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The origins of the 'OMG particle'

Right now, as you read this very text, your DNA is getting sliced up by tiny, invisible bullets. The damage-dealers are known as cosmic rays, even though they are absolutely not rays — but the name stuck from a historical misunderstanding. Instead, they're particles: electrons and protons, mostly, …

Universe

Rare supermassive black hole stuns scientists

A supermassive black hole has been found at the center of a tiny galaxy, a rare find. What makes the discovery even more unique is that it has been …

Black Holes

The Death Toll From Italy's Genoa Bridge Collapse Has Risen to 26

Italian authorities from the region of Liguria have raised to 26 the number of dead in the collapse of a highway bridge in the port city of Genoa.<p>The …

Italy

Narendra Modi Says India Will Send a Manned Flight Into Space by 2022

(NEW DELHI) — India will send a manned flight into space by 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Wednesday as part of India’s independence …

India

Heatwaves are more deadly for residents in Melbourne and Adelaide — here's why

Adelaide and Melbourne are among the most dangerous Australian capital cities to live in during the summer months, with residents more at risk of …

Australia

Drought could cause vegetable prices to skyrocket if Australia's salad bowl doesn't get summer rain

Farmers in the Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane, are warning shoppers the price of vegetables like lettuce, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower could …

Water

Hawaiian town rocked by up to 800 earthquakes daily as volcano erupts

The constant shaking is like nothing you could have ever expected Kathy Tripp<p>It’s been a strange three months for the Hawaii island village of Volcano, where thousands of earthquakes have rattled the residents of this small mountainside town since Kilauea began erupting in May. Now, after a week of …

Natural Disasters

Breakthrough as New Caledonia votes to protect coral reef

New Caledonia has agreed to tougher protections around a huge swathe of some of the world’s last near-pristine coral reefs, in a move conservationists hailed as a major breakthrough.<p>The Pacific nation, a French overseas territory, is home to a rich array of wildlife including 2.5 million seabirds …

New Caledonia

18 Ways Pregnancy May Change Your Body Forever

1 of 20<p>After birth<p>They say that being a mother changes you, and they aren't kidding. At no other time in your life will you grow a whole new organ, …

Women's Health

Common Vaccine For Pregnant Women Doesn't Increase Autism Risk, Shows Study of 80,000 Kids

Can we freaking drop this already.<p>New research has shown that a common childhood vaccination given to pregnant women does not put their children at …

Public Health

Inducing Labor at 39 Weeks May Offer Benefits

Inducing labor at 39 weeks’ gestation may reduce the need for cesarean section, a randomized trial has found.<p>Common practice has been to avoid induction of labor between 39 and 41 weeks, especially in first-time mothers. Evidence from observational studies had suggested that induction during this …

Pregnancy

Mom sounds alarm after son's mosquito bite causes seizures, brain swelling

Doctors say the 6-year-old North Carolina boy contracted La Crosse encephalitis from a bug bite.<p>A North Carolina mother is issuing a public warning after her 6-year-old son nearly died from an infection caused by a bug bite.<p>LoriAnne Surrett says she thinks her little boy, Noah, got bit while …

Inflammation

Herpesvirus may lead to bipolar, depression

Scientists have discovered the human herpesvirus HHV-6 in the neurons of people who lived with bipolar or severe depression.<p>According to the National …

The Brain

E-cigarette vapor tied to changes in lung cells

(Reuters Health) - The vapor from e-cigarettes may boost the production of inflammatory chemicals in the lungs, while disabling key cellular defenders against infection, a new study suggests.<p>In a series of laboratory experiments, researchers found that e-cigarette vapor impairs the activity of …

Public Health

Lyme Disease Is Spreading Fast. Why Isn’t There a Vaccine?

We’ve all heard the advice about avoiding Lyme disease. If you walk through wooded or grassy areas where it’s prevalent, you should use insect repellent. Cover exposed skin. Check yourself thoroughly once you return home, and take a shower. If you see a tick, pluck it off your skin with tweezers. …

Disease

DeepMind's AI spots early signs of eye disease

Initial results of DeepMind's partnership with Moorfield's Eye Hospital in London suggest that a scanning method that uses artificial intelligence …

Artificial Intelligence

Editorial: All Blacks boss knows better than most when to swing the axe

There are three New Zealanders who get paid very close attention. The Prime Minister is one, as is Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr. The other is All …

Steve Hansen

All Blacks beware - Richie Mo'unga could be second victim of 'the Sopoaga Syndrome'

All those people thumping the table in their heartfelt advocacy of Richie Mo'unga need to calm down a bit – but, equally, Steve Hansen may want to …

Barrett

Big Read: Keith Murdoch and the aftermath of the incident that ended his career

<b>In the final extract from the book Murdoch: The All Black Who Never Returned, Ron Palenski delves into the aftermath of the incident that ended the</b> …

World Rugby

The time I went looking for Keith Murdoch

<b>COMMENT:</b><p>It was late July 2001. We'd been in Cape Town covering the All Blacks' 12-3 test victory and had landed in Sydney to catch our connecting …

Rugby: All Blacks legend Sir Bryan Williams inducted into World Rugby Hall of Fame

All Blacks legend Sir Bryan Williams will be inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame later this year.<p>The five legends of the game announced by …

World Rugby

Rugby: Rieko Ioane shines in All Blacks 'Game of Three Halves' warm up match

Blues centre Rieko Ioane showed his individual brilliance with a hat-trick for the All Blacks in their warm up match against Otago in Christchurch.<p>As …

New Zealand All Blacks

Rugby: Sam Whitelock - Modern athlete old school player

Hopefully there will be more fuss made about Sam Whitelock's 100th cap next weekend than there was about his first.<p>No one has sneaked into the All …

New Zealand All Blacks

Hansen confirms Barrett for Bledisloe opener

Deafened by a growing clamour for Super Rugby star Mo’unga to wear No.10 in this month’s twin Bledisloe Cup Tests, coach Steve Hansen has delivered a …

Super Rugby

As it happened: All Blacks 'Game of Three Halves'

All the action as the All Blacks took part in their pre-Bledisloe Cup "Game of Three Halves".<p>The game consisted of the All Blacks v Cantabrians v …

New Zealand All Blacks

Rugby: Why Beauden Barrett is the only choice

It's no wonder All Blacks coach Steve Hansen seemed a little short and defensive earlier in the week when the inevitable questions came about whether …

Beauden Barrett

Martin Devlin: Just stop this Beauden Barrett v Richie Mo'unga debate

<b>COMMENT</b><p>Let's put this debate to bed once and for all. Beauden Barrett is the All Blacks starter at number 10. What more needs to be said?<p>He's the …

Super Rugby

Rugby: Hooray boys, I'm off — Murdoch

The atmosphere in Cardiff on international match days is always electric. This day, it seemed to be on a turbocharger. There were reasons for this — …

Journalism

Big Read: New book details reveal the events leading up to All Blacks prop Keith Murdoch's fall from grace

<b>In this edited extract from the book, Murdoch: The All Black Who Never Returned, Ron Palenski details one of the most controversial chapters in New</b> …

English Rugby

Former prime minister Sir John Key and former All Black Dan Carter tee off for charity

Political savvy squared off against rugby brains today at Westlake Boys' High School in the name of charity.<p>Former prime minister Sir John Key and …

World Rugby