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Baby-boomer motorcyclists face highest accident risk

Heading for retirement age and itching to buy that motorbike you always promised yourself? A study, published on Thursday in the specialist journal Injury Prevention, may prompt would-be petrolheads to think again. Older riders involved in a crash are up to three times likelier than younger bikers to suffer severe…

Earth-like planets may be closer than thought: study

Scientists looking for habitable planets may not have to stray far from our galactic neighborhood, said a new study Wednesday, which calculated an Earth-size planet could be orbiting a red dwarf as near as 13 light years away. “We thought we would have to search vast distances to find an…

Canadian inventors create world’s most energy-efficient bulb

A trio of Canadians claimed Wednesday to have invented the world’s most energy-efficient bulb: a 12-watt LED light that shines as bright as a 100-watt incandescent one. Product developer Gimmy Chu told AFP the NanoLight design consists of a circuit board dotted with LED lights and folded into the shape…

Alzheimer’s cases to triple by 2050: study

Alzheimer’s disease cases in the US will nearly triple in the next 40 years, according to new projections Wednesday that suggest there will be nearly 14 million sufferers by 2050. In 2010, there were just 4.7 million people with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States. The researchers who made the…

Synthetic substance added to oil may be responsible for seabird deaths

Pollution expert says polyisobutene is the sticky substance found on hundreds of seabirds after examining washed-up guillemot A sticky substance that has killed hundreds of seabirds could be a polymer often used to improve the performance of lubricating oil, it has emerged. Professor Steve Rowland, an expert in pollution from Plymouth University,…

Researchers suspect marijuana linked to increased stroke risk

Regular marijuana users may want to think twice before taking another puff: a new study by researchers at the University of Auckland found that an unusually high number of stroke patients smoke the stuff. Drug test results showed that 16 percent in the test group had marijuana in their system…

‘Dr. Ruth’ and Neil DeGrasse Tyson settle the question of ‘Does size matter?’

In a meeting of scientific minds, astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson hosted sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer on his “Star Talk” podcast, and what started as a viewer’s question about the former planet Pluto segued into a topic firmly in Westheimer’s wheelhouse. “Concerning Pluto’s planetary status, does size really matter?”…

FDA on the verge of approving first bionic eye for the blind

After years of research, the first bionic eye has seen the light of day in the United States, giving hope to the blind around the world. Developed by Second Sight Medical Products, the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System has helped more than sixty people recover partial sight, with some experiencing…

Study: More than half of users have taken a break from Facebook

More than half of US Facebook members have taken breaks from the leading social network, with the top reason being they are just too busy, according to a study released Tuesday. About 61 percent of US users said they had taken time off from Facebook at some point, with 27…

‘Bionic man’ goes on display in British science museum

A “bionic man” costing one million dollars went on display on Tuesday at Britain’s Science Museum, complete with artificial organs, synthetic blood and robot limbs. Named Rex, which is short for “Robotic Exoskeleton”, the six foot six inch (two metre) humanoid with its uncannily life-like face was assembled by leading…

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