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Study: Climate change slowed over last decade but may speed up again

A global warming “pause” over the past decade may invalidate the harshest climate change predictions for the next 50 to 100 years, a study said Sunday — though levels remain in the danger zone. Writing in the journal Nature Geoscience, an international team of climate scientists said a slower rate…

HIV vaccine efforts face several years of ‘void’ after latest setback

The hunt for an HIV vaccine has gobbled up $8 billion in the past decade, and the failure of the most recent efficacy trial has delivered yet another setback to 26 years of efforts. With the next attempts expected to be years away, top researchers now say there is a…

Russia retrieves mice and newts from space in preparation for Mars mission

A Russian capsule filled with 45 mice and 15 newts along with other small animals returned from a month’s mission in orbit on Sunday with data scientists hope will pave the way for a manned flight to Mars. Russian Mission Control said the Bion-M craft landed softly with the help…

Fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published

The field of mental health will face its greatest upset in years on Saturday with the publication of the long-awaited and deeply-controversial US manual for diagnosing mental disorders. Early drafts of the book, the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5, have divided medical…

Human tissue cloning could treat heart disease or Parkinson’s disease

Lorraine Barnes suffered a heart attack in 2005 and has lived with the consequences – extreme exhaustion and breathlessness – ever since. “I was separated from my husband and so my children, Charlotte and James, had to grow up overnight because suddenly they were caring for me,” she says. Charlotte…

Psychologists find being positioned above others buffers against effects of ostracization

Being physically above others can buffer against some of the negative psychological consequences of social exclusion, according to research published online May 16 in Social Psychological and Personality Science. “Our study investigated whether participants’ spatial position has an influence on their reactions to being ostracized,” Christiane Schoel of the University…

Being sociable could save your life in a disaster

According to a researcher, being sociable and connected to your neighbors could save your life in the event of an emergency. Writing for New Scientist magazine, Sociologist Robert Sampson said that an area’s social infrastructure can make a difference in the survival rate of citizens in a natural disaster or…

Corporations are manufacturing uncertainty about scientific findings. Now scientists are fighting back.

Science is under attack. With corporations manufacturing uncertainty to undermine studies that hurt their bottom lines and the sequester cutting billions in funding for scientific research, you’d think the American science community would be hunkered down in their labs avoiding outside interference…   [close-up of schoolgirl succesful looking in the…

Zombie climate skeptic theories survive only in newspapers and on TV

Study finds overwhelming scientific consensus that humans have caused global warming, but media still hasn’t caught up Here’s the news from 1991 – a vanishingly small number of peer-reviewed studies in science journals argue that humans aren’t the cause of global warming. Here’s the news from 2013 – since 1991,…

Scientists prepare to explore the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Scientists are to set off on a research expedition to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch on May 20. The patch is a huge mass of rubbish held in place by swirling underwater currents in the north-east of the Pacific Ocean. This build-up of marine debris is a danger to many…

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