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Former USGS scientist: Coastal cities are ‘sitting ducks’ for next big storm

Marcia McNutt, who resigned as director of the US Geological Survey, says Hurricane Sandy has left communities exposed Cities on the United States east coast are “sitting ducks” for the next big storm because of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy, one of Barack Obama’s top scientists warned on Tuesday.…

Breast cancer drugs proposed for ‘high-risk’ women

Women with a family history of breast cancer who are thought to be at greater risk of developing the disease could be offered drugs aimed at preventing it under draft guidelines published Tuesday. The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has launched a consultation on proposals to recommend…

New York VA hospital exposes hundreds of veterans to HIV risk

More than 700 veterans may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C due to improper use of insulin pens at a New York hospital. According to CNN, personnel at a Veterans’ Administration hospital in Buffalo, New York used the single-use injection pens on multiple patients, exposing them…

Japanese scientists breed salmon with surrogates from another species

Japanese scientists have successfully bred a type of salmon using surrogate parents of a different species, in a breakthrough that could help preserve endangered creatures, the chief researcher said Tuesday. Researchers froze the testes of the yamame salmon, a fish indigenous to Japan that lives its entire life in rivers,…

New species of flying frog discovered in Vietnam

An Australian researcher who discovered a new species of flying frog near Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and named it after her mother said it was a rare find so close to such a big city. Helen’s Flying Frog was first discovered by Jodi Rowley, an amphibian expert from…

Analysis casts doubt on marijuana’s link to IQ decline

A longitudinal study that found teens who smoked marijuana had lower IQ scores in adulthood has been challenged by a researcher at the Frisch Centre for Economic Research in Norway. In an analysis published online by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Ole Røgeberg said the original study…

Volcano lava flows worry Italian island

Spectacular lava flows and smoke from an active volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli on Monday sparked fear among inhabitants but geophysicists said the situation was under control. Stromboli is part of the seven-island Eolian Archipelago just off Sicily in southern Italy. The volcano is active but on Monday…

Scientists calculate ‘Star Wars’ hyperspace jump is impossible

Remember that dazzling moment in the “Star Wars” movies when the Millennium Falcon goes into hyperspace and a kaleidoscope of stars streaks past the ship? Sadly — like a lot of things in sci-fi movies — that really wouldn’t happen, a team of British science students have calculated. Han Solo,…

EU releases all data used to clear genetically modified corn’s link to cancer

The EU’s food safety agency challenged its doubters on Monday, making available all the scientific information used to clear a genetically modified corn which a French researcher had linked to cancer. The European Food Safety Authority said that “given the level of public interest … (it would) make all data…

Study: Children who eat lots of fast food more likely to develop asthma

Children who frequently eat fast food are far likelier to have severe asthma compared to counterparts who tuck into fruit, a large international study published on Monday said. Researchers asked nearly half a million teenagers aged 13-14 and children aged six and seven about their eating habits and whether in…

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