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WWII shipwrecks off Malaysia broken for scrap: divers

Kuala Lumpur - Three World War II shipwrecks off the coast of Malaysia -- the final resting place of dozens of seamen -- have almost disappeared, local divers say, with the finger pointing at possible scrap metal scavengers.

China tightens smog data controls amid public anger

Bejing - China has established a single network to monitor air pollution levels across the country, as the government attempts to control the spread of information about the country's toxic smog in response to rising public anger.

Japan's troubled 'space junk' mission fails

Toukyo - An experimental Japanese mission to clear 'space junk' or rubbish from the Earth's orbit has ended in failure, officials said Monday, in an embarassment for Tokyo.

Japan's troubled 'space junk' mission fails

Toukyo - An experimental Japanese mission to clear 'space junk' or rubbish from the Earth's orbit has ended in failure, officials said Monday, in an embarassment for Tokyo.

Japan's troubled 'space junk' mission fails

Toukyo - An experimental Japanese mission to clear 'space junk' or rubbish from the Earth's orbit has ended in failure, officials said Monday, in an embarassment for Tokyo.

Dino rib yields evidence of oldest soft tissue remains

Paris - The rib of a long-necked, plant-eating dinosaur that lived 195 million years ago has yielded what may be the oldest remains of soft tissue ever recovered, scientists said Tuesday.

Symbolic 'Doomsday Clock' moves closer to midnight

Washington - Comments by US President Donald Trump on nuclear weapons and climate change have helped make the world less safe, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists warned Thursday, moving its symbolic "Doomsday Clock" 30 seconds closer to midnight.

Doubt over Everest's true height spurs fresh expedition

New Delhi - Scientists will take the tape measure to Mount Everest to determine whether a massive earthquake in Nepal really did knock an inch off the world's tallest peak.

Climate science bedeviled by 'tipping points'

Paris - Of the many things that keep climate scientists awake at night, tipping points may be the scariest.

'Three-parent' baby born in Ukraine using new technique

Kiev - A baby boy has been born in Ukraine to an infertile couple after the first ever use of a new technique using the DNA of three parents, the head of a Kiev fertility clinic said Wednesday.

Earth breaks heat record in 2016 for third year in a row

Miami - Last year, the Earth sweltered under the hottest temperatures in modern times for the third year in a row, US scientists said Wednesday, raising new concerns about the quickening pace of climate change.

Scientists closer to solving mystery of Earth's core

Toukyo - Japanese scientists say that silicon is likely the mystery element in the Earth's inner core, claiming progress on solving one of the planet's deepest secrets.

Trump appears to dial back from vaccine skeptic nod

Washington - US President-elect Donald Trump's transition team appeared to dial back from naming noted vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr to lead a committee on vaccines safety, officials said.

David Byrne opens theatrical neuroscience exhibit

San Fransisco - The official title of the new event is “The Institute Presents: Neurosociety” and it premises and immersive experience of the senses. The event has been developed with former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne.

NASA announces two missions to study early solar system

Washington - The US space agency NASA announced two unmanned missions to asteroids designed to study one of the earliest eras in the history of the solar system.They have been dubbed Lucy and Psyche, and NASA hopes to launch them in 2021 and 2023, respectively.

Milky Way: glimpses of a 'star factory' at work

Paris - The European Space Agency on Wednesday released stunning images of baby stars taking shape inside the Milky Way's Orion nebula.

Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' becomes German bestseller

Berlin - The first reprint of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" in Germany since World War II has proved a surprise bestseller, heading for its sixth print run, its publisher said Tuesday.

Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' becomes German bestseller

Berlin - The first reprint of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" in Germany since World War II has proved a surprise bestseller, heading for its sixth print run, its publisher said Tuesday.

The caves that prove Neanderthals were cannibals

- Deep in the caves of Goyet in Belgium researchers have found the grisly evidence that the Neanderthals did not just feast on horses or reindeer, but also on each other.

Peru brain museum puts most complex organ on display

- It powers everything we do, yet remains one of our biggest mysteries.But thanks to an unusual Peruvian museum dedicated entirely to the brain, visitors can get up close and personal with the most complex organ in the human body.

Sex and marriage with robots: science fiction or new reality?

London - Sex with robots is "just around the corner", an expert told a global conference in London this week featuring interactive sex toys and discussions on the ethics of relationships with humanoids.

Delving into the ‘science’ of Christmas

As we’ve done over the past few years, Digital Journal takes a look at some of the Christmas and other Holiday season traditions and explores the science behind them.

Naples astride a rumbling mega-volcano

Paris - A slumbering Campi Flegrei volcano under the Italian city of Naples shows signs of "reawakening" and may be nearing a critical pressure point, according to a study published Tuesday.

Mouthwash may cure gonorrhoea, study says

Paris - In the 19th century, before the advent of antibiotics, Listerine mouthwash was marketed as a cure for gonorrhoea. More than 100 years later, researchers said Tuesday the claim may be true.

All eyes on Trump over Mars

Paris - The year 2016 has seen a rekindling of the human desire to conquer Mars, with public and private interests openly vying to take the first step on the Red Planet, possibly with a stopover on the Moon.

Op-Ed: Pro-science California pledges to launch 'own damn satellite'

California Governor Jerry Brown had strong words against a potentially climate denying U.S. federal government on Wednesday, stating that if Trump intends to take down earth science satellites, then California will launch its “own damn satellite.”

Gunning for science and power in N. Korea

Pyongyang - In North Korea's heavily militarised society, even learning the periodic table can be done at the barrel of a gun.

What you should know about the top science stories of 2016 Special

This year has seen a variety of interesting news stories relating to science. Digital Journal looks back at the year in science and selects the 12 most interesting stories, one from each month of the year, that have made a major impact.

Buzz Aldrin discharged from New Zealand hospital

Christchurch - US moonwalker Buzz Aldrin was discharged from a New Zealand hospital Friday, a week after he was evacuated from the South Pole after a health scare."Bye bye New Zealand!

Dark matter 'smoother' than we thought: study

Paris - Dark matter, the mysterious substance believed to comprise a quarter of our Universe, is spread out more smoothly than previously thought, said a study Wednesday that may challenge some tenets of physics.
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