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Smoking Doesn't Kill Them: The Strange Science of the Longevity Gene

Why do some cigarette smokers live to old age while others die young? Scientists are getting closer to an answer.<p>It’s a well-established fact that …

Public Health

Firstborns really are the favorites and most successful, but they’re also the most unhealthy

Health

75-million-year-old dinosaur blood and collagen discovered in fossil fragments

Scientists accidentally discover what appear to be red blood cells and collagen fibres during analysis of ‘crap’ fossils dug up in Canada 100 years ago<p>Scientists have discovered what appear to be red blood cells and collagen fibres in the fossilised remains of dinosaurs that lived 75 million years …

Planned giant Eye of Sauron installation in Moscow condemned by Orthodox Church

A Russian Orthodox Church spokesman decried the installation, to be affixed to the 21st floor of a skyscraper, as a ‘symbol of the triumph of evil’<p>The Russian Orthodox Church has warned of dire consequences for Moscow if plans proceed for a skyscraper light installation modeled on the all-seeing …

Ebola In The Air: What Science Says About How The Virus Spreads

Here's an Ebola puzzle for you: If the virus isn't airborne, why do doctors and nurses need to wear full protective suits, with face masks, while treating patients?<p>After we dug through studies and talked to scientists, the answer slowly emerged.<p>Ebola <i>does</i> spread through the <i>air</i>. But not through the</i> …

Jupiter's gaseous eye, a moon impaled and a Halloween sun – in pictures

This month’s pick of the best space-related imagery has a theme: pareidolia, or the human tendency to see meaningful shapes and patterns where none exists<p>Eye of the storm: Nasa released this close-up of Jupiter and its Great Red Spot, taken by Hubble on 21 April as the shadow of the Jovian moon, …

Nigel Slater’s tuna with miso, edamame and wasabi recipe

A quick and tasty fish supper<p>The recipe<p>Put 4 tbsp of light miso paste into a shallow dish or deep plate, stir in 1 tbsp of ponzu sauce and 2 tbsp of groundnut oil. Season two 150g tuna steaks with a little black pepper, then lay them down in the marinade, turn and cover with clingfilm. Set aside …

Recipes

Unleash Your Inner Big Cat Fan

Changing Planet<p>It might not seem like it to human eyes, but the look that lioness is giving her mate is about the pinnacle of romance for these wild felines. (Photo by Michael Nichols/NG Creative)<p>As you can tell from seeing any stroller with a kid in a lion’s-mane hooded sweater, kids (and parents) …

Nasa's Orion spacecraft prepares for launch in first step towards manned Mars mission

Thursday’s test flight will be the furthest a built-for-humans capsule has flown since 1970s Apollo moon missions but astronauts must wait seven years at least<p>Nasa’s quest to send astronauts out into the solar system will begin this week with a two-laps-around-Earth test flight.<p>The new Orion …