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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…

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…

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