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Miracle-Gro to pay big fine for fake pesticides, poison bird feed

Lawn and garden products company Scotts Miracle-Gro will pay $12.5 million in fines for poisoning bird feed and violating pesticide laws, officials said Friday. Scotts will pay record criminal and civilian penalties for a litany of pesticide violations, including “illegally applying insecticides to its wild bird food products that are…

Climate change could be a hot topic on the campaign trail

Climate change: why it could be a hot topic on the campaign trail Like Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter saga, climate change has been the issue “that shall not be named” – mostly a political no-show in the presidential campaign. But that may be changing thanks to the political…

Court throws out climate change deniers’ lawsuit again scientists

New Zealand’s High Court on Friday dismissed a challenge launched by climate change sceptics against a government research agency’s finding that the temperature had risen in the past century. The court backed the science that led the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) to conclude that New Zealand’s…

UN: World needs reserves twice the size of Argentina to save endangered animals

The world must look to designate an area twice the size of Argentina as nature reserves, or we will have little chance of establishing enough protected areas for wildlife and fish to stave off a disastrous loss of species, according to an analysis of natural and marine reserves. In the…

WHO: One million commit suicide every year

One million people die by their own hand each year, accounting for more deaths than wars and murders put together, the World Health Organisation said Friday, calling for urgent action to address the problem. “Data from the WHO indicate that approximately one million people worldwide die by suicide each year.…

Study: Mammogram radiation may put young women at higher risk of breast cancer

The radiation that young women are exposed to during a mammogram may actually put them at significantly higher risk of developing breast cancer, especially if they are genetically predisposed to it, according to a study published Thursday in the BMJ. Though women are typically only screened for breast cancer with mammograms over the age of…

NASA’s Mars rover parked to test robotic arm

WASHINGTON — NASA’s Curiosity rover has temporarily halted its journey across the surface of Mars as it tests the tools on its robotic arm, the US space agency said Thursday. The $2.5 billion craft — which landed in Gale Crater on the Red Planet on August 6 — has covered…

Amino acids could treat rare form of autism: study

CHICAGO — A common dietary supplement could treat a rare form of autism which has been found to be linked to an amino acid deficiency, a study published Thursday in the journal Science has found. US researchers were able to isolate a genetic mutation in some autism patients which speeds…

Hurricane Michael becomes season’s first category three storm

Hurricane Michael swelled to the first category three storm of 2012 early Thursday as it churned far from land in the middle of the Atlantic, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. As of 0900 GMT the hurricane was packing winds of up to 115 miles (185 kilometers) per hour…

DNA database unlocks map to genetic disease

CHICAGO — A massive DNA database has generated a map of the genetic switches which impact everything from hair loss to cancer and opened the door to revolutionary treatments for a host of deadly diseases, researchers said Wednesday. “This is a major step toward understanding the wiring diagram of a…

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