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Mystery goo kills over 200 San Francisco Bay birds, officials stumped
California officials are unable to identify a grey, goo-like substance that has been found coating the feathers of hundreds of birds. More than 200 seabirds have been found dead along the coast, while more than 300 have been rescued so far.

22.01.2015 23:56

Clock’s ticking: Humanity ‘2 minutes’ closer to its doomsday
Three minutes to midnight – with midnight being the figurative end of humanity – are left before apocalypse descends upon the planet, scientists announced on Thursday, as the minute hand of the iconic ‘Doomsday Clock’ was adjusted two minutes forward.

22.01.2015 20:00

Mystery radio waves from deep space captured LIVE, sender unknown
An unknown radio signal, which may have come from a black hole, colliding neutron stars (or – for those who ‘believe’ – alien life), has been picked up by astronomers live for the first time ever. Its origins remain mysterious.

22.01.2015 20:26

Monsanto agrochemicals cause genetic damage in soybean workers – study
Soybean workers exposed to the agrochemicals like glyphosate, the main component in Monsanto’s ‘Roundup’ herbicide and other biocides, suffer from elevated DNA and cell damage, according to a new study.

22.01.2015 15:07

New laser technique turns metals totally water-repellent
US scientists have developed a way to create super water-resistant metals. Lasers will create self-cleaning, anti-icing, anti-corrosion and anti-microbial surfaces, which could be used in solar panels and sanitation products.

22.01.2015 05:36

Auckland zookeepers euthanize celebrity TV gibbon
Despite his huge popularity in New Zealand, TV celebrity Iwani – a siamang gibbon – was euthanized because zookeepers thought he was “unhappy and agitated.”

22.01.2015 03:55

New views of dwarf planet Ceres released by NASA
Impressive new images of the dwarf planet Ceres, captured by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, have revealed crater-like structures on the frozen, icy surface. The images arrived as the probe became due to enter Ceres’ orbit.

22.01.2015 02:02

Sweet dreams: Twitter users try to ‘wake up’ Philae lander snoozing on comet 67P
Twitter users want spring to come early so they can wake up the Rosetta spacecraft lander Philae, which is currently “hibernating” on the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as it rushes through space on its way towards the Sun.

21.01.2015 07:28

Web founder Berners-Lee slams UK online surveillance
The internet’s founder Sir Tim Berners-Lee says the UK government is the best in the world for making data open, but the worst for spying on its own citizens online.

20.01.2015 17:00

A drink a day helps reduce chance of heart failure - study
Consuming up to seven alcoholic drinks a week gives men a 20 percent lower risk of developing heart failure, when compared to men who abstain, and a 16 percent reduced risk for women, a major new study shows.

20.01.2015 11:10

​‘Strong correlation’ between quakes and fracking in Kansas – official
​Geologists in the state of Kansas now say that a recent string of mysterious earthquakes may have been caused by pumping chemicals into the ground as part of the controversial gas and oil extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

19.01.2015 19:25

Shale revolution on a limb, only 11 fracking projects active in UK
The UK’s shale gas ‘revolution’ doesn’t seem to have lived up to its hype, after it was revealed only 11 new exploratory wells are due to be drilled this year, despite the continued fall of oil prices.

19.01.2015 14:50