We’re safe…the world won’t end this year

Three Guatemalan sages burned wood resin, seeds, fruits and flowers on a beach outside Havana in a ceremony marking the end of a Mayan calendar cycle that some have wrongly interpreted as a prediction of a looming apocalypse. Raising their hands to the sky and praying in their indigenous language, they kissed each offering before … [Read the full story]

Dolphin bites a little girl in Florida

A hungry dolphin bit an 8-year-old girl at Sea World in Orlando, Florida, last week as she was feeding it scraps of fish. Jillian Thomas of Georgia suffered three puncture wounds the size of dimes and a swollen left hand after the unexpected biting occurred, her parents told the Orlando Sentinel. Jillian’s father, Jamie Thomas, … [Read the full story]

New blood will keep us young looking

It might sound like something from Dracula, but old brains have been made sprightly again thanks to young blood. Giving ageing mice blood from much younger animals rejuvenated connections between brain cells and improved memory, experiments have shown. The treatment is so effective that 18-month-old animals did as well in memory tests as those of … [Read the full story]

Massive meteor shower hits San Francisco Bay

A fireball lit up California skies and stunned stargazers, and professional observers say more meteors are on the way. The exploding streak was visible over the San Francisco Bay area and other parts of Northern California, and there were also reports of a loud boom. “It looked like a plane crash or rocket,” said Philip … [Read the full story]

The origin of man comes from a place in Africa

The theory that modern humans came from one place in Africa has been challenged by new research. A study showed the Khoe and San peoples of the sub-Sahara are descendents of the earliest diversification event in the history of all humans, some 100,000 years ago. The findings, involving 220 participants representing 11 populations across southern … [Read the full story]

A Fire-Tornado is amazingly captured on camera

An awe-struck filmmaker has told of the moment he witnessed one of nature’s rarest phenomena – a fire tornado. Chris Tangey had been out in Alice Springs scouting locations for a new movie. After finishing he went over to help workers at a cattle station when he was confronted by one of nature’s most intimidating … [Read the full story]

Is eating a placenta nothing more than a placebo?

It is now becoming popular for women to eat the placenta as part of their childbirth experience. They expect to experience major health benefits like prevented or reduced postpartum depression. A couple of celebrities mentioned it and that brought placentophagia into the spotlight. What’s going on? “Placentophagia” pertains to ingestion of placenta, fluids, and tissues … [Read the full story]

Your last chance to save Earth as we know it

An international consortium of more than 8,000 scientists have called for urgent help to save Earth’s 100 most threatened animals, plants and fungi. While Nature has always operated by survival of the fittest, humanity’s increasing need for space is adding to the stresses on the natural kingdom. The report blamed a loss of habitat, caused … [Read the full story]

Should Prostrate cancer be operated immediately?

A diagnosis of prostate cancer is shocking and most often quite unexpected…the thought of a tumour growing inside you is sickening. Almost immediately, men face a decision about treatment – and the first impulse is, for many, to want it cut out. As an oncologist with more than 15 years specialising in the condition, you … [Read the full story]

Do aliens listen to our broadcasts?

Since the invention of radio more than a century ago, man has been broadcasting into space in the hope that any listening aliens could learn of our presence. Yet, despite waves travelling a distance of 200 light years in all directions, they still have 118,800 light years to go until the entire Milky Way has … [Read the full story]

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