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After 30 years, is a GM food breakthrough finally here?

Golden rice, a new strain that boosts vitamin A levels and reduces blindness in developing countries, is about to be sown in the Philippines – and is the new battleground crop Scientists say they have seen the future of genetically modified foods and have concluded that it is orange or,…

Scientists explain how an owl rotates its head

US medical specialists from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore have figured out how owls can almost fully rotate their heads – by as much as 270 degrees in either direction. The birds do so while hunting without damaging the delicate blood vessels in their necks and heads, and without cutting…

U.S. carbon emissions fall to lowest levels since 1994

Energy-saving technologies and a doubling in renewables led to the reduction in climate pollution, new figures show America’s carbon dioxide emissions last year fell to their lowest levels since 1994, according to a new report. Carbon dioxide emissions fell by 13% in the past five years, because of new energy-saving…

WHO: Less than half all countries in the world prepared to deal with cancer

Less than half of all countries in the world have functioning plans to prevent cancer and provide treatment and care to cancer patients, the World Health Organisation lamented Friday. “Cancer should not be a death sentence anywhere in the world, as there are proven ways to prevent and cure many…

Human-caused and natural climate change are different, study shows

Are human-caused and natural global warming different? Study says yes. Human-triggered climate warming appears to leave a unique fingerprint on global rainfall rates compared with natural warming, according to a new study. While rainfall rates increase whether the long-term warming trend is natural or not, the rate of increase appears…

Researchers decode rock pigeon genome

A team of international researchers has decoded the genome of the pigeon, 5,000 years after it was first domesticated, according to a study published Thursday. Known as Columba livia, the rock pigeon is considered among the most common and varied species on the planet, consisting of 350 breeds with a…

Briton finds ‘rare whale vomit’ worth $70,000

A British man has been offered 50,000 euros for a strange-smelling rock his dog found on a beach, which is likely a rare form of whale vomit used in perfumes, the BBC reported Thursday. Ken Wilman was walking his dog Madge in the coastal town of Morecambe in northwest England…

Beijing hospital visits rise due to pollution

Doctors in Beijing said Thursday that hospital admissions for respiratory complaints rose in recent days during the latest bout of pollution, as air quality in the city began to improve. The US embassy’s air quality index stood at 233 on Thursday morning, or “very unhealthy”, after it peaked at more…

Research links acute malnutrition to gut microbes

A dearth of calories may not be the only reason some children face acute malnutrition, according to a new study out this week that says the microbes living in our guts may also be to blame. Within hunger-stricken communities, not all children fare the same. Some develop acute malnutrition, while…

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…

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