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Holey cow! Evidence of Stone Age veterinary ‘surgery’

A hole in the skull of a Stone Age cow was likely made by humans about 5,000 years ago, probably by a primitive veterinarian or trainee surgeon, scientists said Thursday.

The hole appears to have been painstakingly carved into the animal's head, but whether it was an operation to save the cow or practice for surgery on humans, was not clear, a duo of anthropologists reported in the journal Scientific Reports.

Holey cow! Evidence of Stone Age veterinary ‘surgery’
Holey cow! Evidence of Stone Age veterinary ‘surgery’

Holey cow! Evidence of Stone Age veterinary ‘surgery’

A hole in the skull of a Stone Age cow was likely made by humans about 5,000 years ago, probably by a primitive veterinarian or trainee surgeon, scientists said Thursday.

Cuba marks end of an era as Castro hands over to Diaz-Canel
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Cuba marks end of an era as Castro hands over to Diaz-Canel

Cuba marked the end of an era Thursday as Miguel Diaz-Canel was formally elected as the country’s new president, succeeding Raul Castro and becoming the first non-Castro to lead the island in six decades.
IMF’s Lagarde warns against harming trade, investment
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IMF’s Lagarde warns against harming trade, investment

Governments must take care, even when there are disagreements, to avoid harming trade and investment which have been key drivers of the global economic recovery, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said Thursday.
Tiny fly blows bubbles to cool off: study
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Tiny fly blows bubbles to cool off: study

Humans sweat, dogs pant, cats lick their fur. Animals have adopted an interesting array of techniques for regulating body temperature through evaporation.
Italy ramps up search for Mafia godfather after dawn busts
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Italy ramps up search for Mafia godfather after dawn busts

Italian police arrested the closest aides of Cosa Nostra kingpin Matteo Messina Denaro on Thursday, clamping down on a tightknit, family-run clan which has kept the mobster safely hidden over a quarter of a century on the run.
No-go warning as Japan volcano erupts for first time in 250 years
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No-go warning as Japan volcano erupts for first time in 250 years

A volcano in southern Japan erupted for the first time in 250 years on Thursday, spewing steam and ash hundreds of metres into the air, as authorities warned locals not to approach the mountain.
Fuzzy crab, shiny-eyed shrimp discovered on Java expedition
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Fuzzy crab, shiny-eyed shrimp discovered on Java expedition

A hermit crab, a shiny-eyed shrimp and a crab with fuzzy spines are among over a dozen new species discovered in a deep-sea expedition off the Indonesian island of Java, scientists said.
S. Korea’s Moon: a peace treaty ‘must be pursued’
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S. Korea’s Moon: a peace treaty ‘must be pursued’

A peace treaty to formally end the Korean War “must be pursued”, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday, ahead of a summit next week with Kim Jong Un, leader of the nuclear-armed North.
Put the toolbox away – new robot assembles IKEA chairs
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Put the toolbox away – new robot assembles IKEA chairs

Sick of struggling with incomprehensible instructions and a baffling array of planks and screws? Help is at hand in the form of a new robot that can assemble an IKEA chair in minutes.
Truce village or European capital? Possible Trump-Kim summit venues
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Truce village or European capital? Possible Trump-Kim summit venues

US President Donald Trump says that five locations are under consideration for his expected meeting with Kim Jong Un, the leader of nuclear-armed North Korea.
Dr. Asperger ‘actively cooperated’ with Nazis: study
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Dr. Asperger ‘actively cooperated’ with Nazis: study

Austrian paediatrician Hans Asperger, after whom Asperger’s syndrome is named, “actively cooperated” with the Nazi euthanasia programme, according to a new study published Thursday.
Fox rejected an offer from Comcast before Disney buyout: filing
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Fox rejected an offer from Comcast before Disney buyout: filing

Media giant 21st Century Fox, which was sold to Disney in December, rejected a higher buyout offer from Comcast over fears of regulatory risks, a filing showed Wednesday.
China targets US, EU with rubber trade case
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China targets US, EU with rubber trade case

China announced on Thursday it would impose temporary anti-dumping measures on synthetic rubber imported from the United States, the European Union and Singapore.
Ben Kilham, the American bear whisperer
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Ben Kilham, the American bear whisperer

Stripy and Jake are bear cubs fed by bottle, who frisk around happily. Other bear orphans perch in the trees when Ben Kilham ventures into their enclosure.
Japan female mayor battles men-only sumo rule
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Japan female mayor battles men-only sumo rule

A female mayor at the centre of a fierce debate over allowing women into the sumo ring vowed Thursday never to back down as she prepared to lodge a formal protest.
Macron faces mass protests as opponents join forces
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Macron faces mass protests as opponents join forces

French President Emmanuel Macron faces mass protests Thursday as trade unionists seek to galvanise angry students, public sector workers and striking train drivers into joining forces against him almost a year after he came to office.
Daffodils to mark 75 years after Warsaw ghetto uprising
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Daffodils to mark 75 years after Warsaw ghetto uprising

Sirens will sound and paper daffodils will fill the streets of the Polish capital on Thursday to mark 75 years since hundreds of young Jews took up arms against Nazi German forces in the Warsaw ghetto uprising.
Researchers find ‘catastrophic’ coral die-off on Great Barrier Reef
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Researchers find ‘catastrophic’ coral die-off on Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef suffered a “catastrophic die-off” of coral during an extended heatwave in 2016, threatening a broader range of reef life than previously feared, a report revealed Thursday.
All Black Perenara slams Folau comments on gays
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All Black Perenara slams Folau comments on gays

All Black halfback TJ Perenara has become the highest-profile rugby player to condemn Wallaby Israel Folau’s anti-gay comments, saying he is “100 percent against” the Australian player’s stance.
California has worst US air pollution: report
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California has worst US air pollution: report

California has the most polluted cities in the United States, a report issued on Wednesday said, as President Donald Trump’s administration seeks to force the state to weaken its vehicle emissions standards.
Amazon Prime service tops 100 million paid subscribers
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Amazon Prime service tops 100 million paid subscribers

The ranks of people subscribing to Amazon Prime service for speedy delivery of purchases and streamed television has topped 100 million, the company’s chief Jeff Bezos said Wednesday in an annual letter.
Trump voices hope Koreas can live ‘together’ in ‘peace’
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Trump voices hope Koreas can live ‘together’ in ‘peace’

US President Donald Trump voiced hope Wednesday that North and South Korea, technically still at war, can pave the way to a lasting peace at a series of upcoming summits.
Support rises for controversial Canada pipeline
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Support rises for controversial Canada pipeline

Support in Canada for a pipeline expansion to move oil to the Pacific coast for shipping to new markets overseas is rising, polling showed Wednesday as protests against it followed the prime minister to Britain.
SpaceX poised to blast off NASA’s new planet-hunter, TESS
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SpaceX poised to blast off NASA’s new planet-hunter, TESS

SpaceX was poised Wednesday to try again to blast off NASA’s newest planet-hunting spacecraft after a two-day delay to check out the Falcon 9 rocket’s navigation systems.
‘Artificial mole’ could warn of cancer: study
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‘Artificial mole’ could warn of cancer: study

Swiss scientists have developed an experimental skin implant that darkens like a mole when it detects subtle changes in the body that may be an early warning sign of cancer, a study said Wednesday.
US businesses, farmers worried by China trade spat: Fed
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US businesses, farmers worried by China trade spat: Fed

Despite continued economic growth, US businesses and farmers are increasingly concerned about the trade spat with China which already has pushed prices higher, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday.
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