Tag: Science

Did neolithic man practise surgery on cows?

Archaeologists in Champ-Durand, France, have found a cow skull with a small round hole cut into it A stone age cow skull boasting a hole the size of a biscuit has been hailed as a first by archeologists, who say the gouge is the earliest evidence of either a veterinary attempt or animal experimentation. Human skulls …

U.K. to Seek Ban on Domestic Sale of Plastic Straws, Cotton Buds

The U.K. promises to ban the sale of single use plastic drinking straws and cotton buds later this year in a bid to clean up the world’s oceans. Prime Minister Theresa May announced the plans ahead of a meeting of Commonwealth leaders in London, urging the former British colonies to follow suit. Oceans are littered with …

Musk’s SpaceX Launches Planet-Hunter Satellite to Orbit

Elon Musk has famously Space Exploration Technologies Corp. sent to orbit on Wednesday a planet-hunter spacecraft known as TESS, or the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. It’s the next step in the search for planets outside our solar system, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. SpaceX successfully landed the rocket’s first stage on a drone …

Rodent Infestation, Spread of Filth Found Before Egg Recall

Before a U.S. farm voluntarily recalled 207 million eggs, government inspectors found rodents scurrying in manure pits, equipment that was coated with grime and food debris, and outside a swarm of “large flying insects too numerous to count.” Unsanitary conditions were found during multiple inspections of a Rose Acre Farms facility in Hyde County, North Carolina, …

Flat-pack heaven? Robots master task of assembling Ikea chair

Machines programmed by engineers in Singapore complete job in just over 20 minutes Those who fear the rise of the machines, look away now. In a laboratory in Singapore two robots have mastered a task that roundly defeats humans every weekend: they have successfully assembled an Ikea chair. Engineers at Nanyang Technological University used a 3D …

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

The breakthrough, spurred by the discovery of plastic-eating bugs at a Japanese dump, could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles. …

EPA Chief of Staff Approved Raises for Aides, Watchdog Finds

Inspector general releases interim report during hiring audit Report shows Pruitt’s aide Jackson signed off on raises documents Monday showing Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson authorized three of those salary increases using an obscure provision of the Safe Drinking Water Act. That buttresses Jackson’s assertion last week that he, not Pruitt, said in a Fox News …

Flesh-eating ulcer spreading rapidly in Australia

Buruli ulcer cases surging and now at epidemic proportions in parts of Victoria, researchers say A severe tissue-destroying ulcer once rare in Australia is rapidly spreading and is now at epidemic proportions in regions of Victoria, prompting infectious diseases experts to call for urgent research into how it is contracted and spread. In an article published …
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