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Lost cities# 6: how Thonis-Heracleion resurfaced after 1,000 years under water

Published in Odd and Fun on 21st September 2017

Ancient Egypts gateway to the Mediterranean submerged and buried under layers of sand is an eerie reminder of how vulnerable cities are to natures forces He stood for centuries at the very edge of ancient Egypt, gazing down imperiously upon the trading ships as they blew in from the Mediterranean. His name was Hapy: divinity […]

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Amateur archaeologist detects’ phenomenal’ trove of stone engraves

Published in Odd and Fun on 21st September 2017

Scottish enthusiast George Curries prehistoric carvings to be included in arousing research project An amateur archaeologist has tracked down hundreds of prehistoric boulder engraves in Scotland in what has been described as a phenomenal contribution to the understanding of Britains earliest artworks. Walking in all climates once or twice a week, George Currie, 66, a […]

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Artificial wombs could soon be a reality. What will this mean for women?

Published in Odd and Fun on 20th September 2017

Technology is well on the way to realising ectogenesis, improving premature baby survival and increasing fertility alternatives. But it also has other, more frightening, implications We are approaching a biotechnological breakthrough. Ectogenesis, the invention of a complete external womb, could totally change the nature of human reproduction. In April this year, researchers at the Children’s […]

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Why do sheep get horny in winter? Because the light is baaad, says analyse

Published in Odd and Fun on 19th September 2017

Study may disclose why melatonin affects breeding, horn growth and coat thickness and allow farmers to change the timing of lambing season The mystery of why sheep get horny in the winter might have been solved, according to new research. Scientists say they have uncovered the key to the mechanism by which changes in the […]

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Mexico’s ancient city guards its secrets but excavation reveals new mysteries

Published in Odd and Fun on 18th September 2017

An eight-year project at Teotihuacn, once the western hemispheres largest city, failed to locate its rulers tomb but findings offered tantalising clues to its origins For decades, the hunt for a royal mausoleum at the ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacn has gripped archaeologists trying to unravel the secrets of the kingdoms extraordinary political power. It […]

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Maternal demises worldwide declined by half, yet shocking inequalities remain

Published in Odd and Fun on 17th September 2017

Study in Lancet presents a womans lifetime opportunity of succumbing from childbirth is one in 36 in sub-Saharan Africa, compared to one in 4,900 in richer countries The number of women succumbing from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth has almost halved since 1990, a global report has revealed. Worldwide the annual number of maternal […]

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Why do sheep get horny in wintertime? Because the light is baaad, says survey

Published in Odd and Fun on 16th September 2017

Study may uncover why melatonin affects breed, horn growth and coat thickness and allow farmers to change the timing of lambing season The mystery of why sheep get horny in the winter might have been solved, according to new research. Scientists say they have uncovered the key to the mechanism by which changes in the […]

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Situs inversus and my ‘through the looking glass’ body

Published in Odd and Fun on 14th September 2017

My bodys organs are placed in mirror image to the norm. Its a rare condition, and has left me curious about its history and wider cultural implications What connects Catherine OHara, Enrique Iglesias, Donny Osmond, and me? At face value, at least , not a lot. Look beneath the scalp, however, and you would find […]

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‘ There was nothing incorrect with my spouse- it was me ‘: the men waking up to fertility problems

Published in Odd and Fun on 13th September 2017

Men have all the time in the world to have a baby, right? Not according to recent research. Gratify a new generation who are freezing their sperm and combating their biological clocks Myles Elton was 21 when medical doctors told him he might never have children. He and Erin were teenage sweethearts and had married […]

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14 -year-old girl who died of cancer wins right to be cryogenically frozen

Published in Odd and Fun on 10th September 2017

Judge backs UK mother in allowing body of teenage daughter, who died of cancer, to be preserved in US a process her estranged parent opposed A 14 -year-old girl who said before dying of cancer that she wanted a chance to live longer has been allowed by the high court to have her body cryogenically […]

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