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First image released from globe-spanning radio telescope

Jul 17, 2016

First image released from globe-spanning radio telescope

Even operating at a quarter of its eventual capacity, South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope showed off its phenomenal power Saturday, revealing 1,300 galaxies in a tiny corner of the universe where only 70 were known before. The image released Saturday was the first from ...

Jul 16, 2016

Hidden redhead gene may raise risk of skin cancer

Having genes that give you red hair, pale skin and freckles increases your risk of developing skin cancer as much as an extra 21 years’ exposure to the sun, researchers said Tuesday. Their study found gene variants that produce red hair and freckly, fair ...

Jul 15, 2016

Scientists find evidence of new Stone Age farming population

Scientists say a previously unknown group of Stone Age farmers may have introduced agriculture to South Asia, challenging earlier theories that attributed the spread of farming to a different population. Previous research held that a single group of hunter-gatherers developed agriculture in the Middle ...

Jul 14, 2016

Peru declares Zika emergency across half of country

Peruvian officials on Wednesday declared a Zika health emergency across the northern half of their country after confirming that 102 people have been infected with the virus. The 90-day emergency was announced in the official gazette El Peruano, which said the health ministry and ...

Jul 14, 2016

Japan to end mandatory testing for mad cow disease

Mandatory testing of all cattle aged over 48 months for bovine spongiform encephalopathy will cease next year, officials said Tuesday. The Cabinet Office’s Food Safety Commission on Tuesday received a report from a team of experts that says there would be negligible impact on ...