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Meteorologists: 2012 set to be ninth warmest year on record

World Meteorological Organisation data shows average global temperature to date is 14.45C, higher than long-term average This year is likely to be the ninth warmest on record, with global temperatures in 2012 cooler than the average for the past decade owing to the effects of La Niña weather patterns early…

Coastal cities in danger as sea levels rise faster than expected

Sea-level rise is occurring much faster than scientists expected – exposing millions more Americans to the destructive floods produced by future Sandy-like storms, new research suggests. Satellite measurements over the last two decades found global sea levels rising 60% faster than the computer projections issued only a few years ago…

Facebook predicts college freshmen’s intention to have sex, study finds

Researchers can predict if college freshman intend to become sexually active based solely on content they post to Facebook. In a study to be published January in the Journal of Sex Research, the team led by assistant professor Megan Moreno from the University of Wisconsin–Madison found that sexual references and…

Robertson tells Christians: Radiocarbon dating proves no dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark

Televangelist Pat Robertson says that radiocarbon dating proves that the Earth is older than 6,000 years — and he’s telling Christians not to “cover it up.” On Tuesday’s 700 Club, a viewer wrote Robertson that her “biggest fear is to not have my children and husband next to me in…

Researchers warn mixing grapefruit with drugs can kill you

The number of drugs when mixed with grapefruit that can lead to serious health problems, including sudden death, has skyrocketed, warns a Canadian researcher who first discovered the toxic link. In an article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, David Bailey, a scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute in…

Scientists: Climate change threatens black truffle

Scientists said on Tuesday they had proof that climate change was hitting the Perigord black truffle, a delight of gourmets around the world. Trufflers have long suspected that global warming is affecting Tuber melanosporum — dubbed “the black diamond” on account of its colour and extraordinary price — in its…

Scientists warn world’s poorest countries increasingly vulnerable to natural disasters

Sir John Beddington says governments must act in face of climate change, more older people and rapid urbanisation Ageing populations and urbanisation could leave the world’s poorest countries increasingly vulnerable to natural disasters, the UK’s chief scientific adviser warned on Tuesday. “Vulnerability will go soaring,” said Sir John Beddington. “Extreme…

Kyoto battlelines drawn as Doha climate talks dig into detail

Climate talks got down to the nitty-gritty in Doha on Tuesday as developing countries and the European Union (EU) staked out rival positions on the fate of the Kyoto Protocol. Separately, the UN’s Environment Programme (UNEP) urged negotiators to heed the risk from melting permafrost, which could spew billions of…

Norovirus winter vomiting bug hits nearly 2,000

Almost 2,000 Britons have been struck down by an outbreak of the norovirus winter vomiting bug, with official data showing a 52 percent rise on last year. There have been 53 outbreaks of the highly contagious virus at NHS trusts across the country, with 45 hospitals forced to close off…

Nobel Prize-winning organ transplant pioneer Joseph Murray dies at 93

Dr. Joseph Murray, who won the Nobel Prize for performing the first successful organ transplant, has died at the age of 93, according to the Boston Globe. After suffering a stroke Thursday, Murray passed away at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he had performed the landmark kidney transplant on…

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