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Google launches global science fair

Google on Wednesday launched a global science fair by inviting students around the world to present ideas that could change the world and perhaps become the next Ada Lovelace. Lovelace was a teenager in the early 1800s when she became fascinated with math and went on to write what is…

Study: Vegetarian diet cuts risk of heart disease by 32 percent

A vegetarian diet can cut the risk of heart disease by as much as 32 percent, according to a British study published on Wednesday. Researchers who followed more than 44,500 volunteers for about 11 years on average, found vegetarians were significantly less prone to cardiac trouble. In the 50-70 age…

Climate scientists predict future with lower average rainfall

Climate scientists said Wednesday they found evidence to back predictions for a future with lower average rainfall, even though Earth’s past warming episodes had led to more precipitation, not less. Writing in the journal Nature, researchers said they had found proof that global warming caused by Man’s greenhouse-gas emissions has…

How to build a bionic man

Rex the bionic man shows how close technology is to catching up with – and exceeding – the abilities of the human body He cuts a dashing figure, this gentleman: nearly seven feet tall, and possessed of a pair of striking brown eyes. With a fondness for Ralph Lauren, middle-class…

Scientists zoom in on the exact spots in brain that drive addiction

A smoker’s craving to light up can be tamed by carefully targeted magnetic fields applied to the brain, a senior researcher from a Japanese-Canadian team said Wednesday. Scientists managed to zoom in on the exact spots that drive the need for nicotine, noting that a mental connection made when a…

Study: Increase in husbands’ housework tied to declining lovelife

The road to hell is paved with good intentions, as they say: the more housework married men do, the less sex they have, according to a new study published Wednesday. Husbands who spend more time doing traditionally female chores — such as cooking, cleaning, and shopping — reported having less…

Study: Most shark ‘attack’ descriptions are inaccurate and pose no danger

Most ‘attacks’ are actually just sightings or involve species of shark that pose no danger, study shows Would a shark attack by another name would be any less terrifying? Researchers say it would, arguing that the current all-purpose “attack” label is unnecessarily scary, inaccurate, and is helping to drive sharks…

Bills Gates: ‘We will eradicate polio within six years’

Microsoft founder Bill Gates said the battle to eradicate polio was one of the toughest the world has faced, but said it could be conquered by 2018. Delivering the annual Richard Dimbleby lecture in London on Tuesday, Gates, the United States’ richest man, said ridding the world of polio would…

Quarter of ethnic Chinese genetically more susceptible to dangerous flu

Nearly a quarter of ethnic Chinese have a tiny genetic variant that boosts sixfold their risk of falling gravely ill when infected with flu, a study published on Tuesday said. Researchers in China and Britain looked at Chinese hospital data from the 2009-2010 pandemic of H1N1 influenza. Patients who had…

Biologists: Pet cats kill up to 3.7 billion birds and 20.7 billion mice annually

Domestic cats in the United States kill up to 3.7 billion birds and as many as 20.7 billion mice, voles and other small mammals each year, biologists estimated on Tuesday. Puss is probably the biggest human-induced killer of these species, outstripping better-known culprits such as habitat loss, agricultural chemicals or…

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