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Stephen Hawking wheelchair, thesis up for sale

Stephen Hawking wheelchair, thesis up for sale

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Stephen Hawking was a cosmic visionary, a figure of inspiration and a global celebrity. His unique status is reflected in an upcoming auction of some of the late physicist’s possessions: It includes complex scientific papers, one of the world’s most iconic wheelchairs and a script from “The Simpsons.” The online sale announced Monday by auctioneer…
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Mars had the ingredients needed for life

Mars had the ingredients needed for life

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A NASA rover has detected a bonanza of organic compounds on the surface of Mars and seasonal fluctuations of atmospheric methane in findings released on Thursday that mark some of the strongest evidence ever that Earth's neighbor may have harbored life. But National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientists emphasized there could be non-biological explanations for…
Scientists detail full genome of wheat for first time

Scientists detail full genome of wheat for first time

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In a breakthrough that experts say will help feed the growing global population in the coming decades, scientists Thursday revealed they have cracked the full genome of wheat for the first time. Wheat feeds more than a third of the global human population, providing more protein than meat in the human diet and making about…
Bugs become drugs at Sichuan facility

Bugs become drugs at Sichuan facility

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Most people suffer from a case of the creepy-crawlies when they hear what workers at a drug company in Xichang, Sichuan province, do to earn their keep. Specialists at Sichuan Good Doctor Panxi Pharmaceutical Co are charged with "taking care" of some 6 billion cockroaches. The cockroaches are harvested to make drug precursors that treat…
Our environmental saviour?

Our environmental saviour?

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As global concerns continue to rise with 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags being produced every year around the globe, a number of eco-friendly companies have come up with a seemingly wonderful idea: biodegradable bags. However, the term biodegradable has since become controversial, with many of those companies accused of cashing in on environmental…