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Grandmothers more connected to grandchildren than to own offspring

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Grandmothers may be more emotionally connected to their grandchildren than to their own sons and daughters. Anthropologists at Emory University in Georgia recruited 50 women with at least one biological grandchild aged between three and 12, and used functional magnetic resonance imaging to monitor their brains as they looked at photos of that child, the child’s parents, and images of an unrelated child and adult. “Grandmothers are geared toward feeling what their grandchildren are feeling when they interact with them,” said a researcher.

Asteroid set to be visible from Earth

An asteroid bigger than the London Eye is expected to crash into Earth’s orbit this weekend. The asteroid, named 2016 JG12, was first discovered in 2016, and is currently 5.98 million kilometres from earth. Experts say that if it continues on its current trajectory, and passes Earth, rather than landing on it, it can be seen at approximately 12.23am on Saturday 20 November.

Lottery present comes up trumps

A US woman who received a scratch-off lottery ticket as a gift from her son said he initially didn’t believe her when she told him it was a $100,000 winner. The Missouri woman told lottery officials her son bought her the scratch-off ticket as a gift, and that both were shocked when she revealed the prize. “He didn't believe me at first,” she said. “He’s pretty excited now.” She said she plans to buy him a new truck.

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