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Evolution to blame for bad backs, dropped arches and impacted wisdom teeth, say scientists

Evolution to blame for bad backs, dropped arches and impacted wisdom teeth, say scientists
Evolution may have catapulted humans to the top of the food chain but it also landed us with bad backs, dropped arches and impacted wisdom teeth, according to scientists. While the process of natural selection allowed humans to become much more advanced than other primates, it is also to blame for many of the maladies we ... Full story

Felix Baumgartner fell faster than we thought: supersonic skydiver hit Mach 1.25

Felix Baumgartner fell faster than we thought: supersonic skydiver hit Mach 1.25
Supersonic Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner fell to Earth faster than he or anyone else thought during his record-setting jump last October from 24 miles up. Official data from the parachutist's fall, watched live by millions around the world, showed that he reached 843.6 mph (1,357 kph) - a speed equivalent to Mach 1.25, or 1.25 times ... Full story
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Scientists: this is Richard III

Scientists: this is Richard III
An image of the battle-scarred skull suspected to be that of Richard III has been released for the first time as scientists prepare to reveal the results of DNA tests that could rewrite history. The skeleton of a man found with an arrowhead embedded in his curving spine was excavated from a council car park in ... Full story

Mars rover Curiosity to start drilling

Mars rover Curiosity to start drilling
The Mars rover Curiosity is preparing to drill into a flat rock outcrop that is expected to yield fresh insight into the red planet's history. Running slightly behind schedule, Curiosity was due to arrive at the site in the next few days. After an inspection of the surroundings, the car-size rover will test its drill for ... Full story

Apes have midlife crises too

Apes have midlife crises too
Apes have midlife crises too, according to a new study which suggests middle-aged men cannot blame their career or family life for motorbike-buying meltdowns. Human behaviour studies have revealed the well-established trend that our level of happiness declines after childhood until middle age, when we gradually begin to feel more content again. Now researchers have found that ... Full story

Martian soil is ‘like Hawaii’

Martian soil is 'like Hawaii'
NASA's Curiosity rover has completed its first analysis of Martian soil and found it to be similar to material found on Hawaii. Using x-ray technology to determine the properties of the dust and fine soil distributed across the surface of Mars, the rover found that they were principally made of materials similar to the weathered "basaltic" ... Full story
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Curiosity Mars rover beams images of ancient streambed

Curiosity Mars rover beams images of ancient streambed
Nasa's Curiosity rover has only been on the surface of Mars seven weeks but it has already turned up evidence of past flowing water on the planet. The robot has returned pictures of classic conglomerates - rocks that are made up of gravels and sand. Scientists on the mission team say the size and rounded shape of ... Full story

Mars rover examines rock close up

Mars rover examines rock close up
Nasa's Curiosity rover has completed its first close-contact science. The robot pushed its arm instruments up against a pyramidal rock to assess the atomic elements that were present. The rock - dubbed "Jake Matijevic" after a late rover engineer - was not expected to have high research value. Rather, it was regarded as an early opportunity to ... Full story

Malaria vaccine could save millions of children’s lives

The first-ever widescale trial of a malaria vaccine has produced promising results, say reseacrhers, raising hopes of an imminent breakthrough in the fight against the mosquito-borne tropical disease. Photograph: Pa Millions of children's lives could be saved by a new vaccine shown to halve the risk of malaria in the first large-scale trials across ... Full story

Diamonds ‘could be as common as sand on some planets’

Diamonds ‘could be as common as sand on some planets’
which orbits a star 1,200 light years away, is too big, hot and gassy to have a surface that supports life New forms of life may inhabit the exotic worlds encrusted with diamonds. The possibility is raised by a Jupiter-like planet with an atmosphere that is unusually rich ... Full story

WikiLeaks Handed Data on Secret Swiss Bank Accounts

WikiLeaks Handed Data on Secret Swiss Bank Accounts
LONDON -- A former Swiss banker today supplied anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks with two CDs containing account details on more than 2,000 high-profile politicians, celebrities, crime bosses and multinationals suspected of tax evasion. Swiss whistle-blower Rudolf Elmer -- the former chief operating officer of the Cayman Islands subsidiary for Swiss bank Julius Baer -- handed the discs ... Full story
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