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46,000-year-old worms brought back to life from Siberian permafrost

Scientists discovered and reanimated two kinds of frozen microscopic nematodes or roundworms in Siberia five years ago. A new study on them published last Thursday reveals their secrets, including the fact that they are 46,000 years old and one of them is an entirely new species that has never before been discovered. Many animals like […]

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Debate of the Week: Do monsters keep us sane?

THE NEWS: This month, volunteers from across the world will flock to Loch Ness to try to spot an ancient beast. Some think they might just be on to something.   In 565 AD, a monk named Saint Columba, travelling through Scotland, came across some locals burying a man by the River Ness.The man, they explained, […]

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DEBATE OF THE Week: WILL AMERICAN DEMOCRACY SURVIVE?

To slightly misquote Oscar Wilde: one indictment may be regarded as a misfortune; two looks like carelessness. And what about three? Last week, former and would-be future president Donald Trump was indicted for the third time this year, this time on federal charges related to an attempt to subvert the 2020 election. Another indictment? It […]

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DEBATE OF THE DAY: Do bans ever work?

THE NEWS: More and more teenagers around the world say that they vape. And with sales of legal e-cigarettes banned to under-18s, many are turning to illegally produced products.  Lead, nickel and chromium. Would you willingly eat these? Probably not-but these chemicals were found in vapes taken from students.  Tests showed that people who used […]

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Debate of the Week- Should she be allowed to race?

THE NEWS: A top European court has ruled that star athlete Caster Semenya’s human rights were violated after she was banned from competing in elite events in 2018.  She was only 18 when she first charged across the finish line at the 2009 world track and field championships, winning first place. But for Olympian Caster […]

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An otter in Santa Cruz is hassling surfers — and stealing their boards

An aggressive sea otter in California is hassling locals by riding boards she stole from surfers in the lineup. Steamer Lane is a legendary point break nestled along the rocky shores of Santa Cruz, home to swaths of experienced surfers, as well as a 5-year-old female sea otter with a growing reputation for repeatedly confronting […]

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Debate of the Week-Does age matter?

IN THE NEWS: South Koreans have become years younger overnight after an antiquated Korean law was brought to international standards. Some say there is cause for celebration, whilst others think it might be time for a complete overhaul.  They may just be the most enviable people in human history. Since the beginning of time, humans […]

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Florida professor resurfaces after a record 100 days living underwater

The university professor broke a Guinness World Record and surpassed the initial 73 days, two hours and 34 minutes record set by two people in 2014.  The lodge was submerged beneath 30 feet of water in a Key Largo lagoon. The diving explorer and medical researcher surpassed the previous mark of 73 days, two hours […]

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Meet the house that diapers built

Researchers have designed and erected a house that has shredded, disposable diapers mixed into its concrete and mortar. A single-story home of about 36 square meters can pack nearly 2 cubic meters of used diapers into its floors, columns and walls. Using recycled diapers as composite building materials would not only shrink landfill waste but […]

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Debate of the Week: Have we missed our chance to stop global warming?

IN THE NEWS: A new report has warned that the world is on track to hit a 1.5C temperature increase by 2027. Wildfires spread across Canada. Floods deluge Italy. Droughts cause havoc in France and Spain. And it all takes place in the same week. This may be only the start. Extreme weather events are […]