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Study says El Nino, climate change link fuzzy

The frequency and volatility of El Nino, a weather pattern that hammers the tropical Pacific Ocean every five years or so, does not seem linked to climate change, said US research released Thursday. The study involved scientists measuring the monthly growth of ancient coral fossils found on two tropical Pacific…

‘Black Beauty’ meteorite could yield Martian secrets

A fist-sized meteorite nicknamed “Black Beauty” could unlock vital clues to the evolution of Mars from the warm and wet place it once was to its current cold and dry state, NASA said Thursday. Discovered in Morocco’s Sahara Desert in 2011, the 11-ounce (320-gram) space rock contains 10 times more…

Researchers cast doubt on long-held theory of how bacteria become drug-resistant

Researchers have disproved a long-held theory about how some bacteria survive antibiotics and opened the door to new treatments to fight drug-resistant bugs, a study released Thursday said. Using a technique called microfluidics, scientists revealed that — contrary to the explanation that has held for more than 50 years —…

French watchdog criticizes new birth control pills over blood clot risk

A French watchdog has sharpened its attack on newer-generation contraceptive pills, demanding curbs on their use to help reduce the risk of dangerous blood clots. The National Drugs Safety Agency (ANSM) says doctors are over-prescribing so-called 3rd and 4th generation birth-control pills, some of which are now the target of…

Study: Hot chocolate tastes better in an orange cup

European scientists say they have found further evidence that how you serve food and drink matters hugely in the perception of taste. Researchers at the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the University of Oxford recruited 57 volunteers and asked them to taste hot chocolate served in plastic cups with four…

Scientists say new vaccine temporarily brakes growth of HIV

A team of Spanish researchers say they have developed a therapeutic vaccine that can temporarily brake growth of the HIV virus in infected patients. The vaccine, based on immune cells exposed to HIV that had been inactivated with heat, was tested on a group of 36 people carrying the virus…

Scientists mapping Great Barrier Reef discover corals at depths never before thought possible

Australian scientists mapping the Great Barrier Reef have discovered corals at depths never before thought possible, with a deep-sea robot finding specimens in waters nearly as dark as night. A team from the University of Queensland’s Seaview Survey announced the unprecedented discovery 125 metres (410 feet) below the surface at…

Neil Armstrong’s brother: ‘One small step’ scripted

Neil Armstrong’s Brother: “One Small Step” Scripted (via NewsLook) A recent interview with the late astronaut’s brother reveals that Armstrong’s famous words might have been penned before the moon landing.…

Astronomers discover origins of gas giants like Jupiter and Saturn

Astronomers using the most advanced land telescope in the world said on Wednesday they had unlocked knowledge about how formidable “gas giant” planets such Jupiter and Saturn come into being. These vast but uninhabitable worlds are created by gobbling up gas and dust that envelope young stars in a murky…

Higgs boson was just a start for Cern’s atom smasher – other mysteries await

The Large Hadron Collider will shut down for an overhaul in preparation for exploring questions of dark matter, extra dimensions and other universes When it comes to shutting down the most powerful atom smasher ever built, it’s not simply a question of pressing the off switch. In the French-Swiss countryside…

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