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World temperature set to increase 9 degrees: study

PARIS — Levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) are rising annually by around three percent, placing Earth on track for warming that could breach five degrees Celsius (9.0 degrees Fahrhenheit) by 2100, a new study published on Sunday said. The figure — among the most alarming of the latest forecasts…

Psychiatrists drop Asperger’s syndrome and gender identity disorder from new diagnosis manual

Asperger’s syndrome is to be dropped from the psychiatrists’ Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders, the American publication that is one of the most influential references for the profession around the world. The term “Asperger’s disorder” will not appear in the DSM-5, the latest revision of the manual,…

Australia unveils telescope to warn of solar flares

Australia has unveiled a new radio telescope in the remote outback that will give the world a vastly improved view of the sun and much faster warnings on massive solar storms. The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope will detect flares on the sun’s surface that could damage communication satellites,…

U.S. scientists challenge scares about food links to cancer

New American research finds cancer food scares don’t stand up to scrutiny, with most culprit ingredients showing little or no increased risk of disease. They are mainstay stories of tabloid newspapers and women’s magazines, linking common foods from burnt toast to low-fat salad dressing to cancer. But now US scientists…

Government announces opening of Atlantic coast for offshore wind farms

Department of the interior will offer lease sales on areas off coasts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Virginia The Obama administration has for the first time opened up large areas off the Atlantic Coast for offshore wind farms. The department of the interior said it was proposing to offer competitive…

Oil dispersants make spills 52 times more toxic, researchers say

While oil spills can cause severe environmental damage to the organisms living in the affected waters, the consequences of using oil dispersants to rectify the spill can make the situation even worse, according to a study published in the journal Environmental Pollution, reported NBCNews.com. The study found that the mixture…

Supreme Court will hear arguments on breast cancer gene patent

The Supreme Court announced that it will hear arguments next year regarding patents on breast and ovarian cancer genes, according to the ACLU, which brought the lawsuit with the Public Patent Foundation. The suit claims that genes are “products of nature” and so cannot be patented by the Utah-based Myriad…

The private life of Charles Darwin

When not busy pioneering his theory of natural selection, Darwin also applied scientific logic to courting the female of the species There are few books that provide a better insight into genius than Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. Not only does it give a powerful sense of the…

Robot companion to keep Japan’s astronaut company on 6-month mission

A small humanoid robot that can talk will be sent into space to provide conversational company for a Japanese astronaut on a six-month mission, according to new plans. The miniature robot will arrive at the International Space Station next summer, a few months ahead of astronaut Koichi Wakata, Japan’s Kibo…

Large ice deposits found on planet nearest the sun: NASA

WASHINGTON — Scientists Thursday announced new evidence that Mercury, the planet orbiting nearest the Sun, hosts massive caches of ice and revealed new information on how water reached our solar system’s inner planets. “The new data indicate the water ice in Mercury’s polar regions, if spread over an area the…

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