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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…

Young people using Alzheimer’s dementia drugs to boost brain power

Medicines used for Alzheimer’s disease and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder taken by 1% of 14 to 18-year-olds Some young people in Britain have used drugs for dementia and other conditions to boost their mental performance, a major survey suggests. Medicines normally prescribed for Alzheimer’s disease and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder…

Report: Shrinking glaciers behind a third of rise in sea levels

Water from the world’s shrinking glaciers was responsible for almost a third of the rise in sea levels between 2003 and 2009, new research showed Thursday. A study published in the journal Science revealed that researchers had analyzed data gleaned from two NASA satellites as well as traditional ground measurements…

Scientists look to West African snake for help building better camouflage

Scientists have identified nanostructures in the ultra-black skin markings of an African viper which they said Thursday could inspire the quest to create the ultimate light-absorbing material. The West African Gaboon viper, one of the largest in Africa and a master of camouflage, has dark spots in the geometrical pattern…

Electric shocks to the brain may help humans solve math problems faster

Psychologists find students do puzzles 27% faster after non-invasive procedure than those who had no treatment People who struggle with maths problems might fare better after a course of gentle electric shocks to the brain, scientists have claimed. Psychologists at Oxford University found that students scored higher on mental arithmetic…

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