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Canadians knew of geoengineering scheme to put iron sulfate in Pacific

As controversy mounts over the Guardian’s revelations that an American businessman conducted a massive ocean fertilisation test, dumping around 100 tonnes of iron sulphate off Canada’s coast, it has emerged the Canadian government may have known about the geoengineering scheme and not stopped it. The news combined, with Canadian obstructionism in negotiations over…

Scientists: Drunk birds sing in ‘husky bar voice’

Researchers studying the effects of alcohol on learning and the brain have found that the songs of zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) become blurry and disorganized when they consume alcohol.  One scientist called this the bird’s “husky bar voice.” According to New Scientist, scientists also discovered that adolescent birds given alcohol do…

Skipping breakfast primes brain to seek high-calorie food, study finds

Brain scans show people who miss meal respond more positively to unhealthy foods than those who have eaten We are all told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day – and now neuroscientists are starting to understand why. Skipping the first meal of the day not only…

Half of all wetlands ‘destroyed since 1900,’ threatening human welfare

An alarming 50 percent of the world’s wetlands have been destroyed in the last 100 years, threatening human welfare at a time of increasing water scarcity, a new report said. Wetlands serve as a source of drinking water and provide protection against floods and storms, yet they have been decimated…

World ministers meet for crunch biodiversity talks

More than 70 environment ministers meet in India on Wednesday for key talks on halting the depletion of Earth’s natural resources, under pressure to put up money to match their political pledges. The high-level gathering comes two years after UN countries agreed at a conference in Japan to reverse by…

Earth-sized planet found orbiting nearest star

European astronomers on Wednesday reported they had detected a planet with about the mass of Earth which orbits the closest star to the Sun. The observation breaks new ground in the hunt for exoplanets — worlds that exist in other solar systems — although the planet itself is not “another…

Survival reflex sparks male perception bias: study

PARIS — You glimpse a stranger standing in the street. The light is hazy and the person’s face and clothing are indistinct. Who is it? Chances are you will think it is a man — and the reason for this is a survival reflex, according to an unusual study published…

Menopause increases belly fat but no overall weight gain

Contrary to popular perception, menopause does not cause weight gain, although it does increase fat around the waist, a specialist journal reported Tuesday. Scientists working for the International Menopause Society carried out a review of the evidence, looking at published studies into the impact of menopause on body weight. Where…

Court rejects German woman’s claims Higgs boson experiment posed danger

A German woman who feared the Earth would be sucked into oblivion in a black hole has failed in her court bid to stop the work of the world’s most powerful atom smasher. The higher administrative court in Muenster, western Germany, rejected her claims, ruling there was no evidence the…

Smoking in cars higher than UN pollution threshold

Smoking in cars raises levels of dangerous fine-particle pollutants to many times the limit recommended by the world’s health agency, a study published on Monday said. Doctors in Britain measured concentrations of fine particles in cars driven by 17 people, 14 of them smokers, using an electronic monitor on the…

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