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Organic food not necessarily more nutritious for children: experts

WASHINGTON — Feed your children plenty of fruits and vegetables but don’t fret over whether they’re organic or not if you’re on a budget, US experts said Monday. While organic foods have lower pesticide levels, they also have the same vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients as their conventional counterparts.…

Scientists report whale making human voice sounds

WASHINGTON — US marine biologists puzzled by human-like sounds coming from the whale and dolphin tank of an aquarium concluded they were actually coming from a whale. Anecdotal reports of whales sounding like people are not new. But in this case in San Diego, California, scientists for the first time…

Six scientists jailed for failing to predict 2009 Italian earthquake

Seismologists said they were horrified after six of their colleagues were sentenced to six years in jail for manslaughter Monday on charges of underestimating the risk of an earthquake that struck Italy in 2009. “We are deeply concerned. It’s not just seismology which has been put on trial but all…

Study: Open access publishing of science research rising at unanticipated rate

A new study shows that the rise of open access publishing of academic research is faster than anyone had previously realised Read all about it: academic publishing is changing faster than anyone has realised, according to a new study reported today in BMC Medicine. Before 2000 the vast majority of research…

Study proves pesticide exposure linked to bumblebee colony failures

Chronic exposure to pesticides has a bigger knock-on effect on bees than conventional probes suggest, according to a new study on Sunday touching on the mysterious collapse of bee colonies. Biologists at the University of London carried out an exceptional field study into bumblebees exposed to two commonly used agricultural…

Scientists confirm water extraction helped trigger deadly 2011 quake in Spain

Massive extraction of groundwater helped unleash an earthquake in southeastern Spain last year that killed nine people, injured at least 100 and left thousands homeless, geologists said on Sunday. The finding adds a powerful piece of evidence to theories that some earthquakes are human-induced, they said. Seismologists were surprised by…

New study shows that boys are hitting puberty earlier

Recent research states boys are hitting puberty nearly six months to two years earlier now. Studies done years ago found similar results in girls.…

Rare condition makes a man’s scalp resemble a brain

Two Brazilian doctors reported a rare find — a man with a skin condition that causes his scalp to look like the surface of the human brain. In a report published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, the two dermatologists at the Hospital Universitario de Santa María said…

Forgotten women of science win recognition online

Royal Society and Wikimedia UK mark Ada Lovelace Day with event to promote work of female scientists By late afternoon scores of red women on Sam Haskell’s list had turned blue: female scientists, some dead and some living, many immensely distinguished, some geniuses, but whose names have almost been forgotten…

Brits develop synthetic fuel that scrubs carbon from the atmosphere

Engineers in London said this week that they’ve developed a new type of synthetic vehicle fuel that’s created out of water and thin air, literally by pulling carbon molecules out of the atmosphere and recycling them. Speaking to a conference this week put on by the British Institution of Mechanical…

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