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The Earth is on track to to be the hottest it’s been in 11.3 millennia

The Earth is on track to becoming the hottest it has been at any time in the past 11.3 millennia, a period spanning the history of human civilization, a study published Thursday has found. Based on fossil samples and other data collected from 73 sites around the world, scientists have…

Scientists discover evidence of Earth-like oceans on Jupiter moon

The surface of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa may hide oceans of salty, Earth-like ocean water, say astronomers. According to New Scientist magazine, a fresh study of the sixth largest moon of the gas giant Jupiter revealed that its frozen surface is covered with formations of magnesium salts, the best evidence…

Russian scientists find new bacteria in Antarctic lake

Russian scientists believe they have found a wholly new type of bacteria in the mysterious subglacial Lake Vostok in Antarctica, the RIA Novosti news agency reported on Thursday. The samples obtained from the underground lake in May 2012 contained a bacteria which bore no resemblance to existing types, said Sergei…

Scientists use brain electrodes to treat anorexia

Scientists said Thursday they had, for the first time, helped women with severe anorexia through electrodes implanted into their brains. The technique is in an experimental phase and only some patients had improved, but the treatment showed promise, they wrote in the Lancet medical journal. After nine months, three of…

Study finds link between autoimmune diseases and salt

A high-salt diet may be a risk factor for autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS), according to three papers published in the journal Nature on Wednesday. Two of the studies showed that salt can induce the production of aggressive cells involved in autoimmune disease development in mice and humans, while…

Scientists: Last year’s discovery is looking ‘more and more’ like Higgs boson

The subatomic particle whose discovery was announced amid much fanfare last year, is looking “more and more” like it could indeed be the elusive Higgs boson, believed to explain why matter has mass, scientists said Wednesday. But in the latest update, physicists told a conference in La Thuile, Italy, that…

Russia to send a woman into space in 2014

Russia will send a female cosmonaut into space for the first time in two decades next year, an official at the space training centre said Wednesday. Yelena Serova, 36 and a professional cosmonaut, “is getting ready for a space flight in the second half of 2014,” said Alexei Temerov, an…

NOAA: 2012 saw second largest rise in climate emissions on record

Heat-trapping carbon emissions in the atmosphere grew so much in 2012 that the year will go down as the second-highest growth in recorded history, placing the globe dangerously near a climatic tipping point, scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday. Climate-causing emissions measured 48 times last year…

Close comet flyby will allow for spectacular naked-eye viewing in northern hemisphere

A rare bright comet shows up in the northern hemisphere this week, cruising past Earth with promise of spectacular naked-eye viewings of the giant ball of ice and dust streaking the twilight sky with a blazing tail. Dubbed Pan-STARRS after the Hawaii-based telescope that first spotted it nearing our corner…

Researchers find sex cures migraines as well as medication

MUNSTER (Germany), March 6 — Pounding headache? Sex could cure what ails you just as well as medication, a new study from the University of Munster finds. Researchers recruited 800 migraine sufferers and 200 cluster headache sufferers. While findings are preliminary, results showed that more than half of the migraine…

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