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Physicists find evidence that ‘missing’ neutrinos are shape shifting on the way to the Sun

Physicists announced further proof Wednesday for a theory that mysterious particles called neutrinos which go “missing” on the journey from the Sun to Earth are in fact shape-shifting along the way, arriving undetected. The evidence: a muon-type neutrino dispatched from the CERN research laboratory near Geneva had arrived as a…

Climate change models predict remarkably accurate results

By Duncan Clark, The Guardian Analysis of climate change modelling for past 15 years reveal accurate forecasts of rising global temperatures Forecasts of global temperature rises over the past 15 years have proved remarkably accurate, new analysis of scientists’ modelling of climate change shows. The debate around the accuracy of…

Scientists find cancer-causing DNA mutations

The biggest-ever trawl of the human genome for cancer-causing DNA errors has netted more than 80 tiny mutations, a finding that could help people at high risk, researchers said Wednesday. The results, which double the number of known genetic alterations linked to breast, ovarian and prostate cancer, were unveiled in…

Study: Pesticides scramble bees’ brain circuits

Pesticides used by farmers to protect crops or bee hives can scramble the brain circuits of honeybees, affecting memory and navigation skills needed to find food, scientists said Wednesday. This in turn threatened entire colonies of bees whose pollinating functions are vital for human food production, they wrote in the…

Number of American cancer survivors expected to reach 18 million in a decade

The number of Americans who have survived cancer is on the rise and is expected to reach 18 million people in the next decade, according to a report released Wednesday. That would be a 30 percent increase over the latest figures in January 2012, which showed 13.7 million people in…

Study links fracking wastewater to massive 2011 Oklahoma quake

A study published Tuesday in the scientific journal Geology links the magnitude 5.6 earthquake that hit Oklahoma in November 2011 to natural gas drilling operations nearby that were using an extraction technique called fracking, which requires massive quantities of wastewater be injected into underground reservoirs. The quake struck between Tulsa…

Manufacturer faces lawsuits after surgery robot arm breaks off in patient’s butt

Surgeons in Aalst, Belgium were startled when part of the robot arm of a da Vinci surgery robot broke off inside a patient who was undergoing prostate surgery in 2007. According to New Scientist magazine, that incident and others have sparked a rash of lawsuits against Intuitive Surgical, Inc., the…

Chameleons migrated from Africa to Madagascar by sea 65 million years ago: new study

Chameleons took to the waves to migrate from Africa to Madagascar about 65 million years ago, said a study published on Wednesday that seeks to resolve a roiling biological debate. Chameleons are famous for the extraordinary ability of some species to change colour, and for a lightning-fast talent to catch…

Philippines turns trash into ‘clean energy’ windfall

Teresita Mabignay does her ironing using free of electricity on the slope of a garbage dump, an unlikely beneficiary of efforts to turn the Philippines’ growing rubbish problems into a clean-energy windfall. Mabignay lives at the base of one of Manila’s largest landfills, which was the first in the country…

Scientists study world’s largest creature by tracking its song

An Australian-led group of scientists has for the first time tracked down and tagged Antarctic blue whales by using acoustic technology to follow its songs, the government said Wednesday. The blue whale, the largest animal on the planet, is rarely spotted in the Southern Ocean but a group of intrepid…

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