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Biochemist creates wine to fight arthritis and chronic fatigue

The health properties of red wine have long been debated but an Australian biochemist believes he has created a drop so loaded with antioxidants that it could treat a range of ills. Brisbane-based Greg Jardine said he has patented a group of compounds created during the wine-making process which he…

Plan to stop climate change by dissolving large quantities of rock in oceans is badly flawed: study

Claims that global warming can be braked by dissolving huge quantities of rock in the sea to absorb carbon emissions are laden with flaws, a study published on Tuesday says. The analysis is the latest scientific appraisal into geo-engineering, or techniques that are being promoted as quick fixes to the…

Penguin head-cam captures bird’s eye view of creatures’ incredible hunting skills

Miniature cameras attached to a penguin’s head have given Japanese scientists a bird’s eye view of the creature’s incredible underwater hunting skills, the lead researcher said Tuesday. Using video cameras weighing just 33 grammes (around 1 oz) and equipped with accelerometers, depth gauges and thermometres, researchers were able to see…

Mackerel struck off sustainable fish list

Mackerel has been struck off a list of sustainable fish as conversationists warn that overfishing is leading to depleting stocks. The oily fish once championed by celebrity chefs as a healthy and ethical option should now only be eaten occasionally and where possible from local sources, according to The Marine…

Obese people more likely to die in car accidents: report

Obese people face a much higher risk — of up to 80 percent — of dying in a car collision compared with people of normal weight, researchers reported Monday in a specialist journal. The cause could be that safety in cars is engineered for people of normal weight, not for…

Polio found in Egypt linked to strains from vaccine-suspicious Pakistan

Pakistani health officials Monday called for infants leaving the country to be issued polio vaccinations at airports after virus samples linked to a southern Pakistani city were discovered in Egypt. Two sewage samples from Cairo were analysed and found to resemble a recently discovered strain in the Pakistani city of…

British vegan to brand 3 activists in protest against long-banned practice of branding

Animal-rights protesters have long been masters at courting both attention and controversy in their quest to put an end to what they perceive as cruel farming practices. Becky Folkard, a 34-year-old vegan from Hampshire, is promising to perform the latest form of protest today at a staged event in London…

Discovery of quadruple helix DNA could lead to cancer breakthrough

Scientists at the University of Cambridge reported Sunday that they have discovered quadruple helix DNA inside human cells by creating synthetic molecules that seek it out — raising the potential that future medicines may be able to pinpoint and shut down DNA replication within cancerous tumors. Although the findings, published…

Harvard scientist seeks ‘adventurous female’ to give birth to cloned Neanderthal

Professor George Church not only believes that he can clone a Neanderthal, but that a extremely adventurous female human” would be able to give birth to one. According to The Daily Mail, Church, a geneticist and professor of synthetic biology at Harvard University, said he can use fossil samples to…

When black holes collide: gamma-ray burst blasted Earth in 8th century, according to study

A mystery wave of cosmic radiation that smashed into Earth in the eighth century may have come from two black holes that collided, a study published on Monday says. Clues for the strange event were unearthed last year by Japanese astrophysicist Fusa Miyake, who discovered a surge in carbon-14 —…

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