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New research supports an idea that the Red Planet was a better place to kick-start biology billions of years ago than the early Earth was

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...crystalline surfaces of minerals. The minerals most effective at templating RNA would have dissolved in the oceans of the early Earth, but would have been more abundant on Mars, according to Prof. Steven Benner. This could suggest that life started on Mars before being transported to Earth on meteorites, argues Prof. Steven Benner, of the Westheimer Institute of Science and Technology in Gainesvil...

Australian authorities are investigating whether a military training exercise using explosives may have started one of the huge bush fires burning in the state of New South Wales

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...ect his home. The Australian Defense Force issued a statement about the fire burning between Lithgow and Bilpin, some 50 miles north-west of Sydney, which is reported to have burned through 74,000 acres and destroyed properties. Australian authorities are investigating whether a military training exercise using explosives may have started one of the huge bush fires burning in the state of New Sou...

His cancer was in a stage that did not benefit from liver transplant, but Walter Payton spent his final months as an advocate for organ transplants.

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...it’s so cool he wanted to share himself with us,” Jarrett says in the book.   Walter Payton was born in July 25, 1954 and died on November 1, 1999 from terminal cancer, he married Connie Norwood in 1976.   Walter Payton was known around the NFL as Sweetness. He was a nine-time Pro Bowl selectee. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993. He started his professional career with...

Alice Herz-Sommer, her husband and her son were sent from Prague in 1943 to a concentration camp in the Czech city of Terezin

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...ed by the Soviet army in May 1945. Alice Herz-Sommer, her husband and her son were sent from Prague in 1943 to a concentration camp in the Czech city of Terezin Though she never learned where her mother died after being rounded up, and her husband died of typhus at Dachau, in her old age she expressed little bitterness. Alice Herz-Sommer was born on November 26, 1903, in Prague, and started learn...

A US scientific team is embarking on a mission to capture a 3D image of every ant species known to science

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...m is to make an online catalogue called Antweb, providing a unique tool for scientists who study the insects. It will also allow anyone with access to the internet a detailed glimpse of the diverse world of ants. Brian Fisher from the California Academy of Sciences is leading the study. He and his colleagues have started their “world ant tour” at the Natural History Museum (NHM) in Lon...

Dr. Kim Bostwick was the first to decode the mechanism behind the Manakin's unique sound, revealing a new kind of birdsong

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Club-winged Manakin, the only bird known to sing with its wings, contains some secrets of its performance in its bones, researchers have found. The club-winged Manakin, which lives in the cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador, performs a mate-attracting song by rubbing its wings together. A Cornell University team from the US scanned its bones. They found unlike most birds, it has dense, solid wi...

Search teams are scouring waters off both sides of the Malaysian peninsula, amid confusion over missing jet's last known location

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...g jet’s last known location (photo AP) Early search efforts focused on waters between Malaysia and Vietnam. The search was later extended to the Malacca Strait and the Andaman Sea, off Malaysia’s west coast, amid reports that the plane could have turned back. On Wednesday, Malaysia’s air force chief Rodzali Daud denied remarks attributed to him in local media that a missing Malay...

Herbert Chavez, from the Philippines, has had extensive cosmetic surgery to make him look more like Superman

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...port on the Philippines’ Bandila News, Herbert Chavez has been going under the plastic surgery since 1995 to achieve the transformation. Herbert Chavez, whose profession is “pageant trainer”, has also an impressive collection of Superman memorabillia. Herbert Chavez’ home in Calamba City, south of the capital, Manila, is stuffed with life-size statues, action figures, clothing, comics and po...

Beautytek claims to reshape bodies for both men and women

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...could balance the organiwsm by stimulating the lymphatic system blood circulation, hormonal release, and metabolism. The practitioners said the human body has its own electro-magnetic field and they think fatigue, weight problems and skin complaints (spots, wrinkles) are caused by inefficient electrical flow. A computer analyzes one’s electro-magnetic field and if the electrical current is s...

A 1946 cartoon, produced by Disney in collaboration with Kotex, explains the story of menstruation

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...ruation” – and as the first film to use the word vagina, it was played to 105 million students in health classes across the country. Complete with a soothing-sounding narrator and plenty of wide-eyed illustrations, the film avoids all mentions of sexuality and reproduction, instead emphasizing the importance of sanitation and cosmetic appearance, because girls “shan’t let menstruation...

Kaela Humphries, Kim Kardashian's sister- in-law, is making a name for herself in the world of fashion, modelling for plus-size brand Evans

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Kaela Humphries, Kim Kardashian’s sister- in-law, is making a name for herself in the world of fashion, modelling the new Spring/Summer 2013 line for plus-size brand Evans. Kaela Humphries, 29, who lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a former competitive swimmer who signed to New York modelling agency Ford+ after hanging up her goggles. She was a bridesmaid at Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphr...

Stella McCartney was awarded Designer of the Year and Designer Brand of the Year at British Fashion Awards 2012 at London's Savoy hotel

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...Fashion Awards 2012, taking home two major awards. Stella McCartney, daughter of Sir Paul McCartney and a mother-of-four, was awarded Designer of the Year and Designer Brand of the Year at a star-studded event at London’s Savoy hotel. The double win follows a momentous year for Stella McCartney, most notably her Team GB kit designs for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Among the winners of the...

A study finds that Apple’s iPhone 5 is the most hated handset, while the majority of people love the Samsung Galaxy S4

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...o a new research, Apple’s iPhone 5 received the biggest customer backlash following its launch in 2012. One in five posts on social networks were critical of Apple’s most recent handset, with the majority of people complaining about the introduction of a new power socket, the inaccuracy of Apple Maps and how similar the phone was to previous models. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 received t...

