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‘Catastrophic’ 2012 rain means Britain’s butterfly populations drop

Britain’s butterflies suffered a “catastrophic” year in 2012 with almost all species declining as a result of torrential rains, according to a study published on Tuesday. Of the 56 species studied by the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme, 52 saw a drop in numbers as Britain’s second-wettest year on record left…

SpaceX capsule leaves International Space Station after completing resupply mission

An unmanned, privately-owned US space capsule which had delivered supplies to the International Space Station undocked from the orbiting outpost on Tuesday to start heading home, NASA said. The manoeuvre with a robot arm handled by crew aboard the space station ended a mission of just over three weeks for…

Studies suggest ‘speed of light’ in a vacuum is not a fixed universal constant

Researchers say that the speed of light in a vacuum, long thought to be a universal constant, may actually…  …

Aerospace lobby hopes to renew NASA with crowd-funded ad campaign

The aerospace lobby has launched a new crowd-funded advertisement campaign to raise awareness about NASA’s space exploration programs. Daniel N. Stohr, the director of communications for the Aerospace Industries Association, told Raw Story on Monday that the campaign was aimed at increasing investments in the space program. “Raising awareness of…

Scientists: Long winter in U.S. the result of melting Arctic ice cap

Melting sea ice, exposing huge parts of the ocean to the atmosphere, explains extreme weather both hot and cold Climate scientists have linked the massive snowstorms and bitter spring weather now being experienced across Britain and large parts of Europe and north America to the dramatic loss of Arctic sea…

Bill Gates seeks to help the world’s poor with ‘next-generation condom’

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is offering big bucks in hopes of spurring the development of a new condom for men or women, Fox News reported. The offer was made as part of Round 11 of the charity’s Grand Challenges Explorations Initiative, a program that seeks to help the…

Prime Minister signed for the pandas upon their arrival in Toronto

Canada welcomed two cute and furry ambassadors on Monday — giant pandas on loan from China for 10 years to mark a warming of Sino-Canadian ties. Er Shun and Da Mao landed in Toronto after a nearly 24-hour journey from the Research Base For Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, China,…

Scientists used modified T-cells to wipe out childhood leukemia in a little girl

US researchers on Monday reported encouraging success with a new type of immune cell therapy that wiped out leukemia in a young girl by using her own modified T cells to fight the cancer. The case study of Emily “Emma” Whitehead, age 7, offers hope for a new path against…

16,000 dead pigs washed up so far along Yangtze River around Shanghai

Shanghai said the end of an embarrassing pollution case which saw dead pigs floating down the city’s main river was in sight, with the total number recovered now standing at more than 16,000. “The city’s water territory has already basically finished the work of fishing out the floating dead pigs,”…

Widespread placebo prescriptions prompt debate over the ethics of overmedication

According to a recent study, doctors sometimes prescribe treatments they don’t have any evidence for. Is this ethical? Almost all UK GPs have at some point given a patient a treatment they don’t need. This is according to the results of a survey of 783 of them across the country,…

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