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Climate change will more than double the number of malnourished children

Food prices set to more than double if climate change not checked and developing countries not helped to adapt farming Food prices will more than double and the number of malnourished children spiral if climate change is not checked and developing countries are not helped to adapt their farming, food…

Australian scientists develop coconut-tasting pineapple

Australian researchers are working on a new breed of pineapple — one that is not only sweet and juicy but which has the added tropical taste of coconut. In what is thought to be a world first, the Department of Agriculture in Queensland state is in the final stages of…

Sperm count of French men falls by one-third: study

The sperm count in French men dropped by nearly one-third between 1989 and 2005 and the quality of sperm also declined, a study said Wednesday. The sperm count fell at a rate of about 1.9 percent a year, said the authors of the report covering more than 26,600 men over…

Breath test points to colorectal cancer

An experimental breath test can diagnose colorectal cancer with an accuracy of over 75 percent, Italian researchers reported. The electronic “nose” detects key molecules emitted by tumours, a technique that is also being used in pioneering diagnostics for lung and breast cancer. A team led by Donato Altomare of the…

Sparrows use cigarette butts to deter pests, scientists find

PARIS — Cigarette butts are widely reviled as an urban nuisance but birds in Mexico City see them as a boon, apparently using them to deter parasites from their nests, scientists say. Local sparrows and finches incorporate smoked cigarette butts in their nests to provide cosy cellulose lining for their…

Indiana lawmaker plans new attack on evolution

After failing to allow public schools to teach “creation science,” Indiana state Sen. Dennis Kruse (R) plans to introduce a bill in the next legislative session that would allow students to question the theory of evolution. “I would call it ‘truth in education’ to make sure that what is being…

Fossil found in colonial Tanzania could be from oldest ever dinosaur

PARIS — Fossilised bones unearthed by a British palaeontologist in colonial Tanzania in the 1930s may be those of the oldest dinosaur ever found, researchers reported on Wednesday. The bones are either those of the earliest dinosaur or of the closest relative of dinosaurs discovered to date, they said. A…

NASA to send new rover to Mars in 2020

NASA plans to send a new rover to Mars in 2020 as it prepares for a manned mission to the Red Planet, the US space agency said Tuesday. The announcement came a day after NASA released the results of the first soil tested by the Curiosity rover, which found traces…

Scientists using ancient poop to track human migration

Scientists at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst are pioneering the use of chemicals found in human waste to track the movements of ancient people. According to Time magazine, Dr. Rob D’Anjou and his team used ancient fecal matter recovered from the Arctic Lake Liland in Norway  to piece together a…

Experts: Elephant, giraffe and zebra populations in South Sudan facing extinction

Elephant, giraffe and zebra in the world’s newest nation South Sudan could soon be extinct due to rampant poaching and trafficking, conservation experts warned Tuesday. Ironically, animals in South Sudan’s vast wildernesses had been largely protected by almost five decades of civil war, despite poaching by rebels. The war stifled…

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