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People with lower back problems are more likely to have a spine similar in shape to the chimpanzee, our closest ape ancestor. It would have caused the vertebrae to change as humans evolved from using four legs to two legs.
The German government was told of the risk of flying over eastern Ukraine shortly before flight MH17 was shot down last July, but failed to pass on the alert, reports say. Diplomatic cables sent two days before the crash said the situation had become "very alarming", German media say...
At a special exhibition in the Jewish Museum in Berlin, a robot has been programmed to write the sacred Jewish scriptures known as the Torah. Using a mechanical nib, the robot replicates the movements of a human hand, effectively producing robotic hand-writing.
Having a decent conversation is something most of us imagine we can do without any problem – and certainly without much thought. These things just happen naturally. Don’t they?
Doctors in California have removed a tumour they have described as an "embryologic twin" deep inside the brain of a young woman. Yamini Karanam, 26, a PhD student in Indiana, had been experiencing difficulties with drowsiness, reading and concentration...
Edgar Allan Poe spoke of being “tormented” by “the ringing in our ears . . . of some ordinary song”. Joe Simpson, the mountaineer, found that when close to death, crawling across a glacier on broken legs, his misery was completed by having a Boney M song stuck in his head.
They were some of the most recognisable television scenes of recent decades.
Iceland is one of the most progressive countries in the world when it comes to gay rights - but more conservative views are not unknown, and one prominent musician has started a social media storm by attacking a new sex education curriculum.
The EU Commissioners are ‘mandating’ farmers to use herbal homeopathic methods for treating sick animals. We can reliably say that, because homeopathy requires diluting ‘remedies’ a million or a billion times, it simply does not work.
 homeopathy veterinary farmer animal European Commission pseudoscience
Nearly 1,000 are known to have died in a powerful earthquake in Nepal, with many more feared trapped under rubble, officials say. The 7.8 magnitude quake struck an area between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara, the US Geological Survey said.
The Large Hadron Collider has restarted, with protons circling the machine's 27km tunnel for the first time since 2013. Particle beams have now travelled in both directions, inside parallel pipes, at a whisker below the speed of light...
Rather than exploit the hack, he instead reported it to parent company Google, which gave him a reward. He joked, however, that he was tempted to wipe Justin Bieber's music videos...
Since there is a consensus amongst the majority of the world's scientists that temperatures are rising - most likely driven by human behaviour - why does climate change coverage seem to be drying up?...

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