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Scientists: Climate change will create hundreds of millions of new homeless people

It is increasingly likely that hundreds of millions of people will be displaced from their homelands in the near future as a result of global warming. That is the stark warning of economist and climate changeexpert Lord Stern following the news last week that concentrations of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere…

Revealed: Big Pharma tested dangerous new drugs on unknowing Germans

Western drug companies tested pharmaceuticals on more than 50,000 people in the former communist East Germany, often without the knowledge of patients, several of whom died, the Spiegel news weekly reported Sunday. Some 600 clinical trials were carried out in more than 50 hospitals until the 1989 fall of the…

‘Conservative’ study warns climate change may kill half of Earth’s plant life

More than half of common species of plants and a third of animal species are likely to see their living space halved by 2080 on current trends of carbon emissions, a climate study said on Sunday. Output of man-made greenhouse gases is putting Earth on track for four degrees Celsius…

Scientists find mutations behind testicular cancer and heart disease

Separate studies of the human genome have found tantalising clues to the inherited causes of testicular cancer and non-inherited causes of congenital heart disease, journals reported on Sunday. University of Pennsylvania researchers looked at the DNA of more than 13,000 men, comparing the DNA code of those with testicular cancer…

Anti-cocaine vaccine research edges closer to human trials

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have successfully used a vaccine to produce a long-lasting anti-cocaine immunity in nonhuman primates. “The vaccine eats up the cocaine in the blood like a little Pac-man before it can reach the brain,” the study’s lead investigator, Dr. Ronald G. Crystal, said in a…

Dreams of your significant other can predict your relational behavior, study finds

If your partner has a dream of you cheating, expect to face repercussions for your scandalous dream-behavior later. According to new peer-reviewed research, dreams involving ones significant other can predict subsequent relational behavior. “This study is the first to systematically identify such patterns of behavior,” Dylan F. Selterman of the…

Scientists: Sandy dumped 11 billion gallons of sewage in U.S. waterways

Scientists say waste-treatment plants must follow subways and power stations in being protected against climate change Hurricane Sandy dumped about 11 billion gallons of raw and untreated sewage into waterways from Washington DC to Connecticut, the science journalism group Climate Central said on Tuesday. That’s or enough human waste to…

MIT-trained engineers building flying hybrid car TF-X

Introducing TF-X: Terrafugia’s Vision for the Future of Personal Transportation Let’s say that you’re traveling on the freeway to a business meeting and your GPS tells you that the road in front of you has just become impassable. There is an alternate route available; however, it adds an hour…  …

Astronauts in spacewalk to try to fix space station ammonia leak

he International Space Station’s crew set off on a precedent-setting spacewalk Saturday to try to stop ammonia leaking into space from the research laboratory’s power system. During the spacewalk, NASA astronauts Tom Marshburn and Chris Cassidy were to try to inspect and possibly repair the ammonia leak that affected the…

Predator Ariel Castro and the psychology of violence

The case of Ariel Castro has shocked the world – but experts fear many crimes of kidnapping and sexual slavery go undetected The annals of criminal history are writ large with ordinary streets that hide dark secrets, but even so the peculiar horror believed to have been perpetrated by Ariel…

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