Extreme droughts on the Arabian peninsula paved the way for the rise of Islam

Extreme DROUGHTS on the Arabian peninsula paved the way for the rise of Islam in the seventh century, study reveals For nearly 300 years, Himyarite kingdom was dominant power in ancient Arabia Its economy, based on agriculture and trade, linked East Africa & Mediterranean But extreme droughts, combined with political unrest and war, led to Islam’s rise  Himyar’s fall set stage for newly-emerging religion to grow in early 7th century By MailOnline Reporter Published: 19:00 BST, 16 June 2022 | Updated: 19:00 BST, 16 June 2022 For nearly 300 years,…

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Pedigree cats should be screened regularly for gene mutations that cause disease

Pedigree cats should be screened regularly for gene mutations that cause disease – as they are more likely to be carriers than previously thought, study shows Researchers say pedigree cats should be screened regularly for gene mutations That is because they are more likely to be carriers than first thought, study finds The largest ever DNA-based study of domestic cats genotyped over 11,000 cats Found 13 genetic variants causing disease in cats are in more pedigreed breeds By Sam Tonkin For Mailonline Published: 19:00 BST, 16 June 2022 | Updated: 19:00…

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People who struggle to move in time to the beat may have their GENES to blame, study shows 

Got two left feet? People who struggle to move in time to the beat may have their GENES to blame, study shows Our ability to move in time to a beat is related to our genes, experts have found They performed a study to find common genes associated with rhythm They identified 69 different genes linked with beat synchronisation ability Many were expressed in the brain, suggesting a link to brain development  By Fiona Jackson For Mailonline Published: 17:06 BST, 16 June 2022 | Updated: 17:06 BST, 16 June 2022…

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Does Apple NEED to slow down old iPhones? Tech experts claim ‘throttling’ does preserve battery life

Does Apple really NEED to slow down old iPhones? Tech experts claim performance ‘throttling’ does preserve battery life and is NOT just a cynical trick to make you buy a new device – as Apple faces lawsuit in the UK Lawsuit against Apple starts at the Competition Appeal Tribunal in London today A UK campaigner claims the tech firm’s iOS update installed a ‘throttling’ feature This allegedly led to poor iPhone performance and made users buy new models The case is on behalf of 25 million Brits who owned any of…

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Gallstone from a mummified 16th century prince used to reconstruct the ancient genome of E. coli

Gallstone extracted from the mummified body of a 16th Century Italian prince is used to reconstruct the first ancient genome of E. coli – showing how the notorious superbug has evolved over 400 years Scientists have managed to reconstruct the first ancient genome of E. Coli  They used fragments of bacteria from the gallstones of a 16th century prince The Neapolitan nobleman died with chronic inflammation of the gallbladder This genome can act as a ‘point of comparison’ and show how E. Coli has evolved By Fiona Jackson For Mailonline Published: 16:00…

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Most people don’t want to be billionaires, study finds

Most people DON’T want to be billionaires – with around £8 million considered the perfect amount of money for an ‘absolutely ideal life’, study shows Researchers surveyed over 7,000 people living in 33 countries including the UK  The respondents were asked how much money they needed to live an ‘ideal life’ Experts found that the majority of people don’t want any more than £8.2 million By Jonathan Chadwick For Mailonline Published: 16:00 BST, 16 June 2022 | Updated: 16:00 BST, 16 June 2022 If an unlimited amount of money sounds appealing…

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NASA discovers two rocky ‘super-Earths’ orbiting a nearby dwarf star

NASA discovers two rocky ‘super-Earths’ orbiting a nearby dwarf star that could provide vital clues in the search for alien life Astronomers have spotted two rocky ‘super-Earths’ orbiting a nearby dwarf star Is one of closest known multi-planet systems to Earth, about 33 light-years away The rocky worlds are likely not habitable because their orbits are relatively tight This exposes the planets to temperatures too high to sustain liquid surface water By Sam Tonkin For Mailonline Published: 13:48 BST, 16 June 2022 | Updated: 13:48 BST, 16 June 2022 The…

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World’s oldest campfire? Ancient flint tools show humans may have tamed fire 1 MILLION years ago

World’s oldest campfire? Ancient flint tools and animal bones discovered in Israel show humans may have tamed fire as early as one MILLION years ago Scientists have created a test that can tell if a material has been burnt in the past Stone tools from an Israel site thought to be up to a million years old were tested An AI program sifted through complex data for signs they had been burnt It found they had been heated to temperatures between 390°F and 1100°F The presence of burnt tusks suggests the ancient…

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Fatty alcohol made from fermented sugar could substitute palm oil

Could a new palm oil substitute help save the rainforests? Unilever invests $120m in ingredient made from fermented SUGAR to replace palm and fossil fuel-based foaming agents in cleaning and beauty products Unilever is investing $120m in new biotech that could reduce its carbon footprint Could substitute palm oil and fossil fuel-based foaming agent in cleaning brands It would see creation of new fatty alcohol ingredient made from fermented sugar Could be ready to use in personal care products within the next four to five years By Sam Tonkin For Mailonline…

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How clean REALLY is your indoor air? MailOnline tests quality levels around London

How clean REALLY is your indoor air? MailOnline tests the quality in McDonald’s, Wetherspoons and the London Underground – with pollution levels in some places FIVE times higher than outdoor air EXCLUSIVE: Studies have shown that indoor air is often five times more contaminated than outside air In time for Clean Air Day today, Nuaire equipped MailOnline’s Shivali Best with a roaming air quality monitor We tested levels in the office, McDonald’s, Wetherspoons, Sainsbury’s and the London Underground Results revealed how air pollution in both McDonald’s and Wetherspoons was well…

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