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Animal Astronauts – The Space Races Unwitting Pioneers

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Everyone remembers Yuri Gagarin the first man in space but before his famous flight, there had been many more living space pioneers who didn’t really have any choice about being strapped into an experimental rocket. Animal Astronauts – The Space Race’s Unwitting Pioneers The tidal wave of propaganda generated by Sputnik 1 had been unpredictable but it had been especially positive for Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. He summoned Sergei Korolev, boss of the Soviet space programme, and told him to make sure a second satellite was launched in time to mark the anniversary of the October Revolution of November 7th, 1917, …

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7 Scariest Animals and Creatures of Your Nigthmares

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There are a lot of very scary looking animals and creatures out there, here a just some that creep people out. Amazonian giant centipede (Scolopendra gigantea) If your creepy crawly phobias increase with the number legs they have, as well as the size then, now is the time to go and make a cup of tea or coffee and come back later. This is the Scolopendra gigantea, aka Amazonian giant centipede. These unnaturally large arthropods have 46 yellow legs and can grow up to around 35cm in length, about the same a mans forearm They have a venomous bite they …

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Top 7 Genetically Modified Animals

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Over the past 30 years, biotechnological developments have allowed scientists to alter the genetic make-up of bacteria, plants, and animals, here are 7 of these such experiments but this just the tip of the iceberg. 7 Sudden-Death Mosquitoes Dengue fever is mosquito born virus that causes 2.3 million infections and 25,000 deaths per year worldwide As there is not cure yet, to deal with this option scientists have created what are called “sudden-death” genetically modified mosquitos which are released in the wild and breed with the indigenous mosquito population. These then pass the special gene to their offspring. This gene …