Huawei has unveiled Ascend P6, the world's thinnest smartphone

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Huawei has unveiled Ascend P6, the world’s thinnest smartphone. The Android-based Ascend P6 is 6.18 mm (0.24 in) thick and is also unusual in that it has a 5 megapixel front camera for “high quality” self-portraits. The Chinese-based firm has said it expects the handset to do “miracles” for its brand. One analyst praised its design, comparing it to a “steamroll...

Kathy Etchingham, Jimi Hendrix’s former girlfriend, recalls their relationship, as fans of guitar legend anticipate the release of a new album featuring 12 previously unreleased studio tracks in March

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...brushed across his chest,” Kathy Etchingham says. “I dragged him by the back of his coat and pulled him back. You’ve got to look the other way I told him.” Kathy Etchingham discovered that Hendrix was an “experienced and imaginative” lover who could make sex more romantic than she’d ever known it before. But the next morning, the couple were interrupted at...

Kim Kardashian’s famous hourglass figure has grown by 28 lbs since she started dating Kanye West

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Kim Kardashian’s famous hourglass figure has grown by 28 lbs since she started dating Kanye West – and he loves every inch of it. Kim Kardashian, 31, has slowed down her hardcore exercise regime and now weighs more than she ever has at around nine stone. She has gone up to a size 12, having previously been a size 8, and she is happy to skip trips to the gym in favor of staying in bed with K...

BC-819, used to treat pancreatic cancer, is a double stranded DNA plasmid construct that incorporates the gene for diphtheria toxin (DTA) under the regulation of the promoter sequence for H19 gene.

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...tumor cells. A vehicle is constructed to gain access to the targeted cell, and the host cell’s internal machinery is directed to produce Diptheria Toxin (DTA). BC-819 enters all dividing cells, but while it will destroy the cancerous cells that express H19 it will be just a strand of non-functional DNA in non-cancerous cells. DTA is one of the most lethal toxins known to mankind, and has pro...

Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman had in fact begun their “affair” long before her marriage ended

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...sharing an intimate moment with Lauren Silverman during a cruise off the coast of the French Riviera in August 2012. Meanwhile, the New York Post and TMZ.com suggest that Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman had in fact begun their “affair” long before her marriage ended. A source close to Andrew Silverman today said he believes the affair only started earlier this year, adding: “He knew Lauren was...

North Korea has started the two-day funeral services for late leader Kim Jong-Il with a huge procession in the capital, Pyongyang

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...ed. However, the transition was not complete, leaving regional neighbors fearful of a power struggle in the nuclear-armed pariah state. North Korea’s reluctance to open up the funeral ceremony to foreign delegations may signal that those hierarchies have not yet been fully agreed. In the week since Kim Jong-Il died, state media has called Kim Jong-Un the “Great Successor” and ref...

Italian officials announced removal operation of more than 2,300 tons of fuel from the grounded Costa Concordia cruise ship has started

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...sized off the island of Giglio. The process had been delayed by both the search and rescue operation and bad weather, prompting fears of a leak into the protected waters off the island. Seventeen people died when the ship capsized and 15 more are presumed dead. Italian officials announced removal operation of more than 2,300 tons of fuel from the grounded Costa Concordia cruise ship has started C...

The mysterious Misha, identified as Mikhail Allakhverdov and thought to be the missing link in explaining the radicalization of Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, has broken his silence

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...own only by the name “Misha” as wild speculation grew as to his identity or even if he was real. “It started in 2009. And it started right there, in Cambridge,” Ruslan Tsarni told CNN after the attacks. “This person just took his brain. He just brainwashed him completely.” On Friday the FBI revealed that they now know the identity of the American known as Misha who helped radicalize the Boston bo...

Susanne Lothar, one of German best-known film actresses with roles in such international hits as The Reader and The White Ribbon, has died aged 51

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Susanne Lothar, one of German best-known film actresses with roles in such international hits as The Reader and The White Ribbon, has died aged 51. A lawyer for Susanne Lothar’s family announced the actress had passed away on Wednesday, without specifying the cause of death. Many associate her with the dark films of Austrian director Michael Haneke, such as Funny Games and The Piano Teacher, as w...

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev enters a gas station in Cambridge, Massachusetts, wearing a gray hoodie and carrying snacks on Thursday evening

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...s was carjacked by Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev last Thursday evening. The incident occurred at almost 11p.m. when the man, who has asked to only be identified by his American nickname Danny, but now known by Chinese bloggers as Jiang Lantan, had just pulled his car to the curb on Brighton Avenue, Boston. While Danny was texting, a man in dark clothes approached his car a...

Halloween 2013

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...t just keeps growing. According to the National Retail Federation, average spending on Halloween has increased 54% since 2005, with total spending estimated to reach $6.9 billion in 2013. A working magician from the age of 17, Harry Houdini (née Ehrich Weisz) became America’s favorite magician and a world-renown legend for his daring escapes. It was only fitting, then, for this master trickster to...

Barack Obama may have known about David Petraeus affair with Paula Broadwell before election

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The head of the House Intelligence Committee suggested on Sunday that President Barack Obama might have known about former CIA Director David Petraeus’ extra-marital affair before the November election, and said Attorney General Eric Holder should address this question soon before Congress. U.S. Representative Mike Rogers, a Republican, said Eric Holder’s statement that the Justice De...