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Researchers: Double mastectomies don’t boost cancer survival rates

Washington (AFP) – Women fighting cancer in one breast don’t benefit from having both breasts removed, according to new research out Tuesday, that found long-term survival was equivalent after targeted surgery plus radiation. Hollywood star Angelina Jolie famously announced last year she had a double mastectomy to reduce her risk…

Scientists use E.coli bacteria to create fossil fuel alternative

LONDON (Reuters) – British and Finnish scientists have found a way of generating renewable propane using a bacterium widely found in the human intestine and say the finding is a step to commercial production of a fuel that could one day be an alternative to fossil fuel reserves. “Although we…

Japanese researchers develop 30-minute Ebola test

Japanese researchers said Tuesday they had developed a new method to detect the presence of the Ebola virus in 30 minutes, with technology that could allow doctors to quickly diagnose infection. Professor Jiro Yasuda and his team at Nagasaki University say their process is also cheaper than the system currently…

Sea-level surge at Antarctica linked to icesheet loss

Sea levels around Antarctica have been rising a third faster than the global average, a clear sign of high meltwater runoff from the continent’s icesheet, scientists said on Sunday. Satellite data from 1992 to 2011 found the sea surface around Antarctica’s coast rose by around eight centimetres (3.2 inches) in…

Mountain forest changes threaten California water supplies

Originally published at Climate Central Hike high enough up California’s Sierra Nevada and the forest morphs around you. At around 6,000 feet, the dazzling diversity of the lower montane forest, replete with California black oak, ponderosa pine, and incense cedars gives way to more monotonous landscapes of red fir and…

Researchers discover first evidence of Neanderthal artwork — a ‘rococo Twitter hashtag’

Belying their reputation as the dumb cousins of early modern humans, Neanderthals created cave art, an activity regarded as a major cognitive step in the evolution of humankind, scientists reported on Monday in a paper describing the first discovery of artwork by this extinct species. The discovery is “a major…

Ancient Stonehenge mystery solved thanks to particularly dry summer: archaeologists

One of the many mysteries of Stonehenge may have been solved, not because of a brilliant scientific breakthrough or thanks to painstaking research, but after a maintenance team’s hosepipe turned out to be a little short. Archeologists have long argued over whether the ancient monument was once a perfect circle…

Eruption of Yellowstone supervolcano could spell the end of the U.S.: geologists

According to an article published by United States Geological Survey scientist Larry Mastin in the latest edition of Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, an eruption of the supervolcano beneath Yellowstone National Park would blanket much of the United States in a meter of ash. Mastin and his colleagues used computer modeling to…

Drug company admits it concealed debilitating side effects, fatalities from government regulators

The Japanese unit of Swiss pharma giant Novartis (Xetra: 904278 – news) has admitted it did not report more than 2,500 cases of serious side effects in patients using its leukaemia and other cancer drugs, reportedly including some fatalities. The revelations, which marked the latest in a string of scandals…

Scientists hope to root out disease in your dog via genetic sequencing

Molly is a 16-month-old black labrador retriever and like so many dogs of her breed, she is exuberant, biddable and anxious to please. She also has a distinct personality, insists her owner Sussi Wiles, from Harefield, Middlesex. “Molly is just a bit cheeky and will do unexpected things. She will…

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