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New bat virus in China can infect people

Scientists have discovered a new SARS-like coronavirus in Chinese horseshoe bats that can infect people.<p>The research team isolated and cultured the …

Public Health

Hayley Atwell Talks PEGGY CARTER TV Series

Mysterious History: Atlantis

The idea of continents that supported ancient, perhaps even cultured and prosperous people, before they sunk under the sea has captivated historians …

12 Clever Ideas for a Better, Cleaner Water Pump

Cheap and reliable diesel pumps are the go-to tool for irrigation on farms in rural India. But diesel costs have been rising in recent yearsand so has concern over greenhouse gases. To address both problems, Greenpeace has issued a challenge to desi<p>Cheap and reliable diesel pumps are the go-to tool …

Pope criticises focus on 'idol called money'

Pope Francis has criticised a global economic system that "idolised" money, saying it was behind suffering and unemployment as he visited the struggling Italian island of Sardinia.<p>Francis, at the start of a day-long trip to the Sardinian capital, Cagliari, put aside his prepared text at a meeting …

Alien Life Arrives on Comets?—A Controversial Study

A sampling device launched into the Earth’s stratosphere by U.K. researchers in July has come back with what they say is evidence of alien life …

Reconsidering History: Ancient Greeks Discovered America Thousands of Years Ago

CAVALESE, Italy—The year 1492 is one of history’s most famous dates, when America was discovered by Europeans. However that “New World” may have been …

Ancient History

Mers - will it start the next global pandemic?

Since April 2012, 108 cases of a new virus have been reported in humans, resulting in 50 deaths. Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) is in the same family as Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and the common cold (coronaviruses), but is more closely related to viruses found in bats. The …

Bookless Public Library Opens In Texas

An all-digital public library is opening today, as officials in Bexar County, Texas, celebrate the opening of the BiblioTech library. The facility offers about 10,000 free e-books for the 1.7 million residents of the county, which includes San Antonio.<p>On its website, the Bexar County BiblioTech …

Grid storage: Good for solar, but not for wind?

When wind farms generate more energy than is needed by consumers, it may be better to temporarily shut the turbines down rather than store surplus …

Clean Energy

Woolly mammoth extinction due to warming climate

In this scientific whodunnit, the latest research points a finger squarely at changing climate as the main culprit leading to the extinction of the woolly mammoth.<p>Why did woolly mammoths go extinct? Did climate change do them in? Or did humans eat them into extinction? Or did a meteorite cause …

Vaccine 'clears HIV-like virus' in monkeys

<b>A vaccine for the monkey equivalent of HIV appears to eradicate the virus, a study suggests.</b><p>Research published in the journal Nature has shown that vaccinated monkeys can clear Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) infection from their bodies.<p>It was effective in nine of the 16 monkeys that were …

Japanese man walks home 800 miles after being mugged

A man who was mugged in southern Japan decided to walk more than 800 miles home rather than inconvenience the local police or his family with his predicament, it has been claimed.<p>The man, who has not been named, set out from the city of Kitakyushu after being mugged on August 25 and arrived back at …