US & World

Italy bridge collapse: Victims' families shun state funeral

Image copyright AFP Image caption Only a minority of victims’ families say they will take part in Saturday’s state funeral Fewer than half the families of victims of the Genoa bridge collapse in Italy have accepted the offer of a state funeral, according to media reports. The Morandi bridge collapsed suddenly on Tuesday, killing at […]

Health

'Lost' contact lens removed from woman's eyelid after 28 years

Image copyright BMJ Image caption A scan showed the cyst above the woman’s eye A woman has had a contact lens removed from her eyelid 28 years after it was thought to have fallen out. The discovery was made by doctors in Dundee after the patient, now aged 42, complained of swelling over her eye. […]

Low-carb diets could shorten life, study suggests

'Painful wait' for miscarriage support on Welsh NHS

Lena Dunham marks nine months since hysterectomy

Technology

Body scanners to screen LA subway riders

Image copyright Thruvision Image caption The Thruvision camera can detect concealed objects Body scanners will be used on the Los Angeles subway to screen passengers for explosives and weapons, the local transport authority has announced. It is the first mass transport system in the US to adopt the technology. Portable scanners will be used to […]

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Science/Nature

Earliest galaxies found 'on our cosmic doorstep'

Image copyright AURIGA PROJECT Image caption A computer-simulated galaxy. Blue circles denote the brighter satellite galaxies orbiting the bigger one; the white circles show the faint galaxies, which are some of the most ancient in the Universe. Some of the oldest galaxies to form in the Universe are sitting on our cosmic doorstep, according to […]

Science/Nature

Wheat gene map to help 'feed the world'

Image copyright IGOR STEVANOVIC / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY The starting pistol has been fired in a race to develop “climate change resistant” wheat with the publication of a map of the crop’s genes. An international team of scientists has identified the location of more than 100,000 wheat genes. The researchers say the map will accelerate […]

Science/Nature

Ancient Egyptian mummification 'recipe' revealed

Image copyright Dr Stephen Buckley/ University of York Examination of a mummy has revealed the original ancient Egyptian embalming recipe – first used to preserve bodies. A battery of forensic chemical tests carried out on a mummy that dated from 3,700-3,500 BC revealed the recipe and confirmed that it was developed far earlier and used […]