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An age apart: Two women witness three centuries

Jun 30, 2015

An age apart: Two women witness three centuries

When Susannah Mushatt Jones and Emma Morano were born in 1899, there was not yet world war or penicillin, and electricity was still considered a marvel. The women are believed to be the last two in the world with birthdates in the 1800s. The ...

World 'embarking on sixth mass extinction'

Jun 27, 2015

World 'embarking on sixth mass extinction'

The world is embarking on its sixth mass extinction with animals disappearing about 100 times faster than they used to, scientists warned on June 19, and humans could be among the first victims. Not since the age of the dinosaurs ended 66 million years ...

Jun 26, 2015

Scientists crack gene secret that lets poppies make morphine

Scientists have identified a key gene used by poppies to make morphine, paving the way for better methods of producing the medically important drug, potentially without the need for cultivating poppy fields. The latest finding follows recent success in engineering brewer’s yeast to synthesise ...