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    Eccentric millionairess who suffered fertility problems secretly funded world’s first IVF treatment

    An eccentric millionairess who suffered fertility problems secretly funded the project to create the world’s first test tube baby.The unidentified benefactress was acknowledged by Sir Bob Edwards, who developed IVF with Patrick Steptoe and Jean Purdy, in a paper in 1986.Sir Bob, who died in 2013, wrote in a scientific paper about the invention of IVF: ‘This work would not have been possible without the generous benefaction of an American millionairess, who herself suffered problems similar to those of the patients now being treated.’ The fertility problems were not specified.But yesterday at the Cheltenham Science Festival, an IVF researcher who ...

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    Honey bees understand the concept of zero (but human children still can't quite grasp it)

    Though honey bees may have very small brains, they're proving themselves to be some of nature's smartest creatures.Scientists from Australia and France have taught the insects that zero is less than one, showing that honey boos can understand the concept of 'nothing'.Their brains are about the size of a sesame seed, and they have fewer than one million neurons - compared with the 86,000 million that humans have.  Bees have a mathematical ability previously thought to exist only in dolphins, primates, birds and humans older than toddlers. When trained to pick the lowest number out of a series of option ...

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    Snap to make its Bitmoji Friendmoji characters available outside of Snapchat

    You can now use Friendmojis outside of the Snapchat app. Snapchat announced on Friday that users' Friendmojis, or Bitmojis with friends, are coming to the iMessages app for iPhones and iPads. The update, which is coming in the next few days, will allow users to send personalized Friendmojis to other people directly inside in the iMessages app.  Snapchat announced on Friday that users' Friendmojis, or Bitmojis with friends, are coming to the iMessages app for iPhones and iPads. Previously, users could only send them in SnapchatPreviously, users could only send Friendmoji stickers in the Snapchat app. Now, users can download the Bitmoji iOS ...

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    Virtual cadaver could help solve the medical shortage of dead bodies

    A worldwide shortage of dead bodies for medical use has pressured scientists to come up with new ways to train future doctors.Researchers from Montpellier Medical University in France are using 3D scanners to create 'virtual cadavers'.A worldwide increase in medical programs has led to an increase in demand of cadavers, as simultaneously there are fewer unclaimed dead bodies around the world.  Researchers from Montpellier Medical University in France are using 3D scanners to create 'virtual cadavers'. Virtual dissection can be used with a web interface or with a professional touch screen for surgical simulationResearchers hope that a virtual cadaver could teach students ...

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    Do YOU live in one of the most polluting cities in the world?

    The cities with the greatest total carbon footprint have been collated by researchers who have revealed New York and Los Angeles are both in the top five.They found that a significant amount of the world's carbon emissions come from only a few cities, including London which comes in at number 16.Eighteen per cent of worldwide emissions come from just 100 cities, the latest study revealed.This is the first time anyone has drawn a complete map of potential carbon footprint reductions from cities. The map - which can be used by MailOnline readers below - allows people to see 500 cities of ...

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    Yahoo reveals it is killing off Messenger 20 years after it first launched

    After 20 years, Yahoo Messenger is logging off for the last time. Anyone who still uses the messaging app, which rose to popularity in the early aughts, has until July 17 before it'll shut down for good, Yahoo says. There's no immediate replacement for the app, but Oath, a unit of Verizon that operates Yahoo, pointed users to its new invite-only messaging app, called Squirrel.    After 20 years, Yahoo Messenger is logging off for the last time. Yahoo announced on Thursday that it's ending the service to focus 'on building...new, exciting communications tools' THE END OF YAHOO MESSENGER  Yahoo introduced the Messenger app ...

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    Monkeys living in China's Quinling mountains double their consumption of fats and carbs for winter

    When wintertime rolls around, even monkeys turn to carbs and fatty foods for comfort.New research on golden snub-nosed monkeys in China’s Quinling mountains, where temperatures regularly dip below freezing, has found that the primates adjust their food consumption to meet the energy demands of winter.While the monkeys kept their protein intake at about the same level during the winter, the researchers say their energy intake doubled – and this all came from fats and carbs. New research on golden snub-nosed monkeys in China’s Quinling mountains, where temperatures regularly dip below freezing, has found that the primates adjust their food consumption ...

