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Scientists slam WHO-China report, demand ‘full investigation’ into COVID-19 origins

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"These signatories can deceive no one," said Zhao Lijian, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson.  Lijian also called out one of the group’s organizers, former National Security Council official Jamie Metzel, by na...

These viruses are the most likely to trigger the next pandemic, scientists predict

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The tool, called SpillOver, essentially creates a "watch list" of newly discovered animal viruses that pose the greatest threat to human health. The researchers hope their open-access tool can be used by other scient...

It took a sea and land journey to prove to scientists they were wrong about physics

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Don Lincoln is a senior scientist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. He is the author of several science books for general audiences, including the best-selling audio book "The Theory of Everything: The Qu...

Scientists have discovered X-rays coming from Uranus

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Uranus is emitting X-rays, and scientists want to take a closer look. That's the mysterious conclusion of a new study, which analyzed two visuals of the planet and discovered X-ray activity for the first time. Astr...

Scientists want to build a doomsday vault on the moon

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Engineers want to build an underground lunar ark, filled with millions of seed, spore, sperm and egg samples from Earth's species, hidden in a network of tubes on the moon to provide a genetic backup for the planet ...

A Stanford scientist’s quest to cure his son could help unravel the mystery of Covid-19 long haulers

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At the height of a luminous career in genetics, Ron Davis, professor of biochemistry and genetics at Stanford University in California, switched to researching a disease that many of his colleagues had never heard o...

Scientists have taken the first ever picture of a glow-in-the-dark shark

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Scientists have taken the first ever photos of a glow-in-the-dark shark producing its own light. The kitefin shark, Dalatias licha, is the world's largest known bioluminescent vertebrate, growing to nearly six feet ...

Kangaroo painted over 17,000 years ago is Australia’s oldest known rock art, scientists say

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A painting of a kangaroo in Western Australia is the oldest known rock art in the country, according to scientists, who say radiocarbon-dating analysis shows it was created more than 17,000 years ago. The kangaroo d...

Mysteries of massive holes forming in Siberian permafrost unlocked by scientists

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The massive crater appeared violently and explosively in the Siberian tundra last year -- a powerful blowout of methane gas throwing ice and rock hundreds of feet away and leaving a gaping circular scar in the empty...

Antarctic sponges discovered under the ice shelf is perplexing scientists

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The accidental discovery of strange life forms on a boulder beneath the ice shelves of the Antarctic has confounded scientists. Researchers were drilling through 900 meters of ice in the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf, s...

Neanderthal genes can change clusters of human brain tissue, scientists find

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Brains are not preserved in the fossil record, making it impossible to know how modern human brains differ from our long-extinct ancestors, the Neanderthals. From fossilized skulls we know that their brains were bi...

In a case of potential mistaken mummy identity, scientists uncover clues

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You know how clothing stores prop up mannequins in windows, showing off the fashionable goods they have to offer? That might be the explanation behind a case of mistaken mummy identity. During a trip to Egypt in th...

Why do wombats poop cubes? Scientists may finally have the answer

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For years, scientists have been wondering why wombat poop is cube-shaped (yes, really). Now, they say they have got to the bottom of the mystery. Bare-nosed wombats, or common wombats, can be found in the woodlands...

Scientists have finally worked out how butterflies fly

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Scientists have long wondered how butterflies fly -- compared with other flying animals, the creatures have unusually short, broad and large wings relative to their body size. Now, experts have found that the insect...

Colombia’s ‘cocaine hippos’ must be culled, scientists say — but not everyone agrees

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Colombia's best-known drug trafficker, Pablo Escobar, may have been killed in 1993 but his influence continues to be felt in the country, sometimes in unexpected ways. Hippopotamuses brought to Colombia as part of E...

Scientists discover a new species of snake hiding in plain sight

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Sometimes, looking at things we thought we knew with fresh eyes (and new tools) can lead to incredible discoveries. That's what happened when Jeff Weinell, a graduate research assistant at the University of Kansas' ...

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