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European scientists: Venus may have active volcanoes

European scientists said on Monday they had found tantalising clues to back theories that Venus — Earth’s cursed sister — has active volcanoes. Mapping of the desolate surface of Venus shows the second planet from the Sun to be studded with more than a thousand volcanoes. Many astrophysicists believe these…

Energy watchdog: Clean energy ‘more urgent than ever’

The need for a more sustainable global energy system is more urgent than ever, energy watchdog, the International Energy Agency warned on Monday as UN climate talks went into a second week. “As international climate negotiators enter their second week of talks … in Doha, the need to rapidly transition…

Riddle of missing Pacific island solved: researcher

A New Zealand researcher claimed to have solved the riddle of a mystery South Pacific island shown on Google Earth and world maps which does not exist, blaming a whaling ship from 1876. The phantom landmass in the Coral Sea is shown as Sandy Island on Google Earth and Google…

Artificial brain passes basic IQ test

An artificial brain created by neuroscientists at the Unviersity of Waterloo in Canada can pass a basic IQ test according to researchers, reported ExtremeTech. The Semantic Pointer Architecture Unified Network — SPAUN — contains 2.5 million simulated neurons. It can complete eight different tasks, and an attached arm can even…

World temperature set to increase 9 degrees: study

PARIS — Levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) are rising annually by around three percent, placing Earth on track for warming that could breach five degrees Celsius (9.0 degrees Fahrhenheit) by 2100, a new study published on Sunday said. The figure — among the most alarming of the latest forecasts…

Psychiatrists drop Asperger’s syndrome and gender identity disorder from new diagnosis manual

Asperger’s syndrome is to be dropped from the psychiatrists’ Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders, the American publication that is one of the most influential references for the profession around the world. The term “Asperger’s disorder” will not appear in the DSM-5, the latest revision of the manual,…

Australia unveils telescope to warn of solar flares

Australia has unveiled a new radio telescope in the remote outback that will give the world a vastly improved view of the sun and much faster warnings on massive solar storms. The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope will detect flares on the sun’s surface that could damage communication satellites,…

U.S. scientists challenge scares about food links to cancer

New American research finds cancer food scares don’t stand up to scrutiny, with most culprit ingredients showing little or no increased risk of disease. They are mainstay stories of tabloid newspapers and women’s magazines, linking common foods from burnt toast to low-fat salad dressing to cancer. But now US scientists…

Government announces opening of Atlantic coast for offshore wind farms

Department of the interior will offer lease sales on areas off coasts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Virginia The Obama administration has for the first time opened up large areas off the Atlantic Coast for offshore wind farms. The department of the interior said it was proposing to offer competitive…

Oil dispersants make spills 52 times more toxic, researchers say

While oil spills can cause severe environmental damage to the organisms living in the affected waters, the consequences of using oil dispersants to rectify the spill can make the situation even worse, according to a study published in the journal Environmental Pollution, reported NBCNews.com. The study found that the mixture…

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