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Non-amputees also experience ‘phantom limb’ sensation

Amputees often experience “phantom limbs”, or the sensation that their missing limb is still present, but a Swedish study published Thursday showed that even non-amputees can experience the bizarre sensation. “Our results show that the sight of a physical hand is remarkably unimportant to the brain for creating the experience…

Science discovers ‘magic trick’ that causes partisan voters to switch parties

Researchers in Sweden have discovered a clever way to trick partisan voters into switching parties, through the application of a simple survey and some slight of hand. Exploiting a known defect in human psychology called “choice blindness,” researchers writing for the journal PLoS One got 162 voters to fill out…

Inhofe: ‘MoveOn.org, George Soros, Michael Moore’ created global warming hoax

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) on Wednesday explained that Al Gore and the United Nations get most of the blame for what he called a global warming “hoax,” but filmmaker Michael Moore and billionaire George Soros deserved some credit too. At a Environment and Public Works Committe on President Barack Obama’s…

Supreme Court to rule on whether human genes can be patented

Utah biotech firm to argue its patents on breast and ovarian cancer genes are necessary to fund further research The US supreme court will hear oral arguments next week to decide whether companies can patent human genes, in a landmark case which could alter the course of US medical research…

Scientists pinpoint what pain looks like in the brain

Scientists said Wednesday they have figured out how to recognize pain in brain scans, possibly paving the way for future tests that could accurately gauge its severity. “Right now, there’s no clinically acceptable way to measure pain and other emotions other than to ask a person how they feel,” said…

Rep. Joe Barton: Biblical ‘Great Flood’ shows climate change isn’t man made

Republican Texas Rep. Joe Barton on Wednesday dismissed concerns that the Keystone XL pipeline could contribute to climate change, citing the biblical flood myth described in the book of Genesis as evidence that climate change was not man made. BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski obtained video of Barton speaking to the House…

Study: Northern hemisphere summers now warmest of last 600 years

Summers in the northern hemisphere are now warmer than at any period in six centuries, according to climate research published on Wednesday in the science journal Nature. Harvard University researchers analysing evidence from Arctic tree rings, ice cores, lake sediments and thermometer records said recent warm temperature extremes in high…

Scientists find new key ingredient for anti-malaria drug

US scientists on Wednesday said they had used baker’s yeast to make a key ingredient of malaria drugs, a feat that could iron out fluctuations in supply caused by sourcing the chemical from a Chinese herb. One of the revolutions in malaria treatment in recent decades has been the advent…

Father of in vitro fertilization Robert Edwards dies at 87

Robert Edwards, the British scientist awarded a Nobel prize for his pioneering work in developing in vitro fertilisation (IVF), died on Monday aged 87, his university announced. “It is with deep sadness that the family announces that Professor Sir Robert Edwards, Nobel prizewinner, scientist and co-pioneer of IVF, passed away…

Scheming baby chicks blackmail doting parents for food: study

Fledglings of a southern African bird species threaten suicide to blackmail their parents into bringing them more food, scientists said Wednesday. When hungry, pied babbler fledglings flutter from the nest to the ground, where predators roam, and start screeching to highlight their plight, said a study published in the British…

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