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Redheads more susceptible to cancer even without sun exposure

People with pale skin and red hair may be more prone to developing a deadly form of skin cancer regardless of whether they spend time in the sun or not, a study said Wednesday. Not only is this group more vulnerable to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, but a study…

Father of flying fish found in China: palaeontologists

PARIS — Palaeontologists in China say they have found the world’s oldest flying fish, a strange, snub-nosed creature that glided over water in a bid to evade predators some 240 million years ago. Fossils in Chinese museum collections have been dusted off, dated and categorised to reveal that the flying…

Link between cyclones and climate change unclear: scientists

PARIS — Was Hurricane Sandy caused by climate change? This was the contention Tuesday of Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York state, which bore the brunt of the superstorm. “Anyone who thinks there isn’t a change in weather patterns is denying reality,” he said. Many climate scientists would agree with…

New enzyme ‘produces more fuel from less corn’

Danish industrial enzymes maker Novozymes on Tuesday launched an enzyme that it said produces more ethanol from corn, addressing concern that growth in biofuels has come at the expense of food production. The new enzyme, called Novozymes Avantec, can “squeeze an extra 2.5 percent of ethanol out of the corn,”…

Department of Energy switches on world’s fastest supercomputer

As seemingly all of America’s media focused on the threat posed by Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Department of Energy quietly flipped the switch on “Titan,” the world’s fastest supercomputer, giving giving engineers, medical and energy researchers and climate scientists unparalleled new processing power to tackle the globe’s toughest challenges. Titan…

Renewable energy will overtake nuclear power in UK, study says

Renewables will provide enough power for one in 10 British homes by 2015 if current growth rates continue Renewable energy will overtake nuclear power in the UK by 2018, if current rates of growth continue, and will provide enough power for one in 10 British homes by 2015, according to…

Study: Shark and human minds share similarities

Shark brains have been found to share several features with those of humans, a discovery which Australian researchers believe could be crucial to developing “repellents” for the killer great white species. Great white sharks, otherwise known as white pointers and made famous by the horror movie “Jaws”, have killed an…

Breast cancer screening saves lives, says study

PARIS — The benefits of preemptive breast cancer screening outweigh the risks, a study said Tuesday, insisting the practice saves thousands of lives. The new research adds to the debate about the dangers of overdiagnosis, which sees some women undergo invasive treatment for cancers that would never have made them…

UN pinpoints climate-linked health risks

GENEVA — Two UN agencies on Monday presented a new tool to map health risks linked to climate change and extreme weather conditions, enabling authorities to give advance warnings and act to prevent “climate-sensitive” diseases from spreading. The World Metrological Organization and the World Health Organization presented their first joint…

New species of lizard found in Australia

Scientists announced Monday the discovery of a new species of lizard fighting to survive among the sand dunes outside Perth in Western Australia. They fear it is only a matter of time before the six-centimetre (two-inch) long Ctenotus ora, or the coastal plains skink, will be extinct with urban sprawl…

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