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Liquid woolly mammoth blood found preserved in Russian ice, researchers report

As global warming thaws the ground in Russia, researchers have been making some amazing finds. Now, Russian researchers claim to have made what could be the most incredible discovery of all: the preserved blood and meat of a woolly mammoth. "When we broke the ice beneath [the mammoth's] stomach, …

New Discovery Knocks 'Oldest Bird' Off Its Perch

Move over <i>Archaeopteryx</i>, an older bird just landed on the evolutionary tree.<p>Scientists writing in <i>Nature</i> magazine, say a feathered, chicken-sized creature known as <i>Aurornis xui</i>, unearthed recently in northeastern China, challenges the "pivotal position of <i>Archaeopteryx</i>" — long regarded as the oldest …

Early bird called Dawn beat Archaeopteryx to worm by 10m years

A prehistoric beast the size of a pheasant has become a contender for the title of oldest bird to stalk the Earth.<p>The small, feathered "Dawn" bird …

Lasers used to turn off cocaine addiction in rat brains, may translate into human therapy

Kicking a cocaine addiction may be as simple as beaming a laser straight into the brain — at least in rats. That's the result of a new study of cocaine-addicted lab rodents published today by US researchers working with the National Institute on Drug Abuse. But the scientists behind it think that …

Patient people mull over future rewards - Futurity

WASHINGTON U. – ST. LOUIS (US) — Brain imaging suggests impulsive people don’t think about …

Scientists 'read dreams' using brain scans

Brain activity correlated with the images that people saw in their dreams<p><b>Scientists have found a way to "read" dreams, a study suggests.</b><p>Researchers in Japan used MRI scans to reveal the images that people were seeing as they entered into an early stage of sleep.<p>Writing in the journal Science, they …

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Bullying victims don't have many enemies - Futurity

U. VIRGINIA (US) — Bullied kids are not universally disliked by their peers, but they …

Bloggers in Bangladesh protest over arrest of writers

Computer screens in Bangladesh on Thursday displayed off-line messages<p><b>At least eight popular Bangladeshi websites used by bloggers have been blacked out in protest over the arrests this week of four online writers.</b><p>Those being held have been accused of hurting the religious sentiments of the …

Extremism

India axe attacker 'kills nine' in Chhattisgarh

<b>A man has gone on a rampage with an axe in a village in central India, killing four women and five girls, police say.</b><p>The motive for the attack in Chhattisgarh state is unclear but police said the man, named as Panduram, appeared to be having "mental problems". They added that the man had recently …

Extremism

Indonesian special forces admit prisoner killings

<b>The Indonesian army says members of the country's Kopassus special forces were behind the murders of four prisoners suspected of killing a soldier.</b><p>The four men were being held in a jail in Jogjakarta, Java, when nine masked men armed with AK-47 rifles stormed the facility at midnight on 23 …

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Apple censors Tibet book app in latest concession to Chinese government

Apple has ejected an app that offered access to banned books from its App Store in China, in the latest sign of the technology giant’s willingness to appease the Chinese government.<p>Hao Peiqiang, the Beijing-based developer of the app said Apple told him it had taken the step because it “includes …

Saudi Arabian paralysis sentence 'grotesque', says Foreign Office

The reported sentencing to paralysis for a Saudi man for a crime he committed as a 14-year-old has been condemned as "grotesque" by the Foreign …