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Website of the day: BBC iWonder

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Imagine a place where you could go with those nagging questions. The ones that keep you awake just a little later than you’d like. The ones that get you and your friends into heated discussions around the water cooler or pub table. Well, you might think that the internet is just the place, right? Yes and no. Some of it ... Read More »

Curiosity rover reaches long-term goal: a massive Martian mountain

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A little over two years after landing, Curiosity has reached a milestone. NASA recently announced that the rover has arrived at the base of Mount Sharp, a 3.4-mile-high mountain that Curiosity has been heading towards since July of 2013. The initial landing was in Gale Crater, and the total journey has been around 9km or 5.5 miles — a number that ... Read More »

So you think you know where babies come from?

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It has been a long journey of scientific discovery from Aristotle to epigenetics – and it’s not over yet We know a lot about the world around us. We know a lot about ourselves and how we work. We even know where babies come from, and this is no mean feat. Imagine it’s 350BC, and you’re trying to work it ... Read More »

Assassinations in the Amazon: how will Peru respond?

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Indigenous leaders killed near Brazil border following logging and land title battle  Jump to comments “Martyrs”, “true guardians of the Amazon”, “defenders of the rainforest. . .” These are just some of the terms used to describe four Peruvian indigenous leaders who were assassinated earlier this month, but “Dead Friends of the Earth”, a term used by NGO Global Witness for people ... Read More »

Pelé unveils unique football pitch where players’ energy produces electricity

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Brazillian football legend launches a revolutionary artificial pitch that converts players’ energy into electricty to power Rio de Janeiro favela Brazilian football legend Pelé has unveiled the first football pitch to use players’ energy to produce electricity in a favela in Rio de Janeiro. The so-called King of Football visited Morro da Mineira favela in the city to launch the ... Read More »

Pesticides affect health Paraguayan peasant populations

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The boy William Verdún was born with a severe sickness: his organs increased above the normal size, so he could not see, hear or even get around, being fed all the time through a dietary probe. His health conditions led to his death with only 10 months of age. Paul Emanuel Lopes Adital In the same community, there were the ... Read More »

Brazil’s ex-Petrobras director Paulo Roberto Costa ‘claims corruption’

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An ex-director of Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras is reported to have accused more than 40 politicians of involvement in a kickback scheme. Paulo Roberto Costa – who is in jail and being investigated for involvement in the alleged scheme – named a minister, governors and congressmen. Among them were members of the governing Workers Party and groups which back ... Read More »