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How the burning of fossil fuels was linked to a warming world in 1938

Seventy-five years ago this month an amateur weather-watcher from West Sussex published a landmark paper in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society directly linking the burning of fossil fuels to the warming of the Earth’s atmosphere. Guy Callendar was a successful steam engineer by trade, but in his…

Natural compounds in dark chocolate found to increase calmness

Research to be published in the May issue of the Journal of Psychopharmacology has found cocoa polyphenols have a positive impact on mood in healthy individuals. “To our knowledge, this is the first randomized, controlled trial to substantiate the effects of cocoa polyphenols on positive mood states in a non-clinical…

Doctors warn ‘the cinnamon challenge’ damages lungs

Health experts warned Monday about serious risks from the “Cinnamon Challenge,” a game popular with US teens, who ingest a spoonful of the pungent spice, then try to refrain from drinking water. A study published in the journal Pediatrics warned that while the game may seem like harmless fun, many…

Atheist Richard Dawkins: ‘Indoctrination of religion’ is ‘child abuse’

Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins on Sunday told a British literary festival that parents who forced their children to believe that religion was a fact were guilty of “child abuse.” Speaking about his family-friendly book The Magic of Reality at the Chipping Norton Literary Festival, the University of Oxford professor warned…

Influenza expert: New bird flu not spreading in ‘sustained’ way between people in China

SHANGHAI — A top WHO influenza expert said Monday there was still no evidence H7N9 bird flu was spreading in a “sustained” way between people in China, despite the possibility some family members may have infected one another. China announced on March 31 that the virus had been discovered in…

Remains of woman adorned with gold beads and buried 4,500 years ago discovered near Windsor

Woman dubbed ‘Kingsmead’s queen’ is found with unusual necklace of gold beads and finely decorated cup The remains of a woman who was buried almost 4,500 years ago has been discovered in a quarry in Berkshire wearing a precious necklace of gold beads – a particularly rare find from a…

‘No frills’ Indian hospitals offer $800 heart surgery

What if hospitals were run like a mix of Wal-Mart and a low-cost airline? The result might be something like the chain of “no-frills” Narayana Hrudayalaya clinics in southern India. Using pre-fabricated buildings, stripping out air-conditioning and even training visitors to help with post-operative care, the group believes it can…

Woolly mammoth, dodo and Neanderthal man: Scientists debate ethics of reviving extinct species

Woolly mammoths stomp through the Siberian tundra as the giant moa strides the forest floor of New Zealand and Tasmania’s dog-like “tigers” stalk their prey under the cover of night. This is not a snapshot of times past, nor next year’s sequel to Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park.” Instead, it is…

Life on Mars to become a reality in 2023 according to Dutch firm

Thousands apply to become one of four astronauts selected to set up a human colony in a plan that comes with snags A few months before he died, Carl Sagan recorded a message of hope to would-be Mars explorers, telling them: “Whatever the reason you’re on Mars is, I’m glad…

Orbital Sciences Corp. takes first step to becoming NASA’s freight carrier

AFP - Orbital Sciences, one of two private US firms chosen by NASA to shuttle cargo to the International Space Station, launched a first test flight of its Antares rocket Sunday. The launch of the two-stage launch vehicle — 131 feet (40 meters) tall and 12.8 feet in diameter — took…

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