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    Russia's secret 'war cloud' revealed

    Russia's military is build a giant cloud network to allow its intelligence systems to operate 'off grid'.The $6m project will use only Russian made hardware and software, and will be fully operational by 2020.The 'backup internet' would dramatically improve the nation's ability to keep operating if its connection to the global internet is lost, severed, or hacked.   Soviet T-34 tank parades through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2018. Plans for a 'backup internet' would dramatically improve the nation's ability to keep operating if its connection to the global internet is lost, severed, ...

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    Russian military is building a giant cloud as a back-up internet so it could survive future WARS

    The Russian military is building a giant cloud that will function as a back-up internet, a new report has revealed.The cloud, which is set to be completed by 2020, will connect to the military's vast internal network and would allow wartime Russia to survive even if it was disconnected from the internet.The country could run commercial traffic using its own internal network, according to the source, which revealed the so-called 'war cloud' is a significant part of the country's 'ongoing modernisation drive'. The Russian military is building a giant cloud as a back-up internet which is set to be completed by ...

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    Snapchat update lets you buy tickets for concerts and football matches from inside the app

    Snapchat users can now buy tickets to sport fixtures and concerts from within the app, thanks to a new collaboration with SeatGeek.This is the first time the ability to buy tickets has been built directly into the app.The functionality has already been used by the Los Angeles Football Club to sell tickets to their matches.The club posted a Snapchat Story which allowed users to swipe-up to buy seats for a May 26 match against D.C United - without leaving the app. Snapchat users can now buy tickets to sports events and concerts from inside the app (pictured), thanks to an ...

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    EU's proposed rules on copyright could kill off user-generated content including memes

    Proposed European Union regulations threaten to 'destroy the internet as we know it', digital rights groups warn.The Copyright Directive is an attempt to redesign copyright for the internet and harmonize aspects of the law across Europe. A proposed addendum, Article 13 states that platform providers should 'take measures to ensure the functioning of agreements concluded with rights-holders for the use of their works'.This would cause internet platforms to filter user-generated content, including text, audio, photos and video to protect copyrighted works - which could spell trouble for the future of memes. A proposed addendum to the Copyright Directive says providers should 'take ...

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    Elon Musk teases he's building a futuristic running track that will let astronauts jog in SPACE

    Elon Musk wants to let astronauts run track in space. And the billionaire tech mogul is taking a page from the iconic sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey in order to make it happen. In a tweet on Friday, Musk posted a GIF of David Bowman, the main character of Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film, where he can be seen running around a track in space.  Elon Musk tweeted that he would be building a running track on the Big F***ing Rocket (pictured in an artist's impression), similar to the one shown in 2001: A Space Odyssey'Running track in @SpaceX BF Spaceship will look ...

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    'Walls of fans' backed by Bill Gates reveals system to suck carbon dioxide from thin air cheaply

    High costs of extracting greenhouse gases from thin air could tumble with new technologies that can help to combat climate change, scientists said on Thursday.Carbon Engineering, a Canadian-based clean energy company, outlined the design of a large industrial plant that it said could capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at a cost of between $94 and $232 a tonne.That is well below past estimates of about $600 a tonne by the American Physical Society, said David Keith, a Harvard University physics professor and the founder of Carbon Engineering who led the research.  An artist's impression of Carbon Engineering's large industrial plant ...

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    Haunting images reveal the demise of the Aral Sea by cotton farming and climate change

    The loss of the Aral Sea is one of the most haunting examples of climate change and industrialisation on the planet.Once a mighty body of water covering a landmass half the size of England, all that now remains of the oasis is a handful of rusting ship carcasses on the baking sand.Shocking new images have captured the moment climate change experts explored the now-landlocked ships.They were taking part in a nearby international conference which will discuss the remediation of consequences of the Aral Sea catastrophe, being held in Tashkent.Unesco has branded the demise of the Aral Sea as an example of ...

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    Radioactivity is still tainting cow’s milk 100 miles from Chernobyl

    High levels of radioactivity are still being found in cow's milk 100 miles from Chernobyl, more than 30 years after one of the world's most serious nuclear disasters, scientists have found.Milk in parts of Ukraine has radioactivity up to five times over its official safe limit for adults and 12 times for children.Scientists sampled cows' milk from private farms and homes in the Rivne region, about 125 miles from the site of the Chernobyl explosion in 1986. High levels of radioactivity are still being found in cow's milk 100 miles from Chernobyl. Pictured: The Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor They found levels of caesium ...

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