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Cavemen’s rock music makes a comeback
March 18, 2014 12:03 AM
PARIS: Thousands of years after they resonated in caves, two dozen stone chimes used by our prehistoric forefathers will make music once more in a unique series of concerts in Paris.Known as lithophones, the instruments have been dusted off from museum storage to be played in public for the first...
Geoengineering no quick fix in fight against warming
February 27, 2014 12:06 AM
PARIS: Far from offering a simple fix, sci-fi solutions to global warming may in fact make the problem worse, a probe of “geoengineering” options said Tuesday.Once mocked as unscientific, geoengineering proposals are gaining traction as carbon emissions soar, placing the Earth on track for warming...
TV's 'Dr House' helps solve real-life medical mystery
February 07, 2014 10:50 AM
PARIS: For a year, the patient suffered from a range of worsening symptoms that left doctors stumped. His heart started failing, his sight and hearing deteriorated, he suffered from acid reflux, swollen lymph nodes and an inexplicable fever. The outlook was grim.Only Dr Gregory House, TV's misfit...
Dark skin and blue eyes: how Europeans once looked
January 28, 2014 12:14 AM
PARIS: The DNA of a hunter-gatherer who lived in Spain some 7,000 years ago suggests that Europeans were dark-skinned until much more recently than previously thought, researchers said Sunday.Genetic material recovered from a tooth of La Brana 1, an ancient man whose skeleton was dug up in a deep...
Dark skin and blue eyes: How Europeans once looked
January 26, 2014 08:12 PM
PARIS: The DNA of a hunter-gatherer who lived in Spain some 7,000 years ago suggests that Europeans were dark-skinned until much more recently than previously thought, researchers said Sunday.Genetic material recovered from a tooth of La Brana 1, an ancient man whose skeleton was dug up in a deep...
After VIPs, mourning South Africans reclaim their Madiba
December 12, 2013 12:46 PM
PRETORIA: Nelson Mandela was reclaimed by ordinary South Africans who queued in huge numbers in the hot sun Thursday to file past his open casket on a day reserved for the public. As Mandela lay in state for a second day, a row deepened over a sign language interpreter at his memorial service, who...
Scientists decode oldest-known ‘human’ DNA from 400,000-year-old bone
December 06, 2013 12:26 AM
PARIS: Anthropologists said Wednesday they had decoded the oldest DNA ever found in the human family, extracted from a 400,000-year-old thighbone found in a pit in Spain.The feat expands knowledge of human genetics by some 300,000 years, they said, but also suggests the odyssey of man’s evolution...
Scientists decode oldest-known 'human' DNA
December 04, 2013 08:05 PM
PARIS: Anthropologists said Wednesday they had decoded the oldest DNA ever found in the human family, extracted from a 400,000-year-old thigh bone found in a pit in Spain.The feat expands knowledge of human genetics by some 300,000 years, they said, but also suggests the odyssey of Man's evolution...
Fish fossil yields jaw-dropping data on evolution
September 27, 2013 12:03 AM
PARIS: The ancestor of all creatures with jaws and a backbone was not a sleek underwater beast but a toothless, armored fish, said a study Wednesday that rewrites humankind’s evolutionary history.Scientists say they have found a 419-million-year-old fish fossil in China which disproves the...
What’s in a name? More than you think
July 12, 2013 12:36 AM
PARIS: As Prince William and wife Catherine mull over names for their royal offspring, they would do well to heed mounting evidence that a name can influence everything from your school grades and career choice to who you marry and where you live. Someone named Jacqueline or Steven will generally...
Mixed-bag climate conference closes in Bonn
June 14, 2013 11:54 AM
BONN: Talks towards a worldwide climate pact wrapped up Friday with delegates claiming progress, even though a procedural bust-up with Russia blocked important work.With just over 900 days left to a 2015 deadline for signing the UN's most ambitious environmental deal, the negotiations in Bonn...
Europe readies for solar storm risks
April 03, 2013 04:51 PM
BRUSSELS: Europe launched its first space weather coordination centre Wednesday to raise the alarm for possible satellite-sizzling solar storms that also threaten astronauts in orbit, plane passengers and electricity grids on Earth.Though impossible to predict, a worst-case scenario mega-storm can...
Escaping the smoke: E-cigs a popular alternative to regular cigarettes
February 13, 2013 12:19 AM
PARIS: The camera zooms in on a stubble-bearded hunk dragging on a cigarette and blowing out a cloud of smoke with what seems to be great satisfaction. It resembles the TV smoking ads of yesteryear, now banned in most of the world, yet this modern-day offering is approved for American television...
Scientists solve 3,000-year-old pharaonic whodunit
December 18, 2012 08:25 AM
PARIS: An assassin slit the throat of Egypt's last great pharaoh at the climax of a bitter succession battle, scientists said Monday in a report on a 3,000-year-old royal murder.Forensic technology suggests Ramses III, a king revered as a god, met his death at the hand of a killer, or killers,...
People live longer but are not always healthier: study
December 13, 2012 08:10 PM
PARIS: People live more than a decade longer on average today than they did in 1970, but spend much of these boon years battling diseases like cancer, according to a global health review published Thursday.By 2010, a man's life expectancy at birth had risen 11.1 years from 1970 and that of a woman...
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