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Astronomers find giant black hole in early universe

Feb 26, 2015

Astronomers find giant black hole in early universe

A black hole 12 billion times more massive than the sun has been found in a glowing quasar that existed when the universe was just a fraction of its current age, scientists said on Wednesday. The discovery challenges currently held theories that black holes ...

NASA investigating helmet water leak after spacewalk

Feb 26, 2015

NASA investigating helmet water leak after spacewalk

Two U.S. astronauts finished a 6½-hour spacewalk on Wednesday to prepare parking spots for new commercial space taxis, and then discovered water had leaked into a spacesuit helmet, a problem that led to the near-drowning of another astronaut in 2013, officials said. Unlike the ...

WHO calls for vaccinations against European measles epidemic

Feb 26, 2015

WHO calls for vaccinations against European measles epidemic

The World Health Organization on called on European nations Wednesday to step up vaccinations against the highly contagious measles virus after an outbreak of over 22,000 cases across the continent since 2014. “We must collectively respond, without further delay, to close immunisation gaps,” said ...

19 manatees freed from a storm drain in Florida

Feb 25, 2015

19 manatees freed from a storm drain in Florida

Rescuers working late into the night freed 19 manatees that were stuck in a storm drain in Florida. Capt. Jay Dragon of the Satellite Beach Fire Department said early Tuesday that the 19 manatees were all alive and were returned to the Indian River ...

Bionic hands nearly as good as transplants

Feb 25, 2015

Bionic hands nearly as good as transplants

European surgeons and engineers have devised a mind-controlled bionic hand that restores function almost as well as a flesh-and-blood transplant but without the risk of rejection, a research paper said Wednesday. The three Austrian beneficiaries of the unprecedented technique had been in car and ...

Feb 25, 2015

Biologists lift lid on eyelash mystery

Why do humans and other mammals have eyelashes? Experts have been batting rival theories around for years. Eyelashes are dust catchers, snaring things that would otherwise drift into the eye, went one idea. Or they were sensors, acting like a cat’s whiskers, to warn ...

Feb 24, 2015

World's diet worsening with globalization, study finds

The world’s diet has deteriorated substantially in the last two decades, a leading nutrition expert said on Monday, citing one of the largest studies available on international eating habits. Poor countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are seeing the fastest increases in unhealthy food ...