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Bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres puzzle scientists

Strange bright spots have started appearing on the dwarf planet Ceres, baffling scientists.

Astronaut unharmed, water pools in helmet after six-hour spacewalk

An American astronaut found water pooling inside his helmet after he finished a six-plus hour spacewalk on Wednesday, raising new concerns about the safety of NASA's spacesuits.

Watch: Octopus leaps from water to catch crab

Porsche Indrisie in Western Australia caught this extremely rare footage of an octopus leaping from a rock pool to catch a crab, dragging the crustacean back into the water. This may be the first known footage of this behaviour, as octopuses can't breath on land.

Ancient Amazon basin played host to 7 different species of crocodiles

If one croc is reason enough to stay out of the water, how about dipping your toes in a place with seven different croc species including two 26-foot (8-meter) monsters, all living side by side eating just about anything that moves?

SA Sci-Tech

In Japan, robot dogs are for life - and death

Incense smoke wafts through the cold air of the centuries-old Buddhist temple as a priest chants a sutra, praying for the peaceful transition of the souls of the departed.

Molewa lets Eskom off hook on emission standards

Several companies, including Eskom, have been granted a reprieve from complying with minimum emission standards in terms of air quality laws, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa announced on Tuesday.

Zimbabwean poachers targeting rhino calves

Poachers in Zimbabwe are targeting small rhino for their horns, a ranger said.

Green

Watch: The war cry of the desert rain frog

The mighty war cry of the desert rain frog, breviceps macrops, is fast approaching 12 million hits on YouTube, as people around the world admire the South African species' ferocity.
Jellyfish are seen in tank during a media tour before the opening of the Inbursa Aquarium in the wealthy neighbourhood of Polanco

Glow in the dark jellyfish people? Not in Georgia: Republican

Georgia State Representative Tom Kirby, of the Republican Party, has pledged to prevent the rise of glow in the dark jellyfish people on his issues page.
The mysterious galactic haze as seen by Planck

Dark matter may be linked to mass extinctions

Every 26 to 30 million years, life on Earth undergoes a mass extinction - a pattern associated with the solar system passing through the plane of the Milky Way.

Gadgets

Apple ordered to pay over R6 billion for patent infringement

Apple Inc has been ordered to pay $532.9 million (R6.101 billion) after a federal jury found its iTunes software infringed three patents owned by Texas-based patent licensing company Smartflash LLC.

Gaming

The new Candy Crush? Chinese language apps make learning a game

Philipp Mattheis knew his gaming app was addictive when he realised he kept checking his phone -- hooked by the brightly-coloured reminders telling him to play again or risk falling from the triple-figure level he had reached.

Research and researchers

Kindness made us human before intelligence: researcher

Our ancestors developed kindness before intelligence according to a scientist.