovery missions it plans to launch in 2021 and 2023. Lucy, the first mission, will explore Jupiter?s Trojan asteroids, while the second, called Psyche, will focus on a unique metal asteroid. Photo: NASA- SwRI and SSL/Peter Rubin Could a meteor strike destroy our planet? NASA …

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