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Thursday 18 September 2014

Is there life on moss?

Published 18/03/2014 | 02:30

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MOSS can spring back to life after being frozen in Antarctic ice for more than 1,500 years, research has shown.

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Professor Peter Convey, one of the scientists from the British Antarctic Survey, which worked with colleagues from the University of Reading, said: "What mosses do in the ecosystem is far more important than we would generally realise when we look at a moss on a wall here, for instance."

COCOA'S DARK SECRET

SCIENTISTS will examine whether pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

The study, involving 18,000 men and women across the US, will be the first large test of cocoa flavanols, which in previous smaller studies improved blood pressure, cholesterol, the body's use of insulin, artery health and other heart-related factors.

INSPIRATIONAL FIGURES

FAMOUS figures, including Albert Einstein and William Shakespeare, have been named as the most inspirational in history.

A survey of 2,000 people by the British Heart Foundation also found that Nelson Mandela, Marie Curie and Mother Teresa were considered to have left a lasting legacy.

DAMAGED PLANE LANDS

A FLIGHT from Orlando, Florida, landed safely in Atlanta after declaring an emergency because a part of the plane's wing was missing.

The Federal Aviation Administration says Flight 2412 landed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport at about 7.10pm on Sunday. The plane, a Boeing 757, stopped on the runway and was towed to the gate. No injuries were reported.

SPIRIT OF THE LAW

US POLITICIANS are considering scaling back laws setting out the strict requirements for Tennessee whiskey.

Currently, spirits need to be fermented in Tennessee from mash of at least 51pc corn, aged in new charred oak barrels, filtered through maple charcoal and bottled at a minimum of 80 proof. But the people behind Jack Daniel's see the hand of a bigger competitor at work – Diageo, the British conglomerate that owns George Dickel, another Tennessee whiskey made about 15 miles away.

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