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Blue energy: How mixing water can create electricity

The intriguing chemistry that occurs where rivers meet the sea could power our homes and much more, says Phillip Ball.<p>It is perhaps one of the most under-exploited sources of green energy. When salt water and fresh water mix in estuaries, a chemical process occurs that can be harnessed for …

Honey-based mead may curb antibiotic resistance, say makers

Scientists in Sweden are launching their own mead - an alcoholic beverage made from a fermented mix of honey and water - based on old recipes which they say could help in the fight against antibiotic resistance.<p>Together with a brewery, the scientists who have long studied bees and their honey, have …

Microbiology

Italy’s eels have a cocaine problem

There are lots of scary-looking things in the sea: sharks, giant squids, jellyfish. But the thing we <i>really</i> should be scared of most is the growing trash pile swirling in our oceans. There are 5 trillion pieces of trash floating out there, and it’s ending up in the stomachs of many sea animals.<p>The …

Year-Long Space Station Crew Member Discusses The Progress Of His Mission With The Media

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Injectable, Flexible Mesh Picks Up Activity In Mouse Brains

Like a neural wiretap that could someday modify the brain<p>Ever since scientists figured out that the brain communicates via electricity, they've been trying to understand it--and manipulate it. Now a team led by researchers from Harvard University has developed an injectable mesh that can pick up …

Ancient DNA Reveals How the Bronze Age Changed Europe

Genes from 5,000 years ago show that the Europeans of that crucial historical era were predominantly light-skinned — and mostly lactose-intolerant.<p>The findings, based on a rough analysis of genetic material extracted from the teeth of 101 ancient humans, provide snapshots of how mass migrations …

Anthropology

Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao Top Forbes' 2015 List of Highest-Paid Athletes

The long-awaited superfight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao may not have lived up to the hype, but it was lucrative. The bout pushed both fighters to the top of <i>Forbes</i>' annual list of the 100 highest-paid athletes in the world.<p><i>Forbes</i> reports that those on the list earned $3.2 …

Gary Lineker ‘needed a shower’ after lobbying Fifa for 2018 World Cup

• Former England captain felt sullied after mingling with delegates<br>• Lineker says ‘someone of unquestionable integrity’ must succeed Sepp Blatter<p>Gary Lineker says that he felt so sullied by fraternising with Fifa delegates that he wanted a shower afterwards. The 1986 World Cup Golden Boot winner …

Real Madrid Transfer News: Iker Casillas Set to Leave, David De Gea Deal Looms

For the past several transfer periods, Iker Casillas has been rumoured to be leaving Real Madrid. It appears this summer will finally be the end of the road for the legendary 'keeper at Los Blancos, however, with Manchester United's David De Gea taking his place.<p>The English Twitter feed of Spanish …

Barcelona Forward Neymar Named Cover Star of 'Pro Evolution Soccer 2016'

<i>Pro Evolution Soccer 2016</i> will have a big name front and centre.<p>Konami has announced that Brazil and Barcelona forward Neymar will be the cover star of the game.<p>Neymar said, per IGN:<p>This is a real honour for me to be cover star for PES 2016. The series has long been praised for its sheer level of …

Soccer

Blamed for Kota Kinabalu quake, naked tourists arrested by Malaysian police

<b>(CNN) —</b> Police in Malaysia have arrested four foreigners believed to have been part of a group of tourists who stripped naked at the summit of Mount Kinabalu, according to Bernama, Malaysia's official news agency.<p>The arrested tourists were two Canadian brothers, a Dutch woman and a British woman …

Asia

U.S. EPA moves toward regulating aircraft emissions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Wednesday released a scientific finding that greenhouse gases from aircraft pose a risk to human health, paving the way for regulating emissions from the U.S. aviation industry.<p>The “endangerment finding” by the Environmental Protection Agency would …

Carbon Dioxide

Obama approves plan to send 450 new troops to Iraq in fight against Isis

US faces dilemma as administration stresses reinforcements ‘will not serve in a combat role’ but will be deployed as advisers and trainers<p>The Obama administration is preparing to send hundreds of extra troops to help bolster the Iraqi army in its fight against Islamic State.<p>Barack Obama authorised …

US orders more troops to Iraq, but no overhaul of strategy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama ordered the deployment of up to 450 more American troops to Iraq on Wednesday in an effort to reverse major …

Libya: IS clashes with local jihadist militias

<b>Deadly clashes have broken out in Libya's eastern city of Derna between local Islamist militias and militants affiliated to Islamic State (IS).</b><p>The fighting broke out on Tuesday night after Nasser al-Aker, a senior Islamist militant from Derna's Abu-slim Martyr's Brigade, was killed by members of IS.<p>…

The Latest on prison escape: Civilian worker questioned

4:20 p.m. (EDT)<p>New York authorities say they have been questioning a civilian employee at the prison where two inmates escaped over the weekend, but …