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Human-rabbit hybrids planned

British scientists are seeking permission to press ahead with controversial plans to create hybrid human and rabbit embryos.


UK tests new means to decipher DNA samples

LONDON, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- British police are testing a new DNA profiling technique that may help to decipher previously inscrutable samples and resolve many thousands of unsolved crimes.

Starting on Wednesday, the technique is being tested by four police forces in the north of England and after a three month trial period, it is scheduled to be extended to police forces in the rest of England and Wales, the New Scientist reported on its website.


New Comet Discovered by David Levy

Renowned comet hunter David Levy discovered Comet C/2006 T1 on Monday, marking his twenty-second find. Soon after hosting his live web broadcast on Slooh.com, Levy turned his telescope towards Saturn and was astonished to find the unexpected object close by the ringed planet. The International Astronomical Union confirmed his discovery Tuesday.


Space ripples discovery "changed everything"

WASHINGTON - The discovery by John Mather and George Smoot of "cosmic ripples," which won them the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday, was lauded in 1992 by cosmologist Stephen Hawking as "the greatest discovery of the century, if not of all time."

While most physicists do not go that far, they are universal in their praise of the experiment, in which the pair and their team designed a satellite and used it to find proof of the Big Bang theory of the universe's origins.

They found faint variations in microwave radiation that dated back to just 300,000 years after the fiery birth of the universe.

Comment: Comment: It's strange that they call this experiment's results "proof" of The Big Bang theory of the universe. There are quite a number of physicists who disagree with that assessment. Furthermore, Krauss' statement that "cosmology now is a precision science" is a bit misleading. We can precisely measure the effects of gravity on an object, yet no one really understands what gravity is or how it really works.


DNA discovery may crack old murder cases

Thousands of unsolved criminal cases could be reopened after the discovery by scientists of a new DNA testing technique.

The revolutionary technology, called DNAboost, could shed new light on tens of thousands of cold cases from up to 30 years ago, including a number of high profile murders.


The 2006 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony

The 16th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony will announce and introduce the ten new Ig Nobel Prize winners. The winners are traveling to the ceremony, at their own expense, from several continents. The Prizes will be handed to them by a group of genuine, genuinely bemused Nobel Laureates, all before a standing-room only audience of 1200 people. Full details and action pictures will appear in the Nov/Dec 2006 issue of the Annals of Improbable Research. The ceremony also includes other wonders.


Mexican archeologists make major Aztec find

Mexico City- Mexican archeologists have made the most significant Aztec find in decades, unearthing a 15th century altar and a huge stone slab at a ruined temple in the throbbing heart of Mexico City.

The works were uncovered last weekend at the Aztec empire's main Templo Mayor temple, near the central Zocalo square, which was used for worship and human sacrifice.

It was the most meaningful find since electricity workers stumbled upon an eight-tonne carving of an Aztec goddess at the same site in 1978.


2 Americans win Nobel Prize in physics

Americans John C. Mather and George F. Smoot won the 2006 Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for work that helped cement the big-bang theory of the universe.

Mather, 60, works at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and Smoot, 61, works at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.


Russia to deliver 80 tons of fuel to Iran NPP - Atomstroiexport

MOSCOW - Russia and Iran signed Tuesday a supplementary agreement on the delivery of 80 metric tons of nuclear fuel to a nuclear power plant in southern Iran in March 2007, the head of Russia's nuclear exporter said.

Russia is helping Iran build the plant at Bushehr, 400 kilometers (250 miles) southwest of the capital, Tehran. The NPP is being constructed under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN's nuclear watchdog.


Snooze your way to high test scores

IF YOU are trying to commit something to memory, take a nap. Even a short daytime snooze could help you learn.