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Little girl, 3, saves  two children by donating her organs

Little girl, 3, saves two children by donating her organs

Olivia Swedberg was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer on May 7. The three-year-old from North Platte, Nebraska, had a tumor known as diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), which has a 0 percent survival rate and only affects children. Her parents decided they needed to do whatever they could

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First Pluto Flyby Pictures Are 'Complicated and Fascinating'

First Pluto Flyby Pictures Are ‘Complicated and Fascinating’

NASA has released the first of many images taken during New Horizons' close encounter with dwarf planet Pluto.  And they are, in a word, astounding. The images include a high-res view of a small patch near Pluto’s equator, in which mountains made of water ice rise 11,00

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Paralysed soldier learns to walk with exoskeleton

Paralysed soldier learns to walk with exoskeleton

A former British soldier who was paralysed in Afghanistan is learning how to walk again with the help of an exoskeleton.  James Johnson, who served with the Grenadier Guards, is the first paraplegic person to be part of the Salford University pilot scheme to teach people how to walk using robotics

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'Centipede from Hell' Found in World's Deepest Caves

‘Centipede from Hell’ Found in World’s Deepest Caves

Lurking in some of the world’s deepest caves is the aptly named Hades centipede, just discovered in Croatia. The centipede, whose name refers to the Greek god of the underworld, is a top predator in caves that are located nearly 4,700 feet beneath the Earth’s surface. “When I first saw t

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Solar Plane Completes Most Dangerous Leg of Epic Flight

Solar Plane Completes Most Dangerous Leg of Epic Flight

The solar-powered plane known as Solar Impulse 2 has cleared the most dangerous leg of its voyage around the world, landing safely on the Hawaiian island of Oahu on Friday morning. The plane had taken off from Nagoya, Japan. After several weeks of delays and two aborted attempts, Swiss pilot And

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Rainbow of Fluorescent Corals Found

Rainbow of Fluorescent Corals Found

Deep beneath the waves of the Red Sea, scientists have discovered corals that fluoresce in a range of colors, likely because it helps their algae friends. Deep beneath the surface of the Red Sea, a rainbow of glowing corals have been discovered that's unlike anything scientists have ever seen."I w

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New Sesotho-named dinosaur from South Africa

New Sesotho-named dinosaur from South Africa

South African and Argentinian palaeontologists have discovered a new 200-million-year-old dinosaur from South Africa, and named it Sefapanosaurus, from the Sesotho word "sefapano." The researchers from South Africa's University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits Univ

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Cuba stamps out mother-to-child HIV

Cuba stamps out mother-to-child HIV

Cuba has successfully eliminated mother-to-child transmission of both HIV and syphilis, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. The head of the WHO, Dr Margaret Chan, called it one of the greatest public health achievements possible. It follows years of efforts to give pregnant women early acc

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Blind French hikers use new technology to cross mountains

Blind French hikers use new technology to cross mountains

A new smartphone app helped five blind hikers to cross a mountain range in eastern France without any help from sighted guides. The technology offers new freedom to visually impaired people to lead fuller, more adventurous lives. The hikers - some fully blind and some partially-sighted - successf

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World Will Gain a Leap Second on Tuesday

World Will Gain a Leap Second on Tuesday

Leap seconds have caused widespread problems in the past—but there's a reason we keep adding them to the world's clocks. Time will stop on Tuesday, but only for a second. The world's timekeepers will be adding a sliver of time—a leap second—to our clocks.  Just as leap year

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