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‘Extinct’ turtle species actually never existed, scientists say

A Seychelles freshwater turtle species declared extinct after decades of futile searches, in fact never existed, scientists said Thursday. While Man has the extinction of several turtle and tortoise species on his conscience, DNA evidence has now cleared him of exterminating Pelusios seychellensis, a team from Germany and Austria wrote…

Study ties baldness to heart disease

This only applied to men who have hair loss from the top and in front of their heads. Those with a receding hairline are reportedly not affected.  …

China reports tenth case of H7N9 bird flu

Chinese authorities on Thursday reported a man in the eastern province of Zhejiang has been infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu, the tenth human case of the disease which has claimed three lives. The 64-year-old from Huzhou city was admitted to hospital on March 31 after being ill…

SARS-like virus seems to cause deadly lung infection

A new and deadly virus that has killed 11 of the 17 patients treated for it in the Middle East and Britain appears to cause an infection deep in the lungs, researchers said. Six research monkeys infected with novel human coronavirus were found to quickly develop pneumonia, according to a…

Dementia cost expected to more than double by 2040: study

Dementia costs more each year in the United States than cancer or heart disease, with annual costs ranging from $157 billion to $215 billion, according to a study released Wednesday. Much of the costs come from long-term care giving, and the price tag is expected to more than double by…

Network of satellite guardians in space keep an eye out for natural disasters

Almost unknown to the public, a constellation of satellite guardians is flying overhead, and all it takes is a phone call for them to intervene when a country is hit by a storm, earthquake, tsunami or flood. Armed with cameras or ground radar, these Earth-observation satellites were sent into orbit…

What is space weather?

Space weather is caused mainly by storms and eruptions in our volatile Sun sending potentially dangerous radiation towards Earth. It also causes the spectacular “aurora” light displays that have awed so many in the polar regions — a beautiful show of radiation hitting Earth’s magnetic field. The Sun randomly and…

Scientists find antibody ‘roadmap’ to AIDS vaccine in African patient

Scientists on a quest for an antibody-based AIDS vaccine said Wednesday they found promising clues in the uncommonly “robust” natural immune response of a patient in Africa. Studying blood samples over a three-year period after the person was infected, researchers were witness to a microscopic battle between the virus and…

Studies: Brain stimulation may break addiction to cocaine

Studies in rats have shown that stimulating a sleepy brain region in cocaine addicts can diminish craving for the drug, a technique that should also work in humans, scientists said Wednesday. A team in the United States trained rats to “self-administer”cocaine by pressing two levers. After several weeks of training,…

Scientists reveal first results in hotly anticipated dark matter experiment

A massive science instrument that is spinning the globe aboard the International Space Station has provided its first glimpse of what may be mysterious dark matter in the universe, experts said Wednesday. The first results from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, the most sensitive particle physics spectrometer ever sent to space,…

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