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A frog species that appears to be the world’s smallest has been discovered in Papua New Guinea by a US-based team. At 7mm (0.27 inches) long, Paedophryne amauensis may be the world’s smallest vertebrate – the group that includes mammals, fish, birds and amphibians. The researchers also found a slightly larger relative, Paedophryne swiftorum. Presenting..
Russia clashes over energy with Belarus, Ukraine, EU
Russia plunged back into the disputes over energy with Ukraine and Belarus that have repeatedly disrupted oil and gas supplies to European Unioncountries, and it also termed EU energy policy as "uncivilized". Russia on Friday denied remarks by Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko that it [more]
Simple test may predict life expectancy
Don’t be surprised if your doctor asks you to sit on the floor at your next checkup. A new study says testing a person’s ability to sit down and then rise from the floor could provide useful insight into their overall health and longevity. [more]
For North Korea, next step is a nuclear test?
North Korea's next step after rattling the world by putting a satellite into orbit for the first time will likely be a nuclear test, the third conducted by the reclusive and unpredictable state. A nuclear test would be the logical follow-up to [more]
NASA releases “Told Ya So” apocalypse video early
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QY_Gc1bF8ds Dec. 21, 2012, has long been rumored to be the day of the Mayan apocalypse, when Earth comes to its inglorious end. The good folks at NASA want you to know that isn't going to happen. In fact, NASA is so [more]
An angel with a mobile phone at the St Jan cathedral in Den Bosch can still be reached by her 06 number, even though the church authorities have introduced a premium rate line, the Telegraaf reports on Monday. A 06 number and a Twitter account in the name of ut Engelke (the little angel) were..
The kittens are due to be rehomed in two weeks Two kittens have been discovered with 18 extra toes between them. Ned and Fred were handed in to the Gosport Town branch of Cats Protection in Hampshire. Normally cats have five toes on their front paws and four on their rear, but Ned has an..
Tina’s biological daughter turned 8 this week, but she has not seen the girl since Dec. 22, 2008, because of a custody fight with her former lesbian partner. The partner is unrelated to the child, but gave birth to her. "I thought I’d have her back on her birthday," said Tina, a law enforcement officer,..
Sushi restaurant chain owner Kiyoshi Kimura forked out a record $713,000 for a single fish. Picture: AFP If the price of premium tuna is any indication of the country’s economic state, then Japan’s finances are in good order for 2012. At Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish a bluefin tuna caught off the northern coast of Japan fetched..
Sphagnum palustre blankets the forest floor on Hawaii’s Kohala Mountain. (Courtesy Sara C. Hotchkiss) A moss spreading throughout the Hawaiian Islands appears to be an ancient clone that has copied itself for some 50,000 years—and may be one of the oldest multicellular organisms on Earth, a new study suggests. The peat moss Sphagnum palustre is..
For most of her 100 years, Minka Disbrow tried to find out what became of the precious baby girl she gave up for adoption after being raped as a teen. She hoped, but never imagined, she’d see her Betty Jane again. The cruel act of violence bore in Disbrow an enduring love for the child...
Lena Paahlsson says the ring was on a small carrot she was about to discard A Swedish woman has discovered her wedding ring on a carrot growing in her garden, 16 years after she lost it, says a newspaper. Lena Paahlsson had long ago lost hope of finding the ring, which she designed herself,..
Sarah Crane, 38, said she was stunned when she saw a bearded man staring back at her from the laundry line. Her boyfriend agreed the crumpled grey "holy sock" bore an uncanny likeness to the traditional image of Christ, and the couple took photographs to show their friends. They even talked about creating a shrine..
Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year January 1, 2012. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz (AUSTRALIA – Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY) With glittering fireworks and celebrations from New Zealand to Times Square, the world eagerly welcomed a new year and hope for a better future Saturday, saying..
Showpiece: Although not yet operational, the new bullet train has achieved speeds of 300mph China has produced a super-rapid test train capable of travelling at speeds of up to 300 miles per hour – 100mph faster than the current record-holder. The train, made from plastic materials reinforced with carbon fibre, is designed to resemble an..
Poised to Donate Organs, 21-Year-Old Emerges From Coma (ABC News) Sam Schmid, an Arizona college student believed to be brain dead and poised to be an organ donor, miraculously recovered just hours before doctors were considering taking him off life support. Schmid, a junior and business major at the University of Arizona, was critically wounded..