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Meet The World’s Longest-Living Animal – Can be alive for 15,000 years!

Sticking with recorded history, the answer might surprise you. It’s not elephants, which live for about 30 or 40 years. It’s not giant tortoises either, even though they often ripen to be well over 100 years old. It’s not even that record-breaking, 507-year-old Arctic clam named Ming. Nope, the longest-living animal in the world is

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Bad at maths? Blame your mum: Numerical skills are decided in the womb, scientists discover

If you have always found doing sums a struggle, you might just be able to blame your mother. Because research has linked a woman’s hormone levels in pregnancy with her child’s maths skills at age five. Boys and girls whose mothers were very low in the hormone thyroxine were almost twice as likely to do

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Edo State needs more than science teachers – Odemwingie

(By Tommy Odemwingie) I have seen – and experienced – the worst and best of education in Nigeria. Being a beneficiary of the Awolowo-inspired free education programme in the defunct Western Region, I experienced learning under a mango tree, before graduating to learning in an uncompleted classroom. Part of my secondary education – at the

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Photosynthesis in action: Scientists capture moment plant converts energy

Scientists have announced they are closer than ever to the ‘holy grail’ of biochemistry: artificial photosynthesis. By observing the first stage of the process in action, they say they’ve got a better understanding of how plans turn carbon dioxide into oxygen. And ultimately it may be an important step to a future where artificial plants

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EXPLAINED: How Giraffes’ Spindly Legs Support All That Weight

The average giraffe weighs a ton — literally. How do giraffes’ spindly legs stand up to that immense weight without buckling? Researchers at the Royal Veterinary College in London may have found the answer. “It turns out that the suspensory ligament plays an important role,” Dr. John Hutchinson, a professor of evolutionary biomechanics at the

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