Geological Survey’s Astrogeology S via Science News Headlines – Yahoo News UK Under its icy crust, Jupiter’s moon Europa could harbor a vast ocean of potentially life-supporting liquid water, and NASA has issued a call for proposals for science instruments for mission that aims to study the mysterious moon like never before. NASA is asking for designs of scientific instruments that will help in the search for life on Europa. “The possibility of life on Europa is a motivating force for scientists and engineers around the world,” John Grunsfeld, associate adm via Science News Headlines – Yahoo News UK Archaeologists at a 2000-9000 year old burial sitein central Sudan found evidence of a weed called purple nutsedge in the teeth of seven of the 19 samples they studied. It is known that populations back then used to cook their tubers for a very short time, possibly to facilitate peeling and chewing, while leaving the interior of their food raw. via Science News Headlines – Yahoo News UK A quadrupedal family made famous by the 2006 BBC documentary The Family That Walks on All Fours have simply adapted to their inability to walk upright and do not represent an example of backward evolultion, as previously suggested. Five siblings in the family, who live in a remote corner of Turkey, have a condition called Uner Tan Syndrome which causes them to walk exclusively on their hands and feet. According to a theory developed by Uner Tan of Cukurova University in Turkey, people with UTS a via Science News Headlines – Yahoo News UK Japan is a step closer to restarting its suspended nuclear power operations after reactors at the Sendai plant became the first to meet new safety standards. All of Japan’s nuclear reactors were gradually shut down over the course of a year as part of the safety drive imposed after the March 2011 tsunami triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima plant. via Science News Headlines – Yahoo News UK A four-metre (13ft) great white shark was found dead on an Australian beach after biting off more than it could chew. It had a sea lion stuck in its throat. The shark was washed up on Coronation Beach in Geraldton, Western Australia, two days after it was filmed thrashing around just one metre from shore. The department said in a statement: “A white shark found washed ashore north of Geraldton earlier this week had no visible signs of injury or disease. via Science News Headlines – Yahoo News UK A great white shark has washed up dead on an Australian beach – after choking on a sea lion. Western Australia fisheries officials were left puzzled by the case of the four-metre (13-ft)white pointer. It had previously been seen thrashing around in the sea off Coronation Beach,430km (270 miles) north of Perth. “This could explain why the shark was exhibiting such unusual behaviour in shallow waters off Coronation Beach,” said research scientist Rory McAuley. via Science News Headlines – Yahoo News UK During the 2013 flu season, more people needed antiviral medications than got them, and meanwhile, antibiotics were inappropriately given to a large proportion of patients with influenza (a viral disease that is not helped by taking antibiotics), according to a new study. The researchers found that nearly 30 percent of the flu patients who were treated during the 2012-2013 influenza season may have been prescribed unnecessary antibiotics instead of antiviral therapy. The researchers looked at wh via Science News Headlines – Yahoo News UK A dramatic video of a sea plane just missing a surfacing humpback whale as it came in to land in Alaska has become a hit online, and the man who shot it says it was blind luck.
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