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Monster ancient black hole discovered at dawn of time

Tucson - An international team of astronomers recently found an ultraluminous quasar, the brightest in the early universe, powered by the most massive black hole yet discovered.

Why is the Universe full of ‘stuff’ and not nothingness?

Los Angeles - Physicists at UCLA have a new slant on the origin of matter in the universe. That stars and planets are made of stuff we call matter is self-evident, but where did that stuff come from?

Plague alert: How agriculture could trigger problems in Africa Special

A warning has been sounded that methods deployed to increase food production in East Africa could increase the risk of plague, possibly to epidemic levels.

Crescent moon highlights Venus and Mars for spectacular footage

Not since 2008 has a crescent-shaped new moon shone so elegantly on the rare planetary alignment of Mars and Venus, until now. On February 20, 2015, social sites around the world feasted on the spectacular viewings.

It wasn't rats but gerbils that caused the Black Plague

A new study looking at the climatic conditions that prevailed during outbreaks of bubonic plague in Europe has concluded that it isn't rats, but gerbils that caused the pandemics.

Scientists discover how C. diff disrupts the human gut

Scientists have determined how Clostridium difficile causes harm in the guts of animals and people in a relatively short time frame. It is hoped that the findings will help treat severe diarrhea in patients.

1,000-year-old mummy found inside Buddha statue

Doctors in the Netherlands were amazed to discover the contents of a mummified monk inside a Buddhist statue. This is the first time that such a thing has been found and it is thought to date back to the 11th or 12th century BC.

Potential antimalarial drug made from algae

Scientists have used algae to produce a malaria parasite protein. When the algae-produced protein is paired with an immune-boosting cocktail, studies showed generated antibodies in mice were able to eliminate a mosquito infection.

Big Bang, dark matter and black holes killed by math

Straight lines in the universe eradicate a big-bang beginning to the universe. Without a Big Bang beginning, there are no black holes. Without black holes, there is no dark matter and no dark energy. There is, instead, an infinite stable, universe.

The perils of publication, scientist in dispute with journal

Sao Pedro D'aldeia - The American Diabetes Association faces a lawsuit after journal editors express concern over several papers. This is a rare activity within the science world.

Dude, pass the chips: Study finds why you get marijuana munchies

For people who've smoked marijuana there is no need for a study to confirm the munchies exist. For them it's a case of been there, done that. But a new study went further - it found out why pot users get the munchies. And the results were a surprise.

Stephen Hawking says stop aggression, we need caring to survive

Stephen Hawking has warned that aggression could destroy the human race. He said that we must strive to replace it by empathy, if we are going to avoid self-annihilation.

Gene discovered that makes finches distinctive

New research into the full genomes of Galápagos finches has revealed an important gene for the beak shape of the birds. The research has also revealed three previously overlooked species.

MERS-CoV found in the Philippines

A nurse returning to the Philippines country from Saudi Arabia has tested positive for the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, according to the Filipino Department of Health.

Two new Jurassic mammals discovered

Beijing - Archaeologists working in China have unearthed the fossil remains of two diminutive mammals. These findings suggest considerable species diversity existed during the Jurassic Period.

Size matters: Evolution helps sea creatures, land animals get big

Stanford - A recent study suggests that sea creatures may follow a hypothesis known as "Cope's rule," and this rule states that in a lineage, animals grow larger in the passage of time.

New species of seadragon discovered — it's ruby red

The biodiversity found in the world's oceans is remarkable and sometimes unusual. There are still ocean creatures unknown to us, as shown by the recent discovery of a new species of seadragon, flaunting a deep, ruby red coloration.

Role of reactive oxygen species on animal lifespans

Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are chemically reactive molecules containing oxygen. There is an on-going debate to the extent that such chemicals are harmful to animals, including people. This is tied in with the debate around antioxidants.

Messing with 'Mother Nature' — Here comes DNA-altered mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are carriers of some horrible diseases like Dengue and chikungunya, to name just a few. A UK company has developed a genetically-mosified mosquito that may take care of the problem, reducing mosquito populations. But not everyone is happy.
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