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Unprecedented speed of global warming to impact half of all plants and a third of animals

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, according to a climate study. Output of man-made greenhouse gases is putting Earth on track for four degrees Celsius (7.2…

Space tourism won’t hurt environment: Richard Branson

British billionaire Richard Branson said Monday that rocket-powered space tourism flights by his firm Virgin Galactic would have only a minor impact on climate change. More than 500 people have already reserved seats — and paid deposits on the $200,000 ticket price — for a minutes-long suborbital flight on the…

Bugs are the food of the future: UN

Beetles, caterpillars and wasps could supplement the diets of billions of people globally and help feed livestock, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation said on Monday, calling for more investment in edible insect farming. “One of the many ways to address food and feed insecurity is through insect farming,” the…

First-ever music video filmed in space is David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’

In an amazing video published Sunday by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, he bids farewell to the International Space Station (ISS) with the most epic cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” perhaps ever, in footage that will go down as the first music video filmed in space. The ISS commander has…

Study: Frequent marijuana use tied to reduced bladder cancer risk

In findings presented last week at the American Urological Association’s annual conference, researchers announced that the conclusion of an 11-year study has found a strong association between frequent marijuana use and a significantly reduced bladder cancer risk, USA Today reported Saturday. The study, which has not yet undergone peer-review and…

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…

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