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Horsemeat Scam Leads to 66 Arrests in Europe

Horsemeat Scam Leads to 66 Arrests in Europe

European policing agency Europol has informed that police in Spain has arrested 65 people of an organized gang for selling horsemeat across Europe. As per investigative agencies, the meat was not fit for human consumption. The suspects have been public health violations, money laundering, forgery and animal abuse, among other crimes.

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TMT team picks alternative site to contested Hawaii site

TMT team picks alternative site to contested Hawaii site

Bowing to severe opposition from native Hawaiians and environment activists, the team behind the so-called Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) has chosen Spain’s Canary Islands as a possible alternative to the Hawaiian site for building the world’s largest telescope.

Last week, the TMT International Observatory Board of Governors discussed the project’s progress and identified La Palma island’s Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos as the primary alternative to Hawaii as the primary site for building the telescope.

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Early humans pushed cave lions to extinction: researchers say

Early humans pushed cave lions to extinction: researchers say

Prehistoric humans might have pushed cave lions in the region of current Spain to extinction by hunting the big cats for their sleek pelts, according to a new study.

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Black Holes Might Have Back Doors

Black Holes Might Have Back Doors

A new research has suggested that there is possibility that black holes might have back doors that lead out to other regions of the universe. But, the researchers have also raised doubtfulness over any object managing to pass alive through one of the exits. The enormous gravity of the black hole will spaghettify the object, which will get stretched out of a string of pasta.

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Charity uses ISS photos to track light pollution

Charity uses ISS photos to track light pollution

A leading charity, 'Cities at Night' has said that it has used thousands of night-time photos of major cities taken by the ISS in order to study light pollution in the previous year.

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Engraving in Gibraltar Cave Linked with Works of Neanderthals

Engraving in Gibraltar Cave Linked with Works of Neanderthals

As per a novel research published in the journal 'Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences', Neanderthals had intellectual abilities. An international team of researchers has based its findings on the cave etchings found at Gorham's Cave near the Strait of Gibraltar. The engravings are linked with Neanderthals.

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Humans began Eating Snails 30,000 Years Ago

Humans began Eating Snails 30,000 Years Ago

According to archeologists, ancient humans who lived 30,000 years ago ate snails. The researchers were excavating a site in Benidorm, Spain about three years ago when they found snail shells near fireplaces. Apart from snail shells, they found tools and other animal remains in rock shelters along a cliff in Spain.

What they have learnt from the findings is the Iberian Peninsula ate snails more than 10,000 years earlier than those who lived in the neighboring Mediterranean region.

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Scientists Discover New Beetle Species in World’s Deepest Cave

Scientists Discover New Beetle Species in World’s Deepest Cave

A new species of beetle has been discovered in the depths of the Krubera cave in the Arabica massif in the Western Caucasus. The credit for the discovery goes to two scientists from Spain and Portugal. The region lies between the Caspian and Black seas and shares border with Europe and Asia.

As a matter of fact, the title of the deepest known cave in the world has been held by the Krubera cave, or Voronya cave, so far. It reaches about 1.3 miles (2,140 meters) below the earth.

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50,000-Year-Old Fecal Matter Proves Neanderthals also Consumed Vegetables

50,000-Year-Old Fecal Matter Proves Neanderthals also Consumed Vegetables

Researchers from MIT and the University of La Laguna in Spain found 50,000-year-old Neanderthal fecal matter. Upon assessment, it was found that they were not only sole meat-eaters but also consumed a mix of vegetables, berries and nuts.

The fecal matter was found at El Salt, a site in Alicante, Spain and where Neanderthal lived. Co-author Roger Summons, a professor of geobiology in MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, said improved nutrition over the time has played an important part in allowing humanity to dominate earth.

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26-Year-Old Bear Faces Castration

26-Year-Old Bear Faces Castration

Brown bears usually stop mating by the time they become 19, but a 26-year old male brown bear, named Pyros, is still in the hunt. His continued playfulness poses survival threats to his clan as a direct result of restrictions in genetic diversity, which has left scientists worrying.

The scientists are looking forward to either take the bear away from the forest so as to avoid further inbreeding or castrate him. There are 30 brown bears, including Pyros, in a settlement that lives in Pyrenees Mountains on the border between France and Spain.